Wearable mobile computer

Symbol Technologies has released a wearable mobile computer and scanner system for high-performance com­

puting in extreme environments.

Designed for warehouse and distribution customers that require hands-free opera­tion, the WT4000 series of wearable mobile computers deliv­ers increased productivity to industrial applications including distribution centre order picking, receiving, replenishment, loading, maintenance and repair.

In addition, it is well suited for logistics applications including package sorting and han­dling.

Worn on either the wrist or the hip, Symbol’s WT4000 series of wearable mobile computers lets users move freely to scan data, access business-critical information, and accu­rately perform data entry in real-time.

For maximum flexibili­ty, Symbol’s new wearable mobile computer also offers headset support for voice directed order picking.

Symbol’s new RS309 and RS409 wearable scanners deliver high-performance scanning and accurate reading of

both poorly printed and damaged bar codes.

The RS309 wearable scanner delivers a wide scan range for workers picking items to fill orders in the warehouse, and also pro­vides protection from condensation when moving between freezer and non-freezer environments.

Positioned out of the way on the back of the hand, the RS309 scanner is light­ weight and can be worn comfortably for a full shift.

The RS409 ring scanner offers form and function, allow­ing unparalleled freedom of movement and versatility in

scanning, picking, and sorting applications.

www.symbol.com

Complete Zebra Card Printer Service and Support

Peacock Bros. are now an authorized service and support partner for the complete range of Zebra Card Printers.

With technical staff fully trained by Zebra Card, Peacock Bros. can complete any service or repair on Zebra Card Printers using manufacturer’s parts and maintaining the printer’s original warrantee.

With service technicians located in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Peacock Bros. can now provide the full manufacturer’s backed repair and service locally.

All types of repairs are completed quickly with a large stock of Zebra manufacturer parts on hand. As well as service and repair, Peacock Bros. can upgrade your existing Zebra Card Printer with the latest in contact and contact-less encoders if the model you have will support it.

The Zebra range of card printers are known world wide for their reliability with sales in more than 90 countries, Zebra Card Printers produce over 1.5 million identification cards every business day.

Performance, size, portability, and durability make them ideal for many applications such as; Access Control, Driver Licensing, Employee ID Cards, Loyalty Cards, Membership Cards, Personalized Gift Cards, Secure ID, Smart Cards, Student Identification and Visitor Badges.

Peacock Bros. also sell the latest range of Zebra card Printers, Blank and Pre-printed ID Cards and Ribbons, making a complete offering of the very best in ID Card Printing solutions.

For your Zebra Card Printer parts, service and repair needs, contact us on: 1300 723 282 or email: pbsales@peacocks.com.au or visit our website at: www.peacocks.com.au

Pronto appoints new Marketing Manager

Pronto Software, Australia’s most successful domestic ERP provider has appointed Paul Goepfert as Senior Marketing Manager.

Goepfert is a member of Pronto Software’s executive management team and is responsible for guiding core product development, spearheading strategic marketing initiatives for the company’s suite of award winning ERP software and overseeing corporate branding.

With 10 years of experience at Pronto Software, Goepfert brings a strong operations background and an extensive knowledge of IT to the position.

He progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in Australia and overseas and most recently led Pronto’s product management team. He was instrumental in bringing to market some of PRONTO-Xi’s innovative features such as planning and scheduling capabilities.

Commenting on his appointment, Goepfert says Pronto Software has a fantastic pipeline of new products and my objective is to successfully bring these products to market and ensure the long term success of Pronto Software and our customers.

“Through strategic marketing initiatives, we expect to grow our market presence in key industries such as Retail, Wholesale Distribution, Manufacturing and Facilities Management,” he says.

Pronto Software’s Managing Director, David Jackman says Paul Goepfert has a deep understanding of Pronto Software, both as a business and brand.

“His focus on driving innovation for our solutions that deliver real customer benefit, and differentiating our brand in an increasingly competitive market, are keys to Pronto’s growth strategy going forward,” Jackman says

Prior to joining Pronto Software, Goepfert held various senior positions in leading French pharmaceutical and automotive companies.

He has a strong track record of managing multi-million capital expenditure projects in manufacturing environments.

Goepfert holds a Degree in Engineering and Manufacturing Management from CESI University and a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology from Swinburne University.

QR Apprentice of the Year Awards

Electricians, diesel fitters and painters are among 29 talented apprentices chosen as finalists in this year’s QR Apprentice of the Year Awards.

QR’s Acting CEO Stephen Cantwell has announced the finalists, selected amid QR’s 474 apprentices across Queensland.

The finalists, from areas including Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay Townsville and Cairns, work in varied roles across QR’s business groups QRNational Coal, Passenger Services, Infrastructure Services and Rollingstock and Component Services (RACS).

Cantwell says the fifth annual QR Apprentice of the Year Awards recognised and rewarded apprentices who had shown exceptional performance in their trades.

The finalists were selected after a rigorous assessment process focused on workplace performance, interviews and TAFE scores.

“I’d like to congratulate our finalists and thank all of our apprentices for the valuable contribution they make,” Cantwell says.

“The QR Apprentice of the Year Awards continue to go from strength to strength because of the extremely high calibre of our apprentices and our ongoing commitment to our apprentice program.”

“QR is dedicated to investing in the future by being a leading employer of apprentices in Queensland.”

QR has continued to employ many apprentices year after year since 1876, when 12-year-old William Humphries was hired to start as an apprentice engine fitter at the QR workshops in Rockhampton.

In addition to an overall Apprentice of the Year winner, three category winners (mechanical, electrotechnology, and construction and allied trades) and the recipient of the Simon Law Encouragement Award for a first-year apprentice will also be selected.

The winners will be announced at this year’s awards presentation dinner on 7 December at the Sofitel Brisbane.

Finalist Julie Wright, 26, a third-year apprentice systems electrician at RACS Redbank, says QR offered apprentices dynamic opportunities.

“I really like my job because it’s interesting and I’m constantly faced with challenges such as fault finding and studying theory at TAFE,” she says.

“I’ve always wanted to move up into management and you can achieve that — QR helps you get from the workshop floor to management.”

“I think it is great QR is focused on recruiting and retaining apprentices because they bring innovation to the organisation.”

Judges preside over Mercury Awards

Australian companies are leading the way in supply chain management, innovation technology and best practice. The strong list of 2007 Mercury Awards entries attests to that.

Submissions have been received from Cadbury Schweppes, Ceva Logistics, FedEx, Woolworths and acclaimed laser vision correction technology specialist Customvis – to name just a few.

The Mercury Awards entries are now being considered by our prestigious panel of judges.

Rob O’Byrne, managing director of the Australian Logistics Bureau, Phil Lumsden, intercontinental operations

manager DHL Global Forwarding and Steven Pereira chief information officer, GS1 Australia join Logistics Magazine editor Anna Game-Lopata to select finalists in six categories.

GS1 Supply chain visibility expertise

Steven Pereira joined GS1 Australia in August 1996 and has held a number of high-level managerial positions. His current responsibilities involve Business Systems, Standards & Emerging Technologies and Education.

Trained in business and commerce at the University of Western Australia, Pereira believes that a thorough understanding of supply chain principles is critical to business success.

A large part of his role is to facilitate the availability of GS1 subject matter experts to external parties such as educational institutions and businesses.

Pereira has been involved in several Asia-Pacific training programs and international forums, and is a member of the GS1 Global Standards Management Process.

He also sits on a number of tertiary institutions’ industry advisory committees, including Deakin School of Information Systems Industry Advisory Committee, and Swinburne Centre for Collaborative Business Innovation Advisory Group.

Pereira is involved in several Australian industry working groups, and is an Advisory Board member on CIO Executive Council.

Prior to GS1 Australia, Pereira worked at Coles Myer Ltd for 17 years where he was involved in distribution centre operations, logistics, distribution systems development, EDI implementation and finance/administration.

DHL, global logistics leadership

Based in NSW, Phil Lumsden has been in the logistics industry for over 32 years and has been employed by DHL Global Forwarding for a similar period.

Currently the NSW Manager for Global Forwarding, Phil Lumsden is responsible for the successful integration in NSW of the two forwarding operations of the former Exel and Danzas Air and Ocean business units.

He’s experienced in all areas of the supply chain, including international forwarding management, warehousing and local distribution.

Lumsden’s capabilities include, management responsibility for profit and loss since 1985, capability and capacity to implement structural reform to maintain the competitiveness of the business area under direct reporting, change management and project management.

A Sales & Marketing graduate, Lumsden has been a customs broker since 1978 and responsible for air and ocean freight forwarding since 1982.

Various management functions performed include divisional management experience from 1985 and state management responsibility since 1989. Lumsden has also managed warehousing and transport operations in South Australia between 1989 and 1992.

He was NSW Manager between1992 — 2000 covering all areas of our services offered in the state. Between 2000- 2006, Lumsden was South Pacific Manager for Logistics Management Services.

Logistics Bureau, thought leadership

Rob O’Byrne has more than 25 years of operational logistics management and consulting experience. Clients include many national and multi-national Top 500 companies both in Australia and overseas, and industries as diverse as pharmaceutical, healthcare, automotive, mining and FMCG.

O’Byrne’s specialist areas of expertise are Cost to ServeTM, outsourcing, supply chain strategy and sales and

operations planning.

He has an MSc in Logistics Management from Cranfield University in the UK. Born and educated in Jersey

(UK/Channel Islands), Rob O’Byrne trained as an explosives Engineer. This “first career” spanned 18 years and

was focussed very much in the Logistics area.

Following completion of a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management initially in logistics management

education and training at Britain’s Cranfield University (UK), O’Byrne embarked on his second career, which involved the planning, delivery and management of a range of postgraduate Logistics courses aimed at middle to senior management.

O’Byrne says this training role exposed him to the challenges of consulting, inspiring a third career change in 1993, when he joined a well-known Australian management-consulting firm with the aim of establishing a Sydney practice.

This was carried out with great success and O’Byrne began building a reputation as a no nonsense consultant delivering results to his customers. He established his own consulting company, Logistics Bureau with business partner Maurice Sinclair.

“We’re proud to have such a prestigious group on board,” says Anna Game-Lopata . “The quality of the entries received indicates the importance in the industry of the Mercury Awards; a significant achievement for an awards program in it’s second year.”

“I’m sure it’ll be a tough, but highly rewarding job to decide the winners,” she says.

Mercury Awards finalists will be announced in the December issue of Logistics Magazine.

Winners will be presented their awards at a gala Christmas dinner on 5 December 2007 at the WatersEdge, Walsh Bay, Sydney and announced in the February 2008 issue of Logistics.

Book your table now on 02 9422 2944

HI4050 weight controllers

Scale Components, exclusive distributor of Hardy Instruments in Australia, has announced the release of the HI4050 line of weight controllers.

Only three inches deep, the HI 4050 general-purpose weight controller is the first of a new line of modular controllers by Hardy Instruments.

It is used in tank farm, batching/blending, filling/dispensing, check weighing, level by weight, and force measurement applications. T

he weight controller is now available with a rate-of-change weight monitoring capability, four-channel Analog, and Modbus TCP/IP network communications.

The rate-of-change mode of weighing allows you to monitor the flow rate of a material on a scale in either gain-in-weight or loss-in-weight applications. This rate data can be displayed locally or remotely over any available networks.

Four independent analog outputs, two current (4 — 20 ma, etc) and two voltage (0 — 10 v) can be configured to any of the instruments parameters over an adjustable 16,000 counts of resolution.

Modbus TCP/IP is a vendor-neutral and open communication protocol, suitable for supervision and control of automation equipment.

The Modbus/TCP protocol operates on all physical network layers supporting TCP/IP, which compromises 10BASE-T and 100BASE-T LANs.

To meet your specific installation needs, the HI 4050 is available with AC or DC power and in panel, remote or blind DIN rail mounting packaging configurations.

Installations are simplified with no special tools required to cut rectangular holes. Just use the included template to drill standard holes and install.

The controller includes a standard Ethernet 10/100 Base T with an embedded web server and an RS 232 printer or scoreboard display port. Optional network communications over Ethernet/IP or DeviceNet are also available.

The HI 4050 weight controller includes Hardy Instruments’ core technologies:

• WAVERSAVER®, which eliminates the effects of surrounding vibration to provide a fast, stable weight display

• C2®, which allows for electronic calibration without the need for test weights

• Secure Memory Module with Secure Digital (SD) card (SMM®-SD), which allows manual transfer of configuration data to another instrument or PC using SD technology

• INTEGRATED TECHNICIAN® (IT) for system diagnostics and troubleshooting

For further information on the HI4050 line of weight controllers please contact Scale Components on (07) 3274 1972 or sales@scalecomponents.com

CargoWise and Descartes Global Logistics form alliance

CargoWise™ edi, a leading provider of integrated international supply chain logistics management systems, has formed a strategic alliance with the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN).

The alliance offers increased management capabilities and greater visibility to global supply chains for logistics service providers and their customers.

The Descartes GLN is a multimodal network of transportation providers and customers that facilitates the interchange of logistics information and provides services that leverage information for customer solutions to the supply chain management process.

The Descartes GLN helps companies better manage their logistics shipment management processes, track inventory, meet regulatory requirements, optimize fleet performance and effectively communicate with their logistics partners.

CargoWise’s ediEnterprise system is a highly modular enterprise-class system designed to automate and streamline the operations and management of engaged forwarding, customs brokerage, contract warehousing and international logistics providers.

In doing so, it supports and automates the highly fragmented logistics process that is used by logistics providers worldwide.

ediEnterprise draws all of these disparate data processes together to provide operators with instant access to real-time information that enables management to have transparent oversight of global operations at all times.

Through this strategic alliance, CargoWise’s ediEnterprise integration with Descartes GLN offers customers additional enhancements such as:

• Carrier booking and statuses

• Ocean Automated Manifest System (AMS)

• Connections with trading partners

This single connection now offers forwarders using CargoWise ediEnterprise software enhanced operating efficiencies through status messaging versus the timely process of manually tracking freight, and it also offers a greater quality of service in more accurate and timely tracking versus manual tracking.

While ediEnterprise is known for its extensive information exchange capabilities, Descartes offers users a single connection with message translation in hundreds of message formats.

“Our focus is providing our customers with comprehensive solutions to interact seamlessly with their extended networks of partners and suppliers,” says Scott Sangster, Vice President, Global Logistics Network at Descartes.

“Our partnership with Cargowise edi extends the ability for organizations and their trading partners to facilitate the interchange of logistics information, streamline shipping operations and standardize business processes.”

“We are continually updating and improving our products to bring greater supply chain visibility to our customers,” says Cris Arens, Global Sales Director of CargoWise edi.

“This alliance brings value added service capabilities to our ediEnterprise module that will benefit our customers and bring greater efficiency to their supply chains on a global basis.”

visit www.cargowise.com.

www.descartes.com.

Coles transforms its supply chain

Coles Group Business Program Director Supply Chain Systems Peter Quine will discuss the organisation’s Supply Chain Transformation program at the November SCLAA NSW breakfast.

One of the biggest Supply Chain projects to have ever been run in Australia, the transformation of the Coles Supply Chain has included the building and opening of 5 Distribution Centres within a six month time frame, the implementation and integration of a wide array of business systems and a significant change management initiative.

Register now for the SCLAA NSW breakfast to find out about some of the key learnings in the execution of this successful project and apply them to your next major change management endeavour.

When Thursday 15th of November

Where Lake Room

Waterview Convention Centre

Bicentennial Park (off Australia Ave)

Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush

Time 7.00 am arrival for a 7.30 am commencement

Breakfast function will finish approximately 9.00 am

Cost $45 + GST for SCLAA Members

$55 + GST for Non Members

$405 + GST for a Corporate Table of Ten

Breakfast included in all prices

To book your attendance simply email nsw@sclaa.com.au or log on to www.sclaa.com.au

Zero tolerance on workplace deaths

EMPLOYEES in the Australian transport and logistics industry are far more likely to die at work than other employees — a frightening truth that is set to be urgently addressed, according to the ALC.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) this week hosted its inaugural National T&L Safety Summit in Melbourne, bringing together 85 senior industry leaders to debate the safety improvements required in the transport and logistics field. Delegates unanimously supported and adopted a new ‘Vision Zero’ approach to safety.

“I find it alarming that it is four times more likely that a worker dies in our industry than the average Australian industry — it’s a stark and unacceptable statistic,” says ALC chief executive Hal Morris.

“Our early discussion at the safety summit was around meeting national safety percentage targets — the traditional approach — but delegates quickly determined that a new mindset is required.”

“An incremental approach is no longer justifiable. We’re not prepared to accept that anybody dies on the job. This is a turning point in the national attitude of our industry to safety.”

Morris says industry leaders agree that safety was not related to industry competitiveness and they would openly share their experiences and initiatives to work towards the Vision Zero goal.

He says a safer industry would go a long way towards attracting new young workers to the sector — a vital factor given the skills shortage that is hurting many industries across the nation.

“If it’s likely they are going to get killed or maimed working in our industry, that’s a really hard sell. So we need to clean up our act and become a desirable place to work.”

To move towards Vision Zero, the summit voted to recognise that safety is a supply chain issue rather than an individual transport modal issue.

“To date, we’ve thought about it as rail safety or road safety or air safety, and to an extent that’s still going to be important,” Morris says.

“But increasingly because of the integration of logistics chains, safety is also an integrated issue.”

Summit delegates called for the ALC to lead the development of a single industry code for safety, rather than the disparate codes that currently exist.

The ALC was also requested to continue its role in advocating safety improvements on behalf of the transport and logistics industry, and to work with unions and the National Transport Commission to establish a national safety group; develop a national safety charter and codes; exchange information; and lobby government for improved incident and safety statistics reporting.

The safety summit was chaired by Ingilby Dickson, VP Logistics & Procurement, BlueScope Steel and executive member of the ALC, and run with financial support from the National Transport Commission.

http://www.austlogistics.com.au/

Expresso hand trucks save time, money and your back

In defiance of the trend towards cheap steel Chinese trolleys, one delivery driver has spent hundreds of dollars per trolley on an aluminium model that he says has saved him money (and his back).

When Melbourne beverage distributor Shaun Mays took an Expresso hand truck out for a trial run, it saved him so much time and effort that he never gave it back. Three years on, he says it’s saved him money, too.

“I was only supposed to have it for a week,” Mays says. “But the Expresso was half as light as anything I had ever used and was making life so easy that I ended up keeping it for six weeks.”

“They finally caught up with me and I arranged to purchase it from there because I just couldn’t go back to the old way of doing things.”

Half the weight, slides up steps

Before Mays switched to Expresso’s light, ergonomic, modular hand trucks he was using traditional steel trolleys which he calls “big and heavy and a waste of time.”

Expresso’s hand trucks are made of elliptical aluminium and composite materials, making them up 50 per cent lighter than steel.

Yet, the hand trucks achieve higher load ratings due, in part, to their comfort, ease of manoeuvrability and versatile design.

“The design of the hand truck makes for easier lifting — you can have it fully loaded and pull it back with one hand,” Mays explains.

“It saves a lot of time and pressure on your back. The slide rails on the back of the truck make for easier access into shops.”

“If they have steps, you use the slide just to go right over the steps instead of going up each step with the wheel,” he says.

The slide is just one of the components of Expresso’s modular system that can be added to suit specific needs and the items being transported.

The hand truck range includes a variety of foot plates, ergonomic handles with moulded knuckle guards, skids and other accessories.

And, the modular design means parts are readily replaceable because each component is available as a spare and can be easily changed.

No breakdowns or flat tyres in three years

The simplicity of Expresso repairs is almost academic for Shaun though – after nearly three years of hard work, Shaun says his Expresso hand trucks remain in top condition.

Better still, he hasn’t needed to replace any parts due to wear.

“I go to about 500 different outlets per week and even the tyres on these Expresso trucks suit what we do,” Mays says.

“They go across gravel or sharp things in a parking lot and they don’t pick up anything. I haven’t had to repair it for a tyre puncture yet.”

Saved time and his back

Shaun Mays says he was sceptical about buying a more costly aluminium hand truck over a cheap steel trolley at first. But he now owns several Expresso hand trucks and has introduced the products to other beverage distributors.

“They’re more expensive but I believe in six months, they pay for themselves with all the time and effort you save,” he says.

“They are lighter and stronger and work is just so much easier. The hand trucks are the perfect height for what we need.”

“We can stack 15 slabs of drinks on there at any one time and it’s easy. So, if you’re like me, you can even save on massage bills because you’re going to have less back strain,” he says.

Why push a heavy trolley?

While the lightweight, ergonomic, aluminium hand trucks are now catching on in Melbourne, Expresso has been a favourite in Europe for more than 50 years. Expresso ensures safe, strain-relieving and efficient goods handling and transport.

Mays says with all the different designs that suit different people and jobs, he recommends the Expresso hand trolley to everyone.

“It just makes life easier — especially with all the OH&S issues. Why push a heavy trolley when you can push a light one that saves you time, money and effort?”

To test drive an Expresso and see how much easier goods transport and handling can be, contact:

Lite Trucks Australia

1300 882 540

sales@litetrucks.com.au

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