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CeMAT 2005 – A highlight for the international logistics sector

Tuesday, 4 Oct 2005 ( #229 )
World Fair for Intralogistics from 11 to 15 October 2005 in Hannover, Germany

- Over 900 registered exhibitors from over 30 countries
- Robotic Logistics Center
- Rich supporting program for added value

At the beginning of August, CeMAT topped 900 exhibitors, and is now entering into the final stages of preparation for October. With about 45% of the show’s exhibitors coming from abroad, CeMAT is the world’s leading marketing and knowledge-sharing platform for intralogistics. The trade fair will be officially opened by the premiere of the German state of Lower Saxony, Mr. Christian Wulff.

The world intralogistics market, which is set to grow further as part of the ongoing globalization process, is superbly represented at CeMAT. The main display categories are:

  • Industrial and forklift trucks and accessories

  • Materials-handling technology and accessories

  • Logistics management, computer systems, ID systems

  • Lifting gear and platforms

  • Shelving and shelving systems

  • Packaging technology

  • Complete systems

Robotic Logistics Center

A true highlight of the show will be the Robotic Logistics Center. Over 30 companies will be exhibiting at CeMAT and showcasing robot solutions, including companies such as Kawasaki, KUKA, OMRON, Roteg, PIAB, Güdel, and Sealpac.
A modular packaging line will demonstrate the seamless integration of robots and other equipment for various packaging tasks as well as sorting, dosing, sealing, and labeling.  
More and more companies are investing in industrial robots for order picking to reduce error rates and, consequently, to cut returns and follow-up costs. The ease with which processes can be documented is a further advantage. Automatic order picking ensures deliveries match delivery notes and creates transparency in stock control, thus making stocktaking unnecessary.
Siemens and KUKA will be showcasing a palletizing/depalletizing robot. The associated sensor technology needed for sensing product orientation will also be on display, as will a flexible approach to gripping goods, pallets and loading gear using a series of grippers. Also on show will be tool changers, software for mixed palletization, and appropriate materials-handling technology, which may also need to be backed up by automated warehouses and storage and retrieval equipment.
Güdel of Switzerland will be showcasing a gantry robot that is deployed in cold storage applications in the food industry. The robot is designed for a handling weight of up to 1,000 kg and can palletize with ceilings as low as 2.20 m.

Attractive supporting program
For lots of added value, Deutsche Messe AG and its partners are treating visitors to an attractive, free-of-charge program of flanking displays and special events to spotlight all the latest innovations and trends and provide valuable orientation.

Industry meeting point for "Consumer Goods Reselling"
A special industry meeting point is being staged as the first port of call for all visitors from the consumer good reselling sector. The food retailing publications Lebensmittel-Zeitung and GS1 Germany, the organizers of this industry meeting point, have secured top-notch speakers who will be giving talks on the sector’s hottest topics.

On Tuesday, 11 October 2005, Gerhard Schalla, Associate Director for Commercial Logistics at Miebach Consulting, will be speaking on logistics strategies in the resale business.
On Wednesday, 12 October 2005, Dieter Licht, director of the Efficient Consumer Response unit at Metro AG, will be presenting logistics concepts using RFID.
On Thursday, 13 October 2005, Carolin Höper of Dr. Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG and Michael Löw of GS1 Germany will be giving a joint presentation on ‘Standardization in the consumer goods business, using traceability as an example.’

On Friday, 14 October 2005, order picking systems will be the focus of a series of lectures. Thies vom Hofe, IND Mobile Datensysteme, and Jörg Kampers, Vocollect, will be showcasing voice-based order picking and presenting example applications. Andreas Oy, Siemens Logistics and Assembly Systems, will be giving a presentation on state-of-the-art order picking robots in the beverage industry and Rainer Buchmann, managing director at SSI Schäfer, will be presenting the very latest order picking technologies.

Collaboration with CHEManager for the 'Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals' industry meeting point
The "Chemicals and pharmaceuticals" industry meeting point is being jointly staged with GIT Verlag and the trade journal CHEManager. Lectures devoted to ‘Order picking and packing’, ‘Storage systems and materials-handling technology in the chemicals industry, ‘Logistics management’, and ‘Logistics service’ are scheduled throughout the four days of the show.

Collaboration with DVZ
The German transportation publication DVZ will be supporting the industry meeting point 'Transportation and Logistics Services.' There will be an approx. 90 minute feature every day of the show on the following themes:
  • Using RFID (radio frequency identification) for material flow control

  • Limits of technology and added-value service provision

  • Just-in-time delivery in the automotive industry: Recipes for success from forwarding agents and OEMs

  • Pick-by-robot – something for everyone

  • Technology trends in logistics: Evolution or revolution

  • New trends in distribution logistics

Packaging technology
The packaging expertise center is being organized by Prof. Rolf Jansen of the University of Dortmund’s Institute for Packaging Technology and PackReport. The following key themes are planned:
  • Packaging logistics and checks

  • Reusable transport packaging systems

  • Timely process information (RFI in practice)

  • Special research and development findings

  • National standards on the latest technology

LogITec Forum
The HUSS Group will be staging daily forums concentrating on to main topic clusters: "logistics software" and "industrial trucks, lifting platforms, cranes, and lifting gear".

Storage Systems Forum
The Association of Storage and Associated Equipment Manufacturers, in collaboration with the German Engineering Association (VDMA), will be organizing the Storage Systems Forum on the first four days. Eight presentations on key issues will be given throughout each day. These will cover chemicals and pharmaceuticals, the automotive industry, logistics service providers/forwarding agents, and the food/consumer goods industry. This event will feature a panel discussion on the Wednesday and Thursday, organized in collaboration with the magazine f+h, which will discuss how much automation is required in logistics.

Logistics Network Forum
LNC (Logistics Network) will be organizing forums at a joint pavilion dealing with production logistics, eLogistics, transport logistics, services, and value-added logistics.
At the joint pavilion, Volkswagen AG will be showcasing the entire logistics process chain on an area of around 240 m2. This will extend from receipt of an order right up to the distribution of new automobiles. Volkswagen AG will demonstrate the crucial importance of logistics in the group. A special stand design has been developed for CeMAT showing the key elements of Volkswagen AG’s supply chain. This innovative and informative presentation design also incorporates Volkswagen AG‘s external service providers.

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