Leuze electronic auf dem Expertenforum „Mobile Robotik“

Leuze electronic zeigt seine Kompetenz in Sachen FTS-Navigation auf dem von der Fachzeitschrift Automationspraxis des Konradin-Verlags durchgeführten Expertenforum „Mobile Robotik“. Dieses findet am 27. Juni bei STÄUBLI TEC-SYSTEMS ROBOTICS in Bayreuth statt. Das Expertenforum „Mobile Robotik“ präsentiert intelligente, flexible Lösungen zur effizienten Automatisierung kostenbestimmender Arbeitsschritte bis hin zur Automatisierung kompletter Montageprozesse. Im Vordergrund der Veranstaltung stehen Wissensvermittlung sowie Erfahrungsberichte der beteiligten Partner und Anwender. Industry Manager Intralogistics bei Leuze electronic, Matthias Göhner, wird in seinem Vortrag: „FTS-Navigation – welche Möglichkeiten gibt es?“ die Sensorik rund um fahrerlose Transportsysteme beleuchten. Ergänzend sich Leuze electronic an einer Table-Top-Ausstellung beteiligen.

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Award-winning BEST PRODUCTS for intralogistics

The world’s first complete “goods-to-person” solution based on mobile 3D robots. A smart modular sorting system. And warehouse optimization software: These are the top three innovations honored with the prestigious BEST PRODUCT award at LogiMAT 2019.

An independent jury of scholars and journalists reviewed 77 submissions and chose three winners that fully live up to the name of BEST PRODUCT as outstanding manifestations of the award criteria: They enhance productivity, reduce costs, and streamline operations. The award-winning companies, through their products, are helping to make processes more stable yet flexible in adapting to changes. By improving efficiency, they are ultimately boosting the productivity of the logistics industry. The BEST PRODUCT award was presented to the winners during the gala opening ceremony on the first morning of the LogiMAT trade show. Presenting the awards was Prof. Johannes Fottner, Chair of the Institute for Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics at the Technical University of Munich.

In the category of “Order Picking, Conveying, Lifting, and Storing Technology,” the award went to French robotics startup EXOTEC Solutions SAS (East Entrance, Booth EO30) for its Skypod system – the world’s first complete “goods-to-person” solution based on mobile 3D robots.

The Skypod system is a complete “goods-to-person” solution for retailers and e-commerce merchants. Skypod is the world’s first order management system to use mobile 3D robots, which use AI to navigate in all directions, including up and down a genuine three-dimensional solution. The autonomous robots remove containers of goods weighing up to 30 kg from shelves up to 10 meters high, then bring them to the pickers. The robots raise the bar on existing technology, moving four times as fast and climbing five times as high as otherwise comparable transport systems. The increased height range lets warehouse operators make better use of their valuable floor space. Hour for hour, the Skypods process twice as many orders as conventional robots. This eliminates up to 15 km a day that human warehouse workers would otherwise have to cover on foot. The system satisfies the need for constant adaptations to an ever-changing market while making it possible to prepare and ship thousands of orders a day within just a few hours.

In the category of “Identification, Packaging and Loading Technology, Load Securing,” the award went to VITRONIC Dr.-Ing. Stein Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH (Hall 3, Booth D10) for its VIPAC SMALLS SORT smart sorting system.

The auto ID solutions from VITRONIC are deployed in logistics centers around the world to efficiently capture and integrate shipment data. VITRONIC has now expanded its product portfolio with VIPAC SMALLS SORT, making it the only provider to offer an end-to-end solution for package logistics. The smart modular system is an end-to-end solution combining data capture with automatic small-package sorting. It can run as a standalone solution in small hubs and depots or be integrated into large hubs within the sorting processes. Each shipment passes through four sections –  infeed, encoding, outfeed, sorting – before being automatically discharged at the desired point. Specialized software controls all the processes and provides real-time data visualization. VIPAC SMALLS SORT is tailored to the precise needs of customers and even works well with very small or bulky packages in cross-border trade, e-commerce, and more. In the encoding section, VITRONIC auto ID systems capture all the shipment data, take high-resolution images, and record the length, width, and height of all shipments. The system reads and processes barcodes and other 2D formats and uses OCR to read plain text. Together, this produces a “digital fingerprint” for each shipment. All the data is automatically saved to an archive system and provides valuable insights for accelerating distribution center processes and driving down costs in next-gen industrial automation.

In the category of “Software, Communications, IT,” the award went to Heureka Business Solutions GmbH (Hall 8, Booth C15) for its warehouse optimization software LOS.

The self-learning software LOS uses artificial intelligence to efficiently and economically manage same-day delivery concepts for products of increasing diversity manufactured in smaller, more highly customized batches. Manufacturing throughput time in intralogistics can be reduced by over 30 percent. The generic solution enhances any warehouse management system and can reduce operating and middle management costs by more than 25 percent. Every movement of goods and several hundred factors that affect intralogistics are analyzed in real time to ensure the most efficient flow of goods at all times. LOS automatically adjusts to any changes in market conditions or customer specifications, saving in-house IT personnel from time-consuming manual adjustments and protecting dispatchers from misapplying obsolete instructions. The software ensures a highly transparent material flow chain that makes it possible to predict daily workloads up to 72 hours in advance. Predictive algorithms alert users to irregularities through the LOS app on their mobile phones, giving them the opportunity to be proactive rather than reactive.

The three products awarded BEST PRODUCT 2019 represent all 1,600+ exhibitors from around the world at LogiMAT 2019 who are presenting their innovations to industry professionals across 120,000 square meters of exhibit space in 10 halls. The International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, the largest of its kind worldwide, continues through February 21 at the Messe Stuttgart convention center.

Event organizer: EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH
Joseph-Dollinger-Bogen 7 | 80807 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 32 391 259 | Fax: +49 89 32 391 246
www.logimat-messe.de | www.tradeworld.de

For more information, please visit: www.logimat-messe.de

Background information:

The BEST PRODUCT award was initiated 16 years ago by the organizers of LogiMAT in order to draw attention to the outstanding achievements of the exhibitors, many of whom are small or medium-sized businesses. Since that time, the award has honored innovative products that have made a significant contribution to streamlining processes, cutting costs, and enhancing productivity in the internal logistics of businesses. The BEST PRODUCT award is presented in three categories:

  • Software, communications, IT
  • Order picking, conveying, lifting, and storing technology
  • Identification, packaging and loading technology, load securing

In the run-up to LogiMAT, an independent jury of scholars and journalists critically evaluates the submissions based on the aforementioned criteria, then selects the winners. The award has since been recognized as one of the most coveted distinctions in the intralogistics industry. Winners are presented with a certificate and a medal during the gala opening ceremony of LogiMAT.

Members of the BEST PRODUCT award jury:

Prof. Johannes Fottner (Dr.-Ing.), Chair of the Institute for Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics at the Technical University of Munich (Jury President)
Jan Kaulfuhs-Berger from the industry journal Hebezeuge Fördermittel / Technische Logistik
Prof. Rolf Jansen (Dr.-Ing.), Institute for Distribution and Retail Logistics (IDH) at the Society for the Promotion of Innovation in Logistics (VVL e.V.)
Matthias Pieringer from the industry journal LOGISTIK HEUTE
Prof. Wolf-Michael Scheid (Dr.-Ing.), Association of German Engineers, Society for Production and Logistics (VDI-GPL)
Tobias Schweikl from the industry journal LOGISTRA
Prof. Karl-Heinz Wehking (Dr.-Ing.), Institute for Conveyance Technology and Logistics (IFT), University of Stuttgart

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LogiMAT: Heureka shows „Best Product“

LOS warehouse optimization software wins "Best Product" award in the "Software, Communication, IT" category – Cycle times in warehouse decrease by more than 30 percent – 25 percent ratio potential in operational and middle management – Connection to all warehouse management systems possible.

Heureka Business Solutions GmbH, which specializes in artificial intelligence and optimization in intralogistics, was awarded the "Best Product" prize at the LogiMAT 2019 logistics trade fair. The warehouse optimization software LOS was honored in the category "Software, Communication, IT". The generic solution complements any warehouse management system (WMS) and can realize a ratio potential of over 25% in operational and middle management. Through the use of LOS, artificial intelligence enables economical and efficient execution of same-day-delivery concepts, decreasing batch sizes and a growing range of articles. The cycle times in intralogistics can be reduced by more than 30 percent in the process. At the trade fair, Heureka Business Solutions is located in Hall 8, Booth C15.

LOS was developed because planned intralogistics processes are static and have to be adapted more and more frequently. "These processes can only deliver good results as long as the planned condition is maintained," explains Richard Lessau, who founded Heureka Business Solutions GmbH together with Dr. Raymond Hemmecke. However, the planned situation is changing more and more rapidly and uncontrollably as customer behavior is modified due to an increase in the variety of items, because exceptions have to be taken into account or due to the shift of the relationship between small and large orders. "The costs of intralogistics are rising significantly with an increase of batch size 1 and a growing variety of items. After all, the fixed and variable costs of a shipment no longer allow for combined costing," emphasizes Dr. Raymond Hemmecke.

For the first time, the self-learning software LOS offers a solution using highly developed artificial intelligence. LOS has already demonstrated a high savings potential for customers such as LOXXESS, Siemens, Simon Hegele and Viessmann. To this end, the solution uses various AI methods such as mathematical optimization, neural networks and deep learning.

In addition to its economic performance, LOS also exhibits great strength in its application: The material flow chain is highly transparent, making it possible to predict day-to-day business for up to 72 hours. By means of such prediction procedures, the associated LOS APP sends a message to the user’s mobile phone in case of irregularities, finally enabling them to "act" instead of "react".

Every movement of goods as well as hundreds of factors influencing intralogistics are analyzed and evaluated in real time in order to ensure the most efficient flow of goods at all times. LOS reacts autonomously to every market or customer change, relieving the IT department of time-consuming manual adjustments and protecting scheduling from outdated rules of thumb.

Background information on the "Best Product" award

LogiMAT is considered the world’s leading trade fair for intralogistics and has been honoring the "Best Product" since 2003. The most groundbreaking product and company in the industry is selected from 1,600 exhibitors to receive this award for significant contributions to cost savings and increasing productivity in intralogistics.

The prize is one of the most important awards in the logistics industry and is awarded by a jury of independent leading experts from business, science and the media.

The "Best Product" award is presented in three categories:

  • Software, communication, IT
  • Order picking, conveyor, lifting and storage technology
  • Identification, packaging and loading technology, load securing

Background Heureka Business Solutions GmbH:

Heureka Business Solutions GmbH, based in Pfullingen, Germany, is a software and consulting company specializing in the digitization and optimization of intralogistics with the help of artificial intelligence. Customers include Daimler, Siemens and Viessmann. Our strength lies in building bridges between intralogistic know-how and mathematical competence. Heureka operates branches in Munich, Fürth and Pfullingen.

The company was founded by Richard Lessau – a factory planner for many years who, among other things, was involved in the BVL award-winning logistics center for Mercedes-AMG in 2014 – and by Dr. Raymond Hemmecke – a former mathematics professor for combinatorial optimization at the Technical University of Munich.

Under the name LOS, Heureka distributes a modular warehouse optimization software which can be connected to any warehouse management system (WMS). The solution can significantly optimize intralogistics with the help of self-learning processes by permanently analyzing dynamic customer behavior and optimizing the material flow.

Heureka also offers planning services for intralogistics systems and logistics centers. The use of LOS and the LOS+ module – a planning program specifically developed for intralogistics – reduces planning periods from several months to just a few weeks.

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nextLAP expands its IIoT hardware portfolio: New wireless devices for „Smart Shelf“

nextLAP GmbH (www.nextlap.de) has expanded its portfolio of IIoT-based solutions for the simple digital control and automation of production and intralogistics processes. The new items include two wireless devices ‒ a call button and a roller rail sensor. Both are compatible with nextLAP’s "Smart Shelf" solution, which connects IoT devices with nextLAP’s IP/1 platform that acts as a data hub. The "Smart Shelf" is used for optimizing material flows, ergonomics and inventories.

Thanks to nextLAP’s modular rack system, all kinds of order-picking processes can be easily digitized and automated. The "Smart Shelf" comprises IoT buttons with an LED screen, controller, and a screen or tablet. Shelves and storage areas are equipped with IIoT components and connected to the IP/1 platform, where all data are brought together and analyzed in real time.

The new call button and roller rail sensor complement nextLAP’s wireless IIoT hardware portfolio. The wireless devices give the solutions the highest level of flexibility.

Wireless call button

The wireless call button enables material to be retrieved in real time ‒ directly and error-free ‒ at the press of a button, for instance for delivery to large load carriers (LLC). In addition, the call button sends selected information to the operator using a graphics-capable, high-contrast, yet energy-saving e-paper display. This applies, for instance, to order status, part numbers, or barcodes for material linking by scanner, allowing valuable information to be accessed and viewed easily and quickly.

Wireless roller rail sensor

The wireless roller rail sensor reliably registers the allocation status of roller conveyor positions – optionally from one or two container positions. If a container position is empty, a wireless message is sent that is directly translated to a material request. The flow rail concept allows a very flexible and simple connection to existing rail systems in flow racks.

Plug and play installation and easy connection to "Smart Shelf"

Both devices are plug and play components and 100% wireless. They are battery operated and maintenance free for 2 to 12 years. They communicate via the LoRa™ wireless network. This interference-resistant and energy-efficient technology allows ranges of up to 1000 m and ensures very high scalability up to several hundred devices that can be quickly and easily configured and connected to the nextLAP "Smart Shelf" app.

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LogiMAT 2019: Element Logic is presenting news in unique future-proof automated warehouse technology

Imagine a warehouse operated by intelligent robots that move rapidly over a three-dimensional aluminum grid, goods picked automatically by collaborative robots, everything synchronized by state-of-the-art software – welcome to your future warehouse.

How can such a warehouse be designed in an optimal way? How can a maximum of process reliability, energy and space efficiency be guaranteed?

These and many more questions will be answered by Element Logic at the LogiMAT 2019 trade fair.

The company Element Logic

Having more than 30 years of experience in the field of warehouse solutions, Element Logic helped numerous companies of different sizes and industries to meet the increasingly complex demands and dynamics of their markets.

In most cases, the core of these solutions is the unique automated storage and retrieval system AutoStore®. Beyond that, the portfolio of Element Logic covers solutions for processes from incoming goods to outgoing goods. Along with automatic erecting and closing of boxes, labelling and conveying these solutions also include automated picking by robots.

Revolutionary news

At this year`s intralogistics trade fair LogiMAT, Element Logic will be present with some revolutionary news. True to the fair`s motto “Intralogistics at first hand: Intelligent – Efficient – Innovative” the first AutoStore integrator in the market will showcase a new line of AutoStore® modules that are a complement to the existing products, covering highest demands.

All warehouse solutions by Element Logic are tailor-made, scalable and flexible in design. The Element Warehouse Control System (EWCS) shows what a well-engineered software tool for AutoStore® integration can do to optimize warehouse performance.

“The cost for personnel and square meters are constantly increasing, and lack of space is always a challenge. Thus we have to think smart and effective when it comes to space and productivity. With AutoStore in combination with our EWCS-module, we represent a best practice for how to solve the challenges our customers are facing within Intralogistics”, states Michael Kawalier, Managing Director Element Logic Germany GmbH.

Robotic arm

In addition, Element Logic will be co-exhibiting with RightHandRobotics for the very first time. Visitors of their booth will be able to explore an automatic item picking solution based on a collaborative robot, enabling a safe collaboration with operators.

Element Logic is looking forward to interesting conversations and is proud to present the warehouse technology of the future.

Element Logic – Hall 1, stand H21
LogiMAT February 19th-21st, Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre

Review the trade fair highlights of Element Logic at LogiMAT 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAPU0FHNWsI

LogiMAT 2019

17th International Trade Fair for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management
Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Germany
https://www.logimat-messe.de/en

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Lyko Group AB invests in SSI Schaefer’s warehouse solution

The Swedish company Lyko Group AB, a leading omni-channel specialist for haircare and beauty products in the Northern countries, trusts the general contractor SSI Schaefer with the realization of their new automated distribution center in Vansbro, Sweden. The turnkey project includes the high-performance shuttle system Cuby, ergonomic work stations and the logistics software WAMAS®.

Lyko`s leading market position online and their 38 wholly-owned retail stores produces a continuous, rapid growth in the current markets in Sweden and Norway. To be able to handle this strong growth, strategy for geographic expansion, a large number of articles and to maintain a high service level towards their customers were the reasons for Lyko to increase efficiency of their warehouse operations.

Lyko has announced that it will secure their future in warehousing by cooperating with one of the world’s leading suppliers of logistics solutions, SSI Schaefer.

SSI Schaefer is going to realize a state-of-the-art warehouse for Lyko in a 10,000-square-meter facility including a 5-aisle shuttle system that will provide Lyko`s customers with around 50,000 different beauty products. Following the specific Nordic health & safety requirements, the goods-to-person-work stations will be installed accordingly to SSI Schaefer’s principle ergonomics@work!®. A bin and carton conveying system will connect the different warehouse areas efficiently. Furthermore, the WAMAS® logistics software from SSI Schaefer is going to coordinate the transparent warehouse processes.

Partnering with SSI Schaefer enables Lyko to increase significantly their productivity and storage capacity, improve picking performance and produce overall operational simplicity with consistent and streamlined warehousing processes.

Lyko`s Logistics & Purchasing Officer, Anna Persson explains: “SSI Schaefer served us with a strong intralogistics concept that offers a great flexibility. This together with excellent team work and cooperation were the main reasons that we choose SSI Schaefer as the system supplier for our new logistics center in Vansbro”.

The system is scheduled to go live in the beginning of 2020.

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LogiMAT 2019 – First-hand packaging technology

In response to new regulations, packaging industry exhibitors at the 17th LogiMAT are showcasing new developments and innovations in machine technology, methods for reducing the use of traditional materials, and brand-new materials.

As people become more environmentally conscious, manufacturer and consumer interest in sustainability is spreading to the packaging industry as well. Germany’s new Packaging Law, which took effect January 1, has also changed the rules of the game. First, it boosts demand for traditional recyclable packaging materials like cardboard sheets and boxes and the packaging technology they require. What’s more, “the new Packaging Law could serve as a catalyst for the development and deployment of new technologies, especially around plastic packaging, and establish a circular economy for plastics at the material level that brings together efficiency, environmental protection, and resource conservation,” predicts Kirstin Michels, an advisor for sustainable packaging solutions at the engineering firm “Clever eingepackt” in northern Germany, pointing to upcycling projects and technologies that reuse plastics from household recycling.

This background marks a key trend reflected by packaging industry exhibitors at the 17th LogiMAT. “International packaging industry representatives are presenting more than just innovative machine technology in Stuttgart,” explains LogiMAT Exhibition Director Michael Ruchty of EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH, which organizes the event. “Many of the solutions on display highlight resource-friendlier, optimized methods for using traditional materials and feature entirely new materials, reflecting the current trend toward circular economies of recyclables and the use of sustainable materials.”

Pregis GmbH (Hall 6, Booth A25), a subsidiary of the UK-based Pregis Europe, is introducing new packaging systems from the Easypack brand that work with 100 percent recycled paper. The PackmasterTM Pro and PackmateTM Pro models transform one- or two-play paper of varying strengths into durable paper cushioning, expanding the initial paper volume by a factor of up to 80. Kreiter GmbH (Hall 4, Booth A71) offers a pickup service for used paper and cardboard boxes, which it recycles as the raw material for paper cushioning. The company offers free pickup of recyclables within a 150 km radius, processes them into tear-resistant, dust-free cushioned padding under the Karopack® brand, then delivers them again – with custom logos or other promotional branding on request. The company even franchises to certified workshops that employ the disabled.

Priotega GmbH & Co. KG (East Entrance, Booth ES54) is presenting cArtù, a corrugated cushioning material that offers an alternative to traditional PE foam materials. Formerly made from cardboard, cArtù is now constructed from 100 percent recycled paper and comes in 8 mm to 20 mm thicknesses with open or closed corrugations. Kraus Maschinenbau GmbH (East Entrance, Booth ES70) is introducing a newly developed packaging machine for paper bags, which require less packaging volume and offer a green alternative to foil packaging. The device can accommodate various qualities of paper to produce custom bag sizes and branded bagging. By staging and automatically opening and labeling the bag, it also relieves workers of tedious tasks.

Sârmatec SRL (Hall 1 gallery, Booth OG19) and Walther Faltsysteme GmbH (Hall 6, Booth A15) are also turning to circular economies of recyclables. Sârmatec is presenting new custom-built foldable and stackable wire-mesh containers designed to be used and re-used in a circular economy for up to eight years, depending on the application. Walther is coming to Stuttgart with high-quality sustainable logistics containers made of unconventional materials. Visitors to LogiMAT 2019 can see the world’s first plastic folding box made of recycled materials and sunflower seed fibers, part of Walther’s Greenline+ series. The sunflower compound the company uses is a byproduct from agricultural production.

In the field of systems engineering, manufacturers are focused on automating processes and reducing volumes. Kern AG of Switzerland (Hall 2, Booth D08) is presenting PackOnTime@size, a system for custom packaging. A 3D scanner measures the products to be packaged and decides which size sheet of corrugated cardboard to pull into the machine and fashion into a box. The product is then placed into the custom packaging, and the box is sealed. This eliminates cutting scraps, lowers the amount of corrugated cardboard needed, and reduces the transport volume.

e3neo NeoPack Solutions SAS (Hall 5, Booth F80) and Neopost Shipping (Hall 2, Booth C15) are also showcasing solutions that customize packaging to the goods. Neopost is targeting e-commerce merchants with its CVP-500, which uses auto-boxing technology to measure, build, glue, weigh, and label user-defined corrugated cardboard packages in a seamless process that lasts only seven seconds and, according to the manufacturer, reduces box sizes by up to 50 percent compared to standardized boxes. NeoPack’s Cut’it lid application also aims to reduce box sizes by automatically adjusting the box height to the actual contents before attaching a lid with four flaps. The result is a smaller shipping volume, better stackability and fill rate on pallets, and improved packaging quality.

Industry professionals in Stuttgart will also have the opportunity to look at a wide range of new stretch wrappers. Hagenauer+Denk KG (Hall 3, Booth F67) is presenting its new HDconnect, an example of how technology can help optimize resource consumption: HDconnect uses a film prestretch system and sophisticated instruments to analyze the wrapping process and the film needed to wrap each pallet, then takes into account equipment parameters such as the turntable speed, prestretching, wrapping tension, and the number of wrapping layers to optimize the amount of film required. Manufacturers like Emba-Protec GmbH & Co. KG (Hall 4, Booth F25) are also designing more and more devices to use high-tech film, which can achieve the same or even superior cargo securement with up to 50 percent less material.

The exhibitors profiled above demonstrate how the packaging industry is developing solutions to satisfy current trends and the demands of a changing marketplace. “From procurement and consumption costs to quality of service and efficiency, there is a close link between logistics and packaging,” Ruchty concludes. “That’s why productivity gains in packaging and the realignment to future-ready, sustainable solutions and materials offer such a great potential for savings. Packaging industry representatives in Stuttgart are showing how these savings can be unlocked and how the industry is doing its part. In that sense, the 17th LogiMAT offers a kind of glimpse into the future.”

About LogiMAT

LogiMAT 2019, the 17th International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, takes place February 19–21 on the grounds of Messe Stuttgart, directly adjacent to Stuttgart International Airport. LogiMAT, the world’s largest intralogistics trade show, offers a comprehensive overview of everything driving the intralogistics industry, from procurement to production to shipping. International exhibitors gather early in the year to showcase innovative technologies, products, systems, and solutions for streamlining operations, optimizing processes, and cutting costs in a company’s internal logistics.

TradeWorld, the Professional Platform for Trade Processes embedded within LogiMAT, features products and solutions for e-commerce and omnichannel. Beyond the exhibitor booths, visitors to this combined event can also experience a different program of presentations each day covering a wide range of topics.

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LogiMAT 2019 – First-hand logistics software

At the 17th annual LogiMAT, the software industry is turning to the key trends of system integration and data analytics with products to help achieve digital transformation and manage streamlined processes. Increasingly, this involves methodologies and procedures of artificial intelligence, including machine learning and neural network integration.

What will the future bring? The omnipresent theme of digital transformation occupies tech consumers like almost no other issue today. Innovative sensors for the internet of things, lightning-fast computers and processors, storage capacities, and algorithms that further automate software processes themselves – all this is ushering in an entirely new era for automation and digital innovation. Information technology is key to efficiently processing the collected data, managing the processes, and tapping into the added value and competitive edge that these new technological innovations offer.

Developers and providers of intralogistics software solutions will be on hand at the 17th International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management in Halls 6 and 8 to present a comprehensive overview of today’s products and services for IT infrastructure. Alongside a variety of warehouse management system designs, including new features for fully integrated processes and cutting-edge applications that harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI), industry professionals in Stuttgart will find innovative solutions in such diverse fields as industrial wearable-based augmented reality, telematics and transport management, information security management systems, and the latest software solutions for customs, shipping, and export controls.

“From sub-systems and partial systems for best-of-breed solutions to comprehensive supply chain suites, LogiMAT 2019 offers industry professionals from around the world the opportunity to learn about the latest functional developments and software for the future-ready design of their IT infrastructure and directly compare different solutions side by side,” says LogiMAT Exhibition Director Michael Ruchty from event organizer EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH. “The exhibitors are focusing specifically on system integration and data analytics. From embedded simulation models to integrated machine learning, one sees a rich diversity of functionalities that help customers in more and more areas use data more efficiently and make better decisions.”

A bit of background: The horizontal integration of supply chain applications continues to grow in parallel with increased vertical integration of up- and downstream systems. As the industrial sector embraces IT technology, the smart and seamless coupling of IT systems at both levels will define future system engineering and product spectrums. Developers have already created the foundation for this with the modular design of their systems and service-oriented architectures. On the level of horizontal systems, for example, both transport management systems and warehouse management systems each now increasingly incorporate the functionalities of the other. Going forward, warehouse management system modules will be integrated into ERP systems as needed and vice versa. PSI Logistics GmbH (Hall 8, Booth D76) is presenting this kind of approach with the cross-system, modular integration of products from the PSI Logistics Suite into the ERP infrastructure. The software company is also presenting the planning and control system for logistics networks, PSIglobal, in a big data function as a converter for harmonizing heterogeneous data from various sources. PSI is even introducing an AI application in which deep learning with a neural network integrates process control, auto ID, documentation and back-tracing with surveillance camera systems, and closed circuit television.

Machine learning (ML) is one of the fastest-growing fields in all of data analytics, and it forms the basis of today’s AI applications. Advanced analytics and ML together offer wide-ranging opportunities to further improve process management. The underlying algorithms calculate and identify hidden patterns and expose interrelationships to uncover further potential for optimization. Moreover, looking ahead at future developments, it’s likely that AI emerging from today’s digital revolution will have a long-term impact on the changes in IT infrastructure and the replacement of today’s proprietary software with open systems. That’s why so many exhibitors at LogiMAT 2019 are presenting ML-based applications for extended data analytics, customer relationship management, process control, and predictive maintenance.

Team GmbH (Hall 8, Booth B21) is a software company focusing on data analytics with its ProStore® warehouse management system, featuring brand-new analytical and visualization capabilities. The startup FPrimeZero GmbH (Hall 6, Booth F62) is unveiling its new Supplybrain software, which fuses control engineering and the tools of artificial intelligence (AI) to achieve high-efficiency supply chain management. Supplybrain delivers real-time analytics of orders and material flows in the supply chain and manages process workflows accordingly, simulating sub-processes in the background with the help of a digital twin and optimizing them to the current order volume with the help of AI and control engineering technologies. MotionMiners GmbH (Hall 8, Booth C18), a startup launched by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), is presenting its Motion-Mining® technology, which draws on sensors and deep learning to automatically analyze manual processes for the high-tech industry of tomorrow. Inform GmbH (Hall 8, Booth D61) is coming to LogiMAT to present a new process for automatically managing regional locations by service level and budget, allowing enterprises with complex network architectures to calculate reorder points and maximum stock levels for each item at each location.

Salt Solutions AG (Hall 8, Booth D35) is showcasing its eye-catching Dobot M1 industrial robot, which uses deep learning frameworks to recognize objects and automatically perform predefined workflows based on modular coding blocks. Inconso AG, (Hall 8, Booth D55) is an all-rounder for smart collaboration with options for integrating robots, sensors (IoT and industrial IoT), augmented reality, voice applications, and artificial intelligence. Their focus at LogiMAT is on integration as the key to efficient logistics management.

Exhibitors are also bringing along a wide range of products and innovations to illustrate the sub-system level and how it can be managed. Anronaut GmbH (East Entrance, Booth EO80) is presenting its proprietary software platform at LogiMAT 2019 as a control tower for automated guided vehicles (AGVs). In the interests of reducing and synchronizing interfaces, the platform has been designed to be forward-compatible with the next version of the German automotive industry’s VDA/VDMA standard. iFD GmbH (Hall 10, Booth A01) is introducing its transport control system with a new module for tugger train control and interfaces to semi-automated and fully automated transport systems. sysmat GmbH (Hall 8, Booth B23) is featuring its material flow computer software matCONTROL graphics, a solution for the system-neutral integration and control of automated areas that enables direct control of automated storage and retrieval systems and system components from an ERP system. The Paari® Group (Hall 6, Booth G67) is also presenting a self-service terminal with facial recognition – a first at LogiMAT 2019. It can handle the task of check-in and identity verification using a driver ID or RFID card and issue yard permits or routing slips.

“Flexibility, automation, and integration are the themes driving software development in this new age of high-tech industry,” concludes Exhibition Director Michael Ruchty. “At the 17th edition of LogiMAT, software exhibitors from around the world are responding with products that emphasize both their innovation and the potential for development that arises from the integration of new technologies. Given the current changes in the system environment and rapid developments in the related technologies of sensors, robotics, imaging, and AI, it will be exciting to watch how logistics software evolves – as the examples outlined above make clear.”

About LogiMAT

LogiMAT 2019, the 17th International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, takes place February 19–21 on the grounds of Messe Stuttgart, directly adjacent to Stuttgart International Airport. LogiMAT, the world’s largest intralogistics trade show, offers a comprehensive overview of everything driving the intralogistics industry, from procurement to production to shipping. International exhibitors gather early in the year to showcase innovative technologies, products, systems, and solutions for streamlining operations, optimizing processes, and cutting costs in a company’s internal logistics.

TradeWorld, the Professional Platform for Trade Processes embedded within LogiMAT, features products and solutions for e-commerce and omnichannel. Beyond the exhibitor booths, visitors to this combined event can also experience a different program of presentations each day covering a wide range of topics.

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TORWEGGE ist zum zweiten Mal mit FTS für den IFOY-Award nominiert

Zum zweiten Mal ist ein Produkt von TORWEGGE unter den Finalisten des IFOY-Awards: Der Manipula-TORsten ist die neueste Entwicklungsstufe des fahrerlosen Transportsystems (FTS) TORsten und ist in der Lage, einen Roboterarm zu steuern. Damit kann er als mobiler Manipulator in Logistik- und Produktionsprozesse integriert werden. Nominiert ist das FTS in der Kategorie „AGV/Shuttle“. Ob sich TORWEGGE mit dem mobilen Roboter gegen die Konkurrenten Jungheinrich und Still durchsetzen kann, wird am 26. April bei der Preisverleihung in der Wiener Hofburg bekannt gegeben. Bereits vom 19. bis 21. Februar präsentiert der Systementwickler aus Bielefeld seinen Manipula-TORsten auf der internationalen Fachmesse für Intralogistik-Lösungen und Prozessmanagement LogiMAT in Stuttgart.

„Dass wir zum zweiten Mal mit TORsten für den bedeutungsvollsten Innovationspreis der Intralogistik nominiert sind, macht uns stolz. Jetzt sind wir gespannt, ob wir wieder den Kampf David gegen Goliath gewinnen können“, sagt Jörn Dauer, Bereichsleiter Intralogistik der TORWEGGE Intralogistics GmbH & Co. KG. Bereits 2017 setzte sich das System gegen eine Kombination aus FTS und intelligenten, fahrenden Durchlaufregalen von SSI Schäfer und Identytec durch.

Der nun nominierte Manipula-TORsten ist ein Ergebnis der flexiblen Modularität des Basis-Fahrzeugs, das sich durch diverse Komponenten erweitern lässt. In diesem Fall hat TORWEGGE einen Roboterarm aus dem Hause Pilz eingebunden. Der nun mobile Roboter automatisiert Produktions- sowie Pickingprozesse für zahlreiche Anwendungen und Branchen. Im Vergleich zum Vorgängermodell erhöht ein integriertes induktives Ladesystem zudem die Verfügbarkeit. Dauer betont die Bedeutung der Weiterentwicklung: „Die mobile Robotik ist der nächste Evolutionsschritt in der Intralogistik. Da es aber nicht von jetzt auf gleich zu einer Vollautomatisierung kommen wird, bedarf es Geräte wie unseren Manipula-TORsten, die gleichermaßen mit Menschen und Maschinen interagieren können.“

Die Marktrelevanz, den Kundennutzen, den Neuheitsgrad und die Art der Umsetzung des Produkts überprüft eine Jury während der IFOY-Testtage vom 1. bis 8. März auf dem Messegelände in Hannover. Um zu zeigen, was das System kann, hat TORWEGGE zwei Intralogistikszenarien abgebildet. Darin kooperieren der 2017 mit dem IFOY-Award ausgezeichnete TORsten und dessen weiterentwickelte Variante. Es wird gezeigt, wie die Systeme bei der Beförderung und beim Picking von Gütern miteinander interagieren und an andere Einheiten des internen Warenflusses angebunden werden. Beispielsweise übernimmt ein mit einem Rollenförderer ausgestatteter TORsten einen Materialbehälter von einer Rollenbahn und befördert diesen in ein einige Meter entferntes Regal. Der mobile Pick-Roboter Manipula-TORsten entnimmt diesen wieder und bringt ihn zurück zur Rollenbahn. Der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert TORWEGGE die Anwendungsfälle bereits während der LogiMAT in Halle 10 an Stand B39.

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LogiMAT 2019 – Fördertechnik aus erster Hand

Auf der 17. LogiMAT zeigen die internationalen Geräte- und Anlagenbauer der Fördertechnikbranche die jüngsten Produkt- und Systementwicklungen für modernen innerbetrieblichen Materialfluss. Mit ihren diversifizierten Exponaten eines zunehmend breiteren Produktspektrums zeigen sie in Stuttgart die aktuellen Entwicklungstrends auf und dokumentieren zugleich das gestiegene Anforderungsprofil der Branche zwischen Software, FTF und Robotik.

Mit ihren Exponaten und Dienstleistungsangeboten im Bereich Lager- und Fördertechnik unterstreichen die internationalen Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer auf der 17. Internationalen Fachmesse für Intralogistik-Lösungen und Prozessmanagement gleichermaßen die aktuellen Entwicklungstrends, sowie die Positionierung der Branche. Die traditionell stärkste Ausstellergruppe auf der LogiMAT belegt in diesem Jahr Halle 1 – nebst Galerie – sowie die Hallen 3, 5 und 7. Das diversifizierte Ausstellungsangebot an Neuheiten sowie weiterer System- und Geräteoptimierungen bewährter Anlagenkonzepte und Materialflusskomponenten reicht von Geräten der klassischen statischen Lagertechnik und der Optimierung entsprechender Prozesse über automatisierte Fördertechnik und vollautomatisierte Systemlösungen bis hin zu Fahrerlosen Transportfahrzeugen (FTF), robotergestützten Kommissionierlösungen und Softwaresystemen für Materialflusssteuerung und Lagerverwaltung. Bei den Anlagenkonzepten steht dabei die ganzheitlich ausgerichtete Prozessautomatisierung mit skalierbaren Angeboten für optimierte Fertigungsprozesse kleiner Stückzahlen bis hin zur Losgröße 1 mit individueller Ausprägung im Mittelpunkt.

Ebenso breit gefächert wie das Spektrum der Exponate ist die Unternehmensstruktur der Aussteller: „Die Aussteller auf der 17. LogiMAT repräsentieren – vom global aktiven Generalunternehmer und Systemintegrator für komplexe Logistikanlagen bis zum spezialisierten KMU für Sonderbauten und Anlagenkomponenten – erneut einen Querschnitt der Branchenstruktur“, urteilt LogiMAT-Projektleiter Michael Ruchty vom Messeveranstalter EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH, München. „Dabei setzt sich der seit einigen Jahren beobachtbare Trend fort, dass insbesondere die Mainplayer sich mit ihrem Produktportfolio bei der Hardware immer breiter aufstellen und sich überdies im Software-Bereich – durchaus mit eigenen Unternehmenseinheiten für die IT-Entwicklung – mit Lagerverwaltungssystemen weit über die Anlagensteuerung und Materialflussrechner hinaus im Markt positionieren.“ So präsentieren sich etwa Aberle, Knapp, SSI Schäfer, Vanderlande oder Viastore in Stuttgart sowohl als Aussteller im Bereich Anlagen- und Fördertechnik als auch, mitunter sogar mit zusätzlichen Ständen in der Software-Halle 8, als Anbieter von IT-Systemen für Lagerverwaltung und -prozesssteuerung.

Hardwareseitig stehen bei den internationalen Ausstellern insbesondere Neuheiten rund um Robotik, FTF und Shuttle-Technologie im Vordergrund – mithin die Themen Mobilität und Flexibilität im Lager. Das von ehemaligen Führungskräften der Kiva Systems (heute Amazon Robotics) gegründete amerikanische Logistik-Start-up 6 River Systems aus Boston (Halle 1, Stand K37) etwa stellt erstmals in Europa den mobilen kollaborativen Kommissionierroboter Chuck vor. Die KI-gesteuerte Lösung soll eine kosteneffiziente Alternative zur klassischen Lagerautomation bieten und die Kommissionierraten um 200 bis 300 Prozent im Vergleich zu manuell bedienten Kommissionierwagen steigern. Die Beijing Geek+ Technology Co., Ltd. (Halle 7, Stand C51), Chinas führender Anbieter von Lager- und Logistikrobotik, kommt mit der neuesten Version des Geek Picking Systems als integriertes Robotersortiersystem nach Stuttgart, darunter der P800 Kommissionierroboter für Einsätze mit Traglasten von bis zu 1.000 kg, der bei Temperaturen von -22° bis 122° C betrieben werden kann. Mit der Neuentwicklung des kollaborativen Roboters („Cobot“) Smart Item Robotics (SIR), der ohne vorheriges Anlernen von Artikeln deren produktgerechtes Handling übernimmt, stellt Vanderlande Industries GmbH (Halle 1, Stand J21 und Halle 2, Stand A05) eine automatische Artikelkommissionierlösung vor, die auf Grundlage eines Cobots mit den Bedienern zusammenarbeitet.

Treiber für die Systementwicklung und Umsätze der Anlagenbauer sind die durch Digitalisierung, Automatisierung und E-Commerce erforderlichen Investitionen der Anwender. Parallel dazu erfordern die raschen Technologieentwicklungen größtmögliche Wandelbarkeit bei Anlagenlayout, Materialflussgestaltung und systemischer Ausstattung. Bei der Umsetzung dynamischer, vollautomatisierter Lagersysteme, wie auch den innerbetrieblichen Transporten, kommen immer öfter Shuttle- beziehungsweise FTF-Lösungen und Routenzüge zum Einsatz – sowohl für den Ladungsträger Behälter als auch bei der Palette. In diesen Segmenten sind auf der 17. LogiMAT zahlreiche Weiterentwicklungen und Neuvorstellungen zu sehen. Storax Ramada (Halle 1, Stand L70) etwa kommt mit der neuesten Version seines Ranger Shuttlesystems nach Stuttgart, der Aussteller Savoye wird bei Intelis PTS Shuttle Systems auf der Galerie in Halle 1 (Stand OG30) eine Lösung speziell für den Tiefkühlbereich vorstellen und die Knapp AG (Halle 3, Stand B03) zeigt die aktuelle Version ihres OSR Shuttle-Systems Evo.

Behälter und Paletten werden von Shuttles üblicherweise an fest installierte Fördertechnik übergeben. Als barrierefreie Alternative für die Transportaufgaben außerhalb der vollautomatisierten Lagersysteme kommen zunehmend FTF und Transportshuttles zum Einsatz. Die Trapo AG (Halle 5, Stand D37) präsentiert auf der 17. LogiMAT erstmals das autonome Transportgerät Trapo Transport Shuttle (TTS), das selbstständig agiert und mit dem Transportsystem Trapo Warehouse Shuttle (TWS) kommuniziert und zusammenarbeitet. Die EXOTEC Solutions SAS (Eingang Ost, Stand EO30) ist mit seinem multidimensionalen Shuttle-System Skypod-Roboter vor Ort, das Behälter transportiert und in Regalen mit bis zu zehn Metern Höhe lagert. Die Propoflex UG (Halle 1 Galerie, Stand OG06) reist gleich mit den jüngsten Entwicklungen ihrer mobilen Regalsysteme an.

Eine weitere, durch den E-Commerce geförderte Trendtechnologie bei Lagerung und innerbetrieblichen Transport ist Hängefördertechnik mit Taschensortern. Die aktuellen Entwicklungen in diesem Segment sind unter anderem bei SSI Schäfer (Halle 1, Stand D21), und bei psb intralogistics GmbH (Halle 1, Stand B04 und B07) zu sehen. Parallel dazu werden neue Kompaktanlagen wie das Lager- und Kommissioniersystem Storojet vorgestellt, das die ICO Innovative Computer GmbH (Eingang Ost, Stand EO40) als weltweit erstes automatisiertes, mehrstöckiges Flächenregallager bezeichnet.

Aber auch bei den klassischen Lager- und Fördertechnikgeräten sowie deren Komponenten sind die Entwicklungen längst nicht abgeschlossen. Als Neu- beziehungsweise Weiterentwicklung sind auf der LogiMAT 2019 unter anderem neue Leichtförderanlagensysteme (Blume-Rollen GmbH, Halle 3, Stand B77), Palettenprüfmaschinen (CCI Fördertechnik GmbH, Halle 3, Stand C46), Sortiersorter für Klein- und Leichtartikel (EuroSort Systems B.V., Halle 3, Stand D52), neuartige Kunststoffmodul-Transportbänder und Flachriemen (Forbo Siegling GmbH, Halle 3, Stand A01) oder neue Verfahrwagen zu sehen, deren Drehschubgabel mit integriertem Hub unterschiedlichste Ladungsträger zur bodentiefen Abgabe bereitstellt (AFB Anlagen- und Filterbau GmbH & Co. KG, Halle 3, Stand C79). Die chinesische Zhejiang Damon Technology Co. Ltd. (Halle 1 Galerie, Stand OG24) wird mehrere neue Geräte ausstellen – darunter die IoT-basierte, modulare Förderplattform i-G5. Bei der LT Fördertechnik GmbH (Halle 5, Stand F20) steht ein neues Regalbediengerät der Pegasus-Klasse für Automatische Kleinteilelager (AKL) im Mittelpunkt des Messeauftritts. Überdies sind in Stuttgart zahlreiche Exponate für Nischenbereiche und Spezialanwendungen wie etwa das neue, elektrische Schwerlast-Ausrollregalsystem Modell 5003 der Lützenkirchen Lagertechnik GmbH (Halle 1, Stand K11) zu entdecken.

Die genannten Beispiele zeigen: Bei den Materialfluss-Lösungen im Lager setzen Automatisierung und Digitalisierung die Trends der Geräteentwicklung bei Fördertechnik und Anlagenbau. Bei der Konzeption von Anlagen und Materialflüssen stehen wandelbare Systeme und Flexibilität bei der Skalierbarkeit der Lösungen ganz oben auf der Agenda. Der jeweilige optionale Zuschnitt und das Spektrum der Komponenten sind so weitreichend wie die individuellen Anforderungen der Anwender. „Für alle Bereiche, von neuen Einzelkomponenten bis zu den aktuellen Entwicklungen bei den vollautomatisierten Anlagen, bietet die 17. LogiMAT einen kompakten Überblick und die Möglichkeit für einen direkten Vergleich der jüngsten Innovationen und zukunftsfähigen Lösungen aller weltweit maßgeblichen Hersteller“, fasst LogiMAT-Projektleiter Ruchty zusammen. „Eine einzigartige Leistungsschau der Branche, bei der das internationale Fachpublikum für jeden intralogistischen Prozess das richtige System findet.“

Veranstalter: EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH
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Fax: +49 (0)89 32391-246; www.logimat-messe.de;  www.tradeworld.de

Über die LogiMAT
Die nächste LogiMAT, 17. Internationale Fachmesse für Intralogistik-Lösungen und Prozessmanagement findet vom 19. bis 21. Februar 2019 auf dem Messegelände Stuttgart direkt am Flughafen statt und gilt als weltweit größte Fachmesse für Intralogistik. Sie bietet einen vollständigen Marktüberblick über alles, was die Intralogistik-Branche von der Beschaffung über die Produktion bis zur Auslieferung bewegt. Internationale Aussteller zeigen bereits zu Beginn des Jahres innovative Technologien, Produkte, Systeme und Lösungen zur Rationalisierung, Prozessoptimierung und Kostensenkung der innerbetrieblichen logistischen Prozesse.

Im Rahmen der LogiMAT zeigt die TradeWorld – Kompetenz-Plattform für Handelsprozesse – Produkte und Lösungen zu E-Commerce und Omnichannel. Die Gesamtveranstaltung bietet neben der Ausstellung täglich wechselnde Vortragsreihen inmitten der Hallen zu den unterschiedlichsten Themen.

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