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[post_date] => 2018-10-15 09:19:05
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[post_content] => International File Exchange XML (IFLEXX) was brought to the German petroleum industry in 2008, initially as a shared idea between some of the main players. Since then, it has gained broad acceptance and it is now regarded as the de facto standard across the country for digital communication in the oil and gas industry.
One element contributing to that success is the fact that regular meetings are held to allow system developers and users to discuss issues and the path of future development. The 14th such meeting was held in September in Bochum and was attended by personnel from the refinery, tank terminal, trade, service station, software and consulting sectors, representing 14 of the 19 companies involved in the system.
Those who attended the meeting looked back on ten years of success, assessing how IFLEXX has helped improve the speed and accuracy of communication through the fuel supply chain. They also discussed the challenges ahead.
In a segment entitled ‘Compartment Handling’, delegates exchanged ideas on what the ideal data transfer between freight forwarders and tank terminals should look like in practice. Another key point of discussion was the synchronisation of the IFLEXX standard, which is mainly used in German-speaking countries, with the widely used international PIDX standard.
A MODEL TO FOLLOW
Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion in the petroleum and chemical sectors about how to maximise the potential offered by the use of digitised systems. One major stumbling block in many areas of the supply chain is the availability of platforms for the transfer of data; these must obviously be secure and confidential and offer a neutral channel of communication that is not dominated by particular interests.
Much has also been made of the preference for industry itself, possibly through trade associations, to have ownership of those platforms, rather than leave the data space open to exploitation by third parties. IFLEXX perhaps offers a model of how similar projects in other sectors might be arranged.
“In regard to data communication, the German petroleum industry is very well positioned – not least because of the open IFLEXX format and the many possibilities it offers,” says Stephan Buhre, managing director of Implico GmbH, which organised the Bochum meeting, and IFLEXX specialist.
“The 14th community meeting was a full success,” Buhre adds. “On the one hand, the strong participation and the active exchange show the great importance IFLEXX has achieved within the oil and gas industry in the last ten years. And on the other hand, we also managed to discuss key points to render cross-company data exchange even more effective in the future.”
IFLEXX was developed as the successor system to the Mineral Oil Partner Communications System (MPKS), set up in the late 1980s. Data exchange using IFLEXX offers the petroleum industry many advantages. Not only does XML permit the transfer of large volumes of standardised data, but IFLEXX also enables the bi-directional exchange of loading data: both to the tank truck’s onboard computer and to the petroleum company’s accounting system.
[post_title] => IFLEXX: Process progress
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Ten years since its introduction, IFLEXX is now a recognised standard but it must keep up with the times and the changing demands of its users