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An Eye on Digitalization and Safety in the Logistics Sector

| Editor: Matthias Back

Digitalization and smart devices are driving new logistics capabilities for manufacturers.
Digitalization and smart devices are driving new logistics capabilities for manufacturers. (Bild: Honeywell)

In many ways, current trends in the logistics sector mirror those seen in the process industries as a whole — for instance, digitalization and modularization — but the complex tasks required for storing and transporting products demand unique solutions.

This years Chemical and Pharma Logistics Focal Topic aims to educate attendees on the intricacies of these complex sectors. On the digitalization side, smart wearable devices and augmented reality are areas of emerging technology for logistics providers, says Bruce Stubbs, director of supply-chain industry marketing at Honeywell.

“The supply chain cannot move much faster, so companies are looking for ways to increase throughput. But improvement can only happen when work is measured and data captured,” says Stubbs. Battery technologies are also rapidly evolving, providing tangible benefits. Smart monitoring platforms have enabled higher efficiency and introduced the potential for predictive maintenance, explains Jeff Harrison, business manager for Ametek Prestolite Power. Harrison mentions that lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are on the horizon to revolutionize asset-management for forklifts, due to their enhanced performance. Stöcklin Logistik is introducing the world’s first LIB for forklifts designed for use in explosion-protection areas.

“Until now, LIBs were considered dangerous and unpredictable, and designing a battery for explosive areas was not considered practical because of the high risks,” says Jörg Backhaus, Stöcklin Logistik Atex representative. For more in-depth logistics coverage, Achema is hosting a special Logistics Praxisforum on Tuesday in the Logistics Hotspot in Hall 1.1. Highlights of this forum include a presentation by Nicola Spiggelkötter detailing a risk-based approach for qualifying third-party providers and analysis on freight-rate benchmarking from the Fraunhofer Institute. Also on Tuesday, the Logistics Hotspot is the location for two special programs: The Potential for Digitalisation; and Changes in Production Logistics and Intralogistics. On Wednesday the Logistics Hotspot will house a business forum examining supply-chain evolution in China.

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