Lithium-Ion Battery Systems
New brochure on the use of lithium-ion battery systems in industrial trucks
5G promises far-reaching networking
The auction marathon at 5G is over. Now the implementation can begin. A few weeks ago, Deutsche Telekom AG hosted the "hubraum 5G Ecosystem Summit", at which 18 companies from 9 countries were able to prototype their 5G ideas. One of these companies was E&K AUTOMATION GmbH from Rosengarten. Jan Drömer, CIO at E&K AUTOMATION GmbH, explained to us how the project came about and what opportunities E&K expects from the new mobile radio standard for itself and for the industry.
New interface for Automated guided vehicles
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
Mon. 16.09.2019  09:45 - 16:00 hrs.
VDMA e.V., Lyoner Str. 18, 60528 Frankfurt, Raum 1
5G User Group Meeting on 16.09.2020 in Frankfurt Photo: shutterstock
Mon. 16.09.2019 - Thu. 19.09.2019  15:30 - 12:15 hrs.
VDMA Startup-Machine Gemeinschaftsstand Halle 9 Stand A30
Discover highlight start-ups at EMO with VDMA Startup-Machine: register now for the startup tours on young tech enterprises!
Mon. 16.09.2019  16:00 - 17:30 hrs.
KHIMIA, Messe Moskau
Exclusively for VDMA members, the 1st meeting of process technology companies active in Russia will take place during KHIMIA Moscow
Tue. 17.09.2019  10:00 - 16:30 hrs.
The SOArc working group focuses on service-oriented and real-time control at field level. The aim of the working group is to develop a concept for a generic call mechanism of skills via OPC UA. The call mechanism shall be developed for the OPC UA Client/Server as well as for the PubSub model in combination with time-sensitive networking for real-time control on field level. The results are to be manifested in a corresponding OPC UA Companion Specification and incorporated into the Field Level Communications Initiative of the OPC Foundation.
Tue. 17.09.2019  13:00 - 17:00 hrs.
The Heavy Goods Transport discussion group provides a platform for companies to engage in constructive exchange on this topic. It is open to further interested parties and we cordially invite you to participate. The further activities of the discussion group will be discussed on 17 September 2019.
Tue. 17.09.2019  13:30 - 17:00 hrs.
VDMA-Haus, Frankfurt-Niederrad, Raum 1
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Tue. 17.09.2019  13:30 - 17:00 hrs.
The Factory Tour is intended to show examples of successful implementation of Industry 4.0 in companies. The aim of the event is also to receive suggestions for own projects and innovations as well as to exchange experiences and ideas on site. The event will take place at Oerlikon Manmade Fibers in Remscheid.
Wed. 18.09.2019  09:00 - 16:00 hrs.
Additive manufacturing - customized products, complex mass products, innovative materials
Wed. 18.09.2019  10:00 - 16:00 hrs.
VDMA Konferenzzimmer
VDMA Frankfurt
Thu. 19.09.2019  09:30 - 17:00 hrs.
Arena der Digitalisierung, Bad Neustadt an der Saale
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The auction marathon at 5G is over. Now the implementation can begin. A few weeks ago, Deutsche Telekom AG hosted the "hubraum 5G Ecosystem Summit", at which 18 companies from 9 countries were able to prototype their 5G ideas. One of these companies was E&K AUTOMATION GmbH from Rosengarten. Jan Drömer, CIO at E&K AUTOMATION GmbH, explained to us how the project came about and what opportunities E&K expects from the new mobile radio standard for itself and for the industry.
The "Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Technische Logistik (WGTL)" invites you to the 15th Logistics Colloquium at the University of Rostock on 11 and 12 September 2019.
CeMAT RUSSIA continues on its growth course and this year will be held with more than 150 exhibitors in two halls in Moscow. For the first time, the outdoor area will also be used.
"Blockchain Technology in the Supply Chain" is the title of the book recently published by Dr. Johannes Hinckeldeyn, Senior Engineer at the Institute for Technical Logistics at the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH), at Springer Vieweg. Already two years ago we talked to him about the topic, which was very hyped at that time – a good reason to ask again to how blockchain technology has developed since then.
The market for commercial applications of drones is growing. Especially in logistics and industry flying robots offer many application possibilities. VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Trade Association and Deutsche Messe AG are therefore jointly bringing drones to HANNOVER MESSE 2020.
Who will win the Intralogistics Oscar 2020? The application portal on is open until October 30, 2019 +++ NEW: Special vehicles such as cargobikes and drones can compete for the first time +++ NEW: "IFOY meets Business": IFOY opens TEST DAYS for logistics decision-makers
Review of the 2nd meeting of the working group "Drones in Intralogistics
"AIRKom - Deployment of autonomous flying robots in intralogistics" +++ Interested companies wanted for project monitoring committee
A current project of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Department of Production and Supply Chain Management together with the RWTH Aachen, Deutsche Post Chair for Optimization of Distribution Networks, shows which exciting topics the IFL research community is dealing with. Dr. Eric Grosse and Marc Füchtenhans from Darmstadt Technical University have revealed to us what the title "Potential benefits of intelligent lighting systems for warehouse management using the example of order picking" means.
The Technology and Start-up Centre in Würzburg was the perfect setting for the 1st Drone-MEET-Up of Emqopter GmbH. In addition to workshops, the lecture programme dealt with technical basics and economic usecases of drones. For us, three presentations were particularly interesting - two with a clear logistics connection and one on the new EU drone regulations (that's really exciting!).
5G was one of the highlights at HANNOVER MESSE. The industry's expectations of the new communication standard are high. We asked Ansgar Bergmann, Project Manager for Data and Networking in Technology and Innovation at KION GROUP AG, what concrete opportunities 5G offers for intralogistics.
Cargometer, Jungheinrich, ProGlove, The Raymond Corporation, Still and UniCarriers Europe win IFOY AWARDS in six categories +++ Glamorous IFOY AWARD Night with more than 600 guests in the Vienna Hofburg
Companion Specification for Asset Management, Condition Monitoring and Preventive Maintenance in progress +++ Cooperation with the European Materials Handling Federation (FEM)
The facts: by 2050, 66 percent of the world's population will live in cities. That's more than 6 billion people. At the same time, 80 percent of the world's arable land is already in agricultural use. This means that the possibilities are almost exhausted. How can the inhabitants of the future megacities be supplied? One idea is urban farming, i.e. the production of food in the city.
Jeannette Bernard coordinates standardisation activities for industrial trucks
Review of the Strategy Workshop
Review of the meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the IFL
Review of the workshop on 14 February 2019
Successful launch of the trade association's initiative
"Back to the future" of warehouse logistics
Interview with Dr. Klaus-Dieter Rosenbach, Chairman of the Board of VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ Review of 2018
Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are currently experiencing a hype. More sophisticated technologies and components are making this possible. The usability of such systems depends largely on their navigation. We have talked with Kai Pfeiffer, group leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA).
Congratulations on winning the business award in the "Digital Transformation" category!
3 days of concentrated logistics competence – 200 exhibitors – 3539 participants – that was the 35th International Supply Chain Conference of the Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) e.V. in figures.
The application phase for the IFOY AWARD is now entering the home straight: Intralogistics specialists have until 30 October to apply with their new publications. We talked to the chairman of the jury, Anita Würmser, about what is important in an application.
(a not entirely unemotional follow-up)
Students, watch out!
Once a year, the Association asks its member companies about their Industrie 4.0 level. The aim is to find out to what extent connectivity and digitisation are already anchored in the companies' products and production processes. We discussed the current results with Professor Dr.-Ing. Johannes Fottner from the Chair for Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics (fml) at the Technical University of Munich.
Internet of Things, Digital Twin, Predictive Maintenance – just three buzzwords currently to be found in the Industrie 4.0 context that stand for a high level of connectivity. The gap that is left when M2M communication is not possible or profitable with classic cellular networks, DSL, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth could now be closed with a new wireless solution called Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). We discussed the possibilities of NB-IoT in an interview with Dominik Schnieders, Program Manager NB-IoT at Deutsche Telekom, one of the providers for NB-IoT.
For the first time in the history of CeMAT in China, the trade fair occupied all five halls of the W-wing of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Shanghai. Around 60,000 square metres of exhibition space, 619 exhibitors from 21 countries and more than 98,700 visitors on the four days of the fair, are the results presented by CeMAT ASIA after closing its doors.
Report from the 14th general meeting of the Cranes and Lifting Equipment department +++ Members elected new members of the board and decided to found a new strategy team for standardisation.
The new Recommendation is the only guideline who provides a detailed calculation approach for cycle time calculation for automated vehicle storage and retrieval systems.
Modern high performance fibres ropes (HPFR) offer very attractive technical properties for mobile cranes, however, there are some points crane operators need to consider when switching from wire to fibre ropes. The newly published FEM guideline is the first guidance document to extensively cover the design and safe use of HPFR on mobile cranes, including also the running rope on multilayer drums for hoisting purposes.
The Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML announced this year's "Zukunftskongress Logistik – 35. Dortmunder Gespräche" under the motto of "Social Networked Industry – Humans and Machines are partners in Logistics 4.0". The idea behind this is that man and machine will in the future work together, share information, and communicate with each other in networks. Therefore, the focus of the future plenum on the first day of the congress was on blockchain, service provision and technology.
Publication of the FEM guideline “Energy Consumption – Calculation and Measurement Methods of Material Handling Equipment and Intralogistics Systems” and presentation of results at the General Assembly of the FEM product group Intralogistic Systems on 5 October 2017 in Brussels.
Blockchains are currently one of the topics said to have great potential for changing the whole supply chain. We spoke about possibilities and limits with Dr. Johannes Hinckeldeyn, senior engineer at the Institute for Technical Logistics at the Technical University of Hamburg. He is mainly involved with IT aspects of logistics, such as simulation, software engineering and IT security. Blockchains are a trend and key technology at the focus of research activities. Among others, his work looks at devising smart contracts with Ethereum and at the development of decentralised apps.
"International Forklift Truck of the Year" becomes "International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year" Award +++ Applications start September 1 with new categories +++ New IFOY seal "Best in Intralogistics".
Ralph Krogmann, Jungheinrich AG will be awarded for his work in ISO standardization with the ISO Excellence Award.
Since it was founded in 2005, the IFL has successfully launched or implemented already 35 research projects. The total amount of funds made available for the projects in this period has meanwhile grown to an impressive 7.4 million Euro.
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