SAI Global technology transforming supply agreements

LOGICOM is a complete database of US government and military parts and logistics.

Many US organizations are maximising their negotiating power by viewing the actual price paid for government purchases in previous tenders and locating alternate sources when primary suppliers can’t deliver.

This online annual subscription service provides a comprehensive database of parts and suppliers for US Government procurement and commercial enterprise.

Using the technology, engineers and contractors can track the technical minefield of US Government Federal Logistics Information System (FLIS) data, Naval Allowance Parts List/Approval Equipage List (APL/AEL), and Procurement History.

LOGICOM combines faster, broader, interlinked search technology allowing users to work faster and more efficiently.

Mr Tony Scotton, Chief Executive Officer of SAI Global Ltd, says LOGICOM stands out from competitors applications due to its superior functionality and comprehensive range of searchable data elements.

“LOGIOCM provides a first-class service to industry professionals, offering them a more comprehensive, cost-effective package,” Scotton says.

“Users will see a noticeable increase in speed and will have access to a larger and more up-to-date range of technical information.”

The database, with over 150 million parts, is an easy-to-use, powerful search engine for supply chain management, engineering, and contracting.

For a free trial of the LOGICOM database.

SAI Global is an applied information services company that helps organizations manage risk, achieve compliance and drive business improvement.

New Director of Research and Engineering for Freightscan

FreightScan, LLC, a leader in the development and deployment of innovative technology solutions for the freight and logistics industry, ha announced the appointment of Marek Sekowski to the position of Director of Research and Engineering.

Sekowski will be responsible for mechanical design activities, design and build of segment specific solutions, and the research and development of world class scanning solutions for FreightScan’s suite of cargo scanning and security devices.

Sekowski brings 17 years of extensive experience in the field of technical development to FreightScan, and specializes in developing laser scanners and 3D surface data acquisition hardware for the purpose of quality control and shape documentation.

His work in the fields of laser metrology and 3D metrology, which provide innovative and integrated dimensional measurement, 3D modeling and metrology application development services for industry, are widely recognized.

He most recently served as a mechanical designer and product developer consultant to Basis Software, Inc., where he implemented numerous improvements to its existing scanning product line.

Previously he has worked for Industrial Light & Magic, Frog Design, 3D Systems, Disney Imagineering and Universal Studios Theme Parks, among other companies who specialize in the fields of three dimensional data acquisition.

“Mr. Sekowski brings a tremendous background to our cargo scanning and security applications,” says André Johnson, CEO of FreightScan.

“His experience and leadership will expedite our entry into the next generation of 3D laser and optical scanning and security devices for the cargo and logistics industries we serve.”

FreightScan has already successfully launched its FS100 system, which exceeds all existing standards for static dimming systems in the cargo industry, as well as previewed its FreightScan Automated Security Screening for Transportation (F.A.S.T.) technology for cargo security, which will ultimately provide the most practical solution for cargo screening to all players in the freight logistics supply chain process.

www.freightscancargo.com.

Elders runs Mid-Comp’s Odyssey supply chain software

Agribusiness giant Elders Limited has installed a powerful IBM computer to support its new supply chain management system from Melbourne-based Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd.

The IBM System i 570 has 16 processors, 12 of which are activated, plus 384GB of RAM, more than 30TB of disk storage and support for more than 4,500 users.

Elders CIO Chris Ferguson says Mid-Comp’s Odyssey solution is being rolled out to 430 locations as the backbone of the company’s $1.3 billion Merchandise Division business.

He says the new machine would handle growth for the next five years.

Ferguson also says that Java-rich applications such as Odyssey required a powerful processor to run, but the new System i 570 was well able to handle the workload.

“We needed a decent Java-based supply chain management system to stay competitive, and happily we found a local company in Mid-Comp over the big vendors including SAP and Movex,” Ferguson says

“The new IBM server replaced an existing 750 model with five partitions to give Elders high availability and room for growth.”

As well as Odyssey, all other business applications for financial services, banking, HR, livestock, wool, and grain management systems will be transferred onto the new box.

About Elders Limited

Elders Limited is a progressive agribusiness with a focus on client and customer service, delivered by 430 Australian branches and agencies, as well as overseas offices.

The successful and profitable Elders Rural Bank, plus local and international investments in the wool and red meat production lines, and commitment to building farm merchandise, insurance and real estate businesses, are all examples of how Elders meets the service challenge.

About Mid-Comp International

Founded in 1995, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd is a Melbourne-based developer and supplier of business solutions software that takes advantage of both current and emerging technologies.

Business solutions encompassing Intelligent Supply Chain, Managed Availability and IBM systems management are the key focus.

Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes the dominant Australian commercial enterprises.

The company also supplies product to users in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies.

Mid-Comp’s current emphasis is on architectures and mechanisms that facilitate Internet-based business transactions, with a focus on those that can demonstrate a genuine application in the wider business community.

Carbon to be the biggest global commodity market by 2012

The market for carbon is predicted to hit US$100 billion by 2010, making it the world’s largest commodity, says Carbon Planet.

That’s big news for any business that will pay for offsets or sell them – and that’s just about all of us!

One of the first companies certified as Greenhouse Friendly by the Department of Climate Change says adapting to the emerging carbon constrained economy will become vital to business success in the face of increasing regulation and pressure from consumers.

Carbon Planet helps businesses and individuals manage their contribution to global warming and was the first carbon management company with certified Greenhouse Friendly products and services.

Company founder and Executive Director Dave Sag says carbon will be the single biggest commodity market in the world by 2012.

“The carbon market is already in excess of US$30 billion annually and is experiencing unprecedented exponential growth, doubling every eight months.”

“The market size by 2010 is expected to be well in excess of US$100 billion and will continue to grow,” he says.

The wholesale movement of carbon is now an accepted part of the corporate balance sheet and the global panic over climate change is seeing new regulations, new brands, products, services and trading systems to meet the demand for low-emission goods and services.

“The carbon constrained economy is upon us and businesses that don’t start adapting now will face increasing pressure on their operations from clients, staff and suppliers, as well as through domestic and international legislation,” says Sag.

“Remaining ignorant of your place in this new economic order is simply not an option.”

It’s not just about keeping up with regulation — consumers are already making purchasing decisions based on climate change initiatives.

And businesses that embrace carbon management now could be the ones that attract and retain the best employees in the future.

Carbon trading is still an emerging concept for most Australian businesses and Carbon Planet is working to demystify the carbon constrained economy.

The company will show visitors to the Australian Carbon Trading Expo how its tools and services can help individuals and businesses reduce or remove their carbon footprint and stay ahead of increasing regulation surrounding climate change.

Carbon Planet’s Carbon Commerce Director, George Krichauff, said the company is excited to be a major sponsor of the exhibition.

“This event will generate much-needed awareness in the new carbon trading economy and highlight the role of market-based emission reduction solutions in resolving the issues surrounding climate change in Australia,” Mr Krichauff says.

Visitors to the inaugural three-day Expo will have the opportunity to find out more about Carbon Planet’s standards-compliant emissions auditing and carbon credit trading services, as well as the creation and commercialisation of carbon credits.

The company’s base-line audits adhere to both the World Council for Sustainable Business Development’s GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard and the ISO 14064-1 and Australian Energy Audits Standard AS/NZ 3598:2000.

Carbon Planet is a sponsor of the Australian Carbon Trading Expo, which will run from April 29 to May 1 2008 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre concurrently with the Safety In Action trade show.

For more information, phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences Pty Ltd on 03 9654 7773, email actexpo@aec.net.au or visit www.actexpo.com.au

Changing tyres the safe way

Changing heavy industrial tyres and wheels has always been a tough, demanding job, with obvious physical risks to the tyre maintenance crew & the machine itself.

Bearcat Tyres, national distributors for Solideal, CEAT & Duratough brands of industrial tyres & wheels and have added a heavy industrial on-site installation service to their range of goods and services.

Speeding up the tyre changing process whilst making the operation safer.

“When changing a big heavy tyre & wheel assembly on a container-lift fork truck on site, we used to jack the vehicle up off the ground and utilise one of the clients small forklifts to take the weight of the wheel, then the maintenance crew would undo the stud nuts,” says Mark Bloxham, Managing Director Bearcat Tyres.

“The crew were then in the precarious position of having to place themselves in the wheel’s drop-zone to balance and remove the wheel. Often quite dangerous.”

Bloxham and the Bearcat team designed and built a complete mobile tyre and wheel changing unit, able to handle all tyres up to 3 metres in diameter.

An Isuzu 10 tonne truck was used as the base frame, augmented with:

  • an imported speciality crane with tyre-hand able to lift 2,100 kilos;
  • a heavy-duty compressor (46CFM @ 175 PSI);
  • hydraulic 50 tonne jacks;
  • air-over hydraulic porta-power and bead breaker,
  • a heavy duty steel body with pull-out drawers and safe storage facilities;
  • a full compliment of workshop tools and last but not least
  • high intensity work lights on the crane and work area, safety beacons and witches cones to isolate a safe working zone.

“We saw an opportunity not only to provide an extra service to the heavy end of the tyre market — for container-stacker forklifts, heavy construction and mining vehicles, to reduce their down-time,” Bloxham says, “but also to ensure the safety of both operator and machine.”

“The truck’s a well thought-out design. It operates safely and efficiently,” says Bearcat’s tyre technician, Paul Martini.

“With the radio frequency remote control, I have the mobility to see exactly what I’m doing while staying out of the way of these heavy tyres and wheels.”

“But what I really love is the magnet on the back of the crane control, that sticks to any available surface- out of harms way.”

The tyre-hand on the crane lifts the new tyre off the truck, takes the weight of the tyre to be changed, the operator undoes the studs, the tyre-hand lifts the tyre off the studs onto the ground.

The tyre-hand can be used to break the rim-seals and the tyre is replaced.

Lifted-up into position (the movement of the arm is as accurate in millimetre increments ) the wheel is slid on by the crane and the operator screws-on studs.

Job done, safely.

“The inclusion of work lights means that we can perform tyre changes in out-of-hours times, safely, when the forklift may be idle.,” Mark Bloxham says.

“Our customers can therefore gain back valuable up-time with their forklifts.”

“This one in Sydney is the first of many of these trucks we’re rolling-out.”

“We have second one operating in Perth and current plans include commissioning one in each state by the end of the year,” he says.

For further information and advice, contact your local Bearcat dealer or visit http://www.bearcat.com.au

Road cannot do it, but rail can: ARTC

The Australian Government should spend more money on upgrading the rail infrastructure between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has said.

ARTC CEO David Marchant, speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra, said Australia would become incapable of providing sustainable freight services without dedicated rail freight lines to and from capital cities. 

Mr Marchant, who has been lobbying the Australian Government to provide a further $830 million on the rail upgrade projects in northern Sydney, said in stark contrast to the investment in making road transport more productive and efficient, the freight rail transport system has been progressively run down.

As a result, rail’s share of freight movement between capital cities of Melbourne to Sydney and Brisbane plunged from 50 per cent to less than 12 per cent over the last four decades, while the volume of freight increasing almost 17 times.

With freight demand continuing to increase, he said under-utilisation of rail is not viable also in light of the volatility in oil prices and meeting the carbon emissions target.

He refuted the recently publicised plan to construct an inland railway linking Melbourne to Brisbane, saying it would have no impact on the freight movement to and from Sydney, at the core of Australia’s logistics operations.

He said the rail corridors between Melbourne and Sydney, and Brisbane were “most depleted in performance over the last 30 years” and the ARTC, partially funded by the Australian Government, commenced a major program of improving the infrastructure. 

He also expressed high hopes for the southern Sydney freight line, with its completion targeted for January 2010.

“This line will separate freight from the urban passenger system in Sydney from Chullora to Macarthur.

“It will overcome the curfew on freight movements in the southern metropolitan area…and will be connected to the freight line from Chullora to Sydney Ports which will also be separated from the urban passenger system,” he said. 

The ailing rail system could overcome decades of neglect through AusLink, Infrastructure Australia and the government’s stimulus package, he said.

“There’s an ad running on US television at the moment extolling the virtues of rail over road. I’ve converted from imperial to metric the figures used in the ad.

“Consider this: a tonne of freight can be carried 680 kilometres using just 3.7 litres of fuel. Road can’t do that. Rail can.

“These are not issues that can be solved tomorrow; however, the road map for the adjustment needs to be commenced today,” Mr Marchant said.

Landmark gets a new lift

A new forklift fleet is expected to lift operational and cost efficiency at agribusiness company Landmark.

The fleet renewal project will be undertaken by Adapt-A-Lift Forklift Rentals and Sales, engaged by the rural company as its forklift and materials handing supplier.

Under the agreement, Landmark will replace its current materials handling equipment with a fleet of new equipment at over 250 sites across Australia.

The decision follows Landmark

Government to host fair work bill briefings

By Ian Neubauer

The Employment Law Division will be conducting briefings across three states next week to discuss the impact of the new Fair Work Bill — the bill intended to replace the Howard Government’s Work Choices laws.

Minister for Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, who introduced the bill in Federal Parliament last Tuesday (November 25), said it aims to create a fairer system for employers and employees alike.

"The bill delivers a fair and comprehensive safety net of minimum employment conditions that cannot be stripped away — a system that has at its heart bargaining in good faith at the enterprise level as this is essential to maximise workplace cooperation and improve productivity and create rising national prosperity," the ABC reported the minister saying.

The Melbourne briefing will be held at the Amora Hotel Riverwalk in Richmond on December 9 at 4:00pm.

The Sydney briefing will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in the CBD on December 10 at 4:00pm.

The Brisbane briefing will be held at the NRA Head office in Fortitude Valley on December 11 at 4:00pm.

No information is available on briefings in other capital cities.

To register your attendance for these sessions, freecall 1800 738 245 or email r.mills@nra.net.au.

UPS to roll out hydraulic hybrid vehicles

UPS' hydraulic hybrid vehicle.

UPS will deploy the first two hydraulic hybrid vehicles during the first quarter of 2009.

UPS has become the first delivery company to place an order for seven hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHV) in a proactive move to achieve fuel savings and environmental benefits.

The purchase forms part of the public-private partnership between UPS and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase the commercial availability and use of alternative fuel vehicles.

Requested by the EPA, the company successfully completed a two-year road testing of the HHV technology, which stores energy by compressing hydraulic fluid under pressure in a large chamber.

“There is no question that hydraulic hybrids, although little known to the public, are ready for prime-time use on the streets of America,” UPS chief operating officer David Abney said.

“We are not declaring hydraulic hybrids a panacea for our energy woes, but this technology certainly is as promising as anything we’ve seen to date.”

The technology enhances fuel economy by recovering vehicle braking energy, shutting off the engine when stopped or decelerating along with more efficient engine operation.

According to the results of the road trial on Detroit routes, the prototype vehicle achieved a 45-60 per cent improvement in fuel economy compared to conventional diesel delivery trucks. If used commercially, the technology is expected to bring a 30 per cent reduction in carbon emissions with similar fuel economy improvements. 

Eaton, which developed the vehicle’s engine, said there were a number of other hybrid vehicle initiatives underway.

“We continue to be pleased with the progress and potential of the hydraulic hybrid system,” Easton CEO Alexander M. Cutler said.

“The market for this technology is truly global and it can provide significant improvements in fuel economy and emission reductions for trucks, buses and off-road vehicles of many shapes and sizes.

UPS’s current ‘green fleet’ totals more than 1,600 low-carbon vehicles, including all-electric, hybrid electric, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and propane-powered trucks.

The company will deploy the first two HHVs in Minneapolis during the first quarter of 2009, with Eaton named to monitor the vehicles’ performance. The additional five HHVs will be deployed by 2010.

CEVA turns on the power

CEVA Logistics has won the contract to manage the supply chain of the largest interconnected electricity network in Western Australia.

The company has announced the signing of a new contract to provide logistic services to Western Power, which operates the isolated electricity networks of 88,000 kilometres of power lines.

CEVA Australia managing director Howard Critchley said the new partnership was expected to strengthen its service capability, encompassing warehousing, materials handling and transportation operations.

“As part of the service solution for Western Power, CEVA will manage a range of specialised and often heavy goods such as transformers, cable, street lighting, and telecommunications equipment under controlled conditions for short and long periods,” Mr Critchley said.

Western Power managing director Doug Aberle said the partnership was sought to establish an effective transport and logistics chain for intrastate services to Western Power depots and construction sites.

Mr Aberle said: “CEVA’s focus on achieving operational excellence has already seen development of a framework that clearly defines specific quality and service levels to ensure that the operation not only gets off to a good start,  but that it is also continually improved upon.”

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