Tomi Korhonen, Managing Director of ACTIW
The unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global logistics industry have created ripple effects that could be felt across every other sector. While the long-term repercussions remain to be seen, the logistics firms are rapidly embracing advanced technologies to sustain business continuity. The crisis has been a catalyst in accelerating the digitalisation of the logistics industry to build resilience in supply chains for future pandemic-like disruptions. Although, over the years, companies have been reviewing their legacy infrastructure to scale and adapt to meet new challenges—COVID-19 has simultaneously raised shipping demand and limited supply chains’ assets. However, most companies in the logistic industry are notorious for their heavy use of manual and time-consuming operations.
Additionally, much pressure is coming from customers in the form of individuals and enterprises, all of whom are demanding their products or services come faster and cheaper than ever before.
That said, technology will play a significant role in enabling logistics firms to overcome the disruptions caused by the virus. For instance, utilising automation in loading operations brings out a substantial increase in productivity, efficiency in the workf low while reducing errors and creating cost savings. Furthermore, automation increases the loading capacity, which makes the additional storage area for dock doors redundant.
This is where ACTIW, one of the leading outbound logistics innovators and solution providers for industrial warehousing and storage, has carved a niche for itself. The company has been providing automated loading equipment, intelligent turnkey solutions, and 24/7 services to improve the safety and productivity of industrial loading for over 30 years. “ACTIW is fully committed to the task of lightening the load of customers and helping them become frontrunners in the automation of outbound logistics with the world’s most sustainable material f lows,” explains Tomi Korhonen Managing Director of ACTIW.
In many instances, the advantages gained with automated production and manufacturing were lost due to the traditional manual handling of goods in the dispatch area. Each of ACTIW’s automated loading systems— LoadPlate, LoadMatic, and LoadForming, were developed for regular, non-modified cargo space such as containers and trailers. Therefore, no alterations to the cargo space or substructures beneath the cargo are required. ACTIW’s LoadPlate is especially suitable for loading complex cargo which is typically laborious to containerise, can easily be wrecked, and needs special shipping units such as open top or f lat rack containers. The LoadPlate ensures the efficiency of container loading operations, capable of loading 30 tons of cargo into a 40-foot container in only 5 minutes. Users can seamlessly integrate ACTIW LoadMatic with their existing warehouse or production systems to streamline supply chains and improve safety. Loadmatic can load both palletised and pallet-less goods such as petrochemicals, FMCG’s, fertilisers, and different types of chemical products in bags, either with or without slip-sheets.
ACTIW is fully committed to the task of lightening the load of customers and helping them become frontrunners in the automation of outbound logistics with the world’s most sustainable material flows
It enables users to get reliable loading slot times in advance and guaranteed loading times of seven minutes or less as rapid live loading of standard trailers or containers improve outbound material f low. LoadMatic loads the cargo into the container or truck in one push when the load is sequenced and transferred. As the last link in the end-to-end solution for fully automating outbound logistics, ACTIW ’s Load Forming solution integrates your existing warehouse or production lines with automated load forming and sequencing systems to increase outbound capacity. The Load Forming executes load forming processes automatically on a load-by-load basis by preparing optimal truckloads efficiently and accurately. It provides users with transparency and control in dispatch operations by giving a complete command of material f low and a constant, reliable supply to their automated loading system.
With decades of experience in solving, optimising, and automating industry-specific loading processes, ACTIW’s automated loading equipment brings outbound logistics a new level of safety, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. The company’s automated loading equipment does this by enabling users to define the exact volume of the automated dock door to control traffic and check-in the goods to the ASRS system using each unit’s ID before the loading process commences. Furthermore, what differentiates ACTIW from its competitors is the company’s proximity to each project. ACTIW typically spends 1-2 years with a customer to identify, analyse and provide end-to-end solutions that serve their requirements. “We are willing to go that extra mile to solve our customers’ loading challenges,” states Tomi.
Today, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to illustrate that companies are not fully aware of the vulnerability of their supply chain relationships to global shocks. Fortunately, it has also spawned the adoption of new supply chain technologies in various industries to enable end-to-end visibility, collaboration, agility, and optimisation. In these drastic times, ACTIW has been working relentlessly, implementing its solutions to ensure its customers sustain business continuity. The company aims to stay at the forefront of the automatic loading solutions space by further developing its products - LoadManager Software based on the value drivers of Industry 4.0. and preparing the company to provide fully autonomous loading in near future. The company is focusing also bringing its automated loading solutions to a broader range of industries and developing improved model of LoadMatic by the end of the year. In terms of geographical expansion, having already established itself in Europe and Asia, ACTIW is currently looking for investment opportunities and support to bring the efficiencies of its automated loading solutions to the North American region.