Marseille, 8 October
On Tuesday 8th October, the Plenary Meeting of the Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC 4.0) took place in Marseilles (France), in coincidence with the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) Autumn Members Meeting.
Nearly 20 international companies from the container terminal operators, equipment manufacturers and software providers sectors met with the objective of advancing towards the establishment of TIC 4.0 as an international association.
TIC 4.0 members have now been working for over one year sub-divided in several working groups to agree on industry concepts and definitions to develop container industry standards that will enable the sector to face critical challenges like digital transformation, energy transition and the evolution towards automation, among others.
This objective responds to a need recognized by the sector of making standards available that allow both operators and manufacturers to adopt a common language for port operations and implement Industry 4.0 models. The existence of these standards will allow a faster and efficient adoption of the Industry 4.0 paradigm and at a lower cost, allowing operators, manufacturers and software providers to share a common understanding of the key aspects that affect the operations and logistics of port terminals.
The TIC 4.0 members have voted in favour of taking the Committee to the next level incorporating as a formal association by the end of 2019, thus to continue working to define harmonised semantics and definitions for port operations. TIC 4.0 welcomes organisations in the Port operations and Port solution providers sectors to join, as the objective is for the association to reach 30 members in 2020.
TIC 4.0 association is promoted and supported by The Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT) and PEMA and is currently chaired by Terminal Link.
Source: TIC 4.0