Swisslog Americas forms automotive group

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Swisslog Warehouse and Distribution Solutions Americas has formed an automotive group and appointed Terry Krantz as vice president of sales and consulting.

Swisslog Warehouse and Distributions Solutions Americas, a Member of the Kuka Group and leading provider of best-in-class intralogistics solutions, announces the formation of a new automotive business unit focused on developing and delivering intralogistics automation to tier one suppliers and original equipment manufacturers.

Markus Schmidt, president of Swisslog WDS Americas, says: “Tier one suppliers and OEMs have already been turning to Swisslog and benefiting from our turnkey solutions designed to streamline their work-in-process manufacturing, kitting, and parts storage.  Continue reading Swisslog Americas forms automotive group

CeMAT Russia: E-commerce strengthens intralogistics

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From 20 to 22 September at CeMAT Russia in Moscow, approximately 150 exhibitors present their products and solutions for integrated and efficient control of the logistics process.

Wolfgang Pech, senior vice president at Deutsche Messe, says he expects mild growth for CeMAT Russia compared to 2015.

“The past year saw Russia’s GDP bottom out, but now it is starting to slowly bounce back. The World Bank projects a slight recovery for Russia in 2017,” says Pech.  Continue reading CeMAT Russia: E-commerce strengthens intralogistics

Autonomous vehicles ‘major attraction’ at CeMAT logistics fair

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Autonomous vehicles were a major attraction for visitors this year at the annual logistics trade fair, CeMAT

Deutsche Messe, which owns and organises CeMAT, says this year’s event was one of the biggest and most successful ever, and certainly the most innovative in the sense that there was a huge amount of interest in new technology such as autonomous vehicles.

The motto for this year’s CeMAT was “Smart Supply Chain Solutions”, and the fair organisers say there was a “substantial growth in the number of foreign visitors”.

From 31 May to 3 June, roughly 1,000 exhibiting companies from 44 countries (exhibitors from outside Germany: 55 percent) presented solutions for efficient and intelligent management of logistics chains.

During the four days of the show, visitors saw for themselves that the intelligent warehouse is already reality. Stephan Weil, Premier of Lower Saxony, opened the trade fair.  Continue reading Autonomous vehicles ‘major attraction’ at CeMAT logistics fair

CeMAT to be co-staged with Hannover Messe

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Another fine Messe: (from left to right) Dr Andreas Gruchow, Dr Christoph Beumer, and Sascha Schmel

CeMAT Update: In a further sign of the accelerating convergence of manufacturing and logistics sectors, the world’s two leading industry events are to be merged  

CeMAT, the world-leading trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management, is to be co-located with Hannover Messe every two years, starting in 2018.

Featuring about 1,000 exhibitors from around the world, CeMAT is the international market flagship of a fast-growing industry which in 2015 produced €20 billion worth of equipment in Germany alone.

The main drivers of this growth are eCommerce and integrated production – two trends that are placing enormous pressure on intralogistics systems, forcing them to become more intelligent, networked, flexible, transparent, fast and efficient.  Continue reading CeMAT to be co-staged with Hannover Messe

The warehouse is becoming smarter

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CeMAT Update: Apps are conquering the world of intralogistics: smartphones and tablets are moving their way into storage and picking areas, supporting a wide range of processes

Our world is becoming increasingly intelligent, networked an mobile – and this development also extends to the storage and picking areas of commercial, industrial and service companies.

Smartphones and tablets are moving their way into the world of intralogistics, supporting a wide range of processes.  Continue reading The warehouse is becoming smarter

CeMAT: Warehouses turning to autonomous vehicles to keep up with ecommerce growth


CeMAT Update: Logistics companies are increasingly acquiring robotics and automation technology to make their operations more efficient and keep up with the growth of the online economy

“Due to booming e-commerce, customers have new needs,” said Dr Henry Puhl, chairman of Still management in Hamburg.

“The shipment sizes, for example, and the variety of products. Things are getting smaller and, therefore, there is more short-term seasonality, which is accompanied by strong volume fluctuations.”

This leads to the development of logistics solutions which offer more customized products in smaller quantities.

“In addition, it is essential to take into account regional requirements, that are brought about by globalization to us,” says Puhl. “Customers must be able to make their processes more flexible in order to remain competitive.”  Continue reading CeMAT: Warehouses turning to autonomous vehicles to keep up with ecommerce growth