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BASF invests in Ahrma's intelligent pallets
The Dutch company Ahrma has developed an intelligent and reusable pallet that is coated with Elastocoat C polyurethane spray from BASF. The pallet incorporates an active RFID transponder from Ahrma that allows collecting critical data regarding its position, product movement, fluctuations in temperature, the cargo's condition, or any possible impact or fall. This data allows improving processes, reducing waste, and saving costs. The Ahrma solution works by default with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and the BlueRobin protocol, but it can also be used with LoRa, Sigfox, and LTE-M, if necessary.
Its batteries are expected to last ten years. According to BASF, the collaboration with Ahrma is another step in the strategy it announced last July to support technologies, such as blockchain, sensors, augmented reality, future manufacturing, and new product simulation companies.
Digital logistics, a market with great potential
The digital economy is expected to represent 25% of the world economy by 2025, with an estimated value of 100 BN$. In addition, a survey by the Bitkom digital association shows that eight out of ten companies that transport goods are already using digital solutions at present, as revealed by CeMAT Hannover Messe.
BASF's strategic collaboration with Ahrma allows the company to take an important step towards a more transparent, reliable and efficient supply chain ecosystem. According to Raimar Jahn, the President of the Performance Materials division of BASF, there is a great interest in the intelligent use of logistics data because the companies from any industrial sector are looking for transparent and reliable information in real time to optimize their supply chains.
This technology has already demonstrated its advantages in the chemical industry and BASF and Ahrma want to take a step further, as they trust in its potential for other sectors. Erik De Bokx, CEO and founder of Ahrma, said that BASF was an ideal partner to further develop our concept of intelligent platform and the infrastructure of the surrounding IoT, as they had customers in all markets and industries and a clear commitment to digital transformation.
Publication date: 1/24/2018
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