liquid logistics

Liquid logistics is a specialized material-handling and transportation discipline that is used when moving liquid products through a supply chain.

Liquid logistics is a specialized material-handling and transportation discipline that is used when moving liquid products through a supply chain

Unlike discrete unit products, which can be moved using standard methods of transportation, liquids require specialized handling. Liquids can be shipped in a wide range of container sizes and shapes because they have no fixed dimension requirements. Because of this, liquid logistics offers money-saving opportunities that not available when transporting solid units.

Many factors impact liquid logistics, including temperature, and the transportation methods and precautions will vary depending on the materials being moved. The available quantity of a liquid product can quickly be measured by its levels in a transport tank, and visible changes in the consistency of the liquid can be early alerts to any environmental control issues during transportation. Sensors and flow meters may also be deployed to continuously monitor the condition of the product being transported.

See also: logistics management, transportation management system

This was first published in July 2014

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