Technical terms from logistics

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What are RFID gates? How does unique tracking work? How is data evaluated and how are reports created? Refer to our glossary to discover which terms are used in comepack container management and how they link to our services.

"Container management" is an umbrella term that includes the planning, monitoring, and controlling of stocks and movements of multi-use transport packaging. Container management aims to ensure the timely availability of needed packaging in the right quality and quantity.

The term SLC means "small load carrier". SLCs are standardized reusable cargo carriers in a compact format. SLCs for the automotive sector are made of polypropylene following VDA recommendation 4500. These robust VDA-SLCs (VDA meaning "Verband der Automobilindustrie" or "Association of the Automotive Industry") are in fact popularly used across a variety of industries.

VDA SLCs are specialized to fulfill the requirements of automated assembly lines and automated mini-load systems (MLS). Same-sized VDA SLCs, as well as mixed-sized ones, can be commissioned on standardized industrial-sized pallets (1200 x 1000 mm) and Euro pallets (1200 x 800 mm).

SLC containers are also upgradable with an array of standardized accessories. A wide range of individual product and process requirements can be met that way. Upgrades include lids, intermediate layers, blisters, trays, or protective covers.

Fully recyclable
Stable and robust
Smooth inner walls (easy cleaning)
Exclusively made of copolymere PP
Manual and automatic handling
Tilt protection (ribbings on bottom and feet)
Suitable for use in MLS (notches on the front and alongside)
Horizontally and vertically grippable
Dangerous goods container

The abbreviation LLC stands for "large load carrier" and describes standardized voluminous multi-use transport packaging, mostly made of plastic. An LLC is the large counterpart of an SLC (small load carrier) and serves as transport packaging across many industries, including automotive, electronics, food, and more. Large plastic load carriers are robust and often foldable or collapsible.

Automation refers to autonomous task fulfillment, directly influencing the operational strucure of a company. When applied to business processes, the term process automation is used. Commonly process automation is integrated with a digital solution. The goal is to incorporate processes autonomously into the value-added-chain. This strategy increases production speeds while optimizing capacities.

Our container management software can be used to implement a wide range of accounting concepts. For example, you can activate Pay per Day or Pay per Loop accountin

Our container management software acquires the necessary data for a wide range of customizable reports and data evaluation options. You can evaluate your container management data with just a few clicks and identify any areas requiring optimization at a glance.

An IBC (intermediate bulk container) is a reusable cargo carrier intended for storing fluids like chemicals, beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products. IBCs usually have a volumetric capacity of 300 - 3.000 liters. The plastic carriers are equipped with metal meshes on the sides for additional reinforcement, making them eligible for use with dangerous goods. A steel frame on the bottom enables them to be transported by forklift.

A pooling service describes a rental- and deposit-based concept in which a service company provides a product (e.g. a container) in the right amount at the right time for one or many markets. A container pool, therefore, is a rotating carrier inventory within a pooling service for multi-use transport packaging.

Container pools generally fall into one of the following categories:
1. Open container pools are available to every customer in return for payment of rent or a deposit.
2. Closed container pools are kept customer exclusive due to specialized quality criteria like technical cleanliness or simply ownership.
(Smart) Container management systems administrate these types of pools. Besides that, many other services like cleaning, tracking, tracing, and software-solutions are necessary for qualitative and quantitative measurement and long-time maintenance of a container pool.

The term digitization stands for a transitioning process in which (economic) entities upgrade their (communication-)infrastructure from analog to electronic/binary. The binary world always exists in one of two possible states, either 1 (true/on) or 0 (false/off). A binary code with many zeros and ones (bits) can display and initiate complex causal chains like inventory changes and order placements. This is the basis upon which all container management software is built.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless data exchange method using a chip/tag (for example mounted on a given container by using an RFID label), made to interact with electromagnetic fields emitted by RFID scanners in different forms and sizes (e.g. mobile hand scanners or fixed readers). RFID systems track status information of key assets like containers across many industries. The collected data can be analyzed manually or automatically by intelligent data management systems.

The purpose of sensor technology is the measurement of physical and chemical properties. A sensor sets a measured value as the status quo. On the inside, non-electric values like temperature are constantly being transformed into electric signals to put out quantifiable data that can be processed by technical systems. A sensor is an integral part of a control circuit, as it continuosly enables a comparison between set and current values. Given the measurement data, changes are easily recognizable.

Returnable transport packaging or RTP is a general term for transport and storage packaging made for repeated use. RTPs are usually made of wood, metals, and plastic and designed to provide excellent damage- and weather protection. Widely used examples made of polypropylene (PP) include VDA-KLT, MULTI PACK, or the H1 Euro pallet. In contrast to disposable packaging, RTP can be reliably used for decades if managed, cleaned, and commissioned correctly.

Where and when are containers needed, and in what quantity?
Through the use of our intelligent container management software you can optimize inventories because it provides the location and status of containers and tracks all movements. This reduces the capital used.

Through our container management software we can actively prevent bottlenecks. We do this by assessing the overall supply chain based on data provided by the system in real time.

Reduce journeys and save costs. Our container management system uses a transport-optimized delivery concept, which ensures that the journeys made by containers are kept to a minimum.

RFID gates are used for automated incoming goods or outgoing goods bookings for containers. Our services are based on years of experience in the field of RFID Tracking & Tracing. We are happy to advise you on your RFID project and provide the right hardware for your container management.

Using our container management software we can minimize shrinkage and determine its causes.

Are containers available?
Our webclient software knows the location and status of containers and tracks all movements.

Unique tracking refers to single container tracking. We use the latest technologies for this. We do not just rely on RFID tracking or barcodes, but can offer the exact type of container management technology to meet your needs.

Our container management system ensures that you always have a sufficient supply of containers. This intelligent supply control system offers you the supply security that you need.