Digitalisation is indispensable in the food industry, particularly with regards to logistical challenges, keyword E-Commerce. Higher warehouse turnover rates, smaller order volumes, high delivery speeds as well as the short-term increases in delivery quantities demand flexible and scalable solutions for the optimisation of the internal material flows. These can be found at Anuga FoodTec 2022 from 26 to 29 April. The trade fair is namely placing one of its focuses on Intralogistics for the first time. Driverless transport vehicles, automated warehousing systems with a seamless, integrated warehouse management and efficient conveyor and sorting systems are just part of the spectrum that will be presented. It hereby becomes evident that "Intralogistics 4.0" only becomes possible if a combination of perfectly coordinated technologies is available. Warehouse and production efficiently linked For years, decentralised logistics systems have been the lived reality within the companies of the food industry. Thanks to cutting-edge software, warehouse management is informed immediately when a new consignment of raw materials is delivered. Fully-automated transport management systems convey the raw materials and the finished products to their destination – in the production, to the picking and packing station or to the outgoing goods department – as efficiently as possible. The focus here lies on the conveyance, sorting, loading and unloading as well as the buffering and storing of the goods. Machine modules with a decentralised control logic make this possible. They transfer the intelligence directly to the chain and roller conveyors. At the end of the conveyor belt, a robot then places the foodstuffs on palettes before they are loaded using a forklift truck. Programmable logic controllers (PLC) are the centrepiece of the high-performance warehousing and conveying technology, which communicate with the material flows computer via TCP/IP. This connects all components and parameters with each other and thus coordinates the movements of the palettes in a high-bay warehouse for example. In the scope of the vision of self-organising Intralogistics 4.0, a host of further technologies have been developed over the past years. As such, driverless transport systems (DTS) with or without forklifts have since become a common sight in the warehouses. They connect different business units with each other barrier-free, also across long distances. The portfolio of the exhibitors at Anuga FoodTec encompasses a multitude of innovative solutions for small and heavy load carriers, which guarantee reliable material flows around the clock. Thanks to new navigation methods and constantly more advanced sensors, they can be flexibly integrated into the warehouse organisation - from simple point-to-point transports, to the goods-to-person principle, through to fully automation in the scope of an integrated logistics system. The advantage: Food producers who need a higher throughput short-term, simply deploy a further vehicle. Wearables on the advance In spite of the omnipresent digitalisation and robotics, humans will continue to carry out important tasks in the warehouse in the future. The aim is to plan the modern, logistics environment so that employees and machines work and communicate together seamlessly. And ergonomics also continues to play an important role in terms of the physically demanding activities in the warehouse. The digitalisation opens up new perspectives here. Pick-by-voice technologies and wearables – small networked computers that are worn on the body – support the employees in the faultless picking of goods. The employees communicate directly with the warehouse management system using a headset, ring scanner and a mobile data recording device, so that they always have two free hands for storing and loading. This also includes the implementation of augmented reality using data glasses, which several suppliers have already developed into a marketable commodity. The user can concentrate on his task, whilst a display on the rim of the glasses' field of vision informs him in real-time about all of the important data such as the storage position, item number and number of picks. At the same time, such a pick-by-vision solution replaces the handheld scanner because 1D and 2D barcodes can also be read easily using the data glasses. The only thing needed for the "wearable computing" is Wi-Fi throughout the warehouse. The future of intralogistics is digital Whether a new building, retrofit or turnkey plant: The specialists for intralogistics will present the appropriate solutions for all warehouse automation tasks at Anuga FoodTec 2022. The digitalisation of the internal material flows remains to be the number one topic. What are the biggest challenges of the future in the field of intralogistics? When is the right point in time for food producers to occupy themselves with the theme? And how does one go about implementing the new technologies? Visitors will not only receive answers to these questions at the Cologne fair grounds from 26 to 29 April, but also in the scope of the specialised programme that comprises of a combination between forums, discussions and presentations. The theme Intralogistics is also addressed in the extensive congress and event programme: Event information: Tuesday, 26.04.2022 11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. - Intralogistics 4.0 Organiser: DLG Main Stage Smart Solutions - Higher Flexibility, Hall 6, D 90 F 109 Wednesday, 27.04.2022 11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. - Intralogistics 4.0 Organiser: DLG Main Stage Smart Solutions - Higher Flexibility, Hall 6, D 90 F 109 The event and congress programme will partly also be transmitted via Anuga FoodTec @home, including also the events described here, which will be streamed on the online platform and which will subsequently be available on demand up until 30.06.2021.
Koelnmesse – industry trade fairs for the food technology sector: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organising trade fairs in the field of food and beverage processing. Anuga FoodTec and ProSweets Cologne are established, world-leading trade fairs, hosted in Cologne/Germany. In addition to the events at its Cologne headquarters, Koelnmesse also stages further food technology trade fairs with different sector-specific areas of focus and content in key markets across the world, including India, Italy and Colombia. These global activities enable Koelnmesse to offer its customers bespoke events and leading regional trade fairs in a variety of markets, thus creating the foundation for sustainable international business. Koelnmesse is also ideally positioned in the field of food and beverages with its leading international trade fairs Anuga and ISM and its global network of satellite events. The next events: Anuga FoodTec - The international supplier fair for the food and drink industry, Cologne 26.04. - 29.04.2022 Cibus Tec Forum - Exhibition & Conference on Food & Beverage Technologies Trends, Parma 25.10. - 26.10.2022 ProSweets Cologne - The international supplier fair for the sweets and snacks industry, Cologne 29.01. - 01.02.2023