The meeting discussed the advancement in standardized data communications
With the aim to discuss the progress made in standardized data communications, 13 companies from the German fuel industry came together at BPin Bochum, organized by Implico to attend the 13th IFLEXX/PIDX meeting.
As transhipment hubs and their partners exchange enormous amounts of data every day, supply chains in the downstream sector are tightly networked. The processes become extremely complex if the companies use different data formats. A group of leading companies from the German fuel industry, the IFLEXX Community, has actively supported standardized data communication for many years.
The international counterpart of IFLEXX, PIDX introduced Planned Movements, a new standard format for transmitting order data from an ERP system to a terminal management system allowing tank terminal operators to view all the relevant data on a planned load even before it is collected.
On-truck computer integration, data exchange portals, IT security and quantity conversionwere discussed by IFLEXX members. A standardized data exchange system set up with over 40 loading locations allows tank terminals and refineries in seven countries to transfer all their loading data to iGOS, a cloud service specializing in the fuel industry.
Kay-Peter Buhtz, CEO of Implico said "This year's IFLEXX meeting was very informative. We saw once again that standardized data communication is an important concern for all members. We are particularly pleased that we were able to welcome a new member into our ranks this year. It is good to see that the IFLEXX Community is growing and that the jointly developed XML format has developed into a key standard for data communication in the fuel industry." PWKD25092017