Plant & Works Engineering
Logistics 4.0 meets Industry 4.0
Published:  08 June, 2017

2018 will see the parallel staging of CeMAT and Hannover Messe. The aim is to allow decision-makers to see how Logistics 4.0 and Industry 4.0 are capable of producing completely new solutions and business models as well as the potential of integrated logistics for their own companies.

Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 are revolutionising production and logistics in a major way. Soon, people and machines will be communicating freely, as logistics becomes part of the production process, making a decisive contribution to intelligent supply chain management.

Dr Jochen Köckler, member of the managing board, Deutsche Messe AG, commented: “Production and logistics processes are in the process of becoming intelligently integrated, enabling even more efficient, flexible production processes. At CeMAT we will be making this integration tangible and will demonstrate the resulting potential.”

By staging CeMAT and Hannover Messe in tandem, the tradeshow organisers at Deutsche Messe believe professional attendees will be able to get a close-up view of the future integration of supply chains and how intelligent logistics can be used to optimise production.

Additional CeMAT highlights include logistics solutions for retailing and logistics services. Efficient logistics processes are of critical importance to the business success of online and bricks-and-mortar retailers, requiring complex shipping structures, including a high degree of automation and efficient returns management.

Located in the immediate vicinity of the automation halls at Hannover Messe, Hall 19 is the place where Logistics 4.0 and Industry 4.0 come together. This is where specialists from heavy industry and the intralogistics sector will appear on all five days of the show at the “Logistics 4.0 Forum”, with the focus on the opportunities for integrating production and logistics. A key focus will consist of mobile robot solutions, which are increasingly common in production and warehouse settings and are key to making work easier for humans. And the charge carriers have also become mobile, driving autonomously through warehouse or production buildings and conveniently communicating with one another based on gestures generated by wearables.

Köckler explains: “The active sharing of knowledge and experience between production and logistics is going to bring new ideas and findings for both sides.

“In Hannover we will be putting both worlds together and showing how, on the basis of best-practice examples, the increasing complexity of logistics processes can be kept manageable in today’s digital economy.”

Visitors to the “Logistics 4.0 Experience Hub” will be able to see what this looks like in practice. On an area of more than 2500m2, exhibitors from industry and logistics will showcase the combined future of both fields.