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CeMAT reveals topical agenda for this year's event

CeMAT reveals topical agenda for this year's event

This year CeMAT will feature another excellent set of forums. Together with major partners such as VDMA (Germany’s mechanical engineering industry association), BVL (Germany’s logistics association), the Fraunhofer IML Institute and the EHI Retail Institute, 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 (key highlights):

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”). This forum is organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), in cooperation with the LOGISTIK HEUTE magazine. It takes place at the Logistics 4.0 Forum in Hall 19/20 on Monday, 23 April, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Logistics Real Estate in Urban Spaces

The growth of cities and metropolises poses major challenges to logistics – not only in terms of transport, but also in terms of warehousing and transshipment capacities. Meanwhile, the sharp rise in population is leading to the development of residential property in close proximity to industry and logistics. And the growth of the CEP sector (courier, express, parcel) is also sparking additional demand for logistics space in central urban locations. The development of logistics real estate is thus coming into conflict with social, ecological and economic objectives. What are the technological concepts, business models and cooperation and operator models which would be suitable for resolving this conflict? What international best-practice examples and experiences are available that could also be put to use in Germany and Europe? Organized by BVL, the forum takes place on Monday, 23 April, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Logistics Solutions Forum in Hall 21.

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. The forum takes place on Tuesday, 24 April, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Logistics Solutions Forum in Hall 21.

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. Organized by BVL, the forum takes place at the Logistics 4.0 Forum in Hall 19/20 on Tuesday, 24 April, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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.

Taking Industry 4.0 to the next level

The digital integration of industry, energy and logistics is gathering pace, with traditional boundaries between industries breaking down, productivity rising and new business models popping up like mushrooms. In April 2018, HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT will lend their combined weight to this trend and take Industry 4.0 to the next level. Together they will open a window on a future in which digitized production, integrated energy systems and intelligent logistics solutions will radically change the way we live, work and do business.

In every smart factory scenario of the future, the starring roles will be played by two main factors: people and machinery. In order for them to achieve top performance, however, the power of digital integration will need to be leveraged to the fullest. “The integration of automation technology, IT platforms and machine learning will take Industry 4.0 to the next level,” commented Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. “With ‘Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate’ as its lead theme, HANNOVER MESSE 2018 will enable visitors from all around the world to experience the completely new forms of business, work and collaboration that are being made possible by our increasingly connected, digitally networked industrial landscape. They will witness first-hand the benefits of integrated industry: enhanced productivity, future-proof jobs and exciting new business models.”

Machine learning, IT platforms and integrated industrial robots

The industrial landscape is changing fast. Factory technology is becoming ever more efficient, industrial IT platforms are readily available on the market, and more and more industrial subcontractors are digitally integrated into their customer’s value chains. And now, with machine learning, machines and robots are increasingly able to make autonomous decisions. “HANNOVER MESSE is the place to go to experience the rapid rise of Industry 4.0 and its benefits first-hand,” remarked Köckler. “The world’s leading manufacturers of automation technology, big-name robotics providers and global IT and software corporations will all be there, making the show an absolute global hotspot for Industry 4.0.”

The rapid rise of integration in production and logistics

Digitisation is already a critical success factor in logistics, where one of the main challenges lies in managing complex processes and making them more efficient. This is certainly true of the interface between logistics and online retail. “The customer is king – he expects the world and he wants it right now,” is how Köckler described the challenge facing online retail – a sector where automated processes are still the exception rather than the rule. The future of the sector depends on innovative logistics processes that can handle increasingly complex supply chains. The required logistics environment starts with automated warehouses, where all processes are managed by software and where robots work around the clock, moving autonomously through the halls and delivering goods to the right place, at the right time and in the right quantities.

Similar things are happening in manufacturing, where production and logistics processes are becoming ever more closely integrated through intelligent technologies as part of the ongoing quest to boost efficiency and flexibility and hence lower costs. At CeMAT, visitors will be able to experience the convergence of production and logistics for themselves. “Given the lightning pace of integration between logistics and production processes, we will be offering visitors from all around the world an unprecedentedly comprehensive overview of current and emerging solutions for the future of logistics,” said Köckler.

Energy for production and power grids for electric mobility 

Digitization is also transforming the energy industry. Innovative technologies are making our power systems more flexible, intelligently interconnecting different sectors and ushering in new market participants. These key developments will be profiled in depth at HANNOVER MESSE’s Energy show. The show will profile various energy efficiency solutions that will enable industrial companies to achieve enormous savings and make a major contribution to climate protection. It will also present the technologies and steps needed to successfully transition the world to sustainable energy systems.

“Everyone’s talking about the mobility transition, but the fact is, our power grids are simply not yet ready for the widespread use of electric cars,” explained Köckler. The problem, according to the energy sector, is that electric mobility will result in much higher load peaks than are currently the norm. Moreover, eMobility won’t be able to deliver on its eco-friendly and sustainability promise unless the power it uses comes from renewable sources. Energy companies and municipal utilities around the world are embracing the electric mobility megatrend and its challenges and are starting to build the necessary infrastructure. Initiatives here include providing comprehensive charging station coverage, upgrading power distribution networks and building electrical “super highways”. All of which comes down to digital integration – the challenge of intelligently interconnecting renewable energy sources, energy storage facilities and electric vehicles so that they all work together as a coordinated, seamlessly integrated system. “The solutions needed to create power grids that can make electric mobility feasible will all be on show at HANNOVER MESSE,” summarised Köckler.

“The digitization of industry, energy and logistics is moving ahead at pace,” he added. “And the consequences of this development are not limited to individual industries or markets. They are affecting our society as a whole and indeed the entire global economy and the very nature of work. The opportunities are many, and if you want to seize them and be part of the future, then you can’t afford to miss HANNOVER MESSE. HANNOVER MESSE is the only trade show that provides the big picture on digitization and the integration of industry, energy and logistics.”


HANNOVER MESSE – Get new technology first!

The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology will next be staged from 23 to 27 April 2018 in Hannover, Germany. With its core focus on “Integrated Industry,” HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading showcase for the digitization of production (Industry 4.0) and energy systems (Integrated Energy). The upcoming HANNOVER MESSE will feature six parallel shows: Industrial Automation, Motion & Drives, Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Supply and Research & Technology. Mexico will star as the Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2018.

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