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Trade Forums LogiMAT 2018

High-ranking experts from industry and research will be talking about key themes and the latest trends in in-company logistics held in forums right in the middle of the exhibition halls.

The emphasis will be very much on practical, successful solutions, thus giving maximum benefit to strategists and managers working in procurement, production, warehousing and dispatches.

FF 2018 - Osterhoff, FTS, EN


14:30 -

DTS 4.0 optimised operating efficiency

State of the art, examples and outlook

  • Deutsch
Hall 9
Forum E
  • Chaired by: Waldemar Osterhoff, Senior Consultant Forum-FTS GmbH, Voerde

    Even in the planning of AGV and mobile robotics, intelligent system concepts are providing the groundwork for the use of multifunctional sensors and optimised economic efficiency. The little ‘Sally’ small load carrier for container transport will be presented with information on driverless small load carriers and navigation (virtual tracks and contour-based referencing). A high degree of reliability is the basis for good economic efficiency. Cloud-based AGV monitoring is the basis for extensive system evaluation and enables precise diagnoses in order, for instance, to reduce service costs.


FF 2018 - Wehking, IFT, IFT-Tag, EN


10:00 -

Intralogistics – Future – Technology

New technologies in intralogistics

  • Deutsch
Hall 9
Forum E
  • Chaired by: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Karl-Heinz Wehking, Head of the Institute of Mechanical Handling and Logistics, University of Stuttgart


    10:00 – 11:00

    Excellence in manual order picking

    Designing efficient and flexible manual order picking processes

    Manual order-picking systems offer a high level of flexibility at low investment costs. People are able to adapt quickly to dynamic, heterogeneous process contents and can divert to other functional areas of a company in the event of fluctuations in capacity requirements. For this reason, manual activities influence the order-picking processes in production and distribution logistics. With presentations from research and business, this sequence delivers specific, scientifically well founded approaches to the planning and optimisation of manual order-picking systems.


    11:30 – 12:30

    Efficiency due to smart production logistics

    Setting course for fractal matrix production from batch size 1

    When the product world is in a state of change, the logistics on which it relies must not stagnate. Individual, customised solutions ex works have made even batch size 1 a production reality. Intralogistics should not be a barrier but should be a forerunner of efficient production processes. The Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics has therefore developed a variable matrix production concept with a fractal material flow system and is currently testing this out in a pilot system with prototypes of a new generation of autonomous delivery, storage and handling machines.


    13:30 – 14:30

    Flexible and smart transport in production logistics

    Challenges and approaches from the ARENA2036 project

    In the context of the ARENA2036 project, the Institute for Materials Handling Technology and Logistics is researching new concepts of future production logistics and developing the components they require. In this sequence, in addition to the challenges inherent to such developments, approaches to a solution for them are also indicated. The focus lies on flexible material supplies using driverless transport systems, data delivery to smart load carriers and approaches to the tracking of these components in a versatile environment.


    15:00 – 16:00

    Simulation and visualisation in intralogistics

    Realistic simulation and experience of intralogistics processes

    Due to ever more powerful technologies, new opportunities are arising in the field of simulation and visualisation technology in intralogistics. In particular, innovative processors and graphics cards as well as continual developments in the sphere of virtual reality can assist logistics specialists with a range of different software programmes. Processes as well as factory or warehouse layouts can be tested out in advance and optimised. In addition to the necessary prerequisites, this sequence gives an overview of the opportunities and benefits of such new intralogistics options.


FF 2018 - Schweikl, LOGISTRA, EN


10:00 -

Lithium-ion forklifts in practical logistics

Maintenance free, reliable and economical to run – what can the new lithium-ion battery technology contribute to materials handling equipment?

  • Deutsch
Hall 9
Forum E
  • Chaired by: Tobias Schweikl, Editor-in-Chief, LOGISTRA, HUSS-VERLAG GmbH, Munich


    No more battery servicing and, long-term, even cheaper than an electric forklift with lead-acid battery – this is how the manufacturers of materials handling vehicles are marketing their lithium-ion products. Yet are these just empty promises? How will the new technology actually work in practice? The specialist forum on Lithium-Ion forklifts in “Logistics Practice” will be considering this question in detail. A specialist from RWTH Aachen will initially explain the advantages and disadvantages of the new battery technology. Finally the major forklift manufacturers will report on their practical experiences. Projects in which lithium-ion forklifts have been particularly successfully integrated into practice will be presented. Finally there will be opportunity to discuss the issues in depth together.


FF 2018 - Ullrich, Forum FTS, DI, EN


14:00 -

Components in intelligent mobile robotics

The special significance of consolidated sensor systems

  • Deutsch
Hall 9
Forum E
  • Chaired by: Dr.-Ing. Günter Ullrich, Director, Forum-FTS, Voerde


    Driverless vehicles – whether in the form of mobile robots or in AGV – are becoming ever smarter. For this the rapid capture and processing of 3-D environmental data by means of consolidated sensor systems is needed. Specific examples show how the networking of established sensor technologies significantly benefits vehicle control and optimised material flow processes. Artificial intelligence has made perception-controlled robots a possibility, which will revolutionise intralogistics. The forum takes a look at the present, and what we can expect in future.