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AntBot: Navigate without GPS

AntBot: Navigate without GPS

Desert ants are true masters of navigation. In their hot and dry environment they reliably find their way home to their nest again and again. However, they cannot rely on chemical signals because, unlike in other habitats, chemical signals on the ground are out of the question as navigation aids: the droplets with the signal molecules would evaporate much too quickly. That is why the desert ants rely …

Kirk, Spock and McCoy in the warehouse

Kirk, Spock and McCoy in the warehouse

In Leipzig, DB Schenker is using artificial intelligence for the first time to make logistics processes more flexible. The three colleagues traversing the storage facility are known as Kirk, Spock and McCoy after figures from the Star Trek series. The three vehicles – which are autonomous, driverless as well as quite independent in other ways – supply selected packing stations with pre-prepared folding …

Chinese Eco-cities with German Energy Policy

Chinese Eco-cities with German Energy Policy

Smog, mountains of waste, and contaminated tap water - China urgently needs to make its cities greener and produce fewer emissions. In order to test the energy transition, the German Energy Agency (DENA) is helping with work on selected eco-cities in selected Chinese model city districts. German know-how and high tech encounter fast-growing mega-cities and innovative urbanites in China. Tianjin is …

The goal is weatherproof transport chains

The goal is weatherproof transport chains

In the age of digitization, ways and means are emerging to better incorporate weather forecasts into the tour and route planning of truck system traffic. This is to prevent that heavy rain and snowfall or black ice affect the transport chain more than necessary. The Jade University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven has turned this into a research project in which DB Schenker participates. It is headed …

Logistics next to the gas pump: the gas station of the future

Logistics next to the gas pump: the gas station of the future

Will we soon be flying to the gas station to do our weekly shopping? A look at the Aral study "Gas Station of the Future" promises answers. It does not seem at all outlandish what researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) predict, together with Germany's leading supplier in the gas station market. Commercial vehicles double the distance traveled The study deals with the question of how …

Smart picking with augmented reality glasses

Smart picking with augmented reality glasses

At DB Schenker, much is being developed and tested in the field of digitization, preferably in our own Enterprise Lab. Ideas are becoming concrete pilot projects. Now, digital technology has made it into the workday of DB Schenker employees: At the logistics center in Bremen, employees have been working with Google Glasses since May 2019. At the Rodgau site, the launch of a similar pilot project for …

Anuga: The Masterpiece of every exhibition logistics company (Part 2)

Anuga: The Masterpiece of every exhibition logistics company (Part 2)

Anuga in Cologne is one of the most exciting events for DB Schenker's exhibition logisticians. It is precisely the diversity of the exhibitors and their shipments that presents the dispatchers and planners with major challenges. Part 2 of a report on the hard days of the exhibition setup. It is late morning in the offices of the DB Schenker exhibition logistician at the entrance to the trade fair. …

The truck as a solar power plant? Current research at Fraunhofer

Current research at Fraunhofer

The truck as a solar power plant? Current research at Fraunhofer

The idea sounds great: solar cells on the tarpaulin of a truck producing the power for the electric drive of the vehicle. A perpetuum mobile for road use, without CO2 emissions and without increasing the price at the pump. - It would be nice. Solar cells on truck tarpaulins It is now certain: Solar cells on truck tarpaulins really work. "The electrical energy generated will be insufficient for the …

Anuga: The Masterpiece of every trade fair logistics company (Part 1)

Anuga: The Masterpiece of every trade fair logistics company (Part 1)

When Anuga opens its doors, everything revolves around the latest trends in the food industry. From October 5th to 9th, 2019, more than 7,800 exhibitors at the world's leading food industry trade fair showed what consumers worldwide want to buy and eat. But it is not only the manufacturers, dealers, trend researchers and advertisers who are responsible for the success of the fair - the drivers, …

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