Launch of 2 New Standards at the Logistics and Transportation Conference 2022

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We would like to once again thank all of our esteemed speakers, sponsors, as well as you, the participants who had turned up for the Logistics and Transportation Conference 2022!

Apart from launching the Container Tracking System (CTR), the conference also saw the announcement and launch of two new national standards for the logistics and supply chain sector; namely the Technical Reference (TR) 104 Safe use of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) in Warehouses and Singapore Standard (SS) 684 Code of Practice for Container Depot Operations.

TR 104 on AMR can be used in a complex warehouse environment to reduce ambiguity in technology deployment and enhance overall safety while SS 684 will improve the capacity, productivity and safety of depot operations in Singapore.

For the segment on Technical Reference (TR) 104 Safe use of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) in WarehousesDr. KOH Niak Wu, Ph.D. of Cosmiqo International Pte Ltd shared about how the technical reference came about, why it is important for the industry, as well as some examples of factors to consider when implementing such solutions in our warehouses.

Mr. Kelvin Tay 鄭潤星 of Goldbell Engineering Pte Ltd shared more examples of the kind of AMRs that can be implemented, as well as safety features and safety zones to factored in when using such solutions, as well as experiences of using such solutions in warehouse environments.

TR 104 defines the safety requirements relating to the elements of operation, navigation and control of powered AMRs and the system of which the vehicles are a part of, operating in a warehouse. As warehouse automation continues to transform the logistics and supply chain industry, TR 104 will reduce ambiguity in technology deployment and significantly improve overall safety, especially in a complex warehouse environment. 

The Singapore Standards Council, are looking for inputs from the industry players, on how this technical reference can be further refined, and improved, so that it can be further evolved to one day become a Singapore Standard for adoption.

For the segment on the Singapore Standards 684 Code of Practice on Container Depot Operation, Mr Ricky Loo, CEO of CWT Integrated Pte Ltd, and Deputy President of CDAS, shared about the journey of standards development, why they are important to have. He shared about how this standard started life as Technical Reference 53, how there has never been a document on running a container depot operation and its processes, and how the different stakeholders came together to give different perspective on developing this standards. This standard would not only generate better awareness of the industry, improve processes and safety, it would also help depots take the next step towards automation and vertical expansion.

Mr Darren Loh of Ministry of Manpower (Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate) then shared about some of the risk management aspects covered in Singapore Standards 684 Code of Practice on Container Depot Operation. He also shared about how such risks can be mitigated, and the obligations of companies to ensure a safe working environment and having risk management measures in place.

SS 684 strives to improve efficiency of container storage and movement in and out of depots and reduce waiting time of hauliers transporting and collecting containers. It also aims to enhance the overall safety of personnel working within the depots. The enhanced standard will provide guidance to operators aiming to operate depots within buildings instead of the conventional outdoor premises as this will encourage better use of land space due to higher storage capacity as containers can now be stacked higher.

Mr Sriram Ramanujam, PSA Corporation Ltd , also announced the development of a new Technical Reference (TR) on Common Data Standard for container logistics flow.  This new TR is overseen by a technical committee made up of multiple agencies and trade associations and stakeholders working together towards tackling the common problems of frequent congestions at container flow nodes, time wastage and sub-optimal asset usage, inefficient manual communication and poor visibility of truck arrival time.

More information will be shared about this as the TR becomes more developed.

Once again, we would like to thank all the Singapore Standards Council, and the speakers for their support and sharing at the conference.

Look forward to many more promising updates to come!

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