Frank Hirthammer was born in 1959 in Germany. After high school and university, he joined the armed forces and served as an officer and fighter pilot.
After an additional study at the end of the 1980s, Frank started in IT business as a developer and later as a consultant in the Document Management Business Area.
In the following years, he worked as a consultant, project manager for large international projects in Europe and the United States, and as Managing Director for German IT companies.
As an expert in the field of revision secures archiving of sensitive data, including email archiving, Frank took part in several international congresses in Europe and the United States as speaker.
Since 2013 the business focus changed to the specialized field of Track & Trace of civil explosives. As a responsible consultant and project manager for the implementation of Track & Trace solutions in Europe, Arabia, South America, South Africa, and the United States, Frank advises customers worldwide.
As a speaker at the ISEE Conferences in the United States and the European EFEE Conferences, he has been imparting knowledge about the Track & Trace of civil explosives for 5 years.
Since the introduction of the Explosives Track & Trace in Europe in 2014 for manufacturers and 2015 for end-users, much has changed in all areas of the supply chain and the use of explosives. The regional associations, manufacturers’ organizations and trade associations have proven that it is possible to overcome a hurdle that looks almost insurmountable in the beginning through consistent cooperation.
The paper looks at the problems involved in introducing such a requirement, identifies ways and solutions and draws conclusions from them.
When looking at the current situation, the paper describes the process by which a prescribed change in business processes are transforming into a solution that increases productivity, security, and handling.
In examples from daily work, possibilities for optimization, improved quality assurance, and work facilitation are shown.
By comparing process flows before and after the introduction of Track & Trace solutions, the resulting potential is presented.
What challenges will we face in the future about the use of Track & Trace solutions?
Will the tracking of explosives become the norm worldwide? Which countries outside of Europe still using Track & trace solutions, where are differences? What are future hardware and software developments to be expected? What impact will this have on the global supply chain?