Wicheeda Deposit 30 Tonne Bulk Sample Returns 4.81% Light Rare Earth Oxide Head Grade

Defense Metals Corp. (“Defense Metals” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: DEFN/ DFMTF: OTCQB / 35D: FSE) is pleased to announce that SGS Canada Inc. (“SGS”) has provided initial composite head assay results for the 30 tonne bulk sample collected from its Wicheeda Property.

Select head assay results for the 30 tonne bulk sample include 1.77% lanthanum-oxide, 2.34% cerium-oxide, 0.52% neodymium-oxide, and 0.18% praseodymium-oxide which the Company considers significant, for a total of 4.81% LREO (light rare-earth oxide) (see Figure 1 below).

The results confirm, in conjunction with previous metallurgical head grades returned from smaller drill core samples, the presence of significant praseodymium values.  Praseodymium values are only available for 4 of the 14 previous diamond drill holes that define the Wicheeda deposit. The Company considers the results to significant to the advancement of the Wicheeda Property given recent indicative LREE oxide prices and their potential impact on Wicheeda, which has been historically viewed as a cerium-lanthanum-neodymium deposit (see Table 1 below).

Max Sali, CEO and Director of Defense Metals commented “We look forward to building on these positive initial results, which will form the basis from which to gauge the success of subsequent test phases including bench-scale flotation optimization and hydrometallurgical testing, which are preparatory to initiation of larger scale pilot plant testing on the full 30 tonne sample.”

The Company is confident that completion of laboratory and pilot plant metallurgical test programs on the bulk sample will significantly advance the understanding and development of the Wicheeda rare earth element deposit through larger scale pilot plant scale validation of process metallurgy, generation of design quality data for engineering, and the production of REE product samples for potential offtake partners.

Important Rare Earth Element Industrial and Technology Uses

Neodymium/ praseodymium is used to create high-power Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets. These magnets are a key technology in the Defense, Clean Energy, Consumer Electronics and Electric Vehicle sectors.

Common uses of neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets include computer hard disk drives, wind turbine generators, speakers/headphones, MRI scanners, cordless tool motors, motors in hybrid and electric vehicles, in addition to aerospace and military applications.

Neodymium is among a mix of rare earth elements found in the nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries of a range of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles, including GM’s EV1, Honda EV Plus, the Ford Ranger EV and the Toyota Prius.

The anode of a NiMH cell is most commonly a mix of lanthanum, cerium, neodymium and praseodymium.

The only significant non-Chinese REE supplier is Australia’s Lynas Corp., which processes its REEs in Malaysia. North America has one mine, which ships its rare earths to China for processing.

About SGS Canada Inc.

By incorporating an integrated approach, SGS delivers testing and expertise throughout the entire mining life cycle. With a network of over 450 commercial, multi-purpose and on-site laboratories globally, SGS is uniquely positioned to provide fit-for-purpose solutions and testing capabilities from early exploration to end-product certification and closure to the mining industry.  SGS’ services encompass the skills of qualified geologists and mining professionals to provide accurate and timely mineral evaluation and consulting services in a wide range of commodities including precious and base metals, rare earth element minerals, uranium and naturally occurring radioactive material, industrial minerals, iron ore and hydrocarbons.

About The Wicheeda Property

The Wicheeda Property located approximately 80 km northwest of the city of Prince George, British Columbia, is readily accessible by all-weather gravel roads and is close to major infrastructure including nearby working power transmission lines, railway and major highways. Geologically, the property is situated in the Foreland Belt and within the Rocky Mountain Trench, a major continental geologic feature.  The Foreland belt contains part of a large alkaline igneous province stretching from the Canadian Cordillera to the southwestern United States and hosts several carbonatite and alkaline complexes among which are the Aley (niobium), Rock Canyon (REE), and Wicheeda (REE) alkaline complexes that contain the highest concentrations of Rare Earth Elements minerals.

The Wicheeda Property is underlain by Kechika Group metasedimentary rocks that are intruded by a southeast-trending carbonatite. The Wicheeda carbonatite is a deformed plug or sill approximately 250 metres in diameter that hosts significant REE mineralization. The intrusion comprises a ferroan dolomite carbonatite core, which passes gradationally outward into calcite carbonatite. The REE mineralization is hosted by the dolomite carbonatite.

Methodology and QA/QC

The 30 tonne Wicheeda deposit bulk sample was trucked to SGS’ Lakefield, ON facility.  Upon receipt at SGS the sample was inventoried (i.e. bag counts and gross weights), then placed in a containment area on a clean concrete pad. The entire sample was jaw crushed to nominal 1 inch, and homogenized/blended via backhoe. A 400 kg sample representative sample was then selected and further homogenized by tumbling and crushed to ½ inch. Half of the 400 kg sample was retained for future testing. The primary 200 kg sample was then crushed to 6 mesh (3.36 mm), homogenized and split into 10 kg charges.  Two of the 10 kg charges were combined and split into 2 kg charges, from one of which 150 g was pulverized to 80% passing 75 micron. Major element, and lanthanum and neodymium oxides, and loss on ignition (LOI) were determined by whole rock analysis, via lithium-borate fusion of a 0.5 gram sample analyzed via wavelength dispersion X-ray fluorescence (WD-XRF). The remaining rare earth elements were determined via 0.5 gram sodium-peroxide fusion multi-element ICP-MS.

The SGS analysis included a quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) program including the insertion of rare earth element standard and blank samples. Defense Metals detected no significant QA/QC issues during review of the data. SGS Minerals Lakefield is an ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO9001:2015 accredited. SGS is independent of Defense Metals Corp.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release as it relates to the Wicheeda Property has been reviewed and approved by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC) Principal and Consultant of APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects

About Defense Metals Corp.

Defense Metals Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of minerals, metals and elements commonly used in the protection of our nation and other nations abroad. Defense Metals Corp. trades under “DEFN” on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company owns (i) a 100% interest in prospective uranium claims in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan totalling approximately 9,362.65 hectares; (ii) has an option to acquire 100% of the Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project located in Prince George, British Columbia; and (iii) has an option to acquire 100% of the Lac Burge gold property located approximately 215 km northeast of Val d’Or, Quebec.

Contact Information – For more information, please contact:

Todd Hanas, Bluesky Corporate Communications Ltd.

Vice President, Investor Relations

Tel: (778) 994 8072

Email: todd@blueskycorp.ca

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Forward Looking Information

This news release includes certain statements that constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities law, including without limitation, the Company’s plans for its properties/projects, plans for bench-scale flotation optimization and hydrometallurgical testing, which are preparatory to initiation of larger scale pilot plant testing on the full 30 tonne sample, other statements relating to the technical, financial and business prospects of the Company, and other matters.

Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “estimates” or “intends”, or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved), and variations of such words, and similar expressions are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statement are necessarily based upon a number of factors that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements express or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future, including the price of metals, anticipated costs and the ability to achieve goals, that general business and economic conditions will not change in a material adverse manner, that financing will be available if and when needed and on reasonable terms, and that third party contractors, equipment and supplies and governmental and other approvals required to conduct the Company’s planned exploration activities will be available on reasonable terms and in a timely manner. While such estimates and assumptions are considered reasonable by the management of the Company, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and regulatory uncertainties and risks.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual events, level of activity, performance or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: (i) risks related to gold, copper, uranium, rare earth elements, and other commodity price fluctuations; (ii) risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of exploration results; (iii) risks related to the inherent uncertainty of exploration and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses; (iv) that resource exploration and development is a speculative business; (v) that the Company may lose or abandon its property interests or may fail to receive necessary licences and permits;  (vi) that environmental laws and regulations may become more onerous;  (vii) that the Company may not be able to raise additional funds when necessary; (viii) the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company’s expectations; (ix) exploration and development risks, including risks related to accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration and development; (x) competition; (xi) the potential for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of geologic reports or studies; (xii) the uncertainty of profitability based upon the Company’s history of losses; (xiii) risks related to environmental regulation and liability; (xiv) risks associated with failure to maintain community acceptance, agreements and permissions (generally referred to as “social licence”), including local First Nations; (xv) risks relating to obtaining and maintaining all necessary government permits, approvals and authorizations relating to the continued exploration and development of the Company’s projects; (xvi) risks related to the outcome of legal actions; (xvii) political and regulatory risks associated with mining and exploration; (xix) risks related to current global financial conditions; and (xx) other risks and uncertainties related to the Company’s prospects, properties and business strategy. These risks, as well as others, could cause actual results and events to vary significantly.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, the loss of key directors, employees, advisors or consultants, adverse weather conditions, increase in costs, equipment failures, litigation, failure of counterparties to perform their contractual obligations and fees charged by service providers. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities legislation.

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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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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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LogiMAT 2019 – First-hand conveyance technology

International equipment and system manufacturers from the conveyance technology industry are converging on Stuttgart for the 17th edition of LogiMAT to unveil their latest product and system innovations for today’s intralogistics material flow. Exhibitors are due to present a diverse selection from their growing product lines, illustrating the latest trends in product development and highlighting the growing sophistication of industry requirements around software, AGVs, and robotics.

Equipment and system manufacturers from around the world are gathering for the 17th International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, bringing along products and services for warehouse and conveyance technology that illustrate the industry’s current positioning and future direction. This exhibitor group, traditionally the strongest at LogiMAT, will occupy Hall 1 (including the gallery) plus Halls 3, 5, and 7 this year. The diverse portfolio of innovations and other optimizations from established system architectures and material flow components ranges from equipment and process optimizations of traditional static warehouse technology to automated conveyance technology, fully automated system solutions, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), robot-guided picking solutions, and software systems for material flow control and warehouse management. The system architectures focus on end-to-end process automation with scalable options for optimized production processes of small quantities – right down to fully customized manufacturing of individual products.

Just as diverse as the products on display is the corporate culture of the exhibitors: “The exhibitors at the 17th LogiMAT once again represent a cross-section of cultures in the industry, from global all-rounders integrating complex logistics systems to smaller businesses specializing in custom equipment and system components,” notes Michael Ruchty, LogiMAT Exhibition Director at event organizer EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH in Munich. “And the trend we’ve seen for several years now continues – namely, that the big players in particular continue to expand their hardware portfolios while also cultivating a market presence for software, complete with dedicated business units for in-house development, offering warehouse management systems that go far beyond system controllers and material flow computers.” Aberle, Knapp, SSI Schäfer, Vanderlande, Viastore are among the exhibitors who are not only bringing system and conveyance technology to Stuttgart but in some cases are actually renting additional booth space among the software companies in Hall 8 to showcase their warehouse management and process control systems.

On the hardware end, the focus among the international exhibitors is on innovations in the areas of robotics, AGVs, and shuttle technology – in other words: mobility and flexibility in the warehouse. The US logistics startup 6 River Systems from Boston (Hall 1, Booth K37), founded by former executives from Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics), is introducing European audiences to its collaborative mobile fulfillment robot Chuck. The AI-guided solution is designed to offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional warehouse automation and boost picking rates by 200 to 300 percent over manually operated pick carts. Beijing Geek+ Technology Co., Ltd. (Hall 7, Booth C51), China’s leading provider of warehouse and logistics robotics, is coming to Stuttgart with the latest version of the Geek Picking System, an integrated robotic sorting system, including the P800 picking robot with a load-carrying capacity of up to 1,000 kg and operating temperature range of -22° to 122° C. Vanderlande Industries GmbH (Hall 1, Booth J21 and Hall 2, Booth A05) introduces the latest collaborative robot (“cobot”) in its smart item robotics (SIR) series, which can handle dynamic product lines without preliminary SKU teaching – an automated item-picking solution that works alongside humans.

The investments that customers must make to keep up with digital innovation, automation, and e-commerce are driving developments and boosting the revenues of system providers. Meanwhile, rapid technological developments necessitate the ability to constantly adapt the system layout, material flow design, and system configuration. Shuttle or AGV solutions and tugger trains are increasingly deployed to accommodate dynamic, fully automated warehouse systems and intralogistical transports with both containers and pallets. Here, the 17th LogiMAT offers many innovations and new product launches. Storax Ramada (Hall 1, Booth L70), for example, is bringing the latest version of its Ranger shuttle system to Stuttgart, while Savoye is presenting its Intelis PTS shuttle system specifically for the frozen food industry on the gallery level in Hall 1 (Booth OG30), and Knapp AG (Hall 3, Booth B03) is showing the new version of its OSR shuttle system Evo.

Typically, shuttles pass containers and pallets to stationary conveyance technology systems. But AGVs and transport shuttles are being deployed as an increasingly popular, barrier-free alternative for transports outside fully automated warehouse systems. Trapo AG (Hall 5, Booth D37) is coming to the 17th LogiMAT to unveil the Trapo Transport Shuttle (TTS), which works autonomously and can also communicate and collaborate with the Trapo Warehouse Shuttle (TWS). EXOTEC Solutions SAS (East Entrance, Booth EO30) is displaying its multi-dimensional Skypod robot shuttle system, which transports containers and can place them on shelves up to 10 meters high. Propoflex UG (Hall 1 gallery, Booth OG06) is bringing the latest developments in its mobile shelf systems.

Another trending technology in warehousing and intralogistics driven by e-commerce is overhead conveyor systems with pouch sorters. The companies currently making a name for themselves in this segment include SSI Schäfer (Hall 1, Booth D21) and psb intralogistics GmbH (Hall 1, Booths B04 and B07). Also on display are new compact systems like the Storojet storage and picking system, which ICO Innovative Computer GmbH (East Entrance, Booth EO40) is calling the world’s first automated multi-level shelf storage system.

Nor has the pace of innovation slowed among traditional warehouse and conveyance technologies or their components: The innovations and breakthroughs at LogiMAT 2019 include new light-duty conveyor systems (Blume-Rollen GmbH, Hall 3, Booth B77), pallet inspection machines (CCI Fördertechnik GmbH, Hall 3, Booth C46), sorters for small and lightweight items (EuroSort Systems B.V., Hall 3, Booth D52), innovative plastic modular conveyor belts and flat belts (Forbo Siegling GmbH, Hall 3, Booth A01), and new transfer cars whose integrated-hub rotation forks accommodate all types of unit load devices for ground-level load transfer (AFB Anlagen- und Filterbau GmbH & Co. KG, Hall 3, Booth C79). Zhejiang Damon Technology Co. Ltd. from China (Hall 1 gallery, Booth OG24) is exhibiting several new products, including its IoT-based modular conveyor platform i-G5. LT Fördertechnik GmbH (Hall 5, Booth F20) is centering its trade show presentation around a new Pegasus-class automated storage and retrieval system for automatic small-parts storage areas. Visitors to Stuttgart can also discover a wide range of products for niche areas and specialized applications, such as the new electric heavy-duty roll-out shelf system model 5003 from Lützenkirchen Lagertechnik GmbH (Hall 1, Booth K11).

Looking at the above examples, we see that among material flow solutions for the warehouse, automation and digital technology are setting the trends in conveyance technology and systems engineering developments. When it comes to designing systems and material flows, the top priority is variable systems and flexibility in the scalability of solutions. The range of options and spectrum of components that each exhibitor offers is as broad as the needs of the various customers. “In all areas – from new standalone components to the latest trends in fully automated systems – the 17th edition of LogiMAT offers one-stop shopping and the opportunity for a side-by-side comparison of the latest innovations and forward-looking solutions from all major manufacturers worldwide,” concludes LogiMAT’s Exhibition Director Ruchty. “A unique industry overview where industry professionals from around the world can find the right system for every intralogistics process.”

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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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