This year CeMAT will feature another excellent set of forums. Together with major partners CeMAT will illuminate the opportunities presented by new Logistics 4.0 concepts while highlighting the latest best-practice solutions.
"Together with HANNOVER MESSE, we are crafting a unique knowledge platform for the digitization of the supply chain, featuring numerous best-practice solutions and innovations like nowhere else in the world," declared Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe.
CeMAT forums in 2018 (partial list):
Augmented und Virtual Reality in Logistics – the Road to Future Human-Machine Interaction
The steadily advancing process of digitization is placing high demands on the interface connecting humans with their digitized environment. Information needs to support people in their work as opposed to overtaxing them. The forum titled "Augmented und Virtual Reality in Logistics – the Road to Future Human-Machine Interaction" will sketch out new prospects and solutions for human-machine interaction. Experts from industry and research will reveal the current state of the art and provide a window on the future. This includes AR solutions to support operational processes as well as VR solutions for planning and training (keyword: "gamification").
Digitization of Warehouse Logistics
In an age of digitization, virtually every company is considering the right strategy and solutions for the future. But it is often unclear where, exactly, the benefits of digitization lie. This question applies equally to the technological evolution of the warehouse. Many companies in Germany (and elsewhere) face the challenge of identifying the best new warehouse technologies. The range of established and new technologies is broad, but it is often difficult to assess the added value of using them. This is where the BVL forum titled "Digitization of Warehouse Logistics" comes in. The working group of the same name has spent time investigating new warehouse technologies and evaluating the relative advantages of each. In a dialogue with the users and providers of innovative technologies, it is eager to present its findings.
Startups in the Logistics Industry
When the topic is digitization, you can’t say enough about the role of startups. Every five days a digital logistics startup is established somewhere in the world. These young, agile companies have innovative business models that offer technology-driven solutions affecting the entire logistics supply chain – including the digitization of freight forwarding, long-distance transport, warehousing, contract logistics and last-mile delivery. These companies are taking advantage of the high number of transactions and large amounts of data available to design growth and innovation strategies. What opportunities are out there for industry and the logistics sector? What role can cooperation platforms and data exchange platforms play for established companies and startups? Inspiring speakers, demos and pitch sessions in a dynamic environment invite you to create new connections and new opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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