Particularly relevant for bulk transportation in chemical, food, and pharma industry:
Preloading restrictions, pre-product data base and cleaning requirements
Product quality and safety are essential in all manufacturing industries. Especially in the fields of chemistry, food, pharma, and consumer goods, knowing what substances have been previously shipped, understanding if there are incompatibilities, and ensuring that regulatory requirements are met, is a big challenge. Companies need to apply extremely strict rules in order to ensure high quality and prevent any kind of contamination of their products. But they also need to be able to manage all restrictions and requirements that apply, depending on the product application on behalf of their customer.
The crux of preload restrictions:
- There are many restrictions of different types and depending on different variables: internally and customer-driven
- To specify them you need deep chemical knowhow in combination with logistics understanding
- Currently, companies manage these requirements often in a kind of phrased-based systems, often manually created lists. There is no clear identification of substances.
- How are you supposed to specify pre-product restrictions? In what chemical categories, product families, or classes? Are you supposed to keep endless lists of product names that you exclude?
- Often plant managers need to handle unclear issues when the truck is already at the (un-)loading point
- Cleaning methods and required certificates depend on the pre-products, but – depending on the substance or its application – they still may vary, i.e. there are always different cases that need to be described unequivocally