LogiMAT 2011 in Stuttgart

Prize-winning innovations in intralogistics

(PresseBox) (München, ) For the 8th time at the International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow outstanding, innovative products and solutions from the exhibitors have been presented with a 'BEST PRODUCT' Award at a special ceremony at the fair.

On 8 February, in front of 200 guests from the intralogistics sector, three lucky exhibitors at the 9th LogiMAT 2011 in Stuttgart were awarded with a BEST PRODUCT Award for outstanding innovative products and solutions. The 7-strong specialist jury made up of professors and trade journalists rated all the submitted products and solutions according to the criteria of rationalisation, cost-savings and increase in productivity.

In the 'Procurement, handling, storage' category the winning company is AutoStore - Jakob Hatteland Logistics of Norway with its product AutoStore. This is a revolutionary patented warehouse system for space-saving storage and cost-effective handling of small goods. AutoStore is like a giant Rubik's Cube in which the goods containers are stored in the individual cells. The goods are stored in plastic bins which are arranged in a three-dimensional aluminium grid. Robots move the bins in and out of workstations, for picking and receiving goods. The special feature of AutoStore is that it stacks the bins directly on top of and immediately adjacent to each other, thus saving valuable warehouse space. The system enables up to 60 percent better use of the available area than other automatic systems. AutoStore is a flexible system, in terms of height (determined by the number of bins stacked on top of each other), length and width, which means the system can be easily installed in existing buildings. Other advantages are, for example, utilisation of mezzanines and several levels, better operational security should modules fail, lower operating costs because of lower energy consumption and improved quality. AutoStore not only optimises outgoing goods operations, it can also cover pre-pick solutions, order consolidation and internal transport and despatch tasks. It is a system from which the entire supply chain benefits.

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In the 'Order picking, packaging, protection' category SSI SCHÄFER PEEM of Graz took the prize for its picking system Schäfer Robo Pick, which can handle an enormous diversity of articles of different dimensions, shapes and weight - at up to 2,400 pieces per hour. All with extreme care and virtually error-free. This first fully automatic picking cell can be integrated smoothly into existing warehouse architectures. With an innovative two-step image processing system, a combination of 2D and 3D, time is saved, because it is not necessary to enter article characteristics into the system nor storage positions. In less than a second the image-processing cell analyses and assesses a storage tray and controls the universal pick robot. Depending on order structures, between 10 and 20 orders can be processed simultaneously. As compared to manual picking operations, the system has an error rate that is between 10 and 100 times smaller.

The logistics software W2MO® (web to modelling & optimising) of the Munich-based software company Logivations was the winner in the 'Software, communications, IT' category. This software supports the optimisation and planning of logistics for a wide range of company sizes and requirements. It can be implemented when required, or integrated as a permanent solution in existing infrastructures. The 'on demand' version enables the user to use the tool direct via the Logivations website. This saves not only costs on hosting and updates, it also brings benefits in terms of the many further services and optimisation possibilities offered on the Logivations web platform. Alternatively the software can be installed on a virtual server, the desktop PC or the laptop of the user. The web-based version supports a fast and risk-free start into professional optimisation and planning of logistics processes. All the user has to do is register at the Logivations website. Then he can start straight away with setting up his own warehouse layout - or alternatively he can use one of the many sample layouts suggested and adapt it. Also available is a wide spectrum of modelling, planning, simulation and optimisation functions. The user can also benefit from the live editor for layout set-up and process mapping, integrated dynamic simulation and the ability to enter real-time data.

The 'BEST PRODUCT' Award was launched eight years ago by the organiser of LogiMAT, to draw attention to the achievements of the exhibitors, many of which are SMEs.

The winners were presented with their awards - a medal and a certificate - during an evening ceremony held at the New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre.

LogiMAT 2011 is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. ?A one-day ticket costs €28, a three-day ticket €35.?For further information go to www.logimat-messe.de.
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