Elpro Libero PDF Logger

Up till now, data loggers used for cold chain monitoring have required the use of product specific software at each location where it is desired to confirm temperature compliance, the Libero PDF Logger eliminates this by automatically producing a PDF report upon connection to a PC.

The LIBERO can be plugged into the USB interface of any PC to automatically generate a PDF file which can be read anywhere without difficulty. Additional features of the Libero include;

? Compliance with the ISO Standard 19005-1-Document Management

? Temperature logging from -35°C to +70°C with internal sensor

? Multiple use on 400 operating days within 3 years (switch on/off possible)

? 16,000 temperature data points

? Accuracy of measurement: +/- 0.2° (-10°C to 25°), -/+ 0.5° (from -35° to -10° and 25° to 70°)

? Logging modes: start/stop mode, loop mode (Ti1 only)

? 2 alarm limits or 5 alarm ranges

? Integrated PDF file generator which automatically creates an evaluation file including a chart

? Evaluation report (Adobe® PDF/A) with text and graph visualizing the temperature curve and the raw data for all transport sections

Typical applications for the Elpro Libero PDF Logger include;

? Pharmaceutical industry

? Transport of medication, vaccines, units of stored blood, ampullae, ointments as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients and basic elements

? Clinical trials (medication tests and launches)

? Shipments to uncommon delivery destinations with decent infrastructure

? Food industry

? Transport of perishable foodstuffs (fresh, refrigerated and frozen products)

? Transport of flowers and other temperature-sensitive products

For further information please contact.

ETM Pacific Pty Ltd

Level 2, 275 Alfred Street

North Sydney NSW 2060

Ph: 02 9956 7377

Fax: 02 9956 5791

GPS in an emergency

Family owned transport company Ontraq Haulage invested in the OmniTRACK system a year ago in order to track goods being transported to mining sites in WA. Ontraq never anticipated the significance of OmniTRACK’s messaging system until one of their truck operator’s was trapped in a storm just out of Newman in northern Western Australia.

National Sales Manager of OmniTRACK Lindsay Ross explains: “OmniTRACK’s state of the art technology is not only helping businesses monitor their assets, but is ensuring that personnel are safe and able to communicate anywhere in Australia at any time.”

Ontraq business owner Daniel Otway says while their operator was caught in a storm, they were able to communicate through the OmniTRACK messaging system.

“With no other means of communication we were able to message our operator to ensure he had taken all the necessary precautions to prepare for the storm. Likewise, he was sending through messages asking us to call his wife and tell her he would be home soon.”

OmniTRACK provides fleet managers with a range of key performance indicators while addressing duty of care and chain responsibility considerations important in managing assets and personnel.

“Luckily, our operator got through the storm in good shape and was able to leave the site soon after. We will never know what may have happened if we were not able to communicate with the operator in that situation, but as a company we feel that we did the best we could to protect our employee in the situation he was placed in,” Mr Otway says.

“I would definitely recommend OmniTRACK to other businesses. Instead of trying to keep track of where your trucks and staff are through phone calls or worse, guessing where they are, you can always keep one eye on those assets and the other on making your business more productive.”

Mr Otway continued to say that OmniTRACK also assisted his customer liaison, whereby he could advise customers on the exact location of their goods which can be tracked around the clock and that being able to offer an estimated time of arrival of goods makes it more efficient for his clients.

“OmniSTAR has given us great support. It is a fundamental part of our business and we couldn’t serve our customers to our full potential without it. We are starting to capitalize on the capabilities of OmniTRACK and all that it has to offer. Every day we continue to learn more about the features that can help in the running of our business,” Otway says.

RFID supplier sets up shop

Based in Singapore, independent new supplier AdvanIDe focuses on the supply of semiconductors for the use in RFID and chip card products and will be a prime partner for manufacturers of IC cards, transponders, tags and RFID readers.

AdvanIDe is part of ASSA ABLOY AB, the global leader in door opening solutions. The new distributor is headquartered in Singapore with offices in the US, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

The company will take over all silicon distribution and sales activities of the former ACG Distribution GmbH. ACG will cease to exist as a legal entity.

“AdvanIDe stands for `Advanced ID Electronics´ and has been established in order to address manufacturers of RFID tags, chip cards and readers with a complete portfolio of components ranging from wafers, to IC modules and reader ICs”, says Holger Roessner, President of AdvanIDe. “We will continue the tradition of ACG Distribution to work closely with the most significant silicon suppliers worldwide providing a whole range of value added services to the industry.”

AdvanIDe is a global leader in the distribution segment of semiconductors for RFID and chip card applications. The company focuses on the provision of silicon to manufacturers of RFID tags, IC cards and readers and co-operates with leading silicon suppliers. The products are available worldwide through a global network of sales offices.

The company’s mission is to provide its customers the leading platform and organization to improve their position in each market segment of their Identification and Chip Card business. The company also delivers superior support in terms of technical know-how, supply chain management and cost leadership.

Almost 50% like shopping

Presenting at the National Retail Forum, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 14-16 August 2007, Roy Morgan Research has been investigating consumer attitudes towards household grocery shopping over the past twenty years, however in the last eight years and has encountered fluctuating results between genders.

“Throughout the years we have found that men typically enjoy grocery shopping more than women, although the difference between the sexes is typically only a few percentage points,” says Simon Pownall, Director of Analytics and Integrated Marketing, Roy Morgan Research.

“We experienced a peak in 2002 with 50 per cent of males and 47 per cent of females admitting they enjoyed grocery shopping. Our latest statistics show that an equal amount of men and women enjoy their daily, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly trip to the grocery store — in fact it’s almost half with 47 per cent.”

Michelle Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Morgan Research, will be presenting What The Consumer Is Telling Us at the National Retail Forum, along with many other industry experts including Bernie Brookes, Chief Executive Officer, Myer; Peter Alexander, Founder, Peter Alexander Pyjamas; and Pierce Cody, Director, Macro Wholefoods.

Australia’s leading retail conference, the National Retail Forum, will be held in conjunction with Retail Expo Australasia.

New rolling stock tool

A new project, led by Monash University’s Prof Rhys Jones and managed by Pacific National Rolling Stock Engineer Zarko Milicevic, will allow operators to take a validated risk management approach to their rail wagon fleets and maintenance programs.

According to Milicevic, the tool allows operators to make sound decisions based on wagon fatigue such as determining the current condition and remaining life of aged rolling stock.

“We currently don’t have an accurate method of determining the life of rail components or wagons,” Milicevic says. “This is a predictive tool and offers us a validated way of assessing the life and condition of the wagon as a whole, and can identify the growth of small cracks.

“The condition of aged wagons is a huge issue — and will get bigger and bigger as our general freight traffic increases.

“Monash have currently developed this tool to analyse an FEA (Finite Element Analysis) model that can accurately assess crack growth rate of sample wagon underframe materials. It’s not in a user-friendly format yet, but when commercialised, it will allow operators to manage their assets far more effectively.

“This tool has the potential to save many, many millions of dollars in reduced inspection maintenance costs, reduced fatigue testing, improved safety testing, and effective repair-quality assessment. It will also put us in a smarter buying environment when we’re purchasing rolling stock vehicles.”

Further information regarding this and other Rail CRC project outcomes will be presented at Rail CRC’s Technology Showcase 2007 this week – June 7-8 – at the Brisbane Novotel Hotel.

The Aged Rolling Stock Management and Assessment Project is one of approximately 40 Rail CRC research projects, which were established and supported under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Programme.

This current Rail CRC is in its final year of operation and consists of rail industry partners — Pacific National, Queensland Rail, TMG Rail Technology, ARTC, and Rail Corp – and six university partners — Monash University, Central Queensland University, The University of Queensland, University of South Australia, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Wollongong. A newly funded Rail CRC and new research program will commence operation on July 1, this year.

Customers want self serve

It is clear that Australian retailers who want to remain competitive can not afford to ignore emerging self service technologies, as highlighted in a recent paper from the Australian Centre for Retail Studies (ACRS), an exhibitor at Retail Expo Australasia, 14-16 August 2007, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

At the upcoming Retail Expo Australasia, organisers will dedicate an entire specialist zone to Retail Technology, with exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge technology solutions.

Among those will be Jason Seed, Head of Sales and Marketing, Abuzz Technologies, who believes that self serve kiosks will be one of the most important technologies for retailers within the next 5-10 years.

“Self serve kiosks have made and will continue to make a significant impact on the retailing industry as they change the way customers purchase, and expand the reach of non-traditional products into retail stores. For instance, customers can now pay bills and buy credit for their mobile phones at a petrol station or chemist,” said Seed, who will be launching Abuzz Technologies’ award winning kiosk, the Edge, at the Retail Expo.

“The biggest reward is that technology like self serve kiosks and POS systems enables retailers to lift service without increasing costs. Staff can be redeployed from repetitive tasks to potentially more interesting and valuable roles.”

Epson Australia will also be exhibiting in the Retail Technology zone at Retail Expo, ensuring that all visitors are kept abreast of new innovation and retail practices.

Craig Heckenberg, Business Solutions Manager, Epson Australia, agrees that self serve retailing technologies are transforming traditional retailing methods as they allow customers to take control of their own transactions. He also acknowledges the challenges faced when implementing new technologies in a retail store.

“The most significant technological challenge facing the retail industry is streamlining the transaction process — simplifying yet at the same time ensuring reliability. This process is important as it is the last link in the customer’s in-store experience — it is the step that will reinforce the customer’s overall impression,” says Heckenberg.

Fellow exhibitor, Pronto Software’s Product Manager, Chad Gates, predicts that retail technologies will continue to evolve along the lines of increasing customer service speed. As a result, he forecasts customer expectations will rise, as they seek fast, efficient and friendly service. With the advent of self serve retail technologies, industry members must find other ways to deliver customer service.

“Retail is a multi-faceted industry and therefore requires multi-faceted IT solutions. Effective POS and inventory management systems, if implemented and integrated properly, combine to make a powerful combination for retailers who want to stay competitive,” says Gates.

“Retailers have to implement those ‘extra little things’ that will differentiate them from their competitors. Faster check-out times, more choice and better information will be the key — customers want their experience to be personal, without invasive time intrusions.”

In addition to its exhibition presence, Australian Centre for Retail Studies, in the Department of Marketing at Monash University, is Conference Partner for Australia’s leading retail conference, The National Retail Forum, which will run concurrent to Retail Expo Australasia. Both events are proudly supported by Platinum Sponsor Fujitsu Australia and Silver Sponsors Praestegaard Australia and QAS.

Brain drain to continue

With current technological developments, changing generational attitudes and new knowledge, many ‘employment-norms’ have rapidly become obsolete. “Our Society members tell us,” said Society founder and CEO Ric Willmot FAIM, “that everyone realises the days of long-term employee loyalty to a company, employees assigning security to their current employment, and hesitancy to employ a ‘multiple-career employee’ are gone. And that human talent is becoming more inclined to seek high-paying opportunities off-shore in what may appear exotic locales.”

“The Australian economy has never been stronger nor the outlook been more buoyant, yet talent is heading to Dubai, UK and USA in waves,” says Willmot. “So we will continue to see employers thirsting for talent, as the pool of quality people evaporate as quickly as our dams and rivers in this great Australian drought.”

“Our Society members are seeing an interesting shift in attitudes of Generation X and Y, along with a frustration for employers where current immigration is failing to deliver the quality needed to fill positions; whilst Gen X and Y venture offshore where remuneration is at significantly higher rates. But money is not the sole motivator; it is a hygiene-factor. More money will not guarantee the retention of talent, but a lack of money will most certainly see the exodus continue,” adds Willmot.

The winning Prime Ministerial candidate must be prepared to capitalise on the resources boom, assist scientific research to remain here, and bring more corporate investors to joint venture with Australian-owned business, enabling the talent pool to choose to remain in Australia because of exciting and interesting work opportunities.

ARTA supports CoR compliance

Speaking in his capacity as a transport insurance representative, Morris says it is a well known fact that if a truck crashes, and in the worst case scenario, injures or kills someone while severely overloaded, the insurance company has the right to deny any claim for damages, and the driver, and also the owner, can end up in jail.

“After all, as they say, ‘the law is the law, is the law’ and we cannot – at any time – condone the breaking of the law on our roads by heavy vehicles – particularly when it compromises safety for all road users,” Morris says.

“Severely overloaded trucks are a definite safety risk in anybody’s book and the days of overloading are long gone across the vast majority of our professional transport operators today.

“The key benefit the C&E legislation has brought our industry is that it makes everybody in the ‘chain’ accountable and liable — from drivers, owners, consignors (ie. farmers), loaders (ie. header operators) and consignees (ie. grain receivers).

“In turn it means the pressure is spread across those who do not abide by the laws, and provides and ‘even playing field’ for law-abiding operators against those who attempt to ‘fleece the system’.”

Mr Morris was responding to a recent story in The Land newspaper stating that “Central West (NSW) truck drivers believed the 2005 harvest was to be a ‘trial and awareness’ year for new grain overloading rules”.

“The reality is that was not the case, and transport operators were well warned beforehand throughout 2005,” Morris says.

Mr Morris highlighted that the RTA conducted many Compliance and Enforcement (C&E) seminars throughout NSW and publicised C&E information in the trade media in 2005, stating that the Road Transport (General) Act 2005 (encompassing C&E laws) would be introduced in September 2005.

Aussie technology foils car thieves

Earlier this month, a Toyota Camry was carjacked just before midnight in one of Nigeria’s largest cities. The driver of the vehicle was shot in the process, and the thieves escaped in the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was fitted with EziTrak®. Within minutes, the vehicle was tracked and immobilised some 13 km from where it was stolen.

Using GPS coordinates from the EziTrak® unit, police were able to locate and recover the stolen vehicle. The driver has been discharged from hospital and is recovering well.

So what is EziTrak®? EziTrak® is a monitoring, protection & tracking system which gives car and vehicle owners personalised, self-monitoring with no ongoing back-to-base fees. EziTrak® utilises GPS and GSM technology to give the owner instant tampering notification, control, tracking and emergency alert information over the phone.

With EziTrak®, you are completely in control of the security of your car. Interaction is typically by selecting menu options over the phone (mobile phone or landline). This menu allows you to remotely immobilise the engine, lock and unlock the doors, check on your vehicle anytime, and obtain a status report including location to within 6 metres.

As a Silent Anti-theft system, EziTrak® calls its owner within seconds of a door opening or ignition detection. By selecting an option on your phone, you can instantly immobilise the engine and stop the theft. If the vehicle is towed away, you can track its removal over the phone or via GPS mapping software. Unlike other alarms or immobilising products, EziTrak® does not incur monitoring fees or charges; just a once-off purchase and installation cost.

The only additional requirement is a GSM SIM card from your preferred network provider. EziTrak® has an internal Black Box Recorder logging speed, position, time and date from 1 to 255 hours. This information can be downloaded to a PC and then played back on a moving map display.

A GSM antenna allows EziTrak® to be a truly covert security system. This antenna is compact and can be hidden anywhere on the vehicle. The antenna looks like part of the normal wiring system, so detection by thieves is virtually impossible. Ready to install, EziTrak® is a compact, robust module that keeps power consumption to a minimum. EziTrak® offers you security, control, GPS tracking and emergency notification.

EziTrak® is manufactured in Australia and available worldwide. EziTrak® is available in Nigeria through Nigertrak.

USB Thermometer-Logger

Adelaide based company Reltronics has released a new USB thermometer-Logger – a tiny plug and play USB device which can be added to your PC. It measures the ambient temperature and sends the result to your PC via the built-in USB port. The temperature is displayed in the Windows System Tray (small icon at the right bottom corner of the monitor) and is also presented in the application window as an infinite graphical chart with selectable time base.

The thermometer can be connected directly to any USB port of the PC or via a USB hub or extension cable (supplied). The measurements can be saved into an Excel-compatible data logging file and transferred to other applications. The thermometer features include: absolute accuracy of 0.5° C. relative resolution of 0.05° C, infinite chart display in 5 different time scales (10 min, 1 hour, 6 hours, 1 day, 10 days), selectable temperature units: C or F, selectable sample rate (1, 2, 5, 10 sec.), re-calibrate feature and power from USB.

The USB thermometer-logger package includes: installation software CD for Windows 98/2000/XP, the user’s guide, an extension USB cable and an USB digital thermometer.

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