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EXCLUSIVE All About<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Nominees ´22<br />

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<strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


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THE <strong>IFOY</strong> PARTNERS - A PERFECT NETWORK<br />

Behind the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is not only a powerful team, but also a strong network of<br />

partners that has continued to grow in <strong>2022</strong>. How Messe Dortmund, Cascade, CHEP,<br />

GARBE, Fliegl, LTG and the BMW Group are committed to the <strong>IFOY</strong>.<br />

What would the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD be<br />

without its partners? Numerous<br />

companies have once again made<br />

their very special contribution to<br />

supporting the <strong>IFOY</strong> in <strong>2022</strong>. New to<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> family is trailer manufacturer<br />

Fliegl Fahrzeugbau. The Triptisbased<br />

company provided a worthy<br />

stage with its brand-new Fliegl<br />

MegaRunner curtain saddle, where<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> finalists received their<br />

Best-in-Intralogistics Certificates.<br />

The testing took place for the second<br />

time at the Dortmund fairgrounds –<br />

Messe Dortmund has been an official<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> partner since 2021.<br />

In <strong>2022</strong>, the test pallets and containers<br />

on site were blue again. The<br />

pooling network CHEP has remained<br />

committed to the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD as an<br />

official pallet partner.<br />

Cascade, the global leader in the<br />

development, production and<br />

distribution of forklift attachments,<br />

forks and accessories for industrial<br />

trucks, was also back in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

GARBE Industrial Real Estate has<br />

been on board as an exclusive <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

partner in the field of logistics real<br />

estate for some time now. The<br />

company presented itself again this<br />

time, among other things, with its<br />

banner „Your forklift needs a home?<br />

Ask Garbe!“.<br />

For its logistics, the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

and numerous exhibitors rely on<br />

our logistics partner LTG – Landauer<br />

Transportgesellschaft Doll KG. As<br />

is customary, all transports arrived<br />

on time in Dortmund. By the way, all<br />

the equipment is stored at the LTG<br />

warehouse in Garching near Munich.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD ceremony in <strong>2022</strong><br />

will take place in the large auditorium<br />

of BMW Welt in Munich.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is sponsored by<br />

the VDMA Materials Handling and<br />

Intralogistics Association and, since<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, also by the Robotics + Automation<br />

Association within the VDMA.<br />

Dr Robert Habeck, Federal Minister<br />

for Economic Affairs and<br />

Climate Action, is the patron.<br />


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Content.<br />

44<br />

All <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Nominees<br />

at a glance<br />

10<br />

18<br />

08<br />

10<br />

18<br />

24<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Inside: Behind<br />

the scenes<br />

10 Year Anniversary:<br />

Stories of <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

TEST CAMP <strong>2022</strong>:<br />

The big review<br />

Review: Panels at<br />



30<br />

26<br />

30<br />

Visitor statements<br />

about the TEST CAMP<br />


Mix it up:<br />

The new edition of<br />

the AGV Mesh-up<br />

32<br />

Interviews with Rob<br />

Smith, Steffen Bersch<br />

and Jos de Vuyst<br />

36 Dortmund:<br />

The Innovator<br />

Next Door<br />

72<br />

40<br />

40<br />

70<br />

73<br />

”Best in Intralogistics“:<br />

The Certificates<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Test<br />

teams <strong>2022</strong><br />

25 jurors from 19<br />

countries: The <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Jury <strong>2022</strong><br />

80<br />

80<br />

Review of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD Night 2021 at<br />

the German Soccer<br />

Museum<br />


Pioneering Regenerative<br />

Supply Chains<br />

CHEP goes from neutral to positive in its 2025 strategy<br />

The way the world manufactures,<br />

transports and sells goods is<br />

changing. Developing a smarter<br />

and more sustainable supply chain,<br />

thereby reducing environmental<br />

impact has always been CHEP‘s<br />

mission. Now the company is evolving<br />

from ‚better‘ to ‚positive‘ to make a<br />

positive contribution to the planet and<br />

society. That is the goal of CHEP’s<br />

Regenerative strategy.<br />

Photo: Shutterstock<br />

ADVERTISEM<strong>EN</strong>T<br />

The supply chain solutions provider and market leader in<br />

pallet pooling is taking its sustainability goals a step further<br />

and move from ‘doing less bad’ to creating a nature-positive<br />

economy with re-use, resilience and regeneration at its core.<br />

To this end, it has launched an ambitious 2025 Sustainability<br />

strategy aimed at pioneering regenerative supply chains. The<br />

strategy includes a commitment to the 1.5°C target of the<br />

Paris Climate Agreement. As part of these targets, last year,<br />

CHEP achieved CO 2<br />

neutrality in all of its own operations.<br />

Partnering for a supply chain that benefits the<br />

environment<br />

As an expert in regenerative supply chains, CHEP works<br />

with its customers, suppliers and employees to create a value<br />

chain that benefits the environment. The company offsets its<br />

gross emissions in Scope 1 and 2 by investing in reforestation<br />

projects and purchasing renewable energy. The company’s<br />

contribution to climate protection is achieved with a circular<br />

economy based business model, which CHEP has pioneered<br />

for more than 70 years.<br />

In order to achieve the goal of a waste-free supply chain with<br />

zero emissions more quickly, the Zero Waste World program<br />

(ZWW) was launched in 2019. ZWW is a collaborative program<br />

for manufacturers and retailers that aims to create joint<br />

innovations and new, scalable solutions to eliminate waste,<br />

reduce empty km and cut out inefficiencies.<br />

In addition, as part of its commitment to using waste plastic in<br />

its load carriers, CHEP introduced its first product in Europe<br />

made from 100% recycled plastic waste this year:<br />

the Q+ quarter pallet with rollers.<br />

Transport collaborations for greater environmental<br />

protection<br />

CHEP’s unique visibility into European supply chains<br />

and use of advanced data analytics allows CHEP to<br />

identify common transport flows with its customers or<br />

among them and forge transport collaborations. This makes<br />

a significant contribution to climate protection, as over<br />

25 percent of all journeys in the EU are made with partial<br />

or empty loads. According to McKinsey, the supply chains<br />

of a typical consumer goods company generate far higher<br />

environmental costs than the actual operations.<br />

With the help of CHEP solutions, inefficient partial loads<br />

and wasted miles can be almost completely eliminated.<br />

CHEP’s Collaborative Transport Solutions, which have<br />

been in use across Europe for more than seven years,<br />

account for more than 240 collaborations in the region.<br />

These solutions have helped companies save more than<br />

87.3 million empty kilometres and 112 kilotons of CO 2<br />

worldwide.<br />

For supply chains to have a positive impact on the<br />

environment, all parties involved must collaborate. That‘s<br />

why CHEP has set itself the goal of duplicating the<br />

collaborations with customers by 2025. This is the only way<br />

to make an active contribution to a world where business<br />

models do not harm the environment, but actually benefit it.

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Foreword<br />

Innovative<br />

Setting<br />

Thomas Westphal<br />

(Lord Mayor of the<br />

City of Dortmund)<br />

in intralogistics, could take place was thanks to an agile team.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation, Messe Dortmund, the Economic Development<br />

Agency and the relevant authorities all pulled together and<br />

made it possible for a limited number of guests to test equipment<br />

and exchange knowledge at a distance and with a mask.<br />

The masks remained for the <strong>2022</strong> event. But the mouth–to–nose<br />

covering did not deter any interested logisticians from coming<br />

to the second edition of the test event. On the contrary.<br />

Not only has the number of trade visitors grown, but also the<br />

number of exhibitors. And the organisers also improved the<br />

quality of the event: Every day there was a “panel discussion“<br />

at congress level with heads of international companies.<br />

Enthusiastic about small and large forklifts in the TEST CAMP:<br />

Dortmund‘s Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal and Dortmund‘s Exhibition<br />

Director Sabine Loos.<br />

Can‘t be done, doesn‘t exist. This is how one could have<br />

summed up the staging of the TEST CAMP INTRALO-<br />

GISTICS and the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS last year at Messe<br />

Dortmund. Many had reckoned in advance that the test<br />

event as part of the world‘s largest Intralogistics competition<br />

would fall victim to Corona. So everyone was all the more<br />

pleased when the gates were opened for the event in Hall 4<br />

in March – under Corona–compliant conditions, of course.<br />

I was happy to make my own impression of the event and I also<br />

took a seat on one of the forklifts on display – after all, I myself<br />

worked for a logistics company from the Ruhr area for many years.<br />

The fact that the event, at which journalists, scientists and business<br />

representatives are allowed to test the latest innovations<br />

The TEST CAMP with the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD and the city of Dortmund are<br />

a perfect match. On the one hand, the world‘s largest intralogistics<br />

competition – with its exemplary sustainable event format including<br />

testing opportunities. On the other hand, the Ruhr metropolis<br />

with its 900 logistics companies, innovative examples of the<br />

revitalisation of brownfield sites for logistics and its outstanding<br />

research institutions – first and foremost the TU Dortmund, the<br />

Fraunhofer ISST and the Fraunhofer IML. The City of Dortmund‘s<br />

Science 2.0 Master Plan sets out the goal of developing a “Silicon<br />

Economy“ for logistics – under the umbrella of the Fraunhofer IML.<br />

This master plan was also one of the central projects with which<br />

Dortmund applied to the European Commission for the iCapital<br />

Award 2021 – under the motto “Innovation next door“. I am very<br />

proud that our city with its innovation ecosystem was able to<br />

prevail in the final of the most innovative cities against Dublin,<br />

Málaga and Vilnius. The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD fits perfectly into this<br />

ecosystem. I am already very excited to see which innovations<br />

will be awarded the “Oscar of intralogistics“ this year and look<br />

forward to the upcoming rounds of the international competition.<br />


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The Team.<br />

➡ Anita Würmser.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> founder, jury chair and head of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

organisation: In addition to the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD,<br />

the journalist also heads the Logistics<br />

Hall of Fame and advises companies on<br />

communication issues. Some call her the<br />

woman who never sleeps. Her razor-sharp<br />

weapon: her enormous network and her<br />

endless perfectionism.<br />

➡ Thilo Jörgl.<br />

Welcome to our <strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>MGZN</strong> <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Anita Würmser.<br />

Full-blooded journalist, <strong>IFOY</strong> juror from the<br />

very beginning, expert in Intralogistics: The<br />

leading spirit of TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS<br />

has been part of the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEAM since 2018<br />

and, together with Anita Würmser, is a<br />

partner of impact media projects GmbH.<br />

There he is almost alone among women – but<br />

he handles this challenge with excellence.<br />

Two events, one mission:<br />

“Spot on Innovation” is the<br />

motto of the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST<br />

DAYS, which have been part of<br />


in Dortmund since two years. A<br />

total of 51 innovations and 950<br />

participants were on site this<br />

year – more than ever before.<br />

And it cannot be overlooked:<br />

Real life is back. Exhibitors,<br />

guests and even the usually so<br />

aloof CEOs of Intralogistics are<br />

happily throwing themselves into<br />

networking and onto the equipment<br />

as if they hadn’t seen their<br />

own products live for two years.<br />

Someone says: “Finally, trade<br />

fair again.” “Don’t call it a trade<br />

fair,” I reply. The TEST CAMP is a<br />

testing event for all those who<br />

want to experience, drive, try and<br />

test real innovations. Exhibitors<br />

and visitors are limited. Why? So<br />

to ensure that there is enough<br />

space and time to deal intensively<br />

with innovation without<br />

queues and overcrowded stands.<br />

Of course, a change of paradigm<br />

for the trade fair networkers<br />

among us, who make full corridors<br />

the benchmark for success.<br />

But those who have been there<br />

once always come back.<br />

Not to forget: The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

celebrates its tenth anniversary.<br />

This magazine would not be<br />

enough to write down the “Story<br />

of <strong>IFOY</strong>” but as we all know,<br />

stories are more interesting than<br />

history anyway - so enjoy 94<br />

pages of <strong>IFOY</strong> stories. My recommendation:<br />

Start on page 10.<br />

➡ Stefanie Nonnenmann.<br />

For two years, Corona avoided her and then<br />

struck just in time for the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS:<br />

the logistics journalist, e-mobility expert and<br />

social media queen, who has been part of<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> since 2019, nevertheless supported<br />

the team from her home computer.<br />

➡ Edward Strohmeyer.<br />

Lord of the grid, leader of the lines, tamer<br />

of the fonts... our graphics partner ensures<br />

that the <strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>MGZN</strong> has style: You see it from<br />

anywhere in the world. The cloud makes it<br />

possible.<br />

➡ Theo, Mark, Bernd.<br />

No finalist can get past our <strong>IFOY</strong> Test team or their camera.<br />

Theo, “the Machine,“ Egberts (m.) has been testing everything<br />

with wheels on behalf of the <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation for ten years.<br />

Mark Dohmen (l.) writes, stacks, films, organises and is always<br />

in a good mood. New in our team: test reporter and <strong>IFOY</strong> juror<br />

Bernd Maienschein. Dream team!<br />

Imprint.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>MGZN</strong> c/o impact media<br />

projects GmbH, Eckherstraße 10b,<br />

85737 Ismaning, Germany<br />

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief:<br />

Anita Würmser (V.i.S.d.P.)<br />

Redaktion: Thilo Jörgl (jö), Bernd<br />

Maienschein, Stefanie Nonnenmann<br />

(sno), Melanie Wack (mw)<br />

Proof reading: Peter MacLeod<br />

Layout and design:<br />

impact media projects GmbH,<br />

Design:Management Strohmeyer<br />

Printing and production:<br />

Onlineprinters GmbH, Dr.–Mack–<br />

Straße 83, 90762 Fürth<br />

Image credits: Adobe.stock, Andre<br />

Baschlakow, Roland Gorecki, Oliver<br />

Lang, Messe Dortmund, STILL,<br />

Marcus Vetter, company pictures,<br />

Chep, LTG, Stephan Schütze,<br />

Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>MGZN</strong>, a publication of impact<br />

media projects, is protected by<br />

copyright. The reproduction, editing<br />

or distribution of articles, photos<br />

or graphics must be approved by<br />

the publisher. This also applies<br />

to electronic use and transfer to<br />

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media. The publisher is not liable for<br />

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content/data. Place of performance<br />

and jurisdiction is Munich.<br />


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People.<br />

inside<br />

this issue<br />

let’s get<br />

social.<br />

May <strong>2022</strong><br />

➡ Steffen Bersch.<br />

He did not miss the opportunity<br />

to attend the TEST CAMP INTRA-<br />

LOGISTICS in Dortmund: Steffen<br />

Bersch, Managing Director at<br />

SSI Schäfer and Chairman of the<br />

VDMA Association for Materials<br />

Handling and Intralogistics, not<br />

only paid a visit to the event,<br />

but also answered Thilo Jörgl‘s<br />

questions in detail. Page 33<br />

Who do I think the TEST CAMP is for? For the<br />

<br />

interested logistician who wants to discover something<br />

new off the beaten track. For practitioners who<br />

want to see products live and in action. A great event<br />

that I will gladly attend again.<br />

Fabian Mütherich, Sparck Technologies<br />

Thumbs up for the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD – great pictures,<br />

<br />

great atmosphere, cool event!<br />

Matthias Rathmann, trans aktuell<br />

➡ Rob Smith.<br />

CEOs rarely give interviews<br />

when they have been in the job<br />

for less than 100 days. For the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> team, Rob Smith, CEO of<br />

the KION Group, was happy<br />

to make an exception – and<br />

spoke not only about trends<br />

and personal goals, but also<br />

off-camera about his time as a<br />

student in Bavaria. Page 32<br />

Logisticians are really keen on exchange - across<br />

<br />

company boundaries and in fact physically is already<br />

nicer.<br />

Andreas Löwe, “Irgendwas mit Logistik“<br />

Great competition, great presentation of the teams. I<br />

<br />

think the TEST CAMP gives another push to be able to<br />

experience clever automation solutions directly.<br />

Alexander Mühlens, igus<br />

➡ Dr. Robert Habeck.<br />

The fact that we as the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

organisation have once again<br />

succeeded in winning a prominent<br />

advocate for the award<br />

makes us a little proud: Dr Robert<br />

Habeck is the new patron of<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. The Federal<br />

Minister for Economic Affairs and<br />

Climate Action is continuing a<br />

long-standing tradition. In previous<br />

years, the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD has<br />

also been under the patronage of<br />

the Federal Minister. Page 90<br />

➡ Thomas Westphal.<br />

The Mayor of Dortmund is not<br />

only a regular guest at TEST<br />

CAMP, but also a passionate<br />

logistics expert and <strong>IFOY</strong> fan. In<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, he came to <strong>IFOY</strong> in person,<br />

had good conversations and<br />

was presented the innovations in<br />

detail. Many thanks for the visit!<br />

Page 6<br />

Congratulations Anita and team for this great<br />

<br />

event!!!!!!<br />

Abdirahman Ikar, Hanon Systems E&FP<br />

Well done <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. CHEP is proud to carry your<br />

<br />

successful innovations. The nominees look great on<br />

our blue pallets<br />

Ertan Benzes, CHEP<br />

We thank you for your support.<br />

the USUAL<br />

suspects.<br />

6. Imprint 88. Media library 89. Behind the scenes<br />


Prologue<br />

How it began – The story before<br />

the story of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />


01<br />

It is the mid-90s. The number of awards in logistics is small. There is<br />

none in intralogistics, and that is not because intralogistics as a sector<br />

or term does not yet exist: it is dryly called industrial trucks and material<br />

flow technology – and the reaction to the idea of an industry award is<br />

also received dryly. When the original concept of an innovation award for<br />

new products and solutions is proposed, the enthusiasm is limited - in<br />

fact nobody is interested. The industry itself quickly dismisses it with the<br />

argument that the replacement and innovation cycles are so long that an<br />

award could never become established. The concept disappears into a<br />

pigeonhole.<br />

Ten years later, somewhen in the mid-noughties: The Internet and<br />

eCommerce bring momentum to the innovation scene. Awards are en<br />

vogue. Companies across the logistics sector want to show what they can<br />

do and adorn themselves with their trophies – apart from Intralogistics.<br />

The reactions after a new attempt remain somewhat conservative: It is<br />

very difficult to compare forklifts, warehouse technology, etc. or even to<br />

transport them to a test. And, anyway, “do we really need a test as well as<br />

a journalist jury?”. No amount of persuasion, neither technical nor marketing<br />

arguments… nothing helps. Once again the pigeonhole closes.<br />

October 2011, German Logistics Congress, Berlin: The material handling<br />

sector, which is now officially called Intralogistics, wants to become<br />

more visible. There should be something we can do, says an industrial<br />

truck supplier, and remembers that a concept lies somewhere in a pigeonhole.<br />

The momentum is there. The persuasion work begins.<br />

02<br />

Summit at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart<br />

A legendary invitation to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is<br />

the real genesis of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. Commercial vehicle meets Intralogistics<br />

– around the table sit Clark, Crown, Linde Material Handling,<br />

STILL, Toyota Material Handling, and the VDMA. Mercedes’ Head<br />

of Communications speaks clearly about awards: About what goes<br />

wrong and what goes well in the awards business, which trophy one<br />

would rather hide in the basement, and what a highly coveted award<br />

should look like. The participants are impressed – and fired-up for<br />

their own industry award. It has never been mentioned before, but the<br />

Intralogistics sector is probably one of the few industries that makes<br />

independence and a high-quality selection process a prerequisite.<br />

Genuine competition, statutes and a test procedure to serve as a decision-making<br />

aid for the jury are being developed. To date, the Federal<br />

Ministry of Economics assumes the patronage, and the VDMA<br />

Intralogistics and Material Handling becomes the non-material sponsor.<br />

In 2021, the VDMA Robotics and Automation joins as a sponsor.<br />


Stories of <strong>IFOY</strong><br />


stories and highlights of a decade<br />


03<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Trophy<br />

An interdisciplinary creation<br />

The weighty piece of art was created by an<br />

interdisciplinary team of designers, technicians,<br />

researchers and media experts<br />

at Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund. Where researchers<br />

work on their ideas until an innovation<br />

is born is the right place to create<br />

a trophy that distinguishes innovation.<br />

It should reflect the values of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD: Power, Innovation, Networking.<br />

The symbolism of the <strong>IFOY</strong> trophy<br />

A three-centimetre-thick aluminium plate<br />

cut precisely into <strong>IFOY</strong> honeycomb in<br />

the background symbolises coordinated<br />

strength. An identical, only three millimetre<br />

thin aluminium plate in the foreground<br />

stands for innovation. A glass plate in <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

copper, in which the net structures of the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> sign are reflected in countless shades<br />

depending on the incidence of light, simultaneously<br />

separates and connects the filigree<br />

and solid components of the award. It<br />

stands for creativity and networking, and<br />

thus symbolically for the infinite possibilities<br />

and ways of creating innovations. The<br />

manufacturing method is a symbol of the<br />

technological-innovative claim of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD. It is made with a water-cutting machine<br />

that cuts the shape and net structure<br />

out of solid aluminium blocks with millimetre<br />

precision.<br />

Dimensions: 31.5 x 18.5 x 5.6 cm<br />

Weight: 2,530 g<br />

Materials: anodised aluminium<br />

Lettering: laser engraving<br />

04<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD #1 – #10<br />

In 2012, the set-up of the organisation begins. Website, jury, committees,<br />

corprate design take six months. With statutes that still ensure independence<br />

and expertise today, the starting signal for the first <strong>IFOY</strong> season is<br />

given in August 2012.<br />

Between August 2012 and June 2013, the application phase, nomination,<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Test Days, election by the jury follow, and on 4 June 2013 the <strong>IFOY</strong> trophy<br />

is awarded for the first time in Hall B1 of CeMAT@transport logistic at<br />

Messe München. Crown, Jungheinrich and STILL win an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD - but<br />

strictly speaking, all finalists are already winners, because the statutes<br />

stipulate that only the best of the best are nominated.<br />

www.ifoy.org<br />


05<br />

And the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD goes to or<br />

where the cheers come from<br />

It is fortunate that in the conception<br />

phase there is never any mention of if<br />

and when the winners will be informed.<br />

It is just taken for granted that it would<br />

happen before the award ceremony and<br />

when the time comes, it is too late.<br />

So the excitement is real, as is the outcry<br />

from the teams when the laudators<br />

announce the names of the winners for<br />

the first time. The <strong>IFOY</strong> cheer is born.<br />

Since then, with the exception of the<br />

two Corona years when no one wanted<br />

to be forced to make an avoidable journey,<br />

the winners are not informed in advance.<br />

Years later, an <strong>IFOY</strong> participant wants<br />

to put the topic back on the agenda of<br />

the VDMA‘s marketing working group<br />

AK4. The request is unanimously rejected,<br />

notably from the ranks of the manufacturers.<br />

The Intralogistics sector prefers<br />

it to love the tension, apparently. A<br />

circumstance that, of course, does not<br />

prevent the nominees from trying to uncover<br />

the secret before the awards ceremony.<br />


06<br />

The colder, the better<br />

The first test week in March 2013 on the<br />

premises of the Deutsche Messe in Hanover<br />

becomes a challenge. Minus 15 degrees<br />

outside temperature, hall 26 unheated,<br />

and you don‘t have to have a fine nose<br />

to sense the horse show the day before.<br />

It is simply fantastic. The jurors enthusiastically<br />

ride anything with wheels, the<br />

testers are in their element, the industry<br />

is excited. Pea stew, calories, hot tea and<br />

testing, testing, testing help against the<br />

cold.<br />

Until 2021, the motto is: There is no bad<br />

weather, only bad clothes. In <strong>2022</strong>, more<br />

than one participant complained why the<br />

hall in Dortmund was suddenly heated.<br />

07<br />

Sustainability? Stop talking.<br />

Just do it.<br />

It has never been talked about too much,<br />

but innovation instead of decoration is an<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> principle since day one. It permeates<br />

everything which is done. The test sets<br />

are functional, the materials reusable -<br />

even when it‘s more expensive. Aluminium<br />

truss stand construction, rental furniture,<br />

eco-carpets, central catering, short<br />

distances, green power ... saving water,<br />

waste, time and money.<br />


The Winners<br />

From over 200 applicants, 135 new products and projects from 51<br />

companies have been nominated as finalists, 47 of which have<br />

received an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

08<br />

The top five from ten years of <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD:<br />

winner ( Nominated )<br />

Jungheinrich 10 (26)<br />

STILL 10 (26)<br />

Crown 4 (8)<br />

Toyota MH 2 (10)<br />

UNICarriers 2 (4)<br />

In addition, each of the following received one award: arculus, Bosch Rexroth,<br />

BYD, Cargometer, Cargotec Engineering, Combilift, EasyMile, idealworks, Interroll<br />

Group, Liebherr, ProGlove, Raymond, Sany Europe, SSI SCHÄFER, Torwegge,<br />

VOLUME Lagersysteme, Wegard, Wiferion and WITRON.<br />

09<br />

Thank you, Klaus Hellmann!<br />

Things get hectic for a short time in 2015. The halls on the<br />

Deutsche Messe site are fully booked, and a new hall has<br />

to be found for the <strong>IFOY</strong> test. Hellmann Worldwide Logistics<br />

provides uncomplicated help. Klaus Hellmann clears<br />

out the historic hall at the headquarters in Osnabrück, arranges<br />

the installation of WLAN and the ground floor of<br />

the legendary Speicher 3 becomes the <strong>IFOY</strong> test office for<br />

a week.<br />

On February 25 and 26, the jury arrives: 22 jurors test a<br />

dozen devices from the manufacturers Clark, Jungheinrich,<br />

STILL, Toyota and UniCarriers. The TEST DAYS 2015 at<br />

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics will be remembered as one<br />

of the best in <strong>IFOY</strong> history. Those who were there are still<br />

talking about it today.<br />

Costs and values<br />

The application and nomination for the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is subject<br />

to a fee from the beginning. Those who apply are informed<br />

that fees will be charged in the event of a nomination for the<br />

final - an appllication is the point of no return. Start-ups competing<br />

in their own category since 2018, however, only pay a<br />

compulsory fee.<br />

Each year, some 30 to 40 innovations are submitted; as a rule,<br />

no more than about 15 make it to the finals.<br />

The fact is, not everyone has the courage to enter <strong>IFOY</strong>. An<br />

application requires full attention. The <strong>IFOY</strong> audit is one of the<br />

toughest in the world, neither testers nor jurors make compromises<br />

when it comes to innovation value, quality, market<br />

relevance and customer benefit.<br />

And: <strong>IFOY</strong> fees do not guarantee a win. They guarantee transparency,<br />

independence, an international (test) organisation<br />

and a unique marketing value.<br />

In figures: 460 magazines in 46 countries report on the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

finalists - in more than 3400 articles (as of 2021). The reach<br />

of the online coverage alone is over 920 million readers in<br />

2021. The value of the first <strong>IFOY</strong> nominations in 2013 is around<br />

150,000 euros, today it is on average around 500,000 euros.<br />

The marketing value for intralogistics as a whole adds up to<br />

around 35 million euros in ten years.<br />

10<br />


11<br />

Journalist jury vs. expert jury<br />

Journalists! Really? Why not intralogistics experts?<br />

These questions were asked more than once in the<br />

early days. Apart from the fact that most of the editors<br />

do have expertise, it is far more important that<br />

they know the trends, the target audience of the Intralogistics<br />

sector, that they are an independent authority,<br />

which guarantees neutrality and media attention.<br />

The founding jury includes editors-in-chief from 14<br />

leading international logistics magazines from Germany,<br />

Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy,<br />

Poland and Romania. In 2014 the jury already includes<br />

18 jurors from eleven nations and soon the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

jury will be represented on all continents. Currently, 24<br />

jurors come from 19 nations. The requirements for jurors<br />

are high – every year numerous media apply for a<br />

seat. In addition, a review of all jury seats takes place<br />

regularly.<br />

One awful event will always be remembered: founding<br />

juror Anders Karlsson (Sweden) dies in a tragic accident<br />

on September 30, 2020. RiP, Anders! Never forget.<br />

12<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> rumours and legends<br />

You can hardly count them any more. All the better. We love rumours and<br />

legends about the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. A small selection:<br />

The legend persists that the <strong>IFOY</strong> was once a pure forklift award. The fact<br />

is that the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD was planned as an Intralogistics award from day 1.<br />

The manufacturers of industrial trucks simply recognised the marketing<br />

effect a little earlier and applied.<br />

The manufacturers control the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD: Another legend. The fact is<br />

that manufacturers also sit on the advisory board. The comittee is regularly<br />

consulted on technical issues. For example, when it comes to new<br />

categories or detailed technical questions. It advises the <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation<br />

but has no decision-making rights.<br />

The following can also be filed in the category “alternative facts“: Wellknown<br />

Intralogistics companies may have bought an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. From<br />

time to time there are indeed companies that only want to enter if they are<br />

guaranteed to win. None has ever been admitted to the <strong>IFOY</strong>.<br />

13<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> and Corona<br />

Mid-January 2020: <strong>IFOY</strong> finalist Raymond Corp.,<br />

USA, asks whether the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS will take<br />

place. Counter question: Yes, why? Answer: Because<br />

of Corona. Four weeks later, the nominees all<br />

over the world travel to the event. 20 nations are<br />

present. It should be the last face-to-face event<br />

in logistics before the first Corona lockdow on<br />

March 22. The trade fair in Hanover closes its doors<br />

and the awards ceremony takes place digitally at<br />

short notice. 1,000 people attend the event on the<br />

screens and the cheering continues nonetheless.<br />

We all know what pandemic means. Really? Well,<br />

research reveals one thing: every pandemic lasts<br />

seven years. So waiting for the end is no option. The<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> is changing. There is little to do, because the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> organisation is already digitised. Astonishingly<br />

many things are getting easier even so, but planning<br />

is turning out to be more complicated, more<br />

volatile, more unpredictable. Nevertheless, a fundamental<br />

decision is made: All events will take<br />

place face-to-face if permitted by law – of course<br />

with a hygiene concept.<br />

March 2021: Lockdown #2: Events are cancelled,<br />

postponed, digital. The <strong>IFOY</strong> moves to Dortmund.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS and the TEST CAMP Intralogistics<br />

take place face-to-face. The new motto:<br />

Testing makes the difference. Dress code for the<br />

awards ceremony at the German Football Museum:<br />

Black Tie.<br />

March <strong>2022</strong>: Same procedure: Incidences reach<br />

record levels. Events are all cancelled, postponed,<br />

digital. The <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS and the TEST CAMP Intralogistics<br />

take place face-to face with a total of<br />

950 participants and 51 innovations. By now, everyone<br />

has got used to the masks.<br />


14<br />

How the <strong>IFOY</strong> test became an audit<br />

Anyone who wants to create an award should first of<br />

all write down the statutes. They answer all the questions.<br />

When writing down the <strong>IFOY</strong> statutes, the focus<br />

lay on two things: testing and innovation.<br />

Since 2013, all finalists must undergo the <strong>IFOY</strong> test.<br />

Hundreds of tests and test reports have been delivered<br />

by <strong>IFOY</strong> chief tester Theo Egberts to date. He<br />

measures the hard facts: load capacities, fuel consumption,<br />

speeds. The test report, which is sometimes<br />

also called the impression, judges in addition<br />

what cannot be measured in a standardised way.<br />

Since <strong>2022</strong>, MM specialist editor and <strong>IFOY</strong> judge Bernd<br />

Maienschein is responsible for the test reports in the<br />

non-vehicle categories, including Robots, AGV/AMR,<br />

software, warehouse solution, Special of the Year<br />

and start-ups.<br />

The test results are an important indicator for the jury<br />

and extremely popular among trade magazine readers.<br />

However, <strong>IFOY</strong> is an innovation award, and victory<br />

is not a matter of whether a forklift consumes<br />

two percent more or less energy. In order to be able<br />

to assess the innovation value, a technology comparison<br />

with the market standards is necessary. This is<br />

the role of the scientific innovation check, which premiered<br />

in 2014.<br />

Scientists from Fraunhofer Institute IML and IPA, the<br />

Technical University of Munich, the Technical University<br />

of Hamburg-Harburg and the Technical University<br />

of Dresden analyse the <strong>IFOY</strong> applications and compare<br />

them with the state of the art. Based on visual<br />

inspections and partly a functional test, the innovations<br />

are comprehended at the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS and<br />

their function is verified. During the evaluation, innovative<br />

advancements as well as successful new<br />

compositions and genuine innovations are identified<br />

and judged. The final decision is made by the jury.<br />

The Best-in-Intralogistics Certificate:<br />

In order to document the high degree of innovation<br />

and the technical quality of the finalists who have<br />

successfully completed the <strong>IFOY</strong> Test procedure<br />

even more clearly, the Best-in-Intralogistics Certificate<br />

was being introduced in 2018. Only those who<br />

receive the „Best in Intralogistics“ certificate have<br />

passed the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit and undergone the toughest<br />

intralogistics test in the world. It is the visible sign<br />

of innovation.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong> One Eighty<br />

“The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD runs in sneakers,“ someone once stated. Change is part<br />

of the programme and the right footwear, as we all know, ensures mobility.<br />

The TEST DAYS take place in Hanover, Osnabrück, Munich and Dortmund, the<br />

award ceremonies in Munich, Hanover, Dortmund and Vienna. Nothing is set<br />

in stone, everything must follow one goal: To showcase the performance and<br />

innovative power of the Intralogistics industry worldwide.<br />

That is why over ten years not a single stone has been left unturned, with one<br />

exception: the focus on innovation was, is and will remain the DNA of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD. To be continued...<br />


16<br />


For a long time, only the finalists, jurors, testers and<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> partners have access to the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS. All<br />

in all, there are no more than 150 people.<br />

This changes in 2018: During the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS, a<br />

conspicuously large number of people walk through<br />

the hall who nobody knows. It turns out that they are<br />

logistics and purchasing managers from all kinds of<br />

companies who have read or heard about the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

test. Logistics service providers, automotive suppliers<br />

and OEMs, a DIY store manager and a local furniture<br />

retailer are among them, and they all say the<br />

same: „We are interested in innovations and new<br />

equipment“ and „Can we also test ourselves?“<br />

Of course, without the necessary safety precautions,<br />

testing is not allowed, but nobody wants to let the<br />

“intruders“ go without an impression. A quick tour<br />

through the <strong>IFOY</strong> innovations is organised; it will be<br />

the blueprint for the popular highlight tours. A question<br />

arises: why not admit a limited number of decision-makers<br />

interested in innovation?<br />

In early 2020, for the first time, the last two days of<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS will be officially opened to 50 guests<br />

invited from all areas of logistics. The participants,<br />

who have been networked for decades at trade fairs,<br />

initially struggle with the format. “What, only 50?“<br />

says a product developer who only finds a few minutes<br />

for his first sandwich of the day after an intense<br />

eight hours. One of the visitors says briskly at 8.30<br />

in the morning, “Well, I‘ll be through in two hours.“ In<br />

the evening he extends his hotel booking for a further<br />

night.<br />

Standardised truss boxes and central stand construction,<br />

uniform branding, no crowded aisles, the<br />

hall unheated – it takes time, but the principle of<br />

“class not mass“, which applies to visitors and exhibitors<br />

alike, catches on.<br />

A new event is born: The TEST CAMP INTRALOGIS-<br />

TICS. Motto: SPOT on INNOVATION. Intensive handson<br />

testing is now not only allowed, but is part of the<br />

programme.<br />

In March 2021, the TEST CAMP takes place for the first<br />

time in Dortmund as an independent event parallel to<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS. Around 100 B2B guests are invited.<br />

Only innovations from the <strong>IFOY</strong> finalists may be<br />

shown.<br />

Despite the corona pandemic, interest in the TEST<br />

CAMP is growing by leaps and bounds. When the<br />

Camp opens its doors again in Dortmund in <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

four panel discussions and numerous highlight tours<br />

complete the new event. For the first time, innovations<br />

from third-party exhibitors will also be included.<br />

However, there is one condition for exhibitors: it must<br />

be an innovation, a new or unique device.<br />

Most recently, the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS and the TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS together brought in 51 innovations<br />

and a total of 950 participants.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

EST CA<br />

EBy Thilo Jörgl and Peter MacLeod<br />

ven the change of hall for the TEST CAMP IN-<br />

TRALOGISTICS and the TEST DAYS of the International<br />

Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the<br />

Year (<strong>IFOY</strong>) AWARD indicated in ad vance what<br />

B2B visitors had already noticed at the counter:<br />

The event at Messe Dortmund had grown in<br />

<strong>2022</strong> compared to the previous year. The <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

organisation was able to book around 10,000 square metres of<br />

space in Hall 3 this year – including a trade fair restaurant and<br />

meeting rooms. The increase in space had become necessary<br />

because, in addition to the 14 products nominated for the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD <strong>2022</strong>, other innovations and the products of the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> partners were also exhibited, as event organiser and <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD jury chair Anita Würmser explained in her opening<br />

Follow me: Andreas Scherb (VDMA) with a highlight tour<br />

Blue CHEP pallets on a fork: Scene at the MOFFETT booth<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

MP <strong>2022</strong><br />


To protect participants against a Covid-19<br />

infection, a strict safety and hygiene<br />

concept was developed for the TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS. The rule 2G-Plus was<br />

applied as an access requirement. Even before<br />

entering the hall, each participant received a<br />

Corona control band every day.<br />

These strict rules also applied to all participants<br />

during set-up.<br />

Transfer of knowledge: VDMA panel discussion about VDA 5050<br />

TEST CAMP from a bird´s view: Hall 3 is quite full<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

Hungry for innovations: B2B guests<br />

Perfect view: with VR glasses<br />

Magic concrete: Magment knows how it works<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> finalists are not compared with each other but with<br />

the relevant devices on the market.<br />

speech. Theoretically, the 51 exhibited<br />

products and solutions would also have<br />

fit into the somewhat smaller Hall 4. But<br />

then the test areas would have had to be<br />

reduced. Not an option for the organiser.<br />

“The USP of this unique logistics event,<br />

apart from the sustainability approach, is<br />

the hands-on testing of the innovations,”<br />

says Würmser.<br />

Whether tuggers, order-picking forklifts<br />

or truck-mounted forklifts: the 950 participants<br />

over six days already had a wide<br />

selection of equipment to choose from<br />

in the area of industrial trucks, which<br />

they could drive and test themselves,<br />

wearing the prescribed safety shoes, of<br />

course, in cordoned-off areas. During<br />

the three TEST CAMP days from 21 to 23<br />

March, the numerous decision-makers<br />

from industry, trade and logistics services<br />

were also able to put all 14 products<br />

from twelve companies through<br />

their paces during the three-stage <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Audit at the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS. Among<br />

them were new developments from<br />


INT<strong>EN</strong>SIVE TALKS<br />

Cargotec Engineering, Jungheinrich,<br />

Locus Robotics, Magment, NAiSE, Noyes<br />

Technologies, robominds, SICK, SSI<br />

SCHÄFER, STILL, stow robotics and SYN-<br />

AOS. But not only B2B visitors took advantage<br />

of the opportunity for test drives<br />

and intensive technical discussions with<br />

the exhibiting companies at the company<br />

boxes – representatives of manufacturers<br />

also travelled to the Ruhr metropolis<br />

to take a look at the innovations of<br />

competitors and to find out about industry<br />

trends. Because robotics is assuming<br />

an increasingly important position in the<br />

field of logistics, representatives of the<br />

board of the VDMA Robotics & Automation<br />

trade association met for the first<br />

time during TEST CAMP.<br />

The Managing Director of the trade<br />

association, Patrick Schwarzkopf, had<br />

organised the meeting. Last year, the<br />

association had already joined the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD as the second conceptual sponsor<br />

alongside the VDMA Materials Handling<br />

and Intralogistics Association.<br />

But it was not only German company<br />

representatives who made the journey<br />

Evo-Bot: World premiere during the key note speech<br />

Key note speaker: Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael ten Hompel<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

At the box of SYNAOS: Everybody listens Nice simulation: Booth of NAiSE <strong>IFOY</strong> Partner: GARBE banner in the hall<br />

to Dortmund. International industry representatives<br />

also travelled to the event<br />

– including numerous members of the<br />

Fédération Européenne de la Manutention<br />

(FEM) together with its President<br />

Jos de Vuyst, CEO of the stow Group.<br />



The European Intralogistics experts held<br />

their working meeting in the metropolis<br />

and took the opportunity to see how<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD finalists are tested and<br />

what a modern, sustainable showcase<br />

of Intralogistics looks like.<br />

Regardless of whether they were association<br />

representatives, B2B visitors or exhibitors,<br />

the participants made lively use<br />

of the congress programme in addition<br />

to the guided highlight tours. For the<br />

first time, the <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation had a<br />

stage set up in the middle of the hall,<br />

where a panel discussion with top-class<br />

experts took place every day. The discussions<br />

focused on the trend topics of<br />

innovation management, Intralogistics<br />

4.0 and the VDA 5050 communication<br />

interface. An expansion of the congress<br />

programme is planned for next year.<br />

The Main Stage was already used for the<br />

opening. <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD jury chair Anita<br />

Würmser explained how the three-stage<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Audit works and which criteria are<br />

particularly important in the jury’s assessment.<br />

In his welcoming speech, Dortmund’s<br />

Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal emphasised<br />

why the world’s largest<br />



Because both the international<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Jury from 20 countries and<br />

some B2B experts who had registered<br />


GISTICS were unable to travel due<br />

to the corona pandemic, the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

organisation developed a digital<br />

concept with streamings and videos.<br />

The highlight tour for the jury<br />

was recorded. In addition, the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

organisation made short videos of<br />

all nominees, an after movie and a<br />

documentation about sustainability,<br />

which were placed on the website<br />

of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD (www.ifoy.org)<br />

and in all of the social media channels.<br />

Welcome speech: Dortmund´s Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal<br />

TEST CAMP tour: A stop at Jungheinrich<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

A STILL tugger: Guests enjoy the test Attentive: Visitors take in a panel discussions. Mesh-Up fans: Westphal, Loos<br />

Intralogistics competition including the<br />

TEST CAMP and his city are a “perfect<br />

match”.<br />

He said that more than 900 logistics<br />

companies are active in the metropolis,<br />

that there are numerous examples of<br />

the revitalisation of industrial wastelands<br />

for logistics and that there are excellent<br />

research institutions – above all the TU<br />

Dortmund, the Fraunhofer ISST and the<br />

Fraunhofer IML.<br />

It was also the head of the Fraunhofer<br />

IML, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel,<br />

who gave the key note on the topic<br />

of “How innovations change logistics” on<br />

the opening day of the event. He gave<br />

the audience a series of steep theses to<br />

take away with them.<br />

Among other things, he emphasised<br />

that the topic of blockchain in logistics<br />

is currently underestimated by many. In<br />

the future, the technology will play an<br />

important role from planning to payment.<br />

He also took up the cudgels for<br />

open source strategies. “It is a waste<br />

of time and money if 100 developers<br />

programmed the same interface,” the<br />

scientist said.<br />

The highlight of his lecture was nothing<br />

less than a world premiere. The scientist<br />

from the Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund<br />

showed publicly for the first time what<br />

the robot “EvoBot” can do, for example,<br />

the device can grab a ball or other<br />

object and then transport the object on<br />

two parallel wheels, while keeping its<br />

balance.<br />

The highlight on the second day was the<br />

presentation of the “Best in Intralogistics”<br />

certificates to the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD finalists<br />

from the hands of Steffen Bersch, the<br />

new Chairman of the Board of the VDMA<br />

Materials Handling and Intralogistics<br />

Association.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit for the nominees again<br />

consisted of three parts this year. First,<br />

all the equipment went through the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Test conducted by Dutch intralogistics<br />

expert Theo Egberts. In this process,<br />

the finalists in each category are not<br />



compared with each other, but with the<br />

relevant equipment in the competition.<br />

The industrial trucks underwent standardised<br />

driving and functional tests.<br />

In the second part of the audit, researchers<br />

conducted the <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation<br />

Check. The audit was concluded by<br />

the assessment of the 25 jurors and their<br />

approved advisors.<br />

The jury members – trade journalists<br />

from all continents – were presented<br />

with all the results of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Test as<br />

well as the <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check for<br />

the voting.<br />

Many B2B visitors from the automotive<br />

industry travelled to the TEST CAMP to<br />

see the AGV Mesh-Up. It was initiated<br />

by the VDMA Materials Handling and<br />

Intralogistics Association and its member<br />

companies. Following the world<br />

premiere of the first live test of the VDA<br />

5050 communication interface the<br />

previous year, the <strong>2022</strong> test scenario was<br />

relaunched and once again gave B2B<br />

visitors the opportunity to observe the<br />

functions of Automated Guided Vehicles<br />

(AGVs) for themselves and to exchange<br />

ideas with developers and scientists.<br />

Participants in the AGV Mesh-Up were<br />

the companies DS AUTOMOTION, ek<br />

robotics, Fraunhofer IML, incubed IT,<br />

Omron Electronics, SAFELOG, Siemens<br />

and SYNAOS. Compared to the previous<br />

year, there were some innovations –<br />

devices had to avoid obstacles, transfer<br />

processes were shown. The higher-level<br />

control system came from the cloud –<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> finalist SYNAOS provided it.<br />

During the TEST CAMP, the talks were<br />

not only about innovations, but also<br />

about sustainability. The <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation<br />

has also made sustainability a principle<br />

and taken a number of measures to<br />

effectively conserve resources.<br />

The focus was on reusability and recycling,<br />

the use of regenerative energies<br />

and, above all, the fundamental renunciation<br />

of equipment that is not absolutely<br />

necessary.<br />

Next year, the event format with the<br />

opportunity for test drives of equipment<br />

will again take place at Messe Dortmund.<br />

The date has already been set: March 29<br />

and 30, 2023.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

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Wolfgang Hillinger (DS Automotion) Thomas Vortkamp (DB Schenker) Host Peter MacLeod (<strong>IFOY</strong> Juror)<br />


Opportunities and challenges in terms<br />

of Intralogistics 4.0. This was the topic<br />

of the panel discussion with top-class<br />

industry representatives on the second<br />


on the Main Stage.<br />

Alongside Steffen Bersch (CEO SSI<br />

Schäfer and new Chairman of the Board<br />

of the VDMA Materials Handling and<br />

Intralogistics Association), FEM President<br />

Jos de Vuyst (CEO stow Group) and<br />

Wolfgang Hillinger (Managing Director<br />

DS Automotion GmbH and VDMA Board<br />

Member), Thomas Vortkamp (Senior<br />

Automation Engineer at DB Schenker)<br />

discussed the topic.<br />

The moderator was Peter MacLeod, <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

jury member and News Editor of Logistics<br />

Business Magazine.<br />

The discussion began with the panellists‘<br />

views on the latest milestones on the<br />

road to Intralogistics 4.0, with the impact<br />

of the Corona pandemic on business<br />

running like a thread through the discussion.<br />

On the most important advances,<br />

Wolfgang Hillinger said: “We see a strong<br />

integration between traditional hardware,<br />

automation solutions and software, all<br />

brought together on one platform.“<br />

He added that this helps customers to<br />

achieve higher productivity and financial<br />

savings. Thomas Vortkamp agreed, from<br />

the point of view of the customer DB<br />

Schenker: “We see logistics automation<br />

as one of the key factors to improve<br />

our business. AGVs, AMRs and similar<br />

technologies are now increasingly appearing<br />

in our customers‘ tenders. Not<br />

everything is affordable. But if the ROI is<br />

good, then it is really interesting for us as<br />

a company.“<br />

Steffen Bersch emphasised that the industry<br />

is observing that various elements<br />

of intralogistics are becoming more<br />



closely linked – the driver here is customer<br />

behaviour.<br />

IT at the point of sale, conveyor technology,<br />

storage, order picking – the challenge,<br />

he said, is to unite these technologies<br />

as well as people‘s processes in a<br />

single system.<br />

In terms of the<br />

factors driving<br />

the development<br />

of Intralogistics<br />

4.0, Jos de Vuyst<br />

puts the customer<br />

first. “The<br />

customer, who<br />

wants his package<br />

delivered the<br />

next day, drives<br />

all innovations. A second driver is the<br />

small and medium-sized enterprises. We<br />

see that many automation solutions are<br />

developed for larger companies. But you<br />

can‘t forget the small companies. We see<br />

that more and more medium-sized companies<br />

are starting to buy new systems.“<br />

Thomas Vortkamp agreed with him and<br />

added: “Consumer behaviour is changing,<br />

it is going strongly in the direction<br />

of individualisation. Consumers are thus<br />

forcing all companies in the industry to<br />

constantly look for new technological<br />

solutions.“<br />

The DB Schenker representative Thomas<br />

Vortkamp stressed several times that any<br />

technology that is developed must have<br />

a quick ROI. In his opinion, the integration<br />

of IT systems and the lack of engineers<br />

are the biggest obstacles to the<br />

wider introduction of Intralogistics 4.0<br />

technologies.<br />

Steffen Bersch (SSI SCHÄFER) und Thomas Vortkamp<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

Marco Prüglmeier (NOYES Tech.) Jana Jost (Fraunhofer IML) Professor Thorsten Schmidt Dr.<br />


When it comes to the management of<br />

innovations, both start-ups and established<br />

companies can make many adjustments<br />

and learn new things. This was the<br />

tenor of the panel on the opening day of<br />


was moderated by Dr Jana Jost, Head<br />

of Department Robotics and Cognitive<br />

Systems at Fraunhofer IML.<br />

“It’s a long way from the lab to practice,”<br />

emphasised Prof. Dr Thorsten Schmidt,<br />

holder of the Chair of Technical Logistics<br />

at the Technical University of Dresden.<br />

Start-ups should also not go into projects<br />

with too high expectations and<br />

should pay close attention to the test<br />

phase. In any case, the young entrepreneurs<br />

should not underestimate the time<br />

factor.<br />

“Start-ups also have to take into account<br />

that many things take longer in companies.<br />

That’s why they have to learn the<br />

processes,” added Victor Kaupe from<br />

Project Management Logistics EMEA<br />

at BASF Coatings. He reported that his<br />

company is currently testing the use of<br />

exoskeletons.<br />


IS ESS<strong>EN</strong>TIAL<br />

In general, employees in his company are<br />

strongly involved in innovation management,<br />

testing and idea generation from<br />

the very beginning. “Only in this way<br />

does the technology become part of the<br />

employees,” Vaupe emphasised. In order<br />

for projects to be successful, he believes<br />

it is essential that employees are involved<br />

and that communication is given a high<br />

priority in the company.<br />

Marco Prüglmeier, CEO/CTO at Noyes<br />

Technologies, took the same line. He reported<br />

that at his former employer, a car<br />

manufacturer, the production of learning<br />

videos as well as training on innovations<br />

played a major<br />

role.<br />

In his opinion, a<br />

good error culture<br />

is essential<br />

in innovation<br />

management.<br />

Therefore, innovation<br />

experts<br />

should not work<br />

in isolation in a<br />

department, but in close interaction with<br />

the day-to-day business. “Because early<br />

feedback from the workforce is of enormous<br />

importance,” the Munich entrepreneur<br />

emphasised.<br />

In the course of his career, he has also<br />

learned that in addition to employees<br />

from the shop floor, other departments,<br />

such as maintenance and the works<br />

council, must also be involved in new<br />

projects at an early stage. In order to<br />

avoid flops, he advises companies that<br />

basically the following steps must be<br />

observed in innovation management:<br />

search, evaluation, usability and scalability.<br />

Scientist Schmidt regretted that “currently<br />

many innovations in Germany fall<br />

by the wayside and many initial developments<br />

come from abroad”. In this<br />

context, he appealed to companies to<br />

be more courageous in this area. In his<br />

opinion, the lack of skilled workers in this<br />

country is an opportunity for numerous<br />

new solutions in intralogistics to pay off<br />

financially.<br />

In this context, he also mentioned the<br />

topic of open source as an accelerator<br />

of developments: “The time is ripe for<br />

not ten experts to develop exactly the<br />

same thing, but to be able to fall back on<br />

a basic development,” scientist Thorsten<br />

Schmidt said.<br />

Panel discussion about the management of innovations<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />




Feedback<br />

Test innovations, discuss with experts and make new contacts. B2B<br />

trade visitors as well as exhibitors report how they have benefited<br />

from TEST CAMP and why they want to come again.<br />


Head of Logistics, Reisenthel Accessoires<br />

Wolfgang<br />

Niedermeier<br />

We made valuable contacts on<br />

site from which we will also benefit<br />

in our work in the future. A toporganised<br />

event, great praise to<br />

the entire team. The TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS will definitely be<br />

a must for us again next year.<br />

Dr. Benjamin Kuhrke, Project Engineer,<br />

Opel Automobile / Stellantis<br />

Dr. Benjamin<br />

Kuhrke<br />

I found at least three really interesting people<br />

who can help me with my challenges.<br />

Project Management, Group7<br />

Julia<br />

Jocher<br />

We always look how we<br />

can optimise our processes.<br />

It was amazing to see<br />

all these innovations.<br />

Manager Transport, Goods Receipt<br />

& Projects, BASF Coatings<br />

Victor<br />

Kaupe<br />

The TEST CAMP combines<br />

the status quo of automated<br />

guided vehicles in<br />

intralogistics with expert<br />

contributions and thus<br />

offers a good opportunity<br />

to efficiently inform oneself<br />

about trends and technologies<br />

and to exchange<br />

ideas.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

Business Development Magment<br />

Magnus<br />

Backlund<br />

It is an excellent place for us<br />

to present our product and<br />

to come in contact with new<br />

customers to discuss new<br />

use cases.<br />

CEO KION Group<br />

Rob<br />

Smith<br />

It is very exciting. It is nice to be<br />

where innovation is recognised and<br />

judged by such great expertise.<br />


Chair of the Board of the VDMA<br />

Material Handling & Intralogistics<br />

Association<br />

Steffen<br />

Bersch<br />

It was my first time. Great<br />

impression. It was good to<br />

see that we have so many<br />

different companies and<br />

so many institutions from<br />

the research side – a great<br />

network.<br />

CEO/CTO NOYES Technologies<br />

Marco<br />

Prüglmeier<br />

For us it was a great event because we<br />

could present our brand new product<br />

Noyes Storage to a high quality audience.<br />

Everyone who as to say something<br />

in logistics is at the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

and the TEST CAMP.<br />

CTO, Co-Founder NAiSE<br />

Kai<br />

Przybysz-Herz<br />

A great event with perfect products<br />

and an excellent organisation.<br />

NAiSE will come back next<br />

year!<br />

CEO stow Group, FEM President<br />

Jos<br />

de Vuyst<br />

A great event. It is a nice combination<br />

of established companies<br />

and start-ups. It is nice for startups<br />

to show their innovations. I<br />

do not think that they have many<br />

opportunities like this.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

B2B<br />

Experts<br />

Thematic highlight tours, panel<br />

discussions, contact with developers,<br />

technical discussions<br />

among colleagues – and<br />

equipment for self testing: this<br />

year‘s TEST CAMP INTRA-<br />

LOGISTICS was once again attended<br />

by numerous B2B visitors<br />

over three days: Their<br />

conclusion: “It‘s worth it!”<br />

Nach<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

MIX<br />

After the world premiere in 2021,<br />

the new edition of the AGV Mesh-<br />

Up took place at TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

The success story continues.<br />

IT UP 2<br />


One of the highlights<br />

of TEST CAMP INT-<br />

RALOGISTICS caught<br />

the eye of visitors<br />

right from the counter<br />

in exhibition hall 3: the AGV<br />

Mesh-Up on a test area of 600<br />

square metres. After the world<br />

premiere of the first live test of<br />

the VDA 5050 communication<br />

interface, this year an even more<br />

complex test scenario with Automated<br />

Guided Vehicles (AGV)<br />

and Autonomous Mobile Robots<br />

(AMR) took place. The initiator of<br />

the event was again the VDMA<br />

Materials Handling and Intralogistics<br />

Association with its member<br />

companies. The aim of VDA<br />

5050 is for automated transport<br />

vehicles in the warehouse, i.e.<br />

tugger trains, AGVs or AMRs,<br />

to communicate via plug-andplay<br />

technology independently<br />

of manufacturers and systems.<br />

For the devices this means in<br />

concrete terms: they drive with<br />

different types of navigation (for<br />

example, line-guided or contourbased),<br />

but communicate with<br />

the higher-level control system in<br />

a common data language. At the<br />

test premiere in 2021, six vehicles<br />

from different suppliers drove<br />

under one control system via the<br />

Successful live test: Seven vehicles from different manufacturers communicate with each other.<br />

VDA 5050. This year there were<br />

seven vehicles and the test area<br />

was expanded. Various obstacles<br />

were erected, pick-up and dropoff<br />

stations for vehicles were set<br />

up and an additional driving area<br />

for AMR was designated. This<br />

time, the guidance system was<br />

provided by SYNAOS. The seven<br />

vehicles came from DS AUTO-<br />

MOTION, ek robotics, Fraunhofer<br />

IML, incubed IT, OMRON, SAFELOG<br />

and Siemens. Whereas last year<br />

the aim was to test the practical<br />

implementation of VDA 5050 live<br />

for the first time and to drive on<br />

a common surface, this year the<br />

participating companies opted<br />

for more complex challenges.<br />

Load pick-up and drop-off points<br />





for the vehicles were integrated<br />

into the area using common<br />

routes. The possibility of free<br />

navigation was demonstrated<br />

in a defined area that was used<br />

by some of the vehicles. The<br />

vehicles also had to avoid an<br />

obstacle there. Interesting detail:<br />

The guidance control of SYNAOS<br />

came from the cloud. This year<br />

also saw the premiere of a panel<br />

discussion by the VDMA on the<br />

topic of "VDA 5050 – Status Quo<br />

and Future of the Communication<br />

Interface". Jan Drömer, Member<br />

of the Board of Directors of the<br />

Driverless Transportation Systems<br />

Department, moderated<br />

the session. In addition to Alexander<br />

Balandin, Head of Mobile<br />

Robots, Global Business Services<br />

at Robert Bosch GmbH, Mathias<br />

Behounek, Managing Director of<br />

SAFELOG GmbH, and Dr Wolfgang<br />

Hackenberg, CEO of SYNAOS<br />

GmbH, discussed the topic. Conclusion<br />

of the second AGV Mesh-<br />

Up: The manufacturers took a<br />

step further on the path towards<br />

Industry 4.0. Next year, the next<br />

step will be taken. More information<br />

and several vidoes you can<br />

find on the internet on the website<br />

of the VDMA: www.vdma.org/<br />

agv-mesh-up.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

Part 2<br />

& Mesh-Up Approved<br />

Done: The AGV Mesh-Up experts after the live test.<br />

The Fraunhofer IML's FLIP picks up containers directly from the floor.<br />

Knowledge transfer: AGV experts dicuss at the Mesh-Up.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

INSIDE<br />




Interview: Thilo Jörgl<br />

What goals have you set yourself professionally for the<br />

first year?<br />

Quite ambitious. We have exciting goals this year that<br />

connect us all our way to our mid-term objectives for next<br />

year. We grew our business about two billion Euros last<br />

year and between now and next year we want to grow<br />

another two billion Euros to over twelve billion of revenue<br />

and double digit profitability between ten and twelve percent.<br />

We are well on our way to doing so.<br />

Mr. Smith, you have only recently become CEO of the<br />

Kion Group. Could you tell us how difficult the first weeks<br />

were?<br />

The first weeks were fantastic. I am doing what I call meet,<br />

greet, listen, learn. I am talking to customers, I have met<br />

Kion colleagues in the Americas and in Europe. Moreover<br />

I have been in video calls with people in South America<br />

and Asia-Pacific. I am listening carefully to what our<br />

customers are telling me – how they see our business and<br />

how they see their business, their needs today as well as<br />

their growth needs tomorrow. Then I have talked to our<br />

own employees and have learnt about our ambitions and<br />

what we do well, and what we can do better. My assessment<br />

is: The Kion Group is in a very good position and we<br />

have enormous potential for the future. These are exciting<br />

days and it´s actually a lot of fun.<br />

What are currently the biggest challenges in the Intralogistics<br />

business for a group like the Kion Group?<br />

Right now everyone is struggling with supply chain shortage.<br />

We have never had so many 99 percent completed<br />

trucks – ready to go but missing three parts on average.<br />

This is a real challenge. Therefore we put a task force together.<br />

We are working on that topic day and night basically.<br />

Every time we can get a part we do, even if we have<br />

to buy it more expensively. Because we are focused on our<br />

commitment to customers. We are making those deliveries<br />

even in challenging times. I am confident that our teams<br />

are on a good way.<br />

What are the most important trends for the intralogistics<br />

sector over the next five years?<br />

It´s all about digitalisation and automation. Another trend<br />

is energy – electrification and battery management. It´s<br />

about the shift from lead acid to lithium-ion. And it´s about<br />

artificial intelligence and 5G.<br />

How prepared is the Kion Group for the trends?<br />

With the technologies and innovations we have and our<br />

strong brands we are very well positioned in these challenges.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

INSIDE<br />

INTERVIEW WITH STEFF<strong>EN</strong><br />





Interview: Thilo Jörgl<br />

The VDMA is the sponsor of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. What is<br />

the aim of your association?<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is a great platform for VDMA members<br />

to present their solutions. We are very grateful being here.<br />

Let‘s talk about the AGV Mesh-Up and the VDA 5050<br />

communication interface. Why is the functional test,<br />

which has already taken place for the second time at<br />

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, so important?<br />

The initial idea of the AGV Mesh-Up for example came<br />

up after the German automotive industry approached us<br />

to develop a joined communication interface for AGVs<br />

and AMRs. The VDMA was very much attracted by that,<br />

because we are also not interested in developing and<br />

having several different interfaces. The functional test<br />

is so important because different suppliers of individual<br />

solutions come together to work under one fleet controller,<br />

one software platform, for a customer. We really need to<br />

see more of initiatives like this. This is a great role model<br />

for all of us.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is taking place for the tenth time. How<br />

has it developed?<br />

When we come from the historic development, the sponsoring,<br />

it was the aim to make the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD more international<br />

and to achieve a larger reach. When we look at<br />

the event of this year, we see that this has been achieved.<br />

At the moment the industry is facing a lot of challenges.<br />

How can the VDMA help the members?<br />

The VDMA supports companies with a lot with insights<br />

about crises like for example material shortages, the war in<br />

the Ukraine and general developments in the industry. It is<br />

a platform outside the competitive situation. We can openly<br />

discuss about certain macroeconomic situations. The<br />

VDMA also helps the companies to have political influence.<br />

We have about one million employees in the entire<br />

industry and we need to be heard in politics. The VDMA is<br />

the right platform for the industry.<br />

What are the most important trends in Intralogistics over<br />

the next five years?<br />

The industry follows the megatrends like for example<br />

urbanisation or population growths. We also see that the<br />

consumer behaviour is changing to more individualisation.<br />

That has an effect on suppliers and their developments<br />

in automation. I think about case picking, piece picking<br />

and also software. We all have to think more about end-toend<br />

IT solutions and robotics.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

INSIDE<br />


(CEO STOW GROUP, FEM PRESID<strong>EN</strong>T)<br />

Interview: Thilo Jörgl<br />

Mr. de Vuyst, how important is an award like the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD for the industry?<br />

In my eyes it is very important. There are many innovations<br />

today. If you win an award, you will get a lot of<br />

attention.<br />

You are also the President of the FEM. What challenges<br />

does the Intralogistics industry have?<br />

There is a number of challenges. After the Covid-19 crisis<br />

we have a war in the Ukraine. The companies face huge<br />

short-term challenges in the supply chains. Many raw<br />

materials are not available, the prices are very high at the<br />

moment. We saw price jumps of 40 or even 50 percent<br />

in one week. That is all hard to manage. Of course on the<br />

longer run we have very interesting challenges.<br />

What do you mean?<br />

The whole business is changing as the habits of the people<br />

are changing. They wish to buy everything at anytime 24<br />

hours a day. This results in many issues for the companies<br />

that are active in material handling. E-commerce is a big<br />

driver for automation. On top of that there are also topics<br />

like sustainability, ESG (Environment, Social, Governance)<br />

and a lot of legislation that chances in the European Union.<br />

FEM can support the companies a lot.<br />

What have been the biggest challenges for intralogistics<br />

companies since the beginning of the pandemic?<br />

On the one hand there were a lot of uncertainties: material<br />

shortages, the instability of the production systems,<br />

getting service people out to the customers – only to name<br />

a few. Installing a new warehouse was sometimes impossible.<br />

But on the other hand, the demand for new often<br />

digital solutions started to grow in the second half of 2020.<br />

There was much more pressure on the companies being<br />

competitive. In the spring of 2020, the pandemic hit us<br />

hard. But already in the fourth quarter of 2020, we started<br />

to deal with it.<br />

How does FEM support the companies?<br />

We support a kind of regulatory framework for a number of<br />

topics – for example the green deal, digitalisation, Artificial<br />

Intelligence and noise directives. FEM is lobbying towards<br />

politicians to help setting up this framework.<br />

What are the major trends in the coming five years?<br />

It is all about people, all about customers. They want<br />

everything faster and cheaper. That results in enormous<br />

challenges in the supply chain. Sustainability and ESG are<br />

two other trends. If we like it or not, ESG is driving companies<br />

to work better. Automation and also innovation are a<br />

result of all these trends that I mentioned. But the biggest<br />

challenge in our industry is finding people. There is a huge<br />

fight on talents. With Covid-19 the situation has changed a<br />

lot in terms of flexibility of work for example.<br />


Materials Handling and Intralogistics<br />

AGV Mesh-Up says thank you<br />

to the participants and supporters!<br />

All participants so far:<br />

arculus • DS AUTOMOTION • ek robotics • Fraunhofer IML • incubed IT • OMRON<br />

SAFELOG • SIEM<strong>EN</strong>S • SSI Schäfer • STILL • SYNAOS<br />

What about you – are you ready to show up?<br />

We will return in 2023 to show more features<br />

of the communication interface VDA 5050.<br />

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The<br />

Innovator<br />

Next Door<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS and the TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS took place in <strong>2022</strong> for the second<br />

time in Dortmund – the city that now bears<br />

the title of “European Capital of Innovation”.<br />

BY STEFANIE NONN<strong>EN</strong>MANN<br />

As in the previous year, the latest innovations<br />

in intralogistics were once again tested at the<br />

second edition of the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS and the<br />

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS at the Messe Dortmund<br />

exhibition centre. A key success factor<br />

of the format is that various solutions are tried<br />

out and evaluated in one place. Through direct<br />

exchange with the companies, the event offers<br />

the opportunity to discover new things, discuss<br />

potentials and initiate further developments.<br />

The idea that successful innovations are created<br />

in neighbourly cooperation has been promoted<br />

in Dortmund for years. For this reason,<br />

the Ruhr metropolis applied for the iCapital<br />

Award of the European Commission under the<br />

motto “Innovation Next Door - Future from the<br />

Neighbourhood”. The mix of social, sustainable<br />

and technology-oriented innovation projects<br />

and strategic approaches ultimately convinced<br />

the jury and led to success: Dortmund is so far<br />

the only German city that in the end was awarded<br />

the title of “European Innovation Capital”.<br />

Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal is more than<br />

thrilled with this award: “The prize is a result<br />

of teamwork in Dortmund as a major city of<br />

neighbours. Many committed partners from<br />

science, business, city society and administration<br />

have built up a sustainable innovation<br />

ecosystem in recent years. A breeding<br />

ground has been created for start-ups and<br />

companies, for research and development,<br />

for education and culture. But also for the<br />

implementation of good ideas, social projects<br />

and creative solutions on the ground in our<br />

neighbourhoods,” the city leader makes clear.<br />

Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Research,<br />

Innovation and Education, Culture and Youth,<br />

also highlighted the concept of the Smart City<br />

and the Science 2.0 Master Plan in the course<br />

of the award. An important part of this plan is<br />

the competence field of logistics. Excellent<br />

research institutions such as the TU Dortmund,<br />

the Fraunhofer IML and the Fraunhofer<br />

ISST ensure that Dortmund is also one of the<br />

leading research clusters internationally.<br />

One goal is the “Silicon Economy” as a counter-design<br />

to Silicon Valley, a decentralised<br />

and open open-source infrastructure for<br />

the B2B platform economy, which is being<br />

pioneered to a large extent by Fraunhofer<br />

IML. Practical applications of the<br />

technologies in logistics are also being researched<br />

in this area at the Rhine-Ruhr Machine<br />

Learning Competence Centre (ML2R)<br />

and the European Blockchain Institute and<br />

are becoming a flagship for Dortmund.<br />


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The science and technology campus in Dortmund<br />

is already one of the leading high-tech<br />

locations in Europe. To further accelerate<br />

technology transfer, especially in the areas<br />

of IT and logistics, the Ministry of Economics<br />

is promoting the construction of a technology<br />

and start-up centre on the campus grounds.<br />

»<br />

Dortmund is increasingly becoming a top address for<br />

technology transfer in practice and shows what is possible<br />

when innovative ideas from business and science come<br />

together. «<br />

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Economics and<br />

Digital Minister Professor Dr. Andreas Pinkwart<br />

presented Heike Marzen, Managing<br />

Director of the City of Dortmund’s Economic<br />

Development Agency, and Dirk Stürmer,<br />

Managing Director of the TechnologieZentrumDortmund,<br />

with a grant of around 6.9<br />

million euros. The project, entitled “Transferinfrastruktur<br />

Digital Hub Dortmund” (TDHD),<br />

will create an innovative contact point for<br />

start-ups and companies in logistics and<br />

information technology to work on joint projects<br />

and drive innovations forward. Leasing<br />

of the space is to begin as early as 2024.<br />

“North Rhine-Westphalia is not only the most<br />

important logistics location in Germany, but<br />

also a pacesetter for innovations that can<br />

revolutionise the entire logistics industry.<br />

Dortmund is increasingly becoming a top<br />

address for technology transfer in practice<br />

and shows what is possible when innovative<br />

ideas from business and science come together.<br />

I am convinced that the TDHD will provide<br />

important impulses for start-ups, SMEs<br />

and their supply chains far beyond the state<br />

borders,” Professor Pinkwart makes clear.<br />

“We are very pleased about the approval of the<br />

funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia<br />

for the construction of the TDHD. This<br />

means that the financing of the project is secured<br />

and we can begin with the construction of<br />

the building,” says Heike Marzen, representative<br />

of the City of Dortmund and Managing Director<br />

of the Dortmund Economic Development Corporation.<br />

The TDHD is an excellent instrument<br />

for technology transfer, i.e. for the economic<br />

utilisation of scientific results from the universities<br />

and research institutes in the region.<br />

“By establishing the TDHD as a business-oriented<br />

infrastructure, the City of Dortmund<br />

is creating future-proof jobs and improving<br />

the framework conditions for start-ups<br />

and small and medium-sized enterprises.<br />

With the TDHD, we will also further expand<br />

Dortmund’s strong position in the logistics<br />

application area by intensifying digital<br />

competencies,” continues Heike Marzen.<br />

“The funding of the TDHD is a strong signal for<br />

the further development of the TechnologieZentrumDortmund<br />

(TZDO). The TZDO is already<br />

the largest technology incubator in Germany<br />

and is one of the leading technology and startup<br />

centres in Europe,” emphasises Managing<br />

Director Dirk Stürmer. “With the TDHD, we will<br />

become an even more attractive address for<br />

start-ups, entrepreneurs and technology-oriented<br />

growth companies. Within the Science<br />

and Technology Campus Dortmund, in the direct<br />

vicinity of the Logistics Campus, the TDHD<br />

will be a new building that supports and intensifies<br />

the technology transfer of scientific<br />

results,” he adds.<br />

The TDHD is part of the “Digital Hub Logistik &<br />

IT” project and has a total investment volume<br />

of around 10.9 million euros. Covering a total of<br />

3,000 square metres, it is intended to provide<br />

ideal conditions for innovation partnerships<br />

between start-ups and technology-oriented<br />

companies.<br />


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The project fits in with other initiatives of the<br />

state government: With the European Blockchain<br />

Institute, the practical application of<br />

this technology in logistics is also being researched<br />

in Dortmund. The goal is to develop<br />

open source solutions and make them available<br />

to the entire industry. Professor Dr. Dr. h.<br />

c. Michael ten Hompel, Executive Director of<br />

the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and<br />

Logistics, is also pleased about the TDHD: “It<br />

is a great addition to our research network in<br />

Dortmund and will move us forward as a science<br />

location, especially for logistics.”<br />

The funds for the construction of the Technology<br />

and Start-up Centre come from the<br />

federal-state joint expenditure “Improvement<br />

of the Regional Economic Structure”. They are<br />

intended to support balanced regional economic<br />

development throughout NRW.<br />

Another project is nearing completion these<br />

days. The new “lighthouse”, a new office<br />

building on Speicherstraße in the harbour, has<br />

been completed and is already fully let. The<br />

»<br />

Many committed partners from science, business, urban<br />

society and administration have built up a sustainable innovation<br />

ecosystem in recent years. A breeding ground for<br />

start-ups and companies, for research and development, for<br />

education and culture has emerged. But also for the implementation<br />

of good ideas, social projects and creative solutions<br />

on the ground in our neighbourhoods. «<br />

Thomas Westphal, Lord Mayor of the City of Dortmund<br />

renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Software<br />

and Systems Engineering ISST has dropped<br />

anchor there. The institute conducts application-oriented<br />

research on data platforms,<br />

data spaces and data sovereignty.<br />

In the new domicile at the harbour, the research<br />

institute, which belongs to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft,<br />

has a commercial space<br />

of around 3,340 square metres on a total of<br />

six floors at its disposal. The Fraunhofer ISST<br />

and Digitalhafen Speicherstraße form a perfect<br />

symbiosis.<br />

The topics and software products of the<br />

Fraunhofer ISST fit perfectly with the development<br />

of the Speicherstraße harbour quarter<br />

into a digital harbour. For future spin-offs<br />

from the institute, space is to be created in<br />

the immediate vicinity in the foreseeable future.<br />

The vision of a creative knowledge and<br />

innovation quarter at the harbour is meeting<br />

with great interest among investors and tenants.<br />

The City of Dortmund plans to open up<br />

further areas for this development this year<br />

with the publication of the “nördliche Speicherstraße”<br />

development plan.<br />


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Interview<br />

Heike Marzen, Managing Director of<br />

Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund<br />

Ms Marzen, you are the Managing Director<br />

of the Dortmund Economic<br />

Development Agency in the new “European<br />

Innovation Capital”. Did the<br />

award come as a surprise to Dortmund?<br />

The award is a great recognition for the<br />

positive development of the last decades,<br />

of which we are very proud. Together<br />

with many committed partners<br />

from science, business, city society<br />

and administration, we have built up a<br />

sustainable innovation ecosystem. It is<br />

therefore not surprising that Dortmund<br />

is also perceived as innovative from the<br />

outside.<br />

In which sectors is Dortmund especially<br />

innovative?<br />

In addition to social and sustainable innovations,<br />

many exciting technological<br />

developments come from Dortmund.<br />

The city has developed into a leading<br />

digital location in recent years. The outstanding<br />

research cluster, including TU<br />

Dortmund University and the Fraunhofer<br />

Institutes IML and ISST, has an<br />

excellent international reputation and<br />

is therefore a beacon for innovations in<br />

logistics.<br />

Why is logistics in Dortmund so particularly<br />

strong?<br />

Due to its excellent location, Dortmund<br />

is one of the most important logistics<br />

locations in Germany with over 900<br />

resident companies. In order to remain<br />

competitive, digital solutions are becoming<br />

increasingly important for all<br />

companies. This also requires opening<br />

up innovation processes. In our application<br />

for the European Innovation Capital,<br />

we described these neighbourly cooperations<br />

with “Innovation Next Door”.<br />

»<br />

What is the Wirtschaftsfördering Dortmund<br />

doing in concrete terms to promote<br />

logistical innovations in particular?<br />

In order to further strengthen Dortmund’s<br />

two areas of expertise, logistics<br />

and IT, we are investing in the expansion<br />

of state-of-the-art research and transfer<br />

infrastructures at the TechnologiePark.<br />

At the Digital Hub Logistics & IT, scientific<br />

institutions, companies and innovative<br />

start-ups will work under one roof<br />

to drive innovation. With the DoAccelerate<br />

programme, we bring Dortmund<br />

companies together with international<br />

start-ups in a targeted manner. We have<br />

been doing this successfully on a regional<br />

level for a very long time with our<br />

partners such as the Digital Hub Logistics,<br />

RuhrHUB and the CET.<br />

Why do you think Dortmund and the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD go so well together?<br />

We were of course delighted that Dortmund<br />

was chosen as the venue again<br />

this year. We are already very well positioned<br />

in logistics education and research.<br />

With the plans for the Digital<br />

Hub Logistics & IT, Dortmund is also<br />

increasingly becoming a top address for<br />

technology transfer in this area - from<br />

science to business. In this respect, the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD as the world’s most important<br />

intralogistics award and Dortmund<br />

simply match up well.<br />

What topics has the Wirtschaftsförderung<br />

Dortmund set itself for the<br />

coming years?<br />

One particular focus is certainly on the<br />

development of the city centre. Dortmund<br />

continues to be a popular and<br />

attractive shopping city, but the Corona<br />

pandemic and its effects have shown<br />

that we want to broaden our focus and<br />

Due to its excellent location, Dortmund is one of the<br />

most important logistics locations in Germany, with over<br />

900 resident companies. «<br />

create more space for new ideas and<br />

experiences. Furthermore, we want to<br />

develop more attractive places to work.<br />

This year, for example, the Digital Quarter<br />

at the harbour is really taking shape.<br />

In addition to leading institutes such as<br />

the Fraunhofer ISST, start-ups and established<br />

companies will come together<br />

here.<br />


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Only those innovations that pass the three-part <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit,<br />

consisting of the independent <strong>IFOY</strong> test, the Innovation Check<br />

and the jury testing, are awarded the "Best in Intralogistics"<br />

seal. This year, representatives from 12 companies<br />

received the seals: Cargotec Engineering,<br />

Jungheinrich, Locus Robotics, Magment,<br />

NAiSE, Noyes Technologies,<br />

robominds, SICK, SSI SCHÄFER,<br />

STILL, stow robotics and<br />

SYNAOS. Congrats<br />

to all!<br />


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Jury examines the nominees:<br />

3 minute presentation each,<br />

then individual<br />

testing.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Tester Theo Egberts with<br />

Innovation Check Team<br />

Bormann, Follert and<br />

Schmidt.<br />

HOW <strong>IFOY</strong> TESTS<br />

Since 2013, products and solutions have been<br />

competing for the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. The categories<br />

range from counterbalanced trucks and warehouse<br />

technology equipment to AGVs, robots and software<br />

for intralogistics. The path to an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is<br />

arduous indeed. In a multi-stage process, applicants<br />

must first clear the nomination hurdle before they<br />

are admitted to the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS, which take<br />

place at the Messe Dortmund exhibition centre.<br />

There, the three-part <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit awaits the finalists.<br />

The jury of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

on their<br />

highlight tour.<br />

1. THE <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST<br />

The audit starts with the practice-oriented <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Test, conducted by Dutch trade journalist Theo<br />

Egberts, who maintains the largest comparative<br />

database of independent test data in Europe.<br />

Regarded as the benchmark for industrial trucks,<br />

the test compares the nominees with their relevant<br />

competitors. The vehicles undergo individuallytailored<br />

driving or functional tests, including the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Test protocol, which comprises around 80<br />

criteria and includes, among other things<br />

factors such as economy and energy efficiency,<br />

sustainability, safety and ergonomics of the nominated<br />

products and solutions.<br />

2. THE <strong>IFOY</strong><br />


The innovation value is one of the essential evaluation<br />

criteria for the jurors. To assess the value of an innovation<br />

from the technological standpoint, a technology com-<br />

Innovation Checker<br />

Thorsten Schmidt.<br />


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Richard Bormann (l.) at the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Innovation Check.<br />

For two days, the <strong>IFOY</strong> jurors from<br />

19 countries inform and<br />

discuss with each other<br />

in the testing hall.<br />

The Best-in-Intralogistics<br />

certificate is the visible sign of<br />

the high degree of innovation of<br />

the nominated equipment and<br />

solutions. Only the innovations<br />

that have faced the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit are<br />

allowed to carry the seal.<br />

3. THE JURY TEST<br />

The audit traditionally concludes with the evaluation<br />

of the finalists by the jurors and their approved<br />

advisors. The jury members, trade journalists from<br />

all over the world, are not only presented with all<br />

the results of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Test and the scientific <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Innovation Check for their voting, but also test them<br />

themselves.<br />

Jury session #2: The<br />

tester team presents the<br />

results.<br />

parison with the market standards is necessary. This<br />

is the content of the scientific <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check,<br />

part two of the audit. Scientists from Fraunhofer<br />

IML and the Technical Universities in Dresden and<br />

Munich assessed the finalists in terms of market<br />

relevance, customer benefits, type of execution and<br />

degree of innovation. The innovations of the products<br />

mentioned by the manufacturers in their brochures<br />

and presentations are traced on site by means of visual<br />

inspections and with the aid of a functional test.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> test reporter<br />

Bernd Maienschein.<br />

43<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> tester<br />

Theo Egberts.

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Name<br />

MOFFETT E5 25.4 NX<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

Special Vehicle<br />

Engine<br />

Electric<br />

Load capacity<br />

2.500 kg<br />

Market launch December 1, 2021<br />

The days of noisy<br />

deliveries are past:<br />

MOFFETT shows<br />

how goods can be<br />

delivered quietly and<br />

cleanly. The age of<br />

green urban logistics<br />

can come.<br />

NOISE<br />

FREE<br />


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As expected, the E5-25.4 NX features a solid yet high-quality<br />

design that is fully up to the high demands placed on truckmounted<br />

forklifts. The all-electric version can be compared with<br />

other already electrified in-plant industrial trucks in terms of<br />

operating comfort and control sensitivity. MOFFETT shows that<br />

technical progress does not remain stagnant and once again<br />

delivers a convincing candidate for the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at<br />

www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance +<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Degree of innovation +<br />

Quality of implementation ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced/ - less / -- not available<br />


the world's first all-electric 4-way truckmounted<br />

forklift. It is the bigger brother<br />

of last year's <strong>IFOY</strong> winner. It is also the<br />

first all-electric truck with what the<br />

manu facturer calls a "moving mast".<br />

The unique mast can be extended, making<br />

it easier to load and unload trucks from<br />

one side. In addition, this design makes it<br />

extremely light. Extending the mast is much<br />

faster than with comparable vehicles with<br />

pantograph masts. Also, the speed at which<br />

the mast is extended is adjustable by the<br />

manufacturer. Nevertheless, this vehicle<br />

also has a pantograph, namely on the fork<br />

carriage. After the mast is extended, this<br />

pantograph brings the fork carriage forward.<br />

For loading and unloading loads at the far<br />

end of the loading area, the test vehicle is<br />

equipped with the optional Lift Assist. This<br />

patented system tilts two armrests against<br />

the side of the load floor. Especially when the<br />

load's centre of gravity is further away from<br />

the truck, Lift Assist helps prevent tipping.<br />

Loads can be set down and picked up more<br />

easily and safely at the far end of the load<br />

floor. The reach is exactly the same as the<br />

loading area of a truck. When handling loads<br />

at this maximum distance of about 2.2 metres,<br />

the residual capacity of the truck – thanks<br />

to the special design – remains at 2.5 tonnes.<br />

As there is no <strong>IFOY</strong> Test protocol for this<br />

type of truck, this test report describes the<br />

testers' impressions. For short: the test<br />

team is impressed by the nomination. The<br />

E5-NX makes a robust and solid impression,<br />

although the legroom and the position of the<br />

pedals deserve extra attention according to<br />

the testers. When working, the advantages of<br />

an all-electric truck quickly become clear.<br />

The lack of a brake pedal (the vehicle brakes<br />

exclusively via the motor) is not a problem<br />

at all, as the brakes work as expected. The<br />

braking force is even dependent on the<br />

driving speed so that the driver does not<br />

experience any surprises. For added safety,<br />

the steering speed can also be adjusted.<br />

Two other advantages stand out: the allelectric<br />

truck-mounted forklift guarantees<br />

quiet and emission-free operation. This<br />

means that the forklift can be used indoors<br />

without any problems, so that deliveries<br />

from outdoors to indoors are also possible.<br />

Thanks to its quiet operation, it can<br />

be used in the early morning hours or at<br />

night without disturbing the surroundings.<br />

In addition, the operator does not need to<br />

wear hearing protection and the operator is<br />

generally more aware of their surroundings.<br />

The 4-way concept in itself is not new and<br />

enables smooth driving, even with long<br />

loads and narrow passages. However, the<br />

system has been further improved on this<br />

truck. For example, the wheels are automatically<br />

and electronically controlled into<br />

the correct position. When driving sideways,<br />

the acoustic reverse warning can also be<br />

heard, which the testers found annoying.<br />

The lithium-ion battery can be easily<br />

recharged if necessary while driving to<br />

the next delivery address. In many cases,<br />

however, the minimum operating time of<br />

six to eight hours is more than sufficient.<br />


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FOCUS<br />

Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

Jungheinrich, EKS 215a<br />

AGV / AMR<br />

Tin its class that has been<br />

developed exclusively for automatic operation.<br />

However, the truck is not completely helpless if<br />

a malfunction should ever bring it to a halt: the<br />

truck can be switched to manual operation with<br />

an emergency control panel by means of a key<br />

switch. In this way, all functions are basically<br />

possible, only somewhat slower.<br />

The test installation of the first "real" autonomous<br />

high-lift truck from Jungheinrich in the<br />

Dortmund exhibition hall is completed within a<br />

few hours. The EKS 215a autonomous high-lift<br />

truck, which is made to run without any problems,<br />

can store and retrieve pallets up to 6 metres<br />

with a residual load capacity of up to 700<br />

kilograms. In the lower racking area, up to about<br />

2 metres, the AGV can handle pallets or special<br />

load carriers weighing 1,500 kilogrammes. As a<br />

true autonomous truck, it is designed to be very<br />

small: At 3.5 metres, it can be turned and the<br />

he "a" in the product name of the<br />

EKS 215a stands for autonomous.<br />

As Jungheinrich states, its latest<br />

AGV product, the high-lift AGV<br />

EKS 215a, is the first autonomous<br />

guided vehicle (AGV)<br />

racking can be served from both sides. This makes<br />

the self-supporting automatic order picker,<br />

which went on sale at the end of 2021, small,<br />

compact, fast and manoeuvrable.<br />

If the vehicle, which is equipped with a mobile laser<br />

personal protection scanner from Sick, does<br />

not have a driving job and the lithium-ion battery<br />

is not full, it is temporarily charged in real operation<br />

- this is also possible by the minute, via<br />

a green contact plate overhead. This option is<br />

particularly interesting in work situations where<br />

you don't know exactly when the truck will have<br />

to drive the next time. The 24-volt concept with<br />

automatic loading ensures efficient multi-shift<br />

operation. The user-friendly touch display ensures<br />

intuitive operation.<br />

The AGV is controlled by a higher-level system:<br />

depending on the connection to the customer's<br />

warehouse management system (WMS) or as a<br />

stand-alone system from Jungheinrich using<br />

sensor-monitored bays. Then the charger<br />

chases 300 amps into the battery. This way,<br />

the battery is charged from 25 to 50 per cent in<br />

about 10 minutes;<br />


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pushing it up to 80 percent takes about 30 minutes.<br />

Without a connection to a customer WMS such as<br />

SAP, the customer is provided with a user interface<br />

with a drop-down menu from Jungheinrich. This interface<br />

with a web browser is also available for mobile<br />

phones or tablets. However, for product liability<br />

reasons, the customer cannot program around in it.<br />

In contrast to the reach truck, the EKS 215a with<br />

its cantilever forks can also be used to approach<br />

and automate stations that are not accessible<br />

from below. The new truck masters the in-house<br />

transport of loading aids in mixed operation with<br />

manually controlled vehicles or persons with flying<br />

colours thanks to its small footprint. Depending<br />

on the application, a wide range of mast types is<br />

available. By the way: the high-lift AGV can also be<br />

easily connected to ERP systems via the Jungheinrich<br />

logistics interface.<br />


In addition to the combination of small size<br />

and high performance data, the application<br />

of the safety sensors, protected under the<br />

vehicle, as well as the user-friendly<br />

operating interface are to be assessed as<br />

significant innovations. The EKS 215a<br />

impresses with its very good quality<br />

implementation. No experimental<br />

compromises were made and the system is<br />

based on proven components. Precise<br />

positioning of the load at high lift heights is<br />

ensured by the reflector scanner and is an<br />

example of expected low-fault operation. A<br />

worthy <strong>IFOY</strong> nomination that can count<br />

itself among the best.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is<br />

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Degree of innovation +<br />

Quality of implementation ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

No experimental<br />

compromises were made.<br />


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Beast of Burden in the DC<br />

No Compromises<br />

TEST REPORT. Until recently, you had to make a choice when<br />

it came to ride-on pallet trucks: Either go for compact or go<br />

for safe or go in the ergonomic direction. With the new ERD<br />

220i, Jungheinrich puts an end to the dilemma of compromise.Thanks<br />

to the integration of the lithium-ion batteries,<br />

optionally one or two units with 130 Ah each, the need for a<br />

separate battery box is eliminated. This results in a space<br />

gain of 300 mm, which benefits the compact dimensions,<br />

optimum operator protection and improved ergonomics.<br />

Name<br />

Jungheinrich, ERD 220i<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category Special Vehicle /<br />

Warehouse Truck<br />

Engine<br />

Electric<br />

Load capacity<br />

2,000 kg<br />

Market launch April 1, 2021<br />


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The ERD 220i convinces all down the line and is seen as the<br />

favourite in its category.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at<br />

www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Degree of innovation +<br />

Quality of implementation ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

The suspension of the standing platform<br />

can be easily adjusted to the operator's<br />

body weight via six switches. That makes<br />

working noticeably more comfortably. The<br />

working position is comfortable and the<br />

operator feels much better protected than<br />

with a classic pallet truck with a folding<br />

platform. Comfort is also excellent, with<br />

the possibility to lean against the side<br />

wall on both sides. The handles provide<br />

a good grip and control in any position.<br />

Another innovation of the lift truck is the<br />

smartPILOT tiller steering. The electric<br />

steering is very intuitive and has a convenient<br />

automatic centre position for<br />

straight-line travel. The height is adjustable<br />

in four positions and the fork and lift mast<br />

are also easy to operate with one hand.<br />

The new charging interface connects the<br />

truck quickly and easily to an external<br />

fast charger (up to 300 A). An integrated<br />

charger (25 A) is available as an option,<br />

offering flexibility at any 230 V socket.<br />

A pallet truck with double-deck function is<br />

making its debut in the <strong>IFOY</strong> Test, so there<br />

is no comparison material, but the ERD 220i<br />

moves all loads that are also used in regular<br />

pallet truck tests easily and smoothly.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> test truck is an ERD 220i in the<br />

drivePLUS version, and in its most powerful<br />

mode (P3) it achieves 11.2 per cent higher<br />

productivity than the test average in its class<br />

for single handling - the second highest value<br />

ever. Test consumption at 100 pallets is<br />

35 per cent below the market average. With<br />

the maximum battery capacity of 260 Ah, a<br />

practical operating time of over eight hours is<br />

possible. Longer working times are possible<br />

thanks to the possibility of easy recharging.<br />

In P2 and P1 working modes, productivity<br />

remains high and consumption<br />

drops even a little further.<br />


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AMR Solution<br />

100%<br />

intuitive<br />

Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

Locus Robotics, AMR Solution<br />

AGV / AMR<br />

TEST REPORT. The US provider Locus Robotics offers its autonomous<br />

robots, which work collaboratively with warehouse staff, exclusively<br />

in a packaged rental model. After the set-up with a one-time “start-up<br />

fee“, a “core fleet“ is available to the customer for their tasks. This is<br />

an average of between 45 and 50 vehicles per customer, with fluctuations<br />

(rather) upwards and less downwards not excluded, of course.<br />

The robot manufacturer from Wilmington in the Greater Boston<br />

metropolitan region (Massachusetts/USA) has been active in Europe<br />

since 2019. At the moment, Locus serves around 80 customers in<br />


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about 200 warehouses with its picking system. The<br />

customers come not only from retail, but also from<br />

pharmaceuticals and industry (ABB). Picking into the<br />

45-kilogram moving robot is extremely easy: the<br />

type and quantity of the products to be picked at the<br />

location and placed into the small load carrier on the<br />

Locus robot are very clearly displayed on the clear<br />

touchscreen. Picked, confirmed, and the journey continues.<br />

The tester has never found this so easy, intuitive<br />

and without a single second of “learning the ropes“.<br />

The peak season for Locus is November/December,<br />

because the Christmas business easily burdens<br />

retailers with four to five times as much picking work<br />

as during the year. According to a survey by Material<br />

Handling Industry (MHI) and Deloitte, 56 percent of<br />

respondents have “extreme problems“ finding suitable<br />

staff. No wonder: up to now, about 40 to 60 per<br />

cent in the warehouse are determined by walking,<br />

with an average age in Germany of 40 to 55 years.<br />

Locus solves this problem pragmatically and effectively<br />

by separating the employees from the picking<br />

trolleys: the work comes to the pickers, i.e. a classic<br />

goods-to-person principle. However, not stoically<br />

standing only at a fixed workstation, but “flowing“ in a<br />

certain area, which normally, however, does not go beyond<br />

the warehouse aisle. This not only saves a lot of<br />

energy, but also makes the work far more effective and<br />

productive than picking along. Locus does not replace<br />

the customer‘s inventory management system, but<br />

obtains its information about the product and the number<br />

of units to be picked from it. The Locus software<br />

clusters the orders for the optimal picking route – of<br />

the roving units, mind you, not of the individual pickers<br />

- and which orders are connected on a container. In the<br />

field, the system works with high-quality Lidar sensors<br />

(“Light Detection and Ranging“). Irrespective of the time<br />

saved by short distances for the pickers: the picking<br />

system also increases productivity by the fact that the<br />

human at a single picking position, for example, spends<br />

only 8 instead of 12 seconds - that adds up. When picking,<br />

both hands are free for the products to be picked.<br />

If necessary, a seasonal fleet can easily be added<br />

to the core fleet mentioned at the beginning, for<br />

example for two to three months for the Christmas<br />

business. The robots themselves are produced<br />

between May and November and are maintained<br />

quickly and leanly. A total of around 8,000 of these<br />

robots are currently in use, 2,000 of them in Europe.<br />

When the going gets tough, 100 to 500 of<br />

the robots can easily be produced – per week.<br />


Locus‘ extraordinary AMR solution is an excellent<br />

response to current market demands.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of<br />

charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

“The robots are<br />

available exclusively<br />

on a rental basis.“<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Degree of innovation ++<br />

Quality of implementation +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />


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Platform Technology<br />

A Kit<br />

for All<br />

Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

robominds, robobrain.NEUROS<br />

Robot<br />

Testreport. The Munich-based robotics<br />

company robominds, founded in<br />

2016, has reached the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD final<br />

with its neural robot operating system<br />

„robobrain.NEUROS“. Different skills can<br />

be uploaded to the software platform, for<br />

example a palletising application for Intralogistics.<br />

One platform, many applications,<br />

independent of components – this<br />

is how robominds comes to Dortmund.<br />

Optimised for the industrial PC robobrain and as a platform for all<br />

robots, grippers and other kinematics, NEUROS (Neural Robotic Operating<br />

System) creates an automation environment that is user-centric<br />

and easy to operate – for scenarios of any industry<br />

and company size. On the industrialised operating system,<br />

every function of the robotic components becomes a skill.<br />

The modular principle applies to both the software and the<br />

hardware. One skill, for example, is order picking. Several<br />

applications can be shown in the test setup: Palletising, box<br />

recognition, etc. One does not see oneself as a system integrator,<br />

but as a problem solver. So the focus is not on the<br />

gripper itself, but always on the application. The skills, in turn,<br />

are easy to obtain: via the robominds Skill Store, individually<br />

adaptable or to develop yourself thanks to the robominds Skill<br />

Software Development Kit (SDK). There are vision skills (such<br />

as item picking or bin picking), control skills for the simple programming<br />

of robots or the fleet management of several robot<br />

cells, or driver skills for various robots, grippers, cameras, etc.<br />


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In times of shorter product life cycles and production quantities up to batch size<br />

1, flexible processes place ever new demands on production and material<br />

flow for all companies. That‘s why the processes are always<br />

coming to the fore – the process is actually the core of modern<br />

production. And this is where robobrain.NEUROS comes into<br />

the game: Valuable process knowledge becomes more easily<br />

accessible through the robot operating system. At the same<br />

time, data security, data integrity and trusted AI are maintained<br />

through adherence to European standards, which is essential in<br />

the digital world and especially in the production environment.<br />

“To the point: user-centric<br />

and easy to use.”<br />

The transformation towards adaptive processes affects just about all processes<br />

in the production of a material or goods flow. In robotics in particular, the<br />

potential for flexible applications is being exploited, which are thus becoming<br />

increasingly diversified and finding their way into different environments and<br />

applications. Especially the new fields of robotics, for example logistics or<br />

medicine, are growing the fastest - and so is the market potential for NEUROS.<br />

robobrain.NEUROS is already being used by corporations in various industries,<br />

especially in the automotive industry, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, and<br />

intralogistics.<br />


The market relevance of a manufacturer-neutral and reliable robotics operating<br />

system with native support for AI-based processes can be classified as very<br />

high. Reusable robot skills, the possibility of using data and experience<br />

across manufacturer boundaries, and Trusted AI<br />

from Germany offer customers innovative<br />

added value. Even if not all ideas are<br />

entirely new, their high-quality implementation<br />

in NEUROS represents a new<br />

level.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is<br />

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Degree of innovation +<br />

Quality of implementation ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not availabe<br />


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Pallet Identification in the warehouse<br />

Learning as a Principle<br />

TEST REPORT. Is it a Euro, a Chep, a UIC or perhaps a completely<br />

different pallet? Wrong deposit pallets, which are wrongly regarded<br />

as "real" deposit pallets at goods receipt and are accepted without<br />

complaint, cost companies thousands of euros every year.<br />

The PACS application from SICK now wants to put an end to this by<br />

enabling the automatic deposit of different pallet types. The aim<br />

is to provide companies from industry and trade with full transparency<br />

in goods receiving and consequently in the flow of goods.<br />

Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

SICK, PACS<br />

Special of the Year<br />


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With an estimated 500 million Euro pallets in circulation, not to mention<br />

the other types, the savings potential through PACS is in the tens of<br />

millions. But also companies that regularly use, for example, pallet cages<br />

or small load carriers in their Intralogistics can use PACS. The application<br />

range of the very reliable pallet classification system covers a broad<br />

spectrum: retail, freight forwarding, automotive, mechanical engineering<br />

and many other industries.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Degree of innovation +<br />

Quality of implementation +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

PACS – this acronym stands for "Pallet<br />

Classification System", i.e. a recognition<br />

system that uses images to identify the type<br />

of pallet. Four pictures of the pallet feet are<br />

necessary for this, the fifth picture is taken<br />

from above and shows what is on the pallet.<br />

The whole thing is usually integrated into<br />

the stationary conveyor system directly in<br />

the goods receiving area; for the test setup<br />

in Dortmund, a SICK employee still had to<br />

manually feed the incoming pallet onto<br />

the camera technology for demonstration<br />

purposes. The aim is to provide companies<br />

from industry and trade with full transparency<br />

in goods receiving and consequently<br />

in the flow of goods. Until now, employees<br />

had to manually determine whether a pallet<br />

was "good" or "bad" when it entered the<br />

factory gate – an additional task that was<br />

error-prone and resource-intensive. With<br />

the PACS deep-learning pallet identification<br />

system, customers are given the opportunity<br />

to automate this process on the basis of a<br />

modular system of hardware and software.<br />

The financial aspect is the direct benefit<br />

of this classification system. But there is<br />

also an indirect effect, in fact several, that<br />

make this solution so interesting. Because<br />

incorrect pallets in the system also lead to<br />

damage and expensive downtimes of the<br />

conveyor system more often than average.<br />

Another, even more valuable aspect is more<br />

transparent processes by connecting the<br />

goods to the load carrier. And finally, no<br />

specialised personnel is required to operate<br />

the PACS system. How does PACS work?<br />

The hardware of the system consists of one<br />

or more cameras with which the images<br />

for the system are taken, a light barrier<br />

arrangement for triggering and a controller<br />

for processing the recorded data and for<br />

executing the trained neural network. Even<br />

without in-depth knowledge of programming<br />

or machine learning, the software<br />

tools SICK Appspace and dStudio enable<br />

image recording, training, classification<br />

and execution of the trained network.<br />

Optionally, even further SICK sensors<br />

can be integrated, which can take over<br />

additional tasks. No programming knowledge<br />

is required because the system<br />

learns from concrete examples.<br />


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ROBOT<br />


Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

SSI SCHÄFER, IKEA Project Flat Pack Picking<br />

Integrated Warehouse Solution<br />

12,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) located in the distribution centre<br />

(DC), about ten per cent, i.e. 1,200, can be handled fully automatically.<br />

These are usually the so-called “fast-moving items”.<br />

IKEA operates Germany’s largest customer order distribution<br />

centre in Dortmund. Together with its long-standing partner<br />

SSI Schäfer, IKEA has successfully relieved its employees of<br />

heavy physical work. Heavy and large items are palletised in<br />

a volume-optimised manner with the help of the new picking<br />

module from SSI Schäfer, employees are freed from unergonomic<br />

work. At the same time, optimal packing patterns for<br />

the order pallets are automatically generated.<br />

How does Flat Pack Picking work in use at IKEA? The<br />

introduction of this sustainable, innovative picking concept<br />

from SSI Schäfer in Germany’s largest IKEA distribution centre was<br />

preceded by a concept study and proof-of-concept starting in 2017.<br />

By means of a test installation and subsequent simulation, IKEA put<br />

SSI Schäfer’s flat-pack picking system, implemented for the first<br />

time at the Dortmund site, through its paces – and found it to be<br />

good. The go-live started in April 2021. Both the heterogeneous range<br />

of articles and the large proportion of heavy and bulky articles were<br />

a particular challenge here. It turned out that of the approximately<br />

The goal of the four gantry robots used, which are supported by<br />

two small gantry robots outside the actual picking area, was to<br />

relieve the employees of heavy tasks by means of automated gantry<br />

picking. One of the four gantry robots, with its 16 suction cups<br />

that grip the packaged goods from above and the cameras at the<br />

four corners, has a theoretical (technical) picking performance of<br />

70 to 80 picks per hour. This makes the four robots the fastest link<br />

in the entire system. Together, the four gantry robots can handle<br />

a maximum of 312 picks; in real operation, they currently handle<br />

a good 200 picks per hour. Intermediate layers on the individual<br />

packages that get in the way of the fast lifting and transporting<br />

process of the packages are reliably detected and removed.<br />

The turnkey, scalable order-picking solution basically consists<br />

of three areas: the left-hand part of the system for the dynamic<br />

provision of the slower-moving furniture packages, the actual<br />

picking area in the middle where the four “ro-ber” gantry robots do<br />

their work and to which no human has access, unfortunately not<br />

even for testing purposes, and the right-hand part of the system<br />


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for the static provision of the fast-moving items. The gantry robots<br />

are equipped with multifunctional grippers that automatically<br />

adapt to the dimensions of the articles to be picked and the type<br />

of packaging by means of servomotor-adjustable suction cups.<br />

Packages of goods up to 2.5 metres in length and weighing over<br />

60 kilograms are safely picked up from the source pallet and<br />

transferred to the order pallet. SSI Schäfer‘s Pack Pattern Generator<br />

ensures that the requested items are optimally arranged<br />

on the order pallet and can be picked up for the customer order.<br />

Market relevance<br />

The challenge of picking large and at the same time carton-packed<br />

packages has long been known in logistics. As a rule, teams of two<br />

order pickers or one order picker with a mechanical lifting aid, such<br />

as a balancer, must be used for this. The solution presented is very<br />

attractive for this market segment. However, an essential<br />

prerequisite for successful use is reliable and stable carton<br />

packaging to implement the gripping process with vacuum suction<br />

pads.<br />

Customer benefit<br />

If the aforementioned prerequisite is fulfilled, the solution offers<br />

both an ergonomic benefit through the relief of the employees and<br />

a benefit through the automatic provision of the article pallets for<br />

picking. The latter function reduces the load on the supply<br />

warehouse for order picking, as the article pallets are held in the<br />

staging area for flat pack picking according to their access<br />

frequency and are made available for access at the exact time.<br />

Together with the precisely specified stacking sequence and the<br />

automated movement of the customer order pallet through the<br />

picking system, this results in a stable and reliable build-up of the<br />

load.<br />

Degree of innovation<br />

The well-known picking task of flat pack picking has never before<br />

been implemented so consistently and efficiently in an automated<br />

system. The clever design of the material flow of the article pallets<br />

combined with the flexible gripping technology for handling the<br />

carton-packed parcels account for the high degree of innovation,<br />

which has not been achieved before.<br />

Quality of implementation<br />

The functions are very well and appropriately designed for the<br />

application at IKEA. According to the information provided by the<br />

developer SSI SCHÄFER and the user IKEA, the limitation of the<br />

achievable throughput does not result from the robots with their<br />

grippers but from the capacities for cross-distribution of the<br />

customer order pallets and the article pallets with distribution<br />

trolleys. For a general use case, there is therefore still potential to<br />

make the function more adaptable for different order compositions.<br />

Market relevance<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Degree of innovation ++<br />

Quality of implementation +<br />

++very good / + good / Ø balanced /<br />

- less / -- not available<br />

Ø<br />


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THE<br />

MAGIC<br />

BRAKE<br />

Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />


Special of the Year<br />


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TEST REPORT. With the Descent Speed Regulation, DSR for short,<br />

STILL introduces a unique assistance system for trucks and tuggers<br />

that facilitates safe driving on ramps even with heavy trailer<br />

loads. The system monitors and regulates the speed of the vehicle<br />

– manually or automatically, depending on the configuration. There<br />

are three different versions: DSR Basic, DSR Eco and DSR Premium.<br />

With DSR Basic, the driver activates the system manually via<br />

the STILL Easy Control operating unit. When activated, a preset<br />

maximum speed is maintained, even when driving downhill.<br />

The hydraulic service brake is actively activated as soon<br />

as the vehicle threat ens to go too fast when going downhill.<br />

Even if the driver does not depress the brake pedal, the vehicle<br />

brakes. DSR Eco goes one step further. In this version,<br />

the programme does not have to be activated manually, but<br />

is always on stand-by in the background. It is activated automatically<br />

when an angle of inclination is detected.<br />

The slope and load are calculated by evaluating the speeds<br />

and torques of the drive units and the data from an acceleration<br />

and speed sensor. With DSR Eco, a slope indicator<br />

is constantly shown on the display. If an incline is detected,<br />

the speed is automatically limited to a preset value.<br />

The luxury version, DSR Premium, was nominated for the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. Here, in addition to DSR Eco, a load evaluation<br />

is also carried out and shown on the display. With DSR Premium,<br />

the vehicle regulates its speed when driving downhill<br />

depending on the gradient and the load being towed.<br />

The speed is therefore not reduced to a predefined<br />

value, but optimally adapted to the respective situation.<br />

In this way, the vehicle always achieves the best<br />

possible performance with maximum safety.<br />

the front axle is designed as a brake-by-wire system. The<br />

brake demand is registered via a potentiometer on the<br />

brake pedal, whereupon the braking process is initiated<br />

hydraulically via an electric pressure-reducing valve.<br />

The electrical control of this pressure valve makes it possible<br />

to brake very precisely and also to actively intervene<br />

in the service brake. Thanks to this technical concept, the<br />

DSR system can regulate the speed when driving downhill<br />

- even without active intervention by the driver.<br />

DSR reduces the need for the driver to apply the brakes and thus<br />

the risk of overheating. In addition, the system monitors driving<br />

behaviour, which significantly reduces the risk of unsafe situations.<br />


The product DSR provides an innovative solution to avoid accidents<br />

by determining the actual towing weight and the actual inclination<br />

of the driving path. It is not relevant for all users, but helps safely<br />

and well on existing downhill stretches.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at<br />

www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance +<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Degree of innovation ++<br />

Quality of implementation +<br />

++ very good/ + good/ Ø balanced / - less / - - not available<br />

The maintenance-free, hydraulic oil-bath brakes on the front<br />

and rear axles operate electrohydraulically. The brake on<br />





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Perfect<br />

Combination<br />

Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

STILL, Automated Warehouse Extension<br />

at Hase Safety Gloves<br />

Integrated Warehouse Solution<br />

W<br />

ith the help of STILL, Hase Safety Gloves has<br />

expanded the system of its automated warehouse<br />

and made the processes more efficient<br />

- during ongoing operations. Although four to<br />

five jobs were replaced by automating the system,<br />

15 new jobs were created at the same time by expanding the<br />

warehouse by 200 per cent.80 employees, 70 of them at the headquarters<br />

in Jever, take care of incoming and outgoing work safety<br />

clothing at Hase Safety Gloves, which mainly arrives by container<br />

from the Far East. Of the 12,000 square metres of warehouse space<br />

at Hase, around 7,000 square metres alone are now automated, and<br />

of the total 13,000 storage spaces in the warehouse,<br />

just under 7,000 spaces<br />

can be attributed<br />

to automation. A 10,000 square<br />

metre photovoltaic system on the roof is also used<br />

to charge the forklifts used in the warehouse. Speaking of forklifts:<br />

Hase successfully operates according to the “ mixed operations“<br />

principle: Forklifts and staff can meet each other, and the use of protective<br />

fences has been deliberately dispensed with. When employees<br />

place a filled pallet on a place in the staging lane after goods receipt,<br />

this simultaneously means a transport order for a still unit – it<br />

goes off to the warehouse or cross-docking directly to goods issue.<br />

At Hase, there is automatic whole stock removal, but also manual<br />

order picking. Until this happens, the pallet first goes through<br />

a so-called contour check: a gate with a laser curtain that eliminates<br />

tolerances of the pallet so that the automatic warehouse<br />

does not store a “brake block“ – otherwise the system stops. If an<br />

error is detected, the pallet is immediately forwarded to the “not<br />

right” location and the problem is eliminated. Hase uses three automated<br />

MX-X narrow-aisle stackers and six EXV-SF high-lift trucks<br />

of the latest generation, all of which are equipped with Still‘s iGo<br />

Systems automation kit. The EXVs pick up the sorted<br />

palletised goods at the goods-in location<br />

and take them to the transfer rack in the narrow-aisle<br />

warehouse, where they are picked up<br />

“Hase has certainly<br />

achieved its goal to a<br />

very high degree“<br />

by one of the automated MX-X units and stored<br />

in the assigned bin location. For retrieval, this<br />

process happens in reverse order. Once the AGVs have<br />

done their work, they automatically move to their waiting position.<br />

A novelty for Hase: a changeover aisle in the middle of the system,<br />

which, together with a spray wall, replaces the otherwise<br />

necessary firewall, enables the forklifts to move simultaneously<br />

from one racking aisle to another without having<br />

to return to the beginning of the racking. In the manual area,<br />


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the forklifts always run in single-shift operation. Overnight, they are then autonomously<br />

recharged according to the “opportunity charging“ principle, using lead-acid<br />

batteries, which are more economical than lithium-ion batteries in this application.<br />

The racking aisles at Hase can be much narrower than is normally the case: compared to<br />

the use of high-rack forklifts with swivel reach forks, the MX-Xs equipped with telescopic<br />

forks require significantly less space, which has a beneficial effect on storage density and<br />

capacity.<br />

Because the overseas containers from Bremerhaven are not only delivered during the day,<br />

but also in the evening, it is an advantage for Hase that with the reorganisation of the automatic<br />

warehouse, goods can now be stored automatically in the evening hours or at night<br />

without the need for personnel. This means that the existing single-shift operation can<br />

continue to be maintained.<br />


Market relevance<br />

The expansion of existing warehouse locations is a frequent case in practice. Changes in the<br />

company‘s own products or production processes, but perhaps even more so the changed<br />

behaviour of customers with a focus on product availability and short-term delivery, often<br />

make changes necessary. Both the structure and the processes can be affected by changes.<br />

The example at the Hase company shows a special case, as the possibilities for<br />

adjustments in the layout were very much limited by the available floor space for<br />

extensions. In addition, the owner put the unconditional will to automate first,<br />

whereas the economic efficiency of an application is the highest priority for most<br />

users. For the above reasons, the market relevance can therefore be rated as<br />

good, as the solution cannot be transferred to most extension cases without<br />

restrictions.<br />

Customer benefit<br />

Measured against its own objectives, the customer Hase has certainly<br />

achieved its goals to a high degree. With regard to the general case,<br />

however, a limitation to a good customer benefit results from the<br />

previously mentioned reasons.<br />

Degree of innovation<br />

The specific expansion of the warehouse at Hase is well solved and<br />

the implementation with state-of-the-art vehicles is also at the<br />

current level of available technologies. The innovation results from<br />

the appropriate combination of the known well-functioning trades<br />

in a very limited environment. However, similar solutions could<br />

be achieved before with available equipment.<br />

Quality of implementation<br />

The many limitations of the extension in the existing building<br />

were well taken into account in the realisation of the<br />

solution. The solution offers many functions for the<br />

operator and provides him with alternative uses of the<br />

vehicles as redundancy or to absorb power peaks.<br />

Market relevance +<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Degree of innovation<br />

Ø<br />

Quality of implementation +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />


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COUP!<br />

Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

stow robotics, e.scala<br />

Robot<br />

TEST REPORT. The manufacturer stow robotics<br />

is coming to the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS in Dortmund<br />

with a demo system of a classic goods-to-person<br />

shuttle system that has been transported<br />

in one piece from the truck to the test hall. The<br />

only moving part in the storage and order-picking<br />

system is the shuttle, which runs on rails<br />

and is called "Robot" at stow. Otherwise, the<br />

customer gets pure redundancy. The strength<br />

of e.scala lies where the entry into automation<br />

is concerned.<br />

The USP of the installation is the fact that the<br />

complete system consists of only 15 different<br />

parts. However, only the "exciting" warehouse<br />

pre-zone is shown, with three lines to reach four<br />

levels in the warehouse.<br />

How the system works is also reflected in the<br />

product name: The "e" comes from escalator.<br />

And the "scala" is meant to demonstrate the<br />

scalability. And something else very special is<br />

immediately noticeable: The entire installation<br />

does without a vertical lift: The individual aisles<br />

are accessed via inclined ramps, which considerably<br />

reduces the susceptibility to errors. The<br />

module at which the robot can change<br />

the direction of travel in order to move the goods<br />

to be transported into or out of the warehouse<br />

and, with or without the goods to be transported,<br />

to change levels, is called the "connector".<br />

In principle, the system resembles a multistorey<br />

car park, although the actual order system<br />

is usually located outside the warehouse.<br />

The manufacturer places the highest value on<br />

the redundancy of the system: the only thing<br />

that can break, according to the manufacturer,<br />

is the robot. But it does not block the entire system.<br />

The manufacturer stow uses the 200-yearold<br />

concept of the railway. The transport robot<br />

has eight wheels: four for travelling in the X direction,<br />

the other four move the robot in the Y<br />

direction after the wheel change.<br />

Basically, the entire setup only needs electricity<br />

twice: once for the charging station where the<br />

individual robots can charge their power caps<br />

– with a charging time of eight seconds, by the<br />

way, they drive around for about twelve minutes<br />

– and once for the WiFi robot communication<br />

with the warehouse management system. This<br />

also means that there is no cable in the entire<br />

pre-zone.<br />


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The individual modules of the e.scala system are<br />

5.0 metres x 2.5 metres in size and are scalable.<br />

The system can easily handle a total height of<br />

24 metres. The Stow Traffic Control (STC) knows<br />

when the robot drives over the passive RFID tags<br />

installed in the respective section of the route.<br />

Some would call it a material flow system, others<br />

a warehouse control system.<br />

e.scala is basically designed for use in small and<br />

medium-sized installations with a focus on applications<br />

in e-commerce, production supply and<br />

micro-fulfilment solutions. Because the system<br />

is standardised to a high degree, even small requirements<br />

from 500 storage locations to be automated<br />

can be well served with it.<br />

The 15 basic components of the system as well<br />

as the robot can be delivered directly from stock.<br />

The advantage: a complete system can be planned<br />

and realised within a very short time. Even in<br />

the event of a robot breakdown, the availability of<br />

the entire plant is extraordinarily high, because<br />

accessibility to each location is ensured at all<br />

times via multiple paths.<br />


The specific customer benefit of e.scala is<br />

primarily for small and medium-sized<br />

systems that are to be realised quickly and<br />

cost-effectively due to the simplicity and<br />

standardisation of the solution. The system<br />

is technically simple and solidly<br />

constructed and impresses with its<br />

flexibility in the choice between storage<br />

density and performance as well as with<br />

the comparably high redundancy even in<br />

the event of failure of individual robot units.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is<br />

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Degree of innovation +<br />

Quality of implementation ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced /<br />

- less / -- not available<br />

Even 500 storage<br />

locations can easily<br />

be automated!<br />


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THE<br />


EYE<br />

Name<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category<br />

SYNAOS, SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization<br />

Special of the Year<br />

Test report: What is the aim of all the digitalisation if there are always “blind spots”<br />

in the company? One such blind spot is the fact that most of the forklift trucks<br />

that drive around in companies are still controlled manually and are therefore<br />

only rudimentarily digitised, if at all. With the SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization<br />

system, a camera-based sensor kit ensures their cost-efficient localisation<br />

– using state-of-the-art computer vision technology.<br />

SYNAOS is a software company, but it decided to build a bit of hardware. A small<br />

black box (19 x 12 x 6 centimetres) was exhibited at the demo set-up in Hall 3 in Dortmund.<br />

It was attached to a child-sized forklift and projects its images onto a screen. The manufacturer<br />

has dedicated itself to eliminating the gaps in the localisation of manually<br />

controlled industrial trucks of all kinds: So it’s all about the indoor localisation of<br />

industrial trucks. 95 percent of companies have forklifts in use, but they are<br />

rarely well integrated into the value chain: Currently, only the transport order<br />

is digital; the forklifts themselves are not digitalised. As a result, there<br />

is no knowledge of where a forklift is. There are forklift localisation<br />

technologies, but they are often not used. There is a good reason<br />

for this: ultra-wideband or lidar technologies are simply<br />

too expensive. Speaking of lidar: the system is already<br />

too accurate, overkill, like shooting at sparrows with<br />

cannons.<br />

With the new system from SYNAOS, which<br />

works with so-called “markers“, a Localisation-as-a-Service<br />

(LaaS)<br />

tool, it‘s different: Everything<br />

is already included in the<br />

price and the detection<br />

comes to an accuracy<br />

of about<br />

25 centim<br />

e -<br />


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“You can create transparency in a flash with<br />

SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization: Where<br />

in the ware house is a busy situation? What<br />

are the braking distances? Where are people<br />

driving around without a driving order?“<br />


The forklift market is a lucrative market for<br />

SYNAOS in the long term. Customer benefits are<br />

high due to better order status information,<br />

statistics and optimised traffic flow. The novelty<br />

level of the reliably and robustly implemented<br />

plug&play system is given in logistics.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available<br />

free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Degree of innovation +<br />

Quality of implementation ++<br />

++very good / + good / Ø balanced /<br />

- less / -- not available<br />

tres. So it‘s not just about the “little box“ on the test set. For 1,980 euros<br />

a year per truck, that would be a relatively low cost for admittedly standardised<br />

electronic components that can easily be bought at electronics<br />

stores: But the intelligence is in the software – plug and play.<br />

You can create transparency in a flash with SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization.<br />

Where in the warehouse is a busy situation? What are the braking<br />

distances? Where are people driving around without a driving order? Even<br />

the truck that is always running late can now finally be pointed out. In<br />

short: you can observe the fleet utilisation exactly. And a very big USP<br />

compared to the conventional storage method is that the forklift only reports<br />

the position where it has driven a pallet; scanning the pallet or the<br />

products on it is no longer necessary.<br />

SYNAOS expects CE certification in a few weeks. The already mentioned<br />

indoor accuracy of 25 centimetres is achieved with markers every 100<br />

metres. The “little black box“ operates with a power consumption<br />

of 7 watts and transmits its camera data – 15 images per second<br />

– via WiFi for evaluation using computer vision algorithms.<br />

Apart from an acceleration sensor, no other<br />

input sources are required. In times of increasingly<br />

important cybersecurity, this is perhaps<br />

not entirely unimportant: the entire image<br />

processing of the system takes place<br />

locally on the embedded computer;<br />

no sensitive data need to<br />

be transferred to a cloud.<br />

After the camera‘s image<br />

data has been<br />

processed, it is<br />

immediately<br />

discarded.<br />


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Startups<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />

»<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD has been giving start-ups a<br />

chance since 2019. This year, three newcomers<br />

are competing for the attention<br />

of the international jury.<br />

BY STEFANIE NONN<strong>EN</strong>MANN<br />

The “Start-up of the Year“<br />

category, which has<br />

been part of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD since 2019, has<br />

already proven to be a<br />

springboard for newly<br />

founded companies<br />

several times in the<br />

past. Not only winning<br />

the title, but also successfully<br />

reaching the<br />

finals and passing the three-stage <strong>IFOY</strong> audit<br />

ensure that Intralogistics newbies can showcase<br />

the special qualities of their product and<br />

achieve international recognition.<br />

In order to stand a chance in the category,<br />

however, companies must fulfil numerous<br />

conditions: they must have been in existence<br />

for no longer than three years at the time of<br />

application, employ no more than 30 people<br />

and have an annual turnover of no more than<br />

five million euros. The most important criterion,<br />

however, is the most difficult entry hurdle<br />

for many: Those who want to win an <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD must be able to present a functional<br />

prototype – and thus much more than a formulated<br />

concept on a piece of paper. Among<br />

all entries, only three companies managed to<br />

convince the jury with their performance for a<br />

nomination this year.<br />

Whether innovative solutions for urban<br />

logistics, a novel technology for the electrification<br />

of industrial floors or the world‘s<br />

only traffic and order management software<br />

for all participants in intralogistics: this year<br />

Noyes Technologies, Magment and NAiSE<br />

made it to the final round in the race for the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD, also known as the “Oscars of<br />

Intralogistics“. But even those who are new<br />

to the market are not spared the rigours of<br />

the multi-stage test procedure. The three<br />

start-up companies also underwent intensive<br />

tests in Dortmund, presented themselves to<br />

the scientists at the innovation check – and in<br />

the end to the critical eyes of the international<br />

jury of trade journalists, who did not miss<br />

even the smallest detail of the innovation.<br />

One important <strong>IFOY</strong> principle is in place in the<br />

start-up category, too: Who makes the race<br />

remains a secret until the award ceremony.<br />

But even those who do not come out on top in<br />

the end can be sure of a of strong worldwide<br />

recognition in the future.<br />

On the following pages we present the three<br />

finalists of the category “Start-up of the Year“<br />

in detail.<br />


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MAGM<strong>EN</strong>T<br />

Dynamic Wireless Charging: The<br />

start-up from Oberhaching uses<br />

magnetic concrete to charge<br />

AGVs.<br />

The start-up Magment<br />

from Oberhaching near<br />

Munich is reinventing<br />

the charging of electric<br />

buses, electric forklifts<br />

and other vehicles with<br />

the help of innovative<br />

technology. Not without<br />

reason is the company<br />

motto: “Charge where<br />

you go and not go<br />

where you can charge!” The technical highlight<br />

of the solution is fascinating: magnetic<br />

concrete is used to charge the e-vehicles.<br />

The first two partners with which Magment<br />

wants to implement the dynamic charging of<br />

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in cooperation<br />

are Jungheinrich and DHL at its site in<br />

Hamburg. The rationale behind the solution:<br />

the more inductive charging is achieved when<br />

driving over concrete, the fewer batteries and<br />

vehicles are needed. Currently, each vehicle<br />

has to be charged for at least two to three<br />

hours over the course of 24 hours. Electrification<br />

of industrial floors with dynamic<br />

wireless charging, on the other hand, reduces<br />

or completely eliminates these charging<br />

pauses. The interesting effect: electric fleets<br />

in the Intralogistics sector and also battery<br />

capacities can be reduced and the capital<br />

»<br />

The dynamic charging system has clear<br />

advantages for a harmonised overall system. Charging<br />

times during which the vehicles are not available are<br />

avoided, which means that the number of vehicles can<br />

be reduced. «<br />

expenditure for longer-term assets such as<br />

these vehicles can be significantly reduced.<br />

During the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS, Magment<br />

impressed the <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Checkers<br />

primarily due to the high degree of innovation<br />

of the system presented on site. The system<br />

is an excellent implementation of physical<br />

principles and the magnetisable concrete<br />

with ferromagnetic components ensures an<br />

almost constant charging current along the<br />

charging plate. This is undoubtedly a new<br />

technology and, together with the robust<br />

integration in industrial floors, “a useful innovation“.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is<br />

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />


Innovation is a top priority at Magment. In the right field of application, this is a<br />

promising technology that fits in perfectly with the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance<br />

Ø<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Novelty ++<br />

Functionality +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not availabe<br />


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NAiSE<br />

NAiSE TRAFFIC takes over the<br />

traffic and order management<br />

for all in the hall.<br />

NAiSE TRAFFIC from<br />

the Stuttgart-based<br />

start-up NAiSE is the<br />

world‘s only software<br />

for traffic and order<br />

management that<br />

includes all participants<br />

in the intralogistics<br />

process. The<br />

patented Real-Time<br />

Localisation System<br />

(RTLS) network takes into account all “traffic<br />

participants“ in traffic control and guarantees<br />

a safe and efficient material flow in logistics<br />

and production. Whether robots, people, forklifts<br />

or pallet trucks: The NAiSE solution takes<br />

them all into control.<br />

»<br />

The benefit for the user results from the ability to<br />

use different vehicle systems, whether manually guided,<br />

classically automated or autonomously controlled,<br />

on mixed-use routes. «<br />

But how exactly does the guidance system<br />

work? In the self-developed, patented localisation<br />

network NAiSE RTLS, radio sensors in<br />

the hall infrastructure enable precise localisation<br />

and near-real-time communication<br />

of and between the traffic participants. Ultra-wideband<br />

technology (UWB) is used here,<br />

with the help of which objects can be located<br />

robustly and reliably even in difficult industrial<br />

environments. The system is already in<br />

use at Continental in Ingolstadt, for example.<br />

According to the company, this has increased<br />


Even against the background of VDA 5050, both the market relevance and the<br />

customer benefit are to be rated as high. The technologies used and the<br />

innovation, together with the implementation, can be described as good.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

the flow of materials by 30 per cent.<br />

According to the <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Checker,<br />

users of NAiSE TRAFFIC can avoid conflicts<br />

during vehicle operation even with little<br />

effort. In particular, they believe that NAiSE<br />

TRAFFIC can reliably prevent unsolvable<br />

mutual obstructions, so-called blockages<br />

at intersections and at pick-up or drop-off<br />

points. Another attractive feature is the<br />

consistent independence from individual<br />

suppliers. In combination with its own UWB<br />

localisation system, a degree of novelty is<br />

achieved, as any vehicles and persons can be<br />

localised, provided they are each equipped<br />

with a UWB device.<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Novelty +<br />

Functionality<br />

Ø<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / -less / -- not available<br />


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Noyes<br />

Technologies<br />

Noyes Storage is the first robotic,<br />

automated nano-logistics<br />

system.<br />

Customer behaviour<br />

in the food sector is<br />

more dynamic and<br />

volatile today than<br />

ever before. Providers<br />

of logistics systems in<br />

urban areas are faced<br />

with the challenge of<br />

expensive city centre<br />

rents, high labour costs<br />

and the desire of end<br />

»<br />

customers to receive their orders preferably<br />

immediately. This calls for fast systems that<br />

must generate little noise. For this purpose,<br />

Noyes Technologies offers the first robotically<br />

operated, ultra-dense, automated and highly<br />

flexible nano-logistics system, especially for<br />

urban logistics.<br />

With its storage technology, Noyes can<br />

automate even the smallest areas and<br />

consequently enables fast delivery times<br />

The solution shown was technically convincing, can<br />

be set up by laymen, is implemented redundantly and,<br />

due to the simplicity of the chassis kinematics and<br />

the navigation solution, a long service life and robustness<br />

of the robots can be expected. «<br />


Noyes nano warehouses can offer economic automation from a footprint of 10<br />

square metres, which is a novelty in the field of micro warehouses, together with<br />

other innovations such as highest storage density.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Novelty ++<br />

Functionality ++<br />

at an affordable price. The plug-and-play<br />

Noyes Storage system works with modules of<br />

500 millimetres x 700 millimetres. A set-up<br />

time of only ten minutes is calculated for<br />

each module, and this can be done at the<br />

customer‘s premises during operation. One<br />

carrier can hold up to eight boxes. The first 70<br />

storages with 1,000 to 1,500 modules will be<br />

sold by the end of <strong>2022</strong>. The highlight: modules<br />

with cooling are also to be integrated by<br />

the end of <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Another development step at Noyes is to<br />

have a robot take care of manual picks up<br />

to a height of three metres. The ultra-dense<br />

urban nano warehouse is especially designed<br />

to meet the needs of companies for proximity<br />

to their customers. In the nano-fulfilment<br />

hub, for example, end customers in urban<br />

areas can pick up their product themselves<br />

around the clock. Alternatively, last-mile delivery<br />

providers bring the products directly to<br />

the end customer‘s home by bicycle or e-bike<br />

in a sustainable and emission-free manner.<br />

With a ROI of twelve to 16 months – depending<br />

on whether with or without a cooling solution<br />

– the acquisition of NoyesStorage pays<br />

off relatively quickly. The solution is also<br />

extremely interesting for smaller budgets<br />

and impressed the <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Checker.<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />


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THE<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong><br />


When they enter the test hall, it gets quiet at<br />

the finalists' booths. The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD testers<br />

are feared, because their judgment counts.<br />

Innovation checkers<br />

and material handling<br />

specialists at the Chair of Technical<br />

Logistics at TU Dresden:<br />

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schmidt (top) ...<br />


Is it a real innovation or a successful<br />

development? How do the performance<br />

values compare to the<br />

competition? What about customer<br />

benefits, manufacturing details and<br />

features? Nowhere is there more<br />

testing and inspecting than at the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. Those nominated for<br />

the final must undergo a three-stage<br />

audit. The results give the jurors important<br />

clues for their vote.<br />

... and Martin Anders.<br />

This year, four logistics scientists and the<br />

two <strong>IFOY</strong> testers put the finalists through<br />

their paces in Hall 3 of <strong>IFOY</strong> partner Messe<br />

Dortmund. In total, the experts inspected<br />

and tested 14 products and solutions<br />

from 12 manufacturers over six days.<br />

Part 1 of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit was the practice-oriented<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Test by Dutch trade journalist<br />

Theo Egberts. It measures the hard facts<br />

and compares them with the relevant competitive<br />

products. The vehicles undergo individually<br />

tailored driving or functional tests,<br />

including the <strong>IFOY</strong> Test protocol comprising<br />

around 80 criteria, which determines,<br />

among other things, the economy and energy<br />

efficiency, sustainability, safety and<br />

ergonomics of the equipment. In the software<br />

and automation categories as well as<br />

in the warehouse solutions, <strong>IFOY</strong> juror Bernd<br />

Maienschein scrutinis es the finalists and<br />

compiles a test report in each case.<br />

The second part of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit is the scientific<br />

innovation check. It is conducted by<br />

the Dortmund Fraunhofer Institute for Material<br />

Flow and Logistics (IML), the Stuttgart-based<br />

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing<br />

Engineering and Automation (IPA)<br />

and the Chair of Technical Logistics at the<br />

University of Dresden.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check team checked<br />

the nominees on the spot in the hall in<br />

terms of market relevance, customer benefits,<br />

type of execution and degree of innovation.<br />

In addition, the scientists verified the<br />

innovations stated by the manufacturers<br />

and evaluate in a technology comparison<br />

whether they are innovative further developments,<br />

successful new developments<br />

or genuine innovations. A five-point rating<br />

scale is used as a guide: "non-existent,"<br />

"less," "balanced," "good" and "very good".<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> juror Bernd Maienschein is the new<br />

tester reporter in the team. He<br />

scrutinise s the nominees in the<br />

software and automation<br />

categories as well as the<br />

warehouse solutions.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Innovation<br />

Check Team (l.<br />

to r.): Bormann,<br />

Schmidt, Follert,<br />

Anders.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Tester Theo Egberts,<br />

logistics journalist and<br />

the number 1 forklift<br />

tester.<br />

New to the<br />

Innovation Check team:<br />

Richard Bormann,<br />

robotics expert at the<br />

Fraunhofer IPA.<br />

Guido Follert,<br />

Head of the Machines and Systems<br />

Department at Fraunhofer IML. He is an<br />

expert for many intralogistics innovations.<br />


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<strong>2022</strong>JURY<br />



The <strong>IFOY</strong> Judges<br />

The winners of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD are chosen by a jury. Its members are<br />

renowned trade journalists from leading logistics media worldwide. The jury<br />

decides independently, according to transparent criteria and on the basis of<br />

professional expertise.<br />

The jury is chaired by Anita Würmser, logistics journalist and managing<br />

director of impact media projects GmbH.<br />


Anita Würmser<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ”<strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>MGZN</strong>“,<br />


The journalist and publicist is the founder<br />

of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD, executive chair of the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Jury and the Logistics Hall of Fame.<br />

The online reach of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is 921<br />

million people worldwide.<br />

ifoy.org; logisticshalloffame.net<br />


Klaus Koch<br />


The internationally positioned online<br />

magazine LogisticsInnovation, based<br />

in Rupperswil, was founded in 2020.<br />

The bi-weekly newsletter has<br />

almost 1,000 subscribers,<br />

the website 95,000 PIs/month.<br />

logisticsinnovation.org<br />


Reji John<br />


Sascha Schmel<br />





As a permanent member of<br />

the jury (without voting<br />

rights), Sascha Schmel<br />

represents the idealistic<br />

sponsor of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

foerd.vdma.org<br />


Bernd Maienschein<br />


Among other things, he writes for MM Logistik, which is<br />

published six times a year with a circulation of 15,000 copies.<br />

The daily newsletter has 8,000 readers, the website 80,000 PIs.<br />


Theo Egberts<br />


The <strong>IFOY</strong> Chief Tester is a<br />

juror (without voting<br />

rights) and has been<br />

assessing the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

finalists since the<br />

beginning.<br />

logisticsinside.eu<br />






The STAT Trade Times is the<br />

flagship of the STAT Media<br />

Group with 45,000 copies.<br />

The weekly newsletter<br />

reaches 80,000 recipients.<br />

stattimes.com; itln.in<br />

maschinenmarkt.de; www.mm-logistik.de<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

BRAZIL<br />

Edson Carillo<br />


BRAZIL | SUPPLY CHAIN <strong>EN</strong>GINEERING“<br />

The Brazilian logistics magazine and portal<br />

LOGWEB is considered Brazil‘s most<br />

important logistics medium. It is published<br />

ten times a year with a circulation of<br />

10,000 copies, the bi-weekly newsletter<br />

has 13,000 recipients and the news portal<br />

40,000 PIs. Edson Carillo represents the<br />

editor Valeria Lima.<br />

logweb.com.br<br />


Peter MacLeod<br />



Logistics Business is published four times<br />

a year with a circulation of 10,000<br />

copies. The newsletter reaches<br />

19,000 recipients weekly.<br />

logisticsbusiness.com<br />


Szilvia Rapi-Jaubert<br />



Supply Chain Monitor is published<br />

monthly with a circulation of 10,000<br />

copies and is considered the<br />

leading Hungarian trade journal<br />

in the field of logistics and<br />

SCM. The monthly newsletter<br />

has 8,500 readers.<br />

scmonitor.hu<br />

ITALY<br />

Romi Cherubini<br />


Il Giornale della Logistica is published ten times a<br />

year with a circulation of 18,200 copies. The<br />

weekly newsletter has 1,300 recipients, the<br />

homepage is accessed by 7,000 readers.<br />

ilgiornaledellalogistica.it<br />

FRANCE<br />

Sylvain Chanourdie<br />



Stratégies Logistique is published 6 times a year with a<br />

circulation of 2,300 copies. The target group is managers in<br />

logistics and supply chain management. The weekly<br />

newsletter reaches 6,000 readers and the website generates<br />

40,000 PIs per month from around 25,000 users.<br />

strategieslogistique.com<br />

NORWAY<br />

Øyvind Ludt<br />



Moderne Transport is<br />

published ten times a year<br />

with a circulation of 6,500<br />

copies. The weekly newsletter<br />

reaches 3,000 recipients.<br />

mtlogistikk.no<br />



<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

SPAIN<br />

Isabel Rodrigo Fernández<br />



The magazine is published six times a year with a<br />

circulation of 3,000 copies. In addition, there is a<br />

daily newsletter with almost 4,000 subscribers.<br />

logisticaprofesional.com<br />


Winfried Bauer<br />


f+h - Fördertechnik, Materialfluss, Logistik<br />

4.0 is published ten times a year with a<br />

circulation of around 15,000 copies. The<br />

weekly newsletter reaches 3,700 recipients.<br />

foerdern-und-heben.de<br />

ITALY<br />

Cecilia Biondi<br />


“LOGISTICA MANAGEM<strong>EN</strong>T“<br />

The magazine has a circulation of 15,000 copies<br />

and is aimed at logistics managers in industry<br />

and logistics service providers. The website<br />

reaches 36,000 users every month, the<br />

newsletter 21,000 readers weekly.<br />

logisticamanagement.it<br />


Matthias Rathmann<br />



trans aktuell is published fortnightly with a<br />

circulation of 50,000 copies and is aimed at<br />

transport and logistics entrepreneurs. The<br />

newsletter reaches 5,000 readers three times<br />

a week. The online portal eurotransport.de<br />

generates 500,000 to 700,000 PIs per month.<br />

transaktuell.de; eurotransport.de<br />


Allan Leibowitz<br />



The B2B platform is aimed at buyers,<br />

sellers and users of industrial trucks.<br />

The website is visited more than<br />

800,000 times a month on average.<br />

The weekly newsletter has more than<br />

60,000 recipients worldwide.<br />

forkliftaction.com<br />


Live and face-to-face<br />

again. The jury traditionally<br />

discusses<br />

intensively at the Test<br />

Days. Each juror casts<br />

his or her vote after the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />


Jalath Sweeney<br />


The magazines Fleet Transport and Handling Network are each<br />

published ten times a year with a circulation of 8,500 copies.<br />

The websites have around 20,000 PIs per month. The weekly<br />

newsletter reaches 15,000 recipients.<br />

fleet.ie, handling-network.com<br />


Matthias Pieringer<br />


LOGISTIK HEUTE is one of the leading German logistics<br />

magazines for decision-makers in industry, trade and<br />

logistics services. It is published ten times a year with a<br />

circulation of 32,000 copies per month. The weekly<br />

newsletter reaches 8,200 recipients.<br />

logistik-heute.de<br />


Marilena Matei<br />



Tranzit Logistica is published<br />

annually with twelve issues and<br />

has a circulation of 10,000 copies.<br />

A newsletter is sent out twice a<br />

week to currently 10,000<br />

recipients. The magazine includes<br />

a website with 18,000 users per<br />

month, generating a total of more<br />

than 80,000 PIs.<br />

traficmedia.ro<br />

CHINA<br />

Ying (Chrystal) Xu<br />



MM Logistics in China is published<br />

eight times a year with a<br />

circulation of more than 25,000<br />

copies. The homepage achieves<br />

around 1.3 million PIs per month.<br />

mh.vogel.com.cn<br />


Vasil Vasilev<br />


The monthly magazine<br />

has a circulation of 5,000<br />

copies. The newsletter,<br />

also monthly, reaches<br />

12,000 readers. Vasil<br />

Vasilev represents the<br />

editor-in-chief Snejina<br />

Badjeva on the jury.<br />

logistika.bg<br />


Hans-Joachim<br />

Schlobach<br />


BUSINESS+LOGISTIC is published six<br />

times a year with a circulation of 2,000<br />

copies. The online portal blogistic.net<br />

has 6,000 readers per month.<br />

blogistic.net<br />


100 % TESTED<br />

For the jurors who<br />

travelled to Dortmund,<br />

testing in the<br />

double sense was the<br />

order. Corona: 100 %<br />

negative, <strong>IFOY</strong> Test:<br />

100 % positive.<br />


POLAND<br />

Sebastian Śliwieński<br />



Warehouse Monitor is published<br />

quarterly with a circulation of 3,500<br />

copies. The newsletter is published<br />

80 times a year and reaches 10,000<br />

recipients.<br />

warehouse-monitor.pl<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />


Charleen Clarke<br />



Focus on Transport & Logistics is one of the<br />

leading magazines on the African continent<br />

specialising in transport and logistics.<br />

The circulation of the monthly magazine<br />

is 7,000 copies. The bi-weekly<br />

newsletter reaches 8,000 readers.<br />

focusontransport.co.za<br />


Tobias Schweikl<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong> ADVISORY COUNCIL<br />

The trade magazine is published<br />

monthly with a circulation of 15,000<br />

copies. The weekly newsletter<br />

reaches 3,000 readers.<br />

logistra.de<br />


Martin Schrüfer<br />


“BAUGEWERBE“, <strong>IFOY</strong> ADVISORY COUNCIL<br />

The magazine materialfluss is published ten<br />

times a year with a circulation of 20,000 copies.<br />

The bi-weekly newsletter has 2,700 readers.<br />

materialfluss.de<br />


KR Gerhard Schlögel<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong> ADVISORY COUNCIL<br />

The Austrian logistics magazine Logistik.<br />

Kurier is published six times a year with a<br />

circulation of 130,000 copies. In addition,<br />

there is the weekly newsletter Wirtschaftsforum<br />

with 3,400 top business<br />

recipients.<br />

logistik-kurier.at, wirtschaftforum.at<br />


Jan Kaulfuhs-Berger<br />




The trade magazine is published twelve<br />

times a year with a circulation of 12,000<br />

copies, supplemented by a bi-weekly<br />

newsletter.<br />

technische-logistik.net<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

Behind the scenes<br />

Jury on site<br />

Three jury sessions - one<br />

remote - one highlight tour,<br />

the report of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Testers<br />

and Innovation Checkers,<br />

various manufacturer presentations<br />

and individual live<br />

testing. The jury‘s schedule is<br />

packed before the journalists<br />

cast their vote.<br />


Landauer Transportgesellschaft Doll KG<br />


distribution and<br />

procurement logistics<br />

chemical logistics<br />

beverage logistics<br />

industrial and<br />

commercial logistics<br />

logistics analyses<br />


FTL and LTL transports<br />

local forwarding<br />

shuttle traffic<br />

project management<br />

intermodal transports<br />


7 sites<br />

> 180.000 sqm of<br />

logistics space<br />

warehousing<br />

renting<br />

WWW.LTG.EU<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD NIGHT<br />

L<br />

ooking back to 2021: at the awards ceremony<br />

in the German Football Museum in Dortmund,<br />

representatives of arculus, Cargotec, idealworks,<br />

Interroll Group, STILL and VOLUME<br />

Lagersysteme received the ‘Oscar of Intralogistics‘<br />

from the laudatory speakers (from left)<br />

Thomas Westphal (Mayor of Dortmund), Gordon<br />

Riske (former Chairman of the VDMA Association for<br />

Materials Handling and Intralogistics and CEO of the KION<br />

Group), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael ten Hompel (Executive<br />

Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and<br />

Logistics IML in Dortmund), Sabine Loos (Managing Director<br />

of the Westfalenhallen Group), Jan-Dietrich Hempel<br />

(Managing Director of GARBE Industrieimmobilien) and<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD winners 2021 (from left): STILL, VOLUME, arculus, Interroll, idealworks, Cargotec Moffett<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

2021<br />

Birgit Heitzer (Head of Corporate Logistics<br />

at REWE Group).<br />

The winners of the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD 2021<br />

have once again<br />

demonstrated that the<br />

Intralogistics sector<br />

is innovative and<br />

forward-thinking even<br />

in persistent pandemic<br />

times.<br />

14 international companies with 17 products<br />

and solutions made it to the finals in<br />

the ninth round of the award.<br />


Interroll’s Irma<br />

Slavinskaite<br />

(in red).<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

Full power when kicking: Philipp<br />

Schäfers (Synaos) ...<br />

... in the STILL, GARBE, Rewe, <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

team ...<br />


Opening speech by jury head<br />

Anita Würmser.<br />

ON THE <strong>IFOY</strong><br />


Talks with VDMA’s Juliane<br />

Kluge (in blue) and<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

... with<br />

a winner’s<br />

smile: Team STILL.<br />

.. Jürgen Maidl (BMW)<br />

in goal ...<br />

Kick it like <strong>IFOY</strong>: As a result of the covid<br />

pandemic, the number of participants<br />

at the awards ceremony had to be<br />

reduced to less than 100 guests. On<br />

top of that, there was the distance rule.<br />

The best conditions for a match.<br />

So there was plenty of kicking and the<br />

guests obviously had fun.<br />



2021<br />

At the table football: Christof<br />

Tesinga (Coyote<br />

Logistics), Christian<br />

Doepgen<br />

Katrin Zeiler (CHEP), Andreas<br />

Good mood at the<br />

the after-show party.<br />

Krause (Hänel), Volker<br />

Spanier (Epson),<br />

Jann Hansen<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />


<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD NOW<br />

More than 3,400 published articles in more than 460 magazines, coverage in 46 countries,<br />

independent tests and innovation reports. The balance of an <strong>IFOY</strong> participation is impressive.<br />

Whoever makes it to the final is world-famous overnight in the logistics scene.<br />

But how do you get to the finals? First, you have to apply, and that goes quickly. Here are<br />

the most important tips and steps.<br />

THE MOST<br />


STEPS AT A<br />

GLANCE<br />

By Anita Würmser<br />

1Application<br />

(August – October)<br />

Takes 10 minutes<br />

Manufacturers of materials<br />

handling technology, robotics, intralogistics<br />

and software providers as well as<br />

start-ups with any number of products or<br />

solutions can apply for an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

Anyone who wants to take part must<br />

first register an application at www.ifoy.<br />

org. This requires contact details as well<br />

as the type and name of the product or<br />

solution. This registration is necessary because<br />

an individual input mask is created<br />

for each application, in which the required<br />

data can be entered individually.<br />

When registering an application, one<br />

has the choice of specifying one or more<br />

categories. In the case of a nomination,<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation decides on<br />

the final assignment to a category.<br />

At the latest 24 hours after the application<br />

registration, the access data to the<br />

entry form will be sent by e-mail, and you<br />

can start.<br />

Important:<br />

Once an application<br />

has been submitted, it cannot be withdrawn<br />

by the applicant. Only the jury can<br />

withdraw a nomination in exceptional<br />

cases and upon request if there are<br />

serious reasons. These include insolvency<br />

of the applicant, patent disputes, quality<br />

problems or inability to deliver.<br />

While entering data, applicants can<br />

already see how their application looks<br />

in the front end of the website. This view<br />

is later made available to the jury and is<br />

2Enter application<br />

data (June – October)<br />

With the access data,<br />

one can log into the<br />

applicant portal and fill<br />

out the input form. At this stage, the form<br />

is only visible to the respective applicant,<br />

who is free to change the content at any<br />

time.<br />

public<br />

in the event<br />

of a nomination. The application<br />

form is kept short and the text input is<br />

limited. An application must be entered in<br />

German and also in English. Essentially,<br />

the following contents are the main focus<br />

of an application:<br />

Striking headline<br />

Meaningful summary<br />

Clear description of the innovation and<br />

the customer benefits<br />

Technical data, videos and images<br />

In the case of a solution, a case study<br />

with a maximum of 7,000 characters is<br />

required.<br />

It is advisable to answer the questions as<br />

briefly, comprehensibly and strikingly as<br />

possible. It is not important that a lot of<br />

text is written. On the contrary, it is crucial<br />

that the texts are clearly structured,<br />

for example by points, and that the jury<br />

recognises the innovation and its value<br />

for the users at first glance.<br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

*<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD<br />

-----------<br />

www.ifoy.org<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD 2023<br />


3Nomination<br />

(November –<br />

December)<br />

On October 30, all entry masks<br />

are locked and the jurors and test<br />

teams are given access to the data.<br />

After a formal and technical preliminary review, the<br />

jury nominates about 15 products and solutions from<br />

all valid applications for the finals. Only these finalists<br />

are publicly announced in January and have to appear for<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit in Dortmund (step 4). Applications that are<br />

not nominated will be treated confidentially in order not to<br />

make a negative selection. Each applicant will be informed<br />

in writing before publication whether the jury has made a<br />

nomination.<br />

August 1 – October 30, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Application registration at<br />

www.ifoy.org<br />

and entering the application data<br />

November 1 – December 31, <strong>2022</strong><br />

The finalists 2023 are nominated<br />

March / April 2023<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS / <strong>IFOY</strong> AUDIT<br />

Election of the winners<br />

Summer 2023<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD NIGHT<br />

and award ceremony<br />


At a glance<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD Categories<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />

4<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Audit<br />


Intralogistics<br />

(March/April)<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST<br />

DAYS with the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit will again<br />

take place within the framework of<br />


Dortmund. For the first time since<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD was established,<br />

the tests are open to the public.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AUDIT<br />

All nominated equipment and all<br />

nominated devices and solutions<br />

have to undergo the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Audit as part of the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST<br />

DAYS. It consists of the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Test, the scientific<br />

innovation check and<br />

the jury test. The<br />

devices and<br />

solutions<br />

undergo<br />

various<br />

assessments and driving or<br />

functional tests, including the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Test protocol comprising around 80<br />

criteria. The decisive factor is that<br />

the nominees are not compared with<br />

each other, but with their competitor<br />

devices on the market.<br />

Besides the testers, the judges –<br />

all well-known trade editors from<br />

leading logistics media around the<br />

world – and their advisors will travel<br />

to test the equipment and solutions<br />

themselves.<br />

All finalists who pass the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit<br />

receive the Best-in-Intralogistics<br />

certificate at an on-site award<br />

ceremony, along with a communications<br />

package consisting of a press<br />

release and certificate, e-mail binder<br />

and graphic files for embedding the<br />

certificate in documents.<br />

If a nominee does not show up for<br />

the audit, the device or solution<br />

will be disqualified.<br />

Counter Balanced Truck: Counterbalanced trucks of all<br />

weight classes.<br />

Heavy Load Forklift: Container forklift, heavy-duty forklift<br />

with more than eight tonnes<br />

Special Vehicle: Special vehicle construction as well as forklifts<br />

and vehicles for special tasks (drones, cargo bikes, truck-mounted<br />

forklifts, etc.)<br />

Warehouse Truck: Warehouse technology equipment<br />

Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) / Shuttle: Shuttle (systems),<br />

driverless transport systems, automated or predominantly automated<br />

industrial trucks<br />

Intralogistics Robot: Robots or robot-based solutions for intralogistics<br />

applications such as picking robots, palletising and depalletising robots, cobots,<br />

robots for the automatic unloading and loading of trucks, etc.<br />

Intralogistics Software: Apps and intralogistics system or software solutions in<br />

the context of the application possibilities, such as warehouse management systems,<br />

forklift control systems, driver assistance systems, fleet management systems, etc.<br />

Integrated Warehouse Solution: A holistic warehouse concept successfully implemented<br />

for a customer<br />

Special of the Year: Components or technical details such as ergonomic innovations, safety<br />

assistance solutions, automation solutions, drive technologies, forklift attachments, etc.<br />

Crane and Lifting Appliance: Cranes for various applications, such as portal and bridge cranes,<br />

bracket and wall-mounted cranes, slewing cranes, suspension cranes, light cranes, etc., lifting<br />

technology for various applications, such as chain and wire rope hoists, winches, magnetic and<br />

vacuum lifters, lifting table and working platforms, etc.<br />

Start-up: Innovative prototypes or functional developments, intralogistics products, software, vehicles or<br />

components<br />

*<br />

---------<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AW<br />

Applicat<br />

1. August – 30<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />


<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

<strong>MGZN</strong><br />


"SPOT ON INNOVATION": This is not only<br />

the focus of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD, but also of<br />

the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, which is<br />

taking place for the third time in Dortmund.<br />

Be it driving a forklift, operating warehouse<br />

technology, comparing AMRs, trying<br />

out software, interacting with robots – at<br />

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, trade visitors<br />

have the chance for hands-on testing of<br />

innovations. VIP guests from industry, trade<br />

and logistics services can thus experience<br />

selected innovations live and get an idea<br />

of their practicability before making a purchase<br />

decision and gain a practice-oriented<br />

market overview in terms of future technologies.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> nominees are automatically<br />

accepted as exhibitors at TEST CAMP; all<br />

other exhibitors must pass an innovation<br />

screening to ensure that only innovative<br />

products are on display.<br />

The programme at TEST CAMP is varied:<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Tests, <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Checks, jury<br />

sessions and numerous consultations,<br />

B2B highlight tours, driving tests by jurors,<br />

consultants and guests, and awarding of<br />

the Best-in-Intralogistics certificates.<br />

5The Voting<br />

(April/May)<br />

After the <strong>IFOY</strong> Tests, the<br />

jury votes on the winners.<br />

For this purpose,<br />

each juror assigns a<br />

ranking in each category and justifies the<br />

decision. Each rank is assigned a point<br />

value, whereby the candidate with the<br />

highest number of points is automatically<br />

calculated as the winner. The voting takes<br />

place online and database-supported on<br />

the jury portal.<br />

6<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD Night –<br />

award ceremony<br />

(June)<br />

The highlight of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD is the announcement<br />

of the winners<br />

and the award ceremony at a festive gala.<br />

However, it remains exciting until the very<br />

end, because neither the nominees nor the<br />

award winners are informed in advance.<br />


PRES<strong>EN</strong>TATION BOXES AT THE <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS WITH<br />


FROM THE <strong>IFOY</strong> OFFICE.<br />

Anita Würmser<br />

Managing Jury Chairwoman of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

T +49 (0)89 251384611<br />

E-mail: anita.wuermser@ifoy.org<br />

Apply at: www.ifoy.org<br />

WHY <strong>IFOY</strong> PARTICIPATION<br />


The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is the most important<br />

Intralogistics award in the world. Companies<br />

around the globe apply with their new<br />

developments for participation in the final<br />

round and compete in the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit during<br />

the TEST DAYS. The process is based on an<br />

elaborate international test and jury organisation<br />

that is unique throughout the world.<br />

The road to the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD finals is not<br />

an easy one. The demands in terms of<br />

innovation value, customer benefit, quality<br />

and market relevance of the devices and<br />

solutions are high, and the test organisation<br />

is sometimes very demanding. Nevertheless,<br />

a nomination is highly coveted, as it not<br />

only confirms the company's own performance,<br />

but also represents a significant<br />

marketing value. More than 460 media in 46<br />

countries with an online reach of more than<br />

900 million readers report on the nominees'<br />

innovations. In 2021, the online marketing<br />

value of the <strong>IFOY</strong> nominations alone was<br />

between €360,000 and €1,000,000.<br />

To ensure the neutrality, quality and<br />

independence of the organisation as<br />

well as the marketing value, there is<br />

a fee to participate in the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />


In 2023, the <strong>IFOY</strong> application fee is 1,000<br />

euros. In the case of a nomination, up to<br />

22,000 euros will be charged depending<br />

on various factors. The nomination<br />

fee is not charged to start-ups.<br />

--<br />

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ions<br />

. October<br />


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<strong>IFOY</strong> MEDIA LIBRARY<br />

Der neue <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD-Channel auf YouTube<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD - NEW @ YOUTUBE<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD has now its own channel on YouTube. Under the link https://www.<br />

youtube.com/channel/UCOV9WS-l_uQB0dIRLd0Zb8g you will not only find all<br />

videos from the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS, but also interesting interviews and a presentation<br />

of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Nominees of <strong>2022</strong>. There are different channels available, which<br />

also allow you to watch several videos in succession. Those who subscribe to our<br />

YouTube channel and follow us on the platform will ensure that they never miss a<br />

video about the <strong>IFOY</strong> in the future. We look forward to CLICK – SUBCRIBE –SHARE!<br />

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twitter.com/<br />

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BEHIND THE SC<strong>EN</strong>ES<br />

News from the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD network<br />

By Stefanie Nonnenmann<br />


The date for the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS,<br />

which will again take place in<br />

2023 in the framework of the<br />


already been set.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS will take<br />

place from March 27 – 30, 2023,<br />

at the Messe Dortmund fairgrounds.<br />


for B2B visitors and exhibitors<br />

will open its doors on March 29<br />

and 30, 2023. For the second<br />

time, additional exhibitors will<br />

be admitted alongside the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

finalists.<br />

Company box booking will start<br />

on June 3, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Further information: Anita<br />

Würmser, T 0049 89 215384611,<br />

anita.wuermser@impact.mp.<br />


The <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation announces the appointment of three new jurors. Peter MacLeod, news<br />

editor at "Logistics Business" in the UK, Rosa Maria Cherubini, managing editor at "Il Giornale della<br />

Logistica" in Italy, and Klaus Koch, editor-in-chief at the online magazine "LogisticsInnovation.<br />

org" in Switzerland were newly elected to the jury. This means that a total of 25 representatives of<br />

leading international logistics publications from 19 nations are currently represented on the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

jury. This year they were once again allowed to test and judge the world's best new intralogistics<br />

products and solutions. All jury members at a glance at https://www.ifoy.org/en/bodies/jury.<br />

Peter MacLeod Klaus Koch Rosa Maria Cheubini<br />

STATEM<strong>EN</strong>T ON THE EXCLUSION OF RUSSIA FROM THE <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation has excluded Russia<br />

from participation in the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

Representatives of Russia on the jury and<br />

advisory board will be relieved of their duties<br />

until further notice. The <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation's<br />

statement on this is:<br />

“Russian jurors will no longer be able to vote<br />

on winners or participate in <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

events. This will initially affect the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST<br />


from March 21 - 23, <strong>2022</strong> in Dortmund, as<br />

well as the award ceremony on June 30,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, in Munich. Visitors and exhibitors from<br />

Russia will also be excluded from attending.<br />

We will decide on the exclusion of Russian<br />

manufacturers from the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD 2023<br />

in good time before the application phase<br />

begins in August <strong>2022</strong>. This decision has not<br />

been easy for us, yet we consider it to be of<br />

no alternative to send a signal against this<br />

unprecedented war of aggression against<br />

Ukraine.<br />

We explicitly emphasise at this point that<br />

this step does not change the respect for<br />

the jurors, media, applicants, and visitors<br />

who have represented Russia in the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD committees. We have highly<br />

appreciated their competence and cooperation<br />

in the <strong>IFOY</strong> network. We personally<br />

ask them for their understanding and hope<br />

that we will meet again soon in peace.<br />


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NEW PATRON FOR THE <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

Dr Robert Habeck, the new Federal Minister<br />

for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection<br />

in Germany, has assumed patronage of the<br />

International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck<br />

of the Year (<strong>IFOY</strong>) AWARD in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Habeck has been in office as Federal Minister<br />

since December 8, 2021. He was born in<br />

Lübeck in September 1969 and studied from<br />

1991 to 1996 in Freiburg im Breisgau (German<br />

language and literature, philosophy and<br />

philology), Roskilde/Denmark (humanities)<br />

and Hamburg (literature and philosophy). He<br />

became a member of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen<br />

in 2002. Habeck held the party chair from<br />

2018 to <strong>2022</strong>, before becoming a member of<br />

the Bundestag in 2021.<br />

In previous years, the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD has also<br />

been under the patronage of the Federal<br />

Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy<br />

of the Federal Republic of Germany.<br />





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