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The investment of three years of work and EUR 4.5 million seems to have paid off. A system has been created that allows consistent digital recording of quality and status-related data in a delivery chain. Among other things, mobile sensors, 3D image processing, cloud platforms and digital services are used in this context, as one of the project partners, the Institute for Production and Logistics at Bremen University BIBA , reports. Creation of a prototype and tests in the automobile industry have already been successful. Now the partners in the SaSCh project (Digital Services for the Design of Agile Supply Chains), one of whom is Bosch, have developed a solution for the market. The project has been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

While it certainly pays off from a commercial perspective to optimize monitoring of the supply chain, the political pressure to do so seems to have diminished for the time being. For months Federal Minister for Development Dr. Gerd Müller (CSU) had been lobbying for supply chain legislation that would ensure compliance with minimum standards in the supply chain. As reported in “Die Welt” , however, the federal government does not want to impose additional burdens on companies during the coronavirus crisis.