Plant & Works Engineering
CeMAT 2014
Published:  01 April, 2014

This year, the CeMAT intralogistics trade fair, which runs from 19 to 23rd May in Hannover – is expected to attract more than 1000 exhibitors from 40 nations and occupy over 120,000m2 of exhibition space,

The lead theme and motto for CeMAT 2014 is ‘Smart – Integrated – Efficient’. It envisions the intelligent, integrated management and control of all logistics processes across the entire production and supply chain.

Dr. Christoph Beumer, chairman of the CeMAT executive committee and managing director of BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG commented: “Achieving this level of integration requires a secure and reliable technology matrix that incorporates a growing array of microprocessors, operating elements, software solutions and control systems. All of these things need to be integrated into a harmonious, high-performance and easily operated system in order to process and manage the huge volumes of data that will arise. The key is not to be seduced by technology for technology’s sake, but rather to harness this complexity and ensure it yields tangible benefits and advantages. This is a key challenge for the intralogistics sector and indeed for industry in general. And that is why I welcome ‘Smart – Integrated – Efficient’ as the motto for this year’s CeMAT. It carries a message that resonates far beyond our sector. And that message is that we offer intelligent, integrated and efficient solutions that are fully developed and implementation-ready.”

Five main technology areas

The CeMAT 2014 organiser says it will be a high-density information offering spanning halls 25, 26, 27 and 13 as well as Pavilions 32 to 35 on the open-air site under the EXPO canopy. It is structured into five main technology areas: Move & Lift, Store & Load, Pick & Pack, Logistics IT, and Manage & Service.

The exhibitors in the Move & Lift area will be showcasing the latest counterbalanced and reach trucks, high-rack lift trucks and hand pallet trucks as well as a full range of cranes, hoists and turnkey integrated solutions. The most innovative of these products will be honoured at the IFOY Award prize ceremony, which will be held at CeMAT on 19 May.

The IFOY (International Forklift Truck of the Year) Award will be presented in five categories. Eleven trucks and intralogistics solutions have already been nominated. Which of these will ultimately win will depend in large measure on the outcome of the IFOY Test, in which all nominated trucks and solutions will take part over a one-week period in March at the Hannover Exhibition Center. The winners will be selected by a jury of international trade journalists, who this year for the first time will able to base their decision on the “IFOY Innovation Check” expert report prepared by logistics experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (Fraunhofer IML). The nominees in the four truck-related categories will be judged against a range of criteria, including innovative quality, technology, design, ergonomics and handling, safety, cost-effectiveness and sustainability. The judging criteria for the entries in the Intralogistics Solutions category include newness/innovative quality, customer benefit, sustainability and marketability.

The Store & Load display area is dedicated to the trend towards automated solutions in warehousing, loading and unloading technologies. The latest developments in these technology areas promise multiple benefits in terms of leaner, more efficient processes and energy savings.

The Pick & Pack area is all about order-picking and packing solutions. It will feature an array of innovations, including the latest energy and material-efficient packing machines and technologies, such as more flexibly positionable gripper arms that eliminate labor-intensive processes.

The Logistics IT display area focuses on software applications that make logistics processes more transparent and hence help pinpoint the areas of the production and supply chain that offer scope for optimization. IT solutions for example are available which can generate efficiencies and cost savings by various means, such as keeping inventory levels to a minimum and eliminating empty runs.

New exhibition area on open-air site

Another new addition to the CeMAT lineup will for the first time give selected resellers of industrial trucks a platform where they can showcase used vehicles. This year, a prominently situated area on the open-air site will be available to resellers specialising in second-hand vehicles. This is an important market segment, particularly in terms of sustainability, and one that is growing rapidly.

About CeMAT

CeMAT is the world’s leading trade fair for intralogistics and is staged in Hannover, Germany. It has changed from its previous triennial to a biennial cycle and will be held from 19 to 23 May 2014 and thereafter every two years. The last CeMAT, held in 2011, featured more than 1000 exhibitors from 39 countries and attracted some 53,500 trade visitors from across the globe. Half of all exhibitors and 33% of the visitors traveled to CeMAT from outside Germany.

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