Archive for 2020

The OFTP2 protocol is constantly reviewed and updated by the Odette OFTP2 Experts Group,  and the majority of OFTP2 solutions on the market have recently been re-tested to ensure that they continue to satisfy the latest business and security requirements of the automotive industry.

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Watch the live on demand session from the Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Live event, where Robert Cameron, Head of VDA Logistics and Production Department and Chairman of Odette International explains how automotive supply chains could respond more quickly to the volatile powertrain mix in today's car production if outbound communication was more standardised.

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Every day, companies in the automotive industry must manage the many trucks which arrive at their factories to deliver parts or collect finished products. Mobile apps can ease communication between plants and trucks but may leave drivers facing a plethora of apps providing different information in a variety of ways. 

Fortunately, an Odette recommendation for the standardisation of the API data needed to manage this complex process is now available.

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A first collaboration between ECG – the Association of European Vehicle Logistics, VDA – Verband der Automobilindustrie and Odette International has resulted in a set of standard digital messages (EDIFACT and XML) supporting communication across all Finished Vehicle Logistics processes. 

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Throughout the automotive value chain, packaging experts continuously seek to improve packaging materials and processes throughout the life cycle of a product and OEMs are now working together to try to achieve a step change in this area. 

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Auto-Id technologies provide a reliable means to identify and track items as they move through the supply chain, providing the visibility that all professional practitioners seek. While some automotive manufacturers investigate the capabilities of other technologies, RFID still tops the list as the favoured technology, assisted by a considerable decrease in the cost of the associated hardware over the past decade.

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SMMT Industry Forum has recently appointed Richard Sadler to the position of General Manager for Automotive. Richard joins Industry Forum with over 15 years of tier-one automotive manufacturing and supply chain experience. Since starting his career as an Apprentice, Richard has gone on to hold leadership positions in Production Planning, Purchasing, Engineering and Manufacturing.

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