We are excited to inform you that – as of February 1, 2016 - WABCO has acquired the business of Trans-Safety LOCKS® GmbH.
This acquisition of the Trans-Safety LOCKS® GmbH business will enable WABCO to expand its safety and security solutions offering to you. Read more
Until about 3-4 years ago the main and almost the only reason was: anti-theft.
But theft is a subjective term.
For company A theft is a trifle, because the loss of 500 T-shirts or some crates of apples is usually no reason to obtain good locks for a trailer, semi-trailer or van.
For company B, the loss of a few boxes of cigarettes or perfume is reason enough to install a mechanical or even an automatic, GSM / GPS-controlled system.
That was yesterday. Today things are different:
The legislator, whether in Berlin, Brussels and Belgrade, means it so well with the people. The moment where that people could possibly be harmed, the legislator tries to protect us. No matter what it may cost, it should be avoided that people become victims of human error.
As such mistakes occur unintentionally but sometimes also intentionally, the legislator intervenes more and more in production and, more recently, in the transport chain.
In addition to the existing guidelines for general "high value" transports, two further businesses have moved into the focus of legislators:
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Food industry
Although the product groups are completely different, both industries can harm people by poor production, storage or transportation.
The cause of the risk "person" includes the following (we only refer to the transport sector):
- Temperature variations.
With more and better instruments the risk increases, that loads are not accepted by the customer.
- Exchange and counterfeiting of goods.
Entire gangs are specialized in the exchange of goods on pallets.
- Manipulation of goods.
Toxic additions; unfortunately happens more and more.
- Damage to the goods.
People smuggling in trailer; unfortunately happens regularly.
The legislator has not the carrier, but primarily the producer or owner of the goods in the responsibility of a new guideline. Hence, the producer or owner of goods is now looking for carriers that offer such guidelines as minimum requirement.
Guidelines in the form of a GDP (Good Distribution Practice) are issued by the EU, WHO, AMWH, IATA, GMP, GSP, etc. Unfortunately, some EU member states have slightly different guidelines but will converge and undoubtedly the guidelines are going to be further exacerbated.
From the outside it is impossible / difficult to see, if a product is "good" or "bad".
Through good regulations the risk can be reduced. Therefore, controlled locking is one of these measures to meet the guidelines.
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