The Slightly Different Co-worker: Human-Robotic Cooperation in Socially Networked Industry
New advances in interconnectedness and enhanced Industry 4.0 solutions have led to a new type of interaction between humans and machines. On the one hand, this forum will provide an insight into the industrial development and application of technical Industry 4.0 solutions in logistics. On the other, it will reflect the state of the art in research into work and the resulting changes in the industrial working world. Individual topics will explore cooperation with autonomously operating transport systems, handling equipment or intelligent containers and operating equipment such as shelving. The forum contributions will be presented in the context of "socially networked industry", in which people and machines work together as partners. The forum is organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in cooperation the LOGISTIK HEUTE trade magazine. It takes place on Tuesday, 24 April, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Logistics 4.0 Forum in Hall 19/20.
Container Warehouse Technology, Returns Management, eCommerce
In the continually evolving logistics industry, well thought-out and efficient processes are a significant success factor. A particular challenge arises from the increasing share of eCommerce in the industry. In particular, the high amount of overhead for storing, order picking and packaging products in batch size 1 is causing the logistics industry to rethink some things. A forum of experts will discuss which new logistical concepts in the field of container storage technology as well as returns management could lead to increased efficiency in the future. This forum is organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and takes place on Wednesday, 25 April, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Logistics Solution Forum in Hall 21.
Agile Project Management
The roots of agile project management go back to the mid-90s, when software developers discovered that traditional PM methods were no longer ideal for digital projects. Now, 20 years later, a wide range of corporate areas are already benefiting from agile methods. The expert forum titled "Agile Project Management" will demonstrate the advantages of agile methods and explain in which type of situations they should be used. The forum is geared to project managers, SCM managers, IT managers, logistics managers at manufacturing enterprises as well as to change managers. Organized by SALT AG, the forum takes place on Wednesday, 25 April, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Logistics 4.0 Forum in Hall 19/20.
Order Picking in an Age of Industry 4.0
At present, order picking remains a 90% manual activity. But this situation is bound to change, given the rapid technical development in the area of Logistics 4.0 and the advantages of automatic systems in terms of economy, speed and safety – a change which is also urgently needed, as inventory levels are constantly increasing due to the continuous growth of online retailing, while demographic change makes it increasingly difficult for companies to find qualified personnel. As a result, automated systems and autonomous order picking are gaining an increasing amount of attention. Experts and leading manufacturers will present best-practice examples and give an outlook on how order picking will change in the coming years. Organized by Deutsche Messe and the MM Logistik magazine, the forum takes place on Wednesday, 25 April, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Logistics Solutions Forum in Hall 21.
The processes employed by the retailing industry are still largely performed manually. Most of the work is done by humans, who are superior to robots due to their cognitive abilities. Given the new technologies now available, this could change over the next few years: Moving robots, mobile gripping robots or transport drones can be used to support not only warehouse operations, but also transactions at the point of sale. Retailers face major logistics challenges in the face of omni-channel solutions due to the growing need for real-time solutions. Robotics and automation solutions are already being taken into account in the design of new central warehouses. Numerous technological innovations have emerged, for example in the field of autonomous mobility, augmented reality solutions and artificial intelligence. The Robotics4Retail Forum is directed logistics and IT managers from the retail industry as well as at logistics service providers. Organized by the EHI Retail Institute, it takes place on Thursday, 26 April, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Logistics Solutions Forum in Hall 21.
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