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v Logistics Insider December
Dear readers,
Churchill once said that we should not be
afraid of the future but should concentrate
instead on thinking and planning ahead. This
applies to all areas of life, including intraloThe CeMAT Move & Lift exhibition area is also situated on the open air site.
Lifting to a new level
MOVE & LIFT The Move & Lift exhibition
area is the largest area at CeMAT. It essentially comprises three main focal points:
first, industrial trucks with the traditional forklift providers. Complete solutions
such as increasing automation are the
focus here. The best machines are also
given the IFOY Award on the first day of
the exhibition.
of CeMAT visitors are decision-makers with
purchasing and procurement authority.
Second are the cranes and hoists, which
will have their own exhibition area next
year in the “Cranes and Lifting Equipment
Pavilion” in Hall 27, with a shared stand of
the same name. Everything from the simplest load-bearing equipment to fully automated cranes will be on display. Industry 4.0
also plays a part here.
And third is the lifting and high-level
access technology, one of the highlights of
the open-air site in Hanover. Here the manufacturers of working and mast-climbing
platforms, telescopic forklifts, ladder lifts,
mini caterpillar and industrial cranes unveil their latest machines.
You can read about the role that the
Asian market is playing for German and
European intralogistics companies on
pages 4/5.
New concepts and technologies are always
being developed in research and practice and
pioneering applications are being unveiled in
intralogistics. While technologies such as virtual reality, the internet of things, intelligent
agents and driverless means of transport
were still regarded as visions of the future
just a few years ago, they are now already
being used in practice. Smart solutions of
this sort make it possible to manage the
increasing complexity of intralogistics processes and accommodate the growing focus
on customers.
The whole range of modern intralogistics sys-
tems will be on show at CeMAT 2016. You are
cordially invited to take a look at them.
We hope you enjoy reading this edition.
Prof. Nina Vojdani
Chair of Production Organisation and Logistics (LPL) at the University of Rostock and President of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für
Technische Logistik e. V. (Academic Association for Technical Logistics (WGTL)).
Next day delivery
begins in the warehouse
Online retail customers have high expectations when it comes to
speed of delivery. Material flow technology in shipping and parcel
centres must therefore also be in top form. The BEUMER Group offers
high-performance sorting and distribution systems for mail-order
retailers and CEP service providers.
E-COMMERCE Ordered online in the late
afternoon, delivered to your front door
the next morning: customers’ expectations of internet shopping are high. Next
day delivery has now become standard.
The pressure on delivery times is also
having an effect on logistics. The narrow
time window requires online dealers to
have larger warehouse capacities and a
higher density of sorting and distribution centres. Staff in distribution centres
must process more and more orders in an
ever shorter time. These requirements
have an effect on material flow technology. Essentially it is becoming more
complex and, at the same time, more in-
Title photos: Deutsche Messe AG, University of Rostock
With flexible crossbelt sorters from the BEUMER Group, mail-order retailers and
service providers can ensure efficient and consistent processing of goods.
tegrated because it must be possible to
adapt intralogistics plants and systems
flexibly to various tasks and workloads.
The BEUMER Group has already delivered numerous projects for e-commerce
providers and their service providers. For
example, shuttle warehouses with a high
storage/removal frequency above 10,000
units an hour are suitable for handling
containers or boxes with A, B and even
C items with a high availability. The link
between incoming goods, the shuttle warehouse, the order picking workstations and
outgoing goods is created by a crossbelt
sorter. This sorting solution provides very
high distribution capacity of over 10,000
containers an hour. Along with the distribution of containers and boxes, crossbelt
sorters are ideal for careful handling of
products of all sorts, irrespective of their
size, shape or surface properties. This
characteristic allows them to meet the
specific requirements of mail-order retail
Shipping from outgoing goods to the
customer’s front door or to a collection
point is handled by CEP service providers.
They have an extensive network of sorting
centres and branch offices and provide a
delivery service. Their systems are mainly
designed for the traditional range of parcels. Significantly increasing parcel quantities with a simultaneous fall in parcel size
is pushing their capacity to the limit, however. Another challenge: internet shopping
forces service providers to make their collections as late as possible. This leaves less
and less time for sorting.
In order to increase capacity on the existing premises of CEP service providers,
BEUMER has developed a machine-based
bulk unloading system for swap bodies
in the form of the BEUMER Parcel Picker.
By replacing manual unloading, it makes
significantly higher throughput possible.
The semi-automatic machine eases the
burden of heavy physical work on staff
and simultaneously increases productivity. The parcels have to be separated
individually in order to process the bulk
flow efficiently. BEUMER provides a singulator for this purpose which is adapted to the discontinuous operation of a
loop sorter feed.
Photos: BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG (2), Fraunhofer IIS/David Hartfiel, Deutsche Messe AG
Smart order-picking in the context of Industry 4.0 INNOVATIONS On 14 January 2016, CeMAT and the specialist magazine MM Logistik
are holding an event under
the title “Smart order-picking
in the context of Industry 4.0”
in Würzburg. It starts at 10.30
a.m. at Vogel Business Media
and the event ends at 4.30 p.m.
Leading manufacturers such
At the new DPD hub in Hickley in the UK,
BEUMER has installed extensive sorting,
as Viastore, BEUMER and SSI
distribution and conveying equipment.
Schäfer will be presenting examples of best practice and offering their perspective on how order
picking will change over the coming years.
You can register at
Sensor networks for
order picking
PbLL is relatively energy-efficient and low-maintenance, in contrast to other
RESEARCH PROJECT The aim of the Pick-by-Local-Light (PbLL)
research project is to develop an innovative order picking system based on wireless sensor networks. The S-Net technology
of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS involving energy-saving, wireless, self-organising sensor networks
enables simple installation of the compartment display nodes
on the shelving, thus facilitating temporary warehouse structures and quick conversion of withdrawal boxes and shelves.
The PbLL research project is being supported by the AiF until March 2016 and the broad project consortium ensures
that the results will be transferred to business.
The dialogue between visitors, exhibitors and other industry
experts is a central component of CeMAT.
Logistics IT and Automation
forum at CeMAT
SOFTWARE The Logistics IT and Automation forum
will be a new initiative at CeMAT 2016. For the first time,
exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to find out
about topical issues at a central point – at the heart of
the Logistics-IT world. In addition to software solutions
for intralogistics and transport logistics, the focus is
also on automation topics such as sensors and image
processing. The content of the forum is being delivered
by the VDMA Software Association, an ideal partner for
the entire exhibition area of Logistics IT, the Fraunhofer
Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (Fraunhofer
IML) and the Forum FTS, among other organisations.
Immediately alongside the Logistics IT exhibition
area, both short and specialist presentations and podium discussions with logistics experts will be addressing
current issues in the Forum of Hall 27 on all four exhibition days. These include topics such as the revolution
in logistics as a result of apps and smart devices, traceability in the value creation network, driverless mobility as the key to Industry 4.0, successful introduction of
warehouse management systems, data integration and
visualisation along the supply chain and challenges for
the digital supply chain.
More information about the topics is available at
At CeMAT ASIA, exhibitors presented products and solutions for automated and networked logistics processes. Stephan Schostok,
mayor of Hanover, and Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the board of Deutsche Messe AG, at the Continental stand.
Asia in focus
The Asian market is playing an ever more important role for German and European intralogistics providers. This was also evident at CeMAT ASIA, the most important intralogistics trade fair on the continent.
INTERNATIONALISATION The Asian market is playing an ever more important
role for German and European intralogistics providers. With a significant increase in area, CeMAT ASIA drew to a close
in Shanghai at the end of October. More than
470 exhibitors presented new products and
solutions for automated and networked
logistics processes over an exhibition area
of 47,000 square metres. It was thus the
largest CeMAT ASIA since it was launched
15 years ago. Over 70,000 visitors came
to the Shanghai International Exhibition
Centre (SNIEC) to find out about the new
technologies in the fields of intralogistics,
drive and fluid technology, compressed
air technology and industrial supplies –
because Deutsche Messe AG organised
PTC ASIA, ComVac ASIA and Industrial
Supply ASIA to coincide with CeMAT ASIA.
A total of 2,200 companies (2014: 1,900)
exhibited over an area of 155,500 square
metres (2014: 135,500). The exhibitors
included leading manufacturers such as
Continental, Dematic, Interroll, Jungheinrich, HeLi, Kardex, KNAPP, Linde Material
Handling, Muratec, SSI Schäfer, Swisslog
and Vanderlande.
China remains the most attractive market
According to the VDMA, China is still the
largest market for German intralogistics
in Asia. In 2014, companies from Germany exported intralogistics products and
expertise with a total value of EUR 710
million to China. Intralogistics imports
from China to Germany had a volume of
EUR 190 million in 2014. India, the second gigantic market in Asia, is sill not
living up to economic expectations. From
the point of view of German intralogistics providers, exports have stabilised
again in 2014 at EUR 149 million after
two years of contraction.
“Germany’s Industry 4.0 initiative has
attracted a great deal of attention worldwide and had a significant influence on the
‘Made in China 2025’ strategy, since this is
also based on the Industry 4.0 concept and
is intended to revolutionise production
processes by means of smart manufacturing procedures and logistics concepts”, explains Wolfgang Pech, Head of Division at
Deutsche Messe AG. “Our strongest brands
worldwide, PTC MDA and CeMAT, are
very well positioned in China.” This year
everything has focused on intelligent production and logistics processes – thereby
linking directly to the strategy of the Chinese government and strengthening the
position of our industrial exhibitions as
Asia’s leading business, networking and
knowledge platforms once again.
“The Chinese automation market is
changing”, says Claus Henkel, General Manager of Integrated Systems and Automation
with the intralogistics provider SSI Schäfer.
“Our customers recognise that they have
to upgrade their logistics and supply chain
systems in order to remain competitive.”
The current trends surrounding e-commerce ad production have accelerated
this development again. CeMAT ASIA has
changed completely in the last three years –
from a trade fair for shelving systems to an
automation exhibition.
“With our branch in Taicang in China, we are in a
position to deliver our systems more quickly and
to offer our customers in China an optimal service
level.” Philipp Schitter, Director Sales Asia & Pacific
with KNAPP.
Numerous new projects in e-commerce
“The Asia-Pacific area is one of the
strongest growth regions for Kardex
Remstar”, explains Tobias Steffens from
Kardex Deutschland, manufacturer of
automated warehouse solutions and
material flow systems. “We offer innovative technologies, a major presence in
the Asia-Pacific region with proximity
to customers and an expansive service
network.” CeMAT ASIA provides the opportunity to meet both regular customers and potential new customers and
present current intralogistics solutions.
The Swiss specialist Interroll has also
extended its production capacity in China and reinforced its commitment to China at CeMAT ASIA. Interroll had already
put a new production building into operation in Suzhou in August 2015, as the
regional competence centre had reached
its maximum production capacity. The
modular conveyor platform that Interroll unveiled officially at CeMAT Asia for
the Asia-Pacific region is now also being
produced there.
In e-commerce in particular, the trend is
moving strongly in the direction of warehouse automation with a multitude of
new projects on the Asian market. “A key
factor in the success of e-commerce providers is an efficient and optimised supply
chain”, says Philipp Schitter, for example,
Director Sales Asia & Pacific with the Austrian provider KNAPP. “We can provide
support with specialised solutions in this
area.” With goods-to-person workstations
serviced by the OSR shuttle, the customer’s service level can be raised in terms
both of the speed of delivery and the delivery quality. Fast conveyor technology
solutions also contribute to improving
the efficiency of manual warehouses with
moderate sums of investment. “With the
KNAPP branch in Taicang in China, we are
also in a position to deliver our systems
more quickly and to offer our customers in
China an optimal service level”, says Schitter.
German exports to China
According to the VDMA, China is still the largest market for German intralogistics
companies in Asia.
Photos: Deutsche Messe AG, KNAPP Graphic source: VDMA
in million Euro
– 20.9%
– 1.1%
– 4.0%
3 questions to...
Wilfried NeuhausGalladé
Chair of the VDMA Conveyor
Technology and Intralogistics
Professional Association
What are the challenges facing the crane
industry in view of the issues of Industry 4.0
and digitalisation?
Personal Data
Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé
is chair of the VDMA
Conveyor Technology and
Intralogistics Professional
Association and Managing
Director of J.D. Neuhaus
GmbH, based in Witten.
The company produces
pneumatically and hydraulically operated hoists and
crane systems.
Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé: Of course, Industry
4.0 is an important topic in the crane industry
and will gain in importance in the future. Our
companies must still however overcome numerous challenges to implement it successfully. High
investment costs are often at the heart of this,
together with benefits that cannot be or have
not been clearly defined. Security concerns in
relation to IT are also playing an important part
for many decision-makers at the moment, as is
the absence of binding standards. The crane industry must and will face up to these challenges,
of course. The main theme for CeMAT 2016 is
therefore “Smart Supply Chain Solutions”.
What are the most important trends in
the industry in your view?
Customised solutions will play an even bigger
role in the future than they have done to date.
In relation both to the engineering and the
complexity of the systems. Of course, the work
involved in producing the documentation will
increase, too. And the more complex the system,
the more important the services provided by the
manufacturer to ensure fault-free production
processes with 24/7 operation.
Which of these trends is your company,
J.D. Neuhaus, focusing on specifically at the
We are of course focusing on the topic of Industry 4.0. Since our core business is using
compressed air as the drive medium, the
challenge for us consists in developing electro-pneumatic control systems that make our
products compatible with digitalisation. But
under the usually harsh conditions in which our
lifting equipment and crane systems are used,
this issue tends to be less of a priority. I recall
in this context, however, that we developed an
application as long ago as the mid-90s in which
several of our hoists communicated with one
another. In other words, long before the term Industry 4.0 was coined. I’m sure that other crane
and hoist manufacturers have similar examples that they could relate. This shows that
conveyor technology has played a pioneering
role in many areas for a long time.
Fronius becomes partner
GmbH is to become a partner of the IFOY Awards.
From the selection period
2016, the battery charging
specialist will be supporting
the international intralogistics award and helping with
the IFOY battery charging
technology test. The agreement covers a period of five
years. “The IFOY Award and
Fronius share the same
values”, says Harald Scherleitner, Head of Division
Perfect Charging at Fronius. “We are therefore delighted to be able to back
and support this leading
global award.”
Ergonomic workplace design is also playing an ever more important role in crane building.
Photos: J.D. Neuhaus, VETTER Krantechnik (2)
The crane industry in the
age of Industry 4.0
NETWORKING As is generally the case in modern warehouse and order picking environments,
the trend in the crane industry is also moving
increasingly in the direction of ergonomic workplace design and systems that run more smoothly by using materials like aluminium that move
easily. “In the context of demographic change,
we have to think in practical terms about how we
can reduce the workload on employees in logistics and thus increase people’s capacity to work
in a sustainable way”, says Marc Rieser, Managing Director of VETTER Krantechnik GmbH
based in Siegen. “Individual solutions that meet
the customer’s requirements and short delivery
times will be in demand in future.” The issue of
Industry 4.0 is also playing an ever more important role in his industry. “In crane construction
in particular, this means that ‘preventive maintenance’ modules may be used to increase system
availability and reduce downtimes.”
He is expecting significant stimulus to come
from CeMAT 2016 in this context, especially for
medium-sized companies. The issue of Industry
4.0 now affects everyone. “It would be interesting for us to find out how machines and crane
systems can be networked in practical terms
– especially in relation to manually operated
workplace cranes”, says Marc Rieser. “And as far
as preventive service modules are concerned:
what does the lifting equipment industry currently offer?”
“As in many other areas, the trend in the crane
industry is moving clearly in the direction of intelligent systems in the context of Industry 4.0”,
explains Thomas Kraus, Support Center Director
with Künzelsauer STAHL CraneSystems GmbH.
“Linking the individual process steps to form a
whole is increasingly involving crane systems,
too.” Control of the crane systems by tablet or
smart gadget, collection and evaluation of process data – all of this will shape the industry in
the medium term.
Technology Director Mihajlovic is leaving STILL
Technology Director Goran
Mihajlovic (45) left STILL
GmbH on 30 November
2015 to focus on new professional challenges. This
news was announced by
the Hamburg intralogistics
company in a press release.
Until further notice, his
role will be covered by the
chairman of the company’s management board,
KION CEO Gordon Riske.
VW introduces 3D data
glasses into series production
In the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, use of 3D
data glasses in series production has now begun following a three-month pilot
phase. As the car manufacturer announced in a recent
press release, they will be
used in plant logistics for
order picking. This should
improve process reliability
in production still further.
What exhibitors and visitors
expect from CeMAT
Matthias Fischer
President Toyota Material Handling Europe
Information and
registration for
CeMAT 2016 on
“Technologies and business areas change quickly in the
world of product handling and goods flow. Toyota Material Handling is always one of the leaders in the industry
when it comes to offering the best to our customers.
CeMAT is an excellent platform for us to demonstrate
that. It allows us to share current technological developments, our philosophy and our ideas for the future with
our customers.”
You can also read
and subscribe to
on http://www.cemat.de/en/
Philipp Hahn-Woernle
CEO viastore systems
“I expect concrete examples of efficient integration, intelligent networking and reliable deployment in intralogistics from CeMAT - particularly in terms of user benefits.”
Prof. Michael ten Hompel
Managing Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for
Material Flow and Logistics IML
“I am very excited about the development in the field of
drones. After a phase of disillusionment, the development
of the first prototypes for intralogistics is now emerging.
I can well imagine that ‘drones in logistics’ will be one of
the most discussed trends at the next CeMAT.”
Photos: Toyota Material Handling, viastore, IML, 3darcastudio/fotolia
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and the VDMA (German Engineering Federation).
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