Even on the first day of this year’s LogiMAT in Stuttgart, it was clear that this event was taking the pulse of the times and the logistics industry. Here at the trade fair, the major current topics were discussed in the lecture forums and at booths such as that of DB Schenker. And the reality check included: where is digitization still a dream, and where does it already define the day-to-day in logistics?
Attraction: VR Forklift Training
Right from the start, the highlight and crowd pleaser at the DB Schenker booth was the virtual reality training for forklift drivers. The visitors could sit down on the original driver’s seat of a forklift, which was integrated into the exhibition stand. VR glasses on, and they‘re immersed in a very realistic simulation of loading and transport processes.
This VR application was developed by DB Schenker and the Fraunhofer Institute IML in the EnterpriseLab for Logistics and Digitization in order to reduce the duration of training and to practice in the location’s actual storage environment at the same time. Typical storage and retrieval processes are simulated for training purposes, developed in close collaboration between the Tillburg, Holland location and DB Schenker’s global HR innovation department. Above all, it supplements traditional safety training. Christoph Schlüter from the IML explains: “The system allows the simulation of dangerous situations that cannot be practiced in real training. A collision with a storage rack, for example.”
At the exhibition booth, the prototype of this training system was set up, which is to be put into real-time operation at DB Schenker’s Tillburg, Holland location. After completion of this pilot phase, a comprehensive rollout with extended functionality is planned.
For many visitors, this amazing simulation experience was an inspirational introduction to discussions with DB Schenker’s logistics experts. All topics were represented from packaging solutions and intralogistics to questions about training and recruiting.
Wagon Intelligence – #beAmspired
The trade show display of DB Cargo was no less digital. Encouraged by a chic model railroad, booth visitors were educated about the Wagon Intelligence Project, among other things.
The system allows the tracking of the entire wagon fleet. In addition, cargo status can be checked via special sensors, including humidity and temperature.
DB Schenker positions itself for New Work
The lectures by Christa Stienen, CHRO at DB Schenker Cluster D/CH and CIO/CDO Markus Sontheimer were also very well attended during the trade fair forums.
Playfully won Christa Stienen the attention of her audience on the subject of New Work – The Reality Check in Logistics. The focus of her presentation was the new challenges posed by digitization and the increasing desire to flexibilise workforce and human resources management. She spanned the spectrum from the major cultural factors to practical questions of education and training:
Markus Sontheimer also offered his large audience a reality check. The digitization of logistics is no longer a dream of the future but rather a complex reality, and it is increasingly creating new business in the industry, according to his credo. He illustrated his overview of the digital logistics business model with current examples from the DB Schenker world: from Connect 4.0 to 3D printing.