Camco Technologies and Inform Gmbh – Optimisation Software have become the latest two companies to join the Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC 4.0) initiative, aiming to promote, define and adopt standards that will enable the cargo handling industry to embrace the 4th industrial revolution.
At present, interfacing various equipment and systems can be complex, costly and risky due to the absence of a common data language.
The few automated container terminals operating today are closed systems that have been custom-designed with high costs.
Rapid advances in information technology and in particular digitisation, have created new possibilities for the cargo handling industry, that could improve processes by connecting all equipment and systems in real time, thus enabling seamless data exchanges.
Under these new conditions, the members of TIC 4.0 believe that future advanced solutions could be achieved with less risk, at a lower cost and with a shorter lead time. Any type of equipment will have the ability to connect to universal open platforms.
The initiative aims to bring together representative companies from both the terminal operators industry and port equipment manufacturers and suppliers to collectively work on the elaboration of such standards.
TIC4.0 CEO Frank Kho, president Boris Wenzel, and member of the executive council Norbert Klettner remarked: “We are very happy and proud of having within TIC 4.0 our new members Camco Technologies and INFORM GmbH – Optimisation Software, reference solution providers for the port terminal industry.
“We are looking forward to continuing our journey towards the standardisation of port terminal processes and the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies.”
Jan Bossens, CEO of Camco Technologies, said: “We are proud getting on board. Even being in the business for more than 20 years, we still experience a lot of confusion and misunderstandings when defining project scopes, in project execution and even during SLA.
“We are very happy with the TIC4.0 initiative and are keen to help defining a common language facilitating inter-operability of all stakeholders”.
The TIC 4.0 initiative has been endorsed by the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT) and by the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA).