Logistics Event An eye on digitalisation and safety in the logistics sector

In many ways, current trends in the logistics sector mirror those in the processing industries as a whole – for instance, digitalisation and modularisation – but the complex tasks required for storing and transporting products demand unique solutions.

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Digitalization and smart devices are driving new logistics capabilities for manufacturers.
Digitalization and smart devices are driving new logistics capabilities for manufacturers.
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The focus at this year's Chemical and Pharma Logistics event aims to educate attendees on the intricacies of these complex sectors. On the digitalisation side, smart wearable devices and augmented reality are areas of emerging technology for logistics providers, says Bruce Stubbs, director of marketing of the supply-chain industry 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, explained Jeff Harrison, business manager for Ametek Prestolite Power. Harrison mentions that lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are on the horizon to revolutionise 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 considered not 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. The Logistics Hotspot is the location for two special programs on Tuesday as well. The Potential for Digitalisation as well as Changes in Production Logistics and Intralogistics. On Wednesday, the Logistics Hotspot will house a business forum examining supply-chain evolution in China.

This article first appeared on www.process-worldwide.com/achema.