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.
Opening and Awards ceremony
Opening and Awards ceremony
SHAPING CHANGE - Digital-Connected-Innovative
Official opening of the trade fair LogiMAT 2017
by Peter Kazander, Exhibiton Director,
EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH, Munich
Keynote lecutre: The future is digital!
How new technologies and innovations change our lives
In this inspiring presentation, Nick Sohnemann takes his audience on a fascinating journey to the technologies, trends, and innovations that will transform entire industries and determine our future.
Awards ceremony – Best Product 2017
Laudatio: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Willibald A. Günthner, Chair in Material Handling Technology, Material Flow and Logistics, Technical University of Munich
Take part, when the winners of the following three prize categories of the Best Product award will be announced!
"Software, Communication, IT",
"Order picking, Conveying, Lifting, Storage technology" and
"Identification, Packaging and Loading technology, Load securing"
FF 2017 - ten Hompel, F-IML, EN
The future of intralogistics
People and machines as partners in a social networked industry
Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel, Directors from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST); Professor, Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing, Technical University of Dortmund
In intralogistics autonomous vehicles and smart devices have already found a niche. The question is: What new technologies are available now and what will be available in the near future. And how will people and intelligent “social machines” work together and be organized? It has to be our aim to place technology in the service of people, and also to ensure the logistics of tomorrow is efficient and productive. This ambivalence is expressed by the motto “social networked industry” – people and machines as partners in the social networks of our logistics future.
FF 2017 - Ullrich, Forum FTS, DI, EN
Driverless transport systems at the heart of Industry 4.0
Practical examples and state of the art
Chaired by: Dr.-Ing. Günter Ullrich, Director, Forum-FTS, Voerde
This specialist forum focuses on significant developments in driverless transport systems in the context of Industry 4.0. Technical developments are leading to progressive practical applications and demonstrating the unique role that driverless transport systems have in modern intralogistics. Specific developments by three driverless transport system manufacturers are presented and the importance of system simulation demonstrated. The moderator will set the individual contributions in their overall context.
FF 2017 - Hansen, Hansen, EN
NFC smartphones and transponders in logistics
NFC technology case studies in industry and logistics
Chaired by: Wolf-Rüdiger Hansen, proprietor, Business Innovation Lab (assisted by the AIM-D industry association)
NFC will play an important role in industry, logistics, servicing and maintenance. NFC is based on RFID standards ISO/IEC 14443 and 15693 and the RFID frequency 13.56 MHz. All major smartphone manufacturers supply NFC-capable devices. Contactless payments are taking the retail sector by storm. Chip manufacturers are offering NFC apps. NFC transponders can be supplied in any form. The standard for electronic standard identification plates also supports NFC.
In this forum, several speakers discuss technology and application scenarios in logistics and other sectors of industry.
FF 2017 - Wittmann, ibi, EN
B2B in the digital age
B2B between innovation and routine
Chaired by: Dr. Georg Wittmann, Mittelstand 4.0-Agentur Handel/
ibi research at the University of Regensburg
Digitisation is unstoppable, even in the wholesale and the business-to-business sectors. In the future, experts anticipate a further shift in corporate procurement processes towards the internet. Anyone wanting success in B2B online business must however take into account some issues that are hardly known in B2C.
Experienced professionals explain in exciting expert talks what to do and what not to do when faced with digital transformation. Discuss with the speakers the challenges on the way to digitisation!
FF 2017 - Lehmann, LH, EN
Intralogistics apps: aids to Industry 4.0?
How companies can benefit from the trend
Chaired by: Sandra Lehmann, Editor, LOGISTIK HEUTE, HUSS-VERLAG GmbH, Munich
Apps are gradually taking over intralogistics. And that is no surprise. Their uses are wide-ranging and they are intended to make processes simpler and more transparent. Experts forecast an operating costs saving of up to 30%. But how does the trend become a business driver? In the forum moderated by LOGISTIK HEUTE, manufacturers, users and scientists discuss the challenges that apps bring in everyday applications, the opportunities they open up for developers and users and what impact the solutions will have on the age of Industry 4.0.
FF 2017 - Schlobach, B+L, EN
China: The Silk Road brings opportunities for business
How European firms can develop their business to and from China
Chaired by: Hans-Joachim Schlobach, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, BUSINESS+LOGISTIC, RS Verlag GmbH
For thousands of years the Silk Road was one of the most important trading routes connecting Europe and China – yet for decades it remained unused. The OBOR (One Belt, One Road) initiative by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping aims to open up this old trading route for modern business. How important this is for the President is seen in the fact that one billion dollars of development aid has been earmarked for the project. For European firms, too, in particular those in logistics, this presents opportunities for opening up new markets and developing new business. A panel of high-ranking experts will be discussing how to do it.
FF 2017 - Aha, ident, EN
RFID & barcodes – the basic technologies of Logistics 4.0
Fields of application of innovative identification technologies
Chaired by: Thorsten Aha, Editor-in-Chief, ident, Ident Verlag & Service GmbH, Dortmund
ident´s expert forum on ‘RFID & barcodes – the base technologies of Logistics 4.0’ is concerned with the fields of application of innovative technologies such as RFID, barcodes, mobile IT and labelling. Flexible solutions are the primary requirement because client requirements are liable to change very quickly nowadays. For small and medium-sized companies in particular, automation and digitisation is an enormous challenge in an industry in which a great many warehouses continue to be manually operated and even the barcode, introduced decades ago, is still not in universal use.
FF 2017 - Meixner, gaxsys, EN
E-commerce in B2B & B2C
Latest trends in B2B and B2C e-commerce
Chaired by: Stephan Meixner, Founder and Editor of neuhandeln.de
What can B2B learn from B2C? How do I approach my retailers and what ways are there for keeping the quantities of returned shoes in check? Exciting, practical presentations will address these issues in the specialist forum. Experts from various fields will answer your questions in the discussion which follows and you are cordially invited to take part in the debate.
FF 2017 - Günthner, Fottner, fml, EN
Innovative approaches to saving warehouse operating costs
Successful measures to optimise costs and efficiency
Chaired by: Prof. Willibald A. Günthner/Prof. Johannes Fottner, Chair in Material Handling Technology, Material Flow and Logistics, Technical University of Munich
Apart from the investment costs themselves, the focus is increasingly on total costs of ownership (TCO) in planning and the choice of new warehouse systems. System and personnel costs, energy costs and maintenance and repair costs are key factors. How can these be sustainably reduced while increasing the availability and performance of the system? Manufacturers, service providers and users report on successful measures in planning and operating warehouse systems.
FF 2017 - Schocke, Salt, EN
The end of the decentralised supermarket?
Flexible production supplies with SAP solutions
Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Kai-Oliver Schocke, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Increasing customer demand for personalised products and their availability at all times have long demanded high-performance logistics – and not only in the automotive industry. Companies are having to adapt the software and materials handling technology concepts of established production systems to increasingly complex processes. Using scientific analyses and practical examples, the forum points to approaches to solutions and describes the progression from supermarket to production supply with Industry 4.0.
FF 2017 - Wehking, IFT, IFT-Tag, EN
Intralogistics – Future – Technology
New technologies in intralogistics
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
Making manual order picking processes efficient and versatile
Manual order picking systems are highly versatile and the investment costs are low. People are able to adapt quickly and dynamically to widely varying process contents and can diverge into other functional areas of a business. That is why manual operations are so important to the picking processes in production and distribution logistics. This sequence supplies specific, scientifically-based approaches to planning and optimisation of manual picking systems.
11:30 – 12:30
Automated handling and picking technology
Increased efficiency in product to person supply
In mass production lines, but also in assembly plants, the supply of components and assembly materials just in sequence is gaining importance. Optimised processes are required both in the flow of materials and in order picking, to increase productivity and ensure that assembly process sequences are both systematic and error-free. To increase efficiency and relieve pressure on staff, a new kind of material flow system with automatic handling has been developed for product to person delivery at the Institute for Materials Handling Technology (Institut für Fördertechnik).
13:30 – 14:30
Flexible production logistics
New logistics concepts for processable materials handling
New concepts for flexible production logistics, based on the major ARENA2036 project, are being worked on at the Institute for Materials Handling Technology and Logistics (IFT) at the University of Stuttgart. In this session, new types of concept will be presented for load lifters, information interfaces (Bluetooth low energy (BLE), RFID) and materials handling. The focus of the research is on efficient concepts that can be implemented quickly in a production environment in industry.
15:00 – 16:00
IT in modern intralogistics
Opportunities and benefits due to modern IT technologies
The use of modern IT technologies both in software and hardware such as, for example, data glasses, has given rise to many new opportunities for different processes in intralogistics. The forum is intended to give an overview of such new opportunities in terms of software for warehouse management systems, and to present various new picking technologies.
FF 2017 - Jansen, VVL, EN
Packaging 4.0 – The future of packaging
Packaging in a digital age
Chaired by: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Jansen, Chairman, Organisation to Promote Innovative Processes in Logistics (VVL - Verein zur Förderung innovativer Verfahren in der logistics e.V.), Dortmund
Industry 4.0 is marching onward in the sphere of production and logistics. But what does it mean when even the packaging has to be a ‘smart product’? How can general requirements such as communications capability, networking capability and compatibility with smart process control be met? What benefits can such packaging offer?
The forum offers answers to these questions and offers a clearer vision of ‘Packaging 4.0’, the demands it will need to meet, and the technical solutions already existing.
FF 2017 - Bergmann, VHB, EN
Your key advantage in the competition for the Last Mile
Vision and reality in e-commerce logistics
Chaired by: Barbara Bergmann, Editor-in-Chief Versandhausberater &
Head of FID Branchen, Bonn
“The Customer is King” – that´s the golden rule in multi-channel and in the CEP market. The customer determines when and where the package is delivered. Our experts reveal how you can personalise the Last Mile using innovative time-window deliveries and alternative delivery locations and how to align the individual wishes of the customer in an optimum and cost-effective way. Many solutions are already on the market. We discuss which solutions are really interesting for you.
FF 2017 - Altes, AIM, EN
Auto-ID as an Industry 4.0 enabler
New aspects and practical examples of material flow and logistics digitisation
Chaired by: Peter Altes, AIM-D e. V., Lampertheim
On the way to Industry 4.0, production, material flow and logistics will become increasingly digitised. Automatic identification systems (AutoID) and ‘smart’ sensors are the basis of the digitisation processes and communication between people, machines and objects. Integration with software systems, IT security and cloud-connectivity are central challenges in this. The AIM experts will present and discuss new aspects of digitisation based on AutoID technologies, and explore opportunities for more efficient control and thereby the optimisation of business processes.
FF 2017 - Vallee, VuP, EN
Cross-channel and other trends in fashion logistics
How does fashion logistics approach current challenges?
Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Franz Vallée, Founder VuP GmbH,
Vallée und Partner, Logistics & IT consultancy, Münster
Fashion logistics must find solutions for long supply chains, transparency requirements, increasing stocks and increasing numbers of items, but in particular ever more demanding customers. Purchasing, collection, payment and returns processes are taking place increasingly in different sales channels that have to be linked logically with one another. Real competitive advantages can be achieved here by efficient logistics processes.
After an introductory overview, various market participants will bring their approaches to solutions into the forum and then discuss with the audience from the podium.
FF 2017 - Spee, VDI, EN
The new VDI 3590
A new concept for the picking standard
Chaired by: Detlef Spee, Head of Department of Intralogistics and IT Planning, Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics (IML), Dortmund
The design of a picking system always represents a choice between a great many alternatives. To make the right choice of system, everyone involved has to be aware of the detailed decisions to be made and what information is needed to do this.
Companies planning a warehouse often do not do this as often as suppliers and planners so that relevant experience is hard to come by. So what should the company do? What issues should be borne in mind when working with suppliers and designers? What should your own team be doing?
The directive is intended to give an overview of the basic aspects for a successful project. The new aspects to be integrated into the standard will be shown and members of the working group will report on initial experiences with the draft version.
FF 2017 - Kortschak, FHE, EN
Lean – but how?
Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernd H. Kortschak, Chair in Department of Business Administration and Logistics, Erfurt University of Applied Sciences
It was once thought that logistics could happen without any warehouses at all – but the warehouses just kept multiplying – and getting bigger. Then logistics became supply chain management. Optimisation across divisions and companies was intended to reduce warehouses to buffer stocks, but often this does not work. Although delivery frequencies have increased and back-up stocks of seasonal goods reduced, unplanned stocks remain too high. Here you will learn not only why but what you can do about it.
FF 2017 - Berg, GVB, EN
Logistics 4.0 – Progress through research
Research reports from the research centres of GVB e. V.
Chaired by: Univ.-Prof. Dr. habil. Claus C. Berg, ILV – Institut für Logistik und Verkehrsmanagement (Institute of Logistics and Transport Management), Rohr i. NB; CEO of the transport management and logistics organisation Gesellschaft für Verkehrsbetriebswirtschaft und Logistik (GVB) e. V.
The latest research on the benefits of using 3D printers and their many applications, the effective use of process-improving methods through targeted change management, and data-mining-assisted methods for balancing variant flow lines.
- IPRI – International Performance Research Institute gGmbH research report on the advantages of using 3D printers and their many applications.
- Report of the IFA – factory systems institute of the University of Hannover on the effective use of process-improving methods by targeted change management.
- IPS – Institute for production systems of the Technical University of Dortmund research report on data-mining-assisted methods for balancing variant flow lines to prevent efficiency losses as the number of variants increases.
FF 2017 - Pirron, IN-BW, EN
Operating concepts for complex systems in the logistics centre
New approaches to facility, spare parts and maintenance management
Chaired by: Dr. Jörg Pirron, Chairman, Intralogistics Network in Baden-Württemberg; Managing Director,
PROTEMA Unternehmensberatung GmbH
Modern logistics systems have a large number of mechanical, electronic and IT components. This intensifies the demands on facility management. What operating concepts are on offer for minimising disruptions and failures? What are the distinctions between ‘preventive’ and ‘predictive’ maintenance? What is the cost/benefit ratio? Can the ‘operational reliability’ aspect be integrated into new systems even at the planning stage? What exactly does collaborating with manufacturers entail?
Learn more about new approaches to solutions, both from the operator’s and the supplier’s perspective.
FF 2017 - Lickefett, F-IPA, EN
Showcases from autonomous production
How Industry 4.0 technology and concepts will change production
Chaired by: Michael Lickefett, Head of Dept. of Factory Planning and Production Management, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Stuttgart
The increasing degree of digitisation and level of automation enable new applications and production scenarios. They render production capable of running and optimising itself to a greater degree in future. The Fraunhofer IPA Forum showcases systems that are already being implemented – from autonomous intralogistics though to self-optimising production systems.
FF 2017 - Schweikl, LOGISTRA, EN
Lithium-ion forklifts: when is the price worth paying?
Cost/benefit assessment of new battery technologies for electric forklifts
Chaired by: Tobias Schweikl, Editor-in-Chief, LOGISTRA, HUSS-VERLAG GmbH, Munich
Electric forklifts with modern lithium-ion batteries are more expensive to purchase than devices with lead/acid batteries, but should result in cost savings over their entire life cycle. Apart from the somewhat lower electricity costs due to more efficient charging, soft factors in particular should be taken into account on the plus side. But how can partial recharging capabilities, dispensing with servicing times and battery changes and the possible residual value of batteries be turned into hard cash? And how intensively do these technologies have to be used to make the change worthwhile? A panel of experts addresses these and other issues.
FF 2017 - Jörgl, F-IML, LH, EN
Flexible warehouse technology – quo vadis?
Warehouse robots - mobile picking equipment
Chaired by: Thilo Jörgl, Editor-in-Chief, LOGISTIK HEUTE, HUSS-VERLAG GmbH, Munich
Storing containers and workpiece carriers is a central function in industry and commerce. Many large distribution centres are already automated, while small warehouses remain manually operated. New handling and navigation concepts and technologies now permit the use of transport robots with load-handling attachments to undertake storage, retrieval and transport operations. The Fraunhofer IML forum, in cooperation with LOGISTIK HEUTE, presents various approaches to a solution, with an opportunity to discuss the innovations.
FF 2017 - Lange, F-IML, EN
The future of retail logistics
Retail logistics 4.0 with the opportunities of a digital world
Chaired by: Dr. Volker Lange, Head of Department of Packaging and Retail Logistics,
Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), Dortmund
The visions encapsulated in buzz words such as smart production, smart home and smart city are now almost within reach. Electronic equipment, machines and vehicles now often come with sensors, data memory and software, turning them into ‘smart objects’. What are the possible applications in retail logistics?
Learn about trends and opportunities in presentations by experts on ‘Smart Retail Logistics 4.0’ and discuss with us the logistical challenges and the opportunities!
FF 2017 - Bohlmann, 3p, EN
Agility in the supply chain
Team-based development of user-centric innovations & solutions
Chaired by: Bettina Bohlmann, Managing Partner, 3p procurement branding GmbH, Köln; participants in the EXCHAiNGE trade conference
There is much talk about agility at the moment. But what does it mean precisely? And how do you initiate “more agility”, even in business areas where the staffing is not to be completely reorganised? In teams of people who not only have the desired professional expertise and experience but also ingrained behaviours and rigid ideas about solutions? In this forum lively approaches and methods from practical experience are discussed and illustrated with success stories as well as failures that nevertheless hold important lessons.
FF 2017 - Jacobi, ECLR, EN
Value added with Industry 4.0? A roadmap for medium-sized companies!
How digital transformation can mean success for medium-sized companies
Chaired by: Dr. Christian Jacobi, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, Chairman of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH; Managing Director, agiplan GmbH, Mülheim
For smaller companies in particular it is very difficult to make the right investment decisions during the digital transformation process. Everything depends on entrepreneurial success factors, rather than the viability of physical and process digitisation.
How can a small logistics or manufacturing company find its way through this jungle? What is the ‘right’ standard? And where will the value added come from?
The forum offers two answers:
1. A methodology on how to introduce Industry 4.0, complete with roadmap
2. Best practices for generating entrepreneurial value added by digitisation
FF 2017 - Ullrich, Forum FTS, DO, EN
Exploring new areas, driverless
Between FTS and mobile robots
Chaired by: Dr.-Ing. Günter Ullrich, Director, Forum-FTS, Voerde
The demands on manufacturers of innovative driverless systems are manifold. This can be attributed to the fact that, with new products and growing diversity, production logistics are set to change drastically. New vehicle concepts and new kinds of coordinating control systems will be needed for them. This forum will reveal, with the help of three manufacturers of driverless systems, how the industry is facing up to such challenges. The moderator will place the contributions in a general context.
FF 2017 - Hauth, IN-BW, EN
A Master’s degree: advanced training paves career paths
Academic advancement: What’s in it for me?
Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Michael Hauth, Chairman, Intralogistik-Netzwerk in Baden-Württemberg e.V.; Professor of Logistics and Purchasing and Head of MSc. Industrial Engineering, University of Mannheim
The Bachelor’s degree is a good vocational qualification. But new challenges are around the corner. Which logistics tasks demand a higher level of specialisation and scientific competence? What more does a Masters’ degree offer in terms of help to climb the career ladder? Work and study – can the two things happen in parallel? What are the career prospects in the world of business after a Master’s degree? What are the prospects for a career in research?
These and other questions will be answered in incisive short talks and panel discussions by course directors from various universities and human resources managers.
FF 2017 - Pieringer, LH, EN
Practical solutions in returns logistics
How retailers can make the best of returns
Chaired by: Matthias Pieringer, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, LOGISTIK HEUTE,
HUSS-VERLAG GmbH, Munich
Returns cost multi-channel retailers time, money and often also frayed nerves. Yet the efficient processing of returns is an essential factor for business success. With active returns management, multi-channel retailers can not only optimise the processing of returns from clients, but also avoid returns in the first place.
Specialist retailers and logistics service providers explain how they design their practical solutions and how this helps them to make the best of returns.