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IFOY

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EXCLUSIVE All About

IFOY Nominees ´22

44

TEST

REPORTS

AND

INNOVATION

CHECKS

May 2022 - issue 03

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THE IFOY PARTNERS - A PERFECT NETWORK

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

partners that has continued to grow in 2022. How Messe Dortmund, Cascade, CHEP,

GARBE, Fliegl, LTG and the BMW Group are committed to the IFOY.

What would the IFOY AWARD be

without its partners? Numerous

companies have once again made

their very special contribution to

supporting the IFOY in 2022. New to

the IFOY family is trailer manufacturer

Fliegl Fahrzeugbau. The Triptisbased

company provided a worthy

stage with its brand-new Fliegl

MegaRunner curtain saddle, where

the IFOY finalists received their

Best-in-Intralogistics Certificates.

The testing took place for the second

time at the Dortmund fairgrounds –

Messe Dortmund has been an official

IFOY partner since 2021.

In 2022, the test pallets and containers

on site were blue again. The

pooling network CHEP has remained

committed to the IFOY AWARD as an

official pallet partner.

Cascade, the global leader in the

development, production and

distribution of forklift attachments,

forks and accessories for industrial

trucks, was also back in 2022.

GARBE Industrial Real Estate has

been on board as an exclusive IFOY

partner in the field of logistics real

estate for some time now. The

company presented itself again this

time, among other things, with its

banner „Your forklift needs a home?

Ask Garbe!“.

For its logistics, the IFOY AWARD

and numerous exhibitors rely on

our logistics partner LTG – Landauer

Transportgesellschaft Doll KG. As

is customary, all transports arrived

on time in Dortmund. By the way, all

the equipment is stored at the LTG

warehouse in Garching near Munich.

The IFOY AWARD ceremony in 2022

will take place in the large auditorium

of BMW Welt in Munich.

The IFOY AWARD is sponsored by

the VDMA Materials Handling and

Intralogistics Association and, since

2022, also by the Robotics + Automation

Association within the VDMA.

Dr Robert Habeck, Federal Minister

for Economic Affairs and

Climate Action, is the patron.

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Content.

44

All IFOY

Nominees

at a glance

10

18

08

10

18

24

IFOY Inside: Behind

the scenes

10 Year Anniversary:

Stories of IFOY

TEST CAMP 2022:

The big review

Review: Panels at

TEST CAMP

INTRALOGISTICS

30

26

30

Visitor statements

about the TEST CAMP

INTRALOGISTICS

Mix it up:

The new edition of

the AGV Mesh-up

32

Interviews with Rob

Smith, Steffen Bersch

and Jos de Vuyst

36 Dortmund:

The Innovator

Next Door

72

40

40

70

73

”Best in Intralogistics“:

The Certificates

The IFOY Test

teams 2022

25 jurors from 19

countries: The IFOY

Jury 2022

80

80

Review of the IFOY

AWARD Night 2021 at

the German Soccer

Museum

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Pioneering Regenerative

Supply Chains

CHEP goes from neutral to positive in its 2025 strategy

The way the world manufactures,

transports and sells goods is

changing. Developing a smarter

and more sustainable supply chain,

thereby reducing environmental

impact has always been CHEP‘s

mission. Now the company is evolving

from ‚better‘ to ‚positive‘ to make a

positive contribution to the planet and

society. That is the goal of CHEP’s

Regenerative strategy.

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The supply chain solutions provider and market leader in

pallet pooling is taking its sustainability goals a step further

and move from ‘doing less bad’ to creating a nature-positive

economy with re-use, resilience and regeneration at its core.

To this end, it has launched an ambitious 2025 Sustainability

strategy aimed at pioneering regenerative supply chains. The

strategy includes a commitment to the 1.5°C target of the

Paris Climate Agreement. As part of these targets, last year,

CHEP achieved CO 2

neutrality in all of its own operations.

Partnering for a supply chain that benefits the

environment

As an expert in regenerative supply chains, CHEP works

with its customers, suppliers and employees to create a value

chain that benefits the environment. The company offsets its

gross emissions in Scope 1 and 2 by investing in reforestation

projects and purchasing renewable energy. The company’s

contribution to climate protection is achieved with a circular

economy based business model, which CHEP has pioneered

for more than 70 years.

In order to achieve the goal of a waste-free supply chain with

zero emissions more quickly, the Zero Waste World program

(ZWW) was launched in 2019. ZWW is a collaborative program

for manufacturers and retailers that aims to create joint

innovations and new, scalable solutions to eliminate waste,

reduce empty km and cut out inefficiencies.

In addition, as part of its commitment to using waste plastic in

its load carriers, CHEP introduced its first product in Europe

made from 100% recycled plastic waste this year:

the Q+ quarter pallet with rollers.

Transport collaborations for greater environmental

protection

CHEP’s unique visibility into European supply chains

and use of advanced data analytics allows CHEP to

identify common transport flows with its customers or

among them and forge transport collaborations. This makes

a significant contribution to climate protection, as over

25 percent of all journeys in the EU are made with partial

or empty loads. According to McKinsey, the supply chains

of a typical consumer goods company generate far higher

environmental costs than the actual operations.

With the help of CHEP solutions, inefficient partial loads

and wasted miles can be almost completely eliminated.

CHEP’s Collaborative Transport Solutions, which have

been in use across Europe for more than seven years,

account for more than 240 collaborations in the region.

These solutions have helped companies save more than

87.3 million empty kilometres and 112 kilotons of CO 2

worldwide.

For supply chains to have a positive impact on the

environment, all parties involved must collaborate. That‘s

why CHEP has set itself the goal of duplicating the

collaborations with customers by 2025. This is the only way

to make an active contribution to a world where business

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


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Foreword

Innovative

Setting

Thomas Westphal

(Lord Mayor of the

City of Dortmund)

in intralogistics, could take place was thanks to an agile team.

The IFOY organisation, Messe Dortmund, the Economic Development

Agency and the relevant authorities all pulled together and

made it possible for a limited number of guests to test equipment

and exchange knowledge at a distance and with a mask.

The masks remained for the 2022 event. But the mouth–to–nose

covering did not deter any interested logisticians from coming

to the second edition of the test event. On the contrary.

Not only has the number of trade visitors grown, but also the

number of exhibitors. And the organisers also improved the

quality of the event: Every day there was a “panel discussion“

at congress level with heads of international companies.

Enthusiastic about small and large forklifts in the TEST CAMP:

Dortmund‘s Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal and Dortmund‘s Exhibition

Director Sabine Loos.

Can‘t be done, doesn‘t exist. This is how one could have

summed up the staging of the TEST CAMP INTRALO-

GISTICS and the IFOY TEST DAYS last year at Messe

Dortmund. Many had reckoned in advance that the test

event as part of the world‘s largest Intralogistics competition

would fall victim to Corona. So everyone was all the more

pleased when the gates were opened for the event in Hall 4

in March – under Corona–compliant conditions, of course.

I was happy to make my own impression of the event and I also

took a seat on one of the forklifts on display – after all, I myself

worked for a logistics company from the Ruhr area for many years.

The fact that the event, at which journalists, scientists and business

representatives are allowed to test the latest innovations

The TEST CAMP with the IFOY AWARD and the city of Dortmund are

a perfect match. On the one hand, the world‘s largest intralogistics

competition – with its exemplary sustainable event format including

testing opportunities. On the other hand, the Ruhr metropolis

with its 900 logistics companies, innovative examples of the

revitalisation of brownfield sites for logistics and its outstanding

research institutions – first and foremost the TU Dortmund, the

Fraunhofer ISST and the Fraunhofer IML. The City of Dortmund‘s

Science 2.0 Master Plan sets out the goal of developing a “Silicon

Economy“ for logistics – under the umbrella of the Fraunhofer IML.

This master plan was also one of the central projects with which

Dortmund applied to the European Commission for the iCapital

Award 2021 – under the motto “Innovation next door“. I am very

proud that our city with its innovation ecosystem was able to

prevail in the final of the most innovative cities against Dublin,

Málaga and Vilnius. The IFOY AWARD fits perfectly into this

ecosystem. I am already very excited to see which innovations

will be awarded the “Oscar of intralogistics“ this year and look

forward to the upcoming rounds of the international competition.

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The Team.

➡ Anita Würmser.

IFOY founder, jury chair and head of the IFOY

organisation: In addition to the IFOY AWARD,

the journalist also heads the Logistics

Hall of Fame and advises companies on

communication issues. Some call her the

woman who never sleeps. Her razor-sharp

weapon: her enormous network and her

endless perfectionism.

➡ Thilo Jörgl.

Welcome to our IFOY MGZN 2022.

Anita Würmser.

Full-blooded journalist, IFOY juror from the

very beginning, expert in Intralogistics: The

leading spirit of TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS

has been part of the IFOY TEAM since 2018

and, together with Anita Würmser, is a

partner of impact media projects GmbH.

There he is almost alone among women – but

he handles this challenge with excellence.

Two events, one mission:

“Spot on Innovation” is the

motto of the IFOY TEST

DAYS, which have been part of

the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS

in Dortmund since two years. A

total of 51 innovations and 950

participants were on site this

year – more than ever before.

And it cannot be overlooked:

Real life is back. Exhibitors,

guests and even the usually so

aloof CEOs of Intralogistics are

happily throwing themselves into

networking and onto the equipment

as if they hadn’t seen their

own products live for two years.

Someone says: “Finally, trade

fair again.” “Don’t call it a trade

fair,” I reply. The TEST CAMP is a

testing event for all those who

want to experience, drive, try and

test real innovations. Exhibitors

and visitors are limited. Why? So

to ensure that there is enough

space and time to deal intensively

with innovation without

queues and overcrowded stands.

Of course, a change of paradigm

for the trade fair networkers

among us, who make full corridors

the benchmark for success.

But those who have been there

once always come back.

Not to forget: The IFOY AWARD

celebrates its tenth anniversary.

This magazine would not be

enough to write down the “Story

of IFOY” but as we all know,

stories are more interesting than

history anyway - so enjoy 94

pages of IFOY stories. My recommendation:

Start on page 10.

➡ Stefanie Nonnenmann.

For two years, Corona avoided her and then

struck just in time for the IFOY TEST DAYS:

the logistics journalist, e-mobility expert and

social media queen, who has been part of

the IFOY since 2019, nevertheless supported

the team from her home computer.

➡ Edward Strohmeyer.

Lord of the grid, leader of the lines, tamer

of the fonts... our graphics partner ensures

that the IFOY MGZN has style: You see it from

anywhere in the world. The cloud makes it

possible.

➡ Theo, Mark, Bernd.

No finalist can get past our IFOY Test team or their camera.

Theo, “the Machine,“ Egberts (m.) has been testing everything

with wheels on behalf of the IFOY organisation for ten years.

Mark Dohmen (l.) writes, stacks, films, organises and is always

in a good mood. New in our team: test reporter and IFOY juror

Bernd Maienschein. Dream team!

Imprint.

IFOY MGZN c/o impact media

projects GmbH, Eckherstraße 10b,

85737 Ismaning, Germany

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief:

Anita Würmser (V.i.S.d.P.)

Redaktion: Thilo Jörgl (jö), Bernd

Maienschein, Stefanie Nonnenmann

(sno), Melanie Wack (mw)

Proof reading: Peter MacLeod

Layout and design:

impact media projects GmbH,

Design:Management Strohmeyer

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Onlineprinters GmbH, Dr.–Mack–

Straße 83, 90762 Fürth

Image credits: Adobe.stock, Andre

Baschlakow, Roland Gorecki, Oliver

Lang, Messe Dortmund, STILL,

Marcus Vetter, company pictures,

Chep, LTG, Stephan Schütze,

Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund.

IFOY MGZN, a publication of impact

media projects, is protected by

copyright. The reproduction, editing

or distribution of articles, photos

or graphics must be approved by

the publisher. This also applies

to electronic use and transfer to

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media. The publisher is not liable for

unsolicited images, articles and other

content/data. Place of performance

and jurisdiction is Munich.

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People.

inside

this issue

let’s get

social.

May 2022

➡ Steffen Bersch.

He did not miss the opportunity

to attend the TEST CAMP INTRA-

LOGISTICS in Dortmund: Steffen

Bersch, Managing Director at

SSI Schäfer and Chairman of the

VDMA Association for Materials

Handling and Intralogistics, not

only paid a visit to the event,

but also answered Thilo Jörgl‘s

questions in detail. Page 33

Who do I think the TEST CAMP is for? For the


interested logistician who wants to discover something

new off the beaten track. For practitioners who

want to see products live and in action. A great event

that I will gladly attend again.

Fabian Mütherich, Sparck Technologies

Thumbs up for the IFOY AWARD – great pictures,


great atmosphere, cool event!

Matthias Rathmann, trans aktuell

➡ Rob Smith.

CEOs rarely give interviews

when they have been in the job

for less than 100 days. For the

IFOY team, Rob Smith, CEO of

the KION Group, was happy

to make an exception – and

spoke not only about trends

and personal goals, but also

off-camera about his time as a

student in Bavaria. Page 32

Logisticians are really keen on exchange - across


company boundaries and in fact physically is already

nicer.

Andreas Löwe, “Irgendwas mit Logistik“

Great competition, great presentation of the teams. I


think the TEST CAMP gives another push to be able to

experience clever automation solutions directly.

Alexander Mühlens, igus

➡ Dr. Robert Habeck.

The fact that we as the IFOY

organisation have once again

succeeded in winning a prominent

advocate for the award

makes us a little proud: Dr Robert

Habeck is the new patron of

the IFOY AWARD. The Federal

Minister for Economic Affairs and

Climate Action is continuing a

long-standing tradition. In previous

years, the IFOY AWARD has

also been under the patronage of

the Federal Minister. Page 90

➡ Thomas Westphal.

The Mayor of Dortmund is not

only a regular guest at TEST

CAMP, but also a passionate

logistics expert and IFOY fan. In

2022, he came to IFOY in person,

had good conversations and

was presented the innovations in

detail. Many thanks for the visit!

Page 6

Congratulations Anita and team for this great


event!!!!!!

Abdirahman Ikar, Hanon Systems E&FP

Well done IFOY AWARD. CHEP is proud to carry your


successful innovations. The nominees look great on

our blue pallets

Ertan Benzes, CHEP

We thank you for your support.

the USUAL

suspects.

6. Imprint 88. Media library 89. Behind the scenes

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Prologue

How it began – The story before

the story of the IFOY AWARD

ANITA WÜRMSER

01

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

none in intralogistics, and that is not because intralogistics as a sector

or term does not yet exist: it is dryly called industrial trucks and material

flow technology – and the reaction to the idea of an industry award is

also received dryly. When the original concept of an innovation award for

new products and solutions is proposed, the enthusiasm is limited - in

fact nobody is interested. The industry itself quickly dismisses it with the

argument that the replacement and innovation cycles are so long that an

award could never become established. The concept disappears into a

pigeonhole.

Ten years later, somewhen in the mid-noughties: The Internet and

eCommerce bring momentum to the innovation scene. Awards are en

vogue. Companies across the logistics sector want to show what they can

do and adorn themselves with their trophies – apart from Intralogistics.

The reactions after a new attempt remain somewhat conservative: It is

very difficult to compare forklifts, warehouse technology, etc. or even to

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

a journalist jury?”. No amount of persuasion, neither technical nor marketing

arguments… nothing helps. Once again the pigeonhole closes.

October 2011, German Logistics Congress, Berlin: The material handling

sector, which is now officially called Intralogistics, wants to become

more visible. There should be something we can do, says an industrial

truck supplier, and remembers that a concept lies somewhere in a pigeonhole.

The momentum is there. The persuasion work begins.

02

Summit at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart

A legendary invitation to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is

the real genesis of the IFOY AWARD. Commercial vehicle meets Intralogistics

– around the table sit Clark, Crown, Linde Material Handling,

STILL, Toyota Material Handling, and the VDMA. Mercedes’ Head

of Communications speaks clearly about awards: About what goes

wrong and what goes well in the awards business, which trophy one

would rather hide in the basement, and what a highly coveted award

should look like. The participants are impressed – and fired-up for

their own industry award. It has never been mentioned before, but the

Intralogistics sector is probably one of the few industries that makes

independence and a high-quality selection process a prerequisite.

Genuine competition, statutes and a test procedure to serve as a decision-making

aid for the jury are being developed. To date, the Federal

Ministry of Economics assumes the patronage, and the VDMA

Intralogistics and Material Handling becomes the non-material sponsor.

In 2021, the VDMA Robotics and Automation joins as a sponsor.

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Stories of IFOY

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY –

stories and highlights of a decade

ANITA WÜRMSER

03

The IFOY Trophy

An interdisciplinary creation

The weighty piece of art was created by an

interdisciplinary team of designers, technicians,

researchers and media experts

at Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund. Where researchers

work on their ideas until an innovation

is born is the right place to create

a trophy that distinguishes innovation.

It should reflect the values of the IFOY

AWARD: Power, Innovation, Networking.

The symbolism of the IFOY trophy

A three-centimetre-thick aluminium plate

cut precisely into IFOY honeycomb in

the background symbolises coordinated

strength. An identical, only three millimetre

thin aluminium plate in the foreground

stands for innovation. A glass plate in IFOY

copper, in which the net structures of the

IFOY sign are reflected in countless shades

depending on the incidence of light, simultaneously

separates and connects the filigree

and solid components of the award. It

stands for creativity and networking, and

thus symbolically for the infinite possibilities

and ways of creating innovations. The

manufacturing method is a symbol of the

technological-innovative claim of the IFOY

AWARD. It is made with a water-cutting machine

that cuts the shape and net structure

out of solid aluminium blocks with millimetre

precision.

Dimensions: 31.5 x 18.5 x 5.6 cm

Weight: 2,530 g

Materials: anodised aluminium

Lettering: laser engraving

04

IFOY AWARD #1 – #10

In 2012, the set-up of the organisation begins. Website, jury, committees,

corprate design take six months. With statutes that still ensure independence

and expertise today, the starting signal for the first IFOY season is

given in August 2012.

Between August 2012 and June 2013, the application phase, nomination,

IFOY Test Days, election by the jury follow, and on 4 June 2013 the IFOY trophy

is awarded for the first time in Hall B1 of CeMAT@transport logistic at

Messe München. Crown, Jungheinrich and STILL win an IFOY AWARD - but

strictly speaking, all finalists are already winners, because the statutes

stipulate that only the best of the best are nominated.

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05

And the IFOY AWARD goes to or

where the cheers come from

It is fortunate that in the conception

phase there is never any mention of if

and when the winners will be informed.

It is just taken for granted that it would

happen before the award ceremony and

when the time comes, it is too late.

So the excitement is real, as is the outcry

from the teams when the laudators

announce the names of the winners for

the first time. The IFOY cheer is born.

Since then, with the exception of the

two Corona years when no one wanted

to be forced to make an avoidable journey,

the winners are not informed in advance.

Years later, an IFOY participant wants

to put the topic back on the agenda of

the VDMA‘s marketing working group

AK4. The request is unanimously rejected,

notably from the ranks of the manufacturers.

The Intralogistics sector prefers

it to love the tension, apparently. A

circumstance that, of course, does not

prevent the nominees from trying to uncover

the secret before the awards ceremony.

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06

The colder, the better

The first test week in March 2013 on the

premises of the Deutsche Messe in Hanover

becomes a challenge. Minus 15 degrees

outside temperature, hall 26 unheated,

and you don‘t have to have a fine nose

to sense the horse show the day before.

It is simply fantastic. The jurors enthusiastically

ride anything with wheels, the

testers are in their element, the industry

is excited. Pea stew, calories, hot tea and

testing, testing, testing help against the

cold.

Until 2021, the motto is: There is no bad

weather, only bad clothes. In 2022, more

than one participant complained why the

hall in Dortmund was suddenly heated.

07

Sustainability? Stop talking.

Just do it.

It has never been talked about too much,

but innovation instead of decoration is an

IFOY principle since day one. It permeates

everything which is done. The test sets

are functional, the materials reusable -

even when it‘s more expensive. Aluminium

truss stand construction, rental furniture,

eco-carpets, central catering, short

distances, green power ... saving water,

waste, time and money.

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The Winners

From over 200 applicants, 135 new products and projects from 51

companies have been nominated as finalists, 47 of which have

received an IFOY AWARD.

08

The top five from ten years of IFOY AWARD:

winner ( Nominated )

Jungheinrich 10 (26)

STILL 10 (26)

Crown 4 (8)

Toyota MH 2 (10)

UNICarriers 2 (4)

In addition, each of the following received one award: arculus, Bosch Rexroth,

BYD, Cargometer, Cargotec Engineering, Combilift, EasyMile, idealworks, Interroll

Group, Liebherr, ProGlove, Raymond, Sany Europe, SSI SCHÄFER, Torwegge,

VOLUME Lagersysteme, Wegard, Wiferion and WITRON.

09

Thank you, Klaus Hellmann!

Things get hectic for a short time in 2015. The halls on the

Deutsche Messe site are fully booked, and a new hall has

to be found for the IFOY test. Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

provides uncomplicated help. Klaus Hellmann clears

out the historic hall at the headquarters in Osnabrück, arranges

the installation of WLAN and the ground floor of

the legendary Speicher 3 becomes the IFOY test office for

a week.

On February 25 and 26, the jury arrives: 22 jurors test a

dozen devices from the manufacturers Clark, Jungheinrich,

STILL, Toyota and UniCarriers. The TEST DAYS 2015 at

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics will be remembered as one

of the best in IFOY history. Those who were there are still

talking about it today.

Costs and values

The application and nomination for the IFOY AWARD is subject

to a fee from the beginning. Those who apply are informed

that fees will be charged in the event of a nomination for the

final - an appllication is the point of no return. Start-ups competing

in their own category since 2018, however, only pay a

compulsory fee.

Each year, some 30 to 40 innovations are submitted; as a rule,

no more than about 15 make it to the finals.

The fact is, not everyone has the courage to enter IFOY. An

application requires full attention. The IFOY audit is one of the

toughest in the world, neither testers nor jurors make compromises

when it comes to innovation value, quality, market

relevance and customer benefit.

And: IFOY fees do not guarantee a win. They guarantee transparency,

independence, an international (test) organisation

and a unique marketing value.

In figures: 460 magazines in 46 countries report on the IFOY

finalists - in more than 3400 articles (as of 2021). The reach

of the online coverage alone is over 920 million readers in

2021. The value of the first IFOY nominations in 2013 is around

150,000 euros, today it is on average around 500,000 euros.

The marketing value for intralogistics as a whole adds up to

around 35 million euros in ten years.

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Journalist jury vs. expert jury

Journalists! Really? Why not intralogistics experts?

These questions were asked more than once in the

early days. Apart from the fact that most of the editors

do have expertise, it is far more important that

they know the trends, the target audience of the Intralogistics

sector, that they are an independent authority,

which guarantees neutrality and media attention.

The founding jury includes editors-in-chief from 14

leading international logistics magazines from Germany,

Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy,

Poland and Romania. In 2014 the jury already includes

18 jurors from eleven nations and soon the IFOY

jury will be represented on all continents. Currently, 24

jurors come from 19 nations. The requirements for jurors

are high – every year numerous media apply for a

seat. In addition, a review of all jury seats takes place

regularly.

One awful event will always be remembered: founding

juror Anders Karlsson (Sweden) dies in a tragic accident

on September 30, 2020. RiP, Anders! Never forget.

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IFOY rumours and legends

You can hardly count them any more. All the better. We love rumours and

legends about the IFOY AWARD. A small selection:

The legend persists that the IFOY was once a pure forklift award. The fact

is that the IFOY AWARD was planned as an Intralogistics award from day 1.

The manufacturers of industrial trucks simply recognised the marketing

effect a little earlier and applied.

The manufacturers control the IFOY AWARD: Another legend. The fact is

that manufacturers also sit on the advisory board. The comittee is regularly

consulted on technical issues. For example, when it comes to new

categories or detailed technical questions. It advises the IFOY organisation

but has no decision-making rights.

The following can also be filed in the category “alternative facts“: Wellknown

Intralogistics companies may have bought an IFOY AWARD. From

time to time there are indeed companies that only want to enter if they are

guaranteed to win. None has ever been admitted to the IFOY.

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IFOY and Corona

Mid-January 2020: IFOY finalist Raymond Corp.,

USA, asks whether the IFOY TEST DAYS will take

place. Counter question: Yes, why? Answer: Because

of Corona. Four weeks later, the nominees all

over the world travel to the event. 20 nations are

present. It should be the last face-to-face event

in logistics before the first Corona lockdow on

March 22. The trade fair in Hanover closes its doors

and the awards ceremony takes place digitally at

short notice. 1,000 people attend the event on the

screens and the cheering continues nonetheless.

We all know what pandemic means. Really? Well,

research reveals one thing: every pandemic lasts

seven years. So waiting for the end is no option. The

IFOY is changing. There is little to do, because the

IFOY organisation is already digitised. Astonishingly

many things are getting easier even so, but planning

is turning out to be more complicated, more

volatile, more unpredictable. Nevertheless, a fundamental

decision is made: All events will take

place face-to-face if permitted by law – of course

with a hygiene concept.

March 2021: Lockdown #2: Events are cancelled,

postponed, digital. The IFOY moves to Dortmund.

The IFOY TEST DAYS and the TEST CAMP Intralogistics

take place face-to-face. The new motto:

Testing makes the difference. Dress code for the

awards ceremony at the German Football Museum:

Black Tie.

March 2022: Same procedure: Incidences reach

record levels. Events are all cancelled, postponed,

digital. The IFOY TEST DAYS and the TEST CAMP Intralogistics

take place face-to face with a total of

950 participants and 51 innovations. By now, everyone

has got used to the masks.

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How the IFOY test became an audit

Anyone who wants to create an award should first of

all write down the statutes. They answer all the questions.

When writing down the IFOY statutes, the focus

lay on two things: testing and innovation.

Since 2013, all finalists must undergo the IFOY test.

Hundreds of tests and test reports have been delivered

by IFOY chief tester Theo Egberts to date. He

measures the hard facts: load capacities, fuel consumption,

speeds. The test report, which is sometimes

also called the impression, judges in addition

what cannot be measured in a standardised way.

Since 2022, MM specialist editor and IFOY judge Bernd

Maienschein is responsible for the test reports in the

non-vehicle categories, including Robots, AGV/AMR,

software, warehouse solution, Special of the Year

and start-ups.

The test results are an important indicator for the jury

and extremely popular among trade magazine readers.

However, IFOY is an innovation award, and victory

is not a matter of whether a forklift consumes

two percent more or less energy. In order to be able

to assess the innovation value, a technology comparison

with the market standards is necessary. This is

the role of the scientific innovation check, which premiered

in 2014.

Scientists from Fraunhofer Institute IML and IPA, the

Technical University of Munich, the Technical University

of Hamburg-Harburg and the Technical University

of Dresden analyse the IFOY applications and compare

them with the state of the art. Based on visual

inspections and partly a functional test, the innovations

are comprehended at the IFOY TEST DAYS and

their function is verified. During the evaluation, innovative

advancements as well as successful new

compositions and genuine innovations are identified

and judged. The final decision is made by the jury.

The Best-in-Intralogistics Certificate:

In order to document the high degree of innovation

and the technical quality of the finalists who have

successfully completed the IFOY Test procedure

even more clearly, the Best-in-Intralogistics Certificate

was being introduced in 2018. Only those who

receive the „Best in Intralogistics“ certificate have

passed the IFOY Audit and undergone the toughest

intralogistics test in the world. It is the visible sign

of innovation.

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IFOY One Eighty

“The IFOY AWARD runs in sneakers,“ someone once stated. Change is part

of the programme and the right footwear, as we all know, ensures mobility.

The TEST DAYS take place in Hanover, Osnabrück, Munich and Dortmund, the

award ceremonies in Munich, Hanover, Dortmund and Vienna. Nothing is set

in stone, everything must follow one goal: To showcase the performance and

innovative power of the Intralogistics industry worldwide.

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

exception: the focus on innovation was, is and will remain the DNA of the IFOY

AWARD. To be continued...

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TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS comes up

For a long time, only the finalists, jurors, testers and

IFOY partners have access to the IFOY TEST DAYS. All

in all, there are no more than 150 people.

This changes in 2018: During the IFOY TEST DAYS, a

conspicuously large number of people walk through

the hall who nobody knows. It turns out that they are

logistics and purchasing managers from all kinds of

companies who have read or heard about the IFOY

test. Logistics service providers, automotive suppliers

and OEMs, a DIY store manager and a local furniture

retailer are among them, and they all say the

same: „We are interested in innovations and new

equipment“ and „Can we also test ourselves?“

Of course, without the necessary safety precautions,

testing is not allowed, but nobody wants to let the

“intruders“ go without an impression. A quick tour

through the IFOY innovations is organised; it will be

the blueprint for the popular highlight tours. A question

arises: why not admit a limited number of decision-makers

interested in innovation?

In early 2020, for the first time, the last two days of

IFOY TEST DAYS will be officially opened to 50 guests

invited from all areas of logistics. The participants,

who have been networked for decades at trade fairs,

initially struggle with the format. “What, only 50?“

says a product developer who only finds a few minutes

for his first sandwich of the day after an intense

eight hours. One of the visitors says briskly at 8.30

in the morning, “Well, I‘ll be through in two hours.“ In

the evening he extends his hotel booking for a further

night.

Standardised truss boxes and central stand construction,

uniform branding, no crowded aisles, the

hall unheated – it takes time, but the principle of

“class not mass“, which applies to visitors and exhibitors

alike, catches on.

A new event is born: The TEST CAMP INTRALOGIS-

TICS. Motto: SPOT on INNOVATION. Intensive handson

testing is now not only allowed, but is part of the

programme.

In March 2021, the TEST CAMP takes place for the first

time in Dortmund as an independent event parallel to

the IFOY TEST DAYS. Around 100 B2B guests are invited.

Only innovations from the IFOY finalists may be

shown.

Despite the corona pandemic, interest in the TEST

CAMP is growing by leaps and bounds. When the

Camp opens its doors again in Dortmund in 2022,

four panel discussions and numerous highlight tours

complete the new event. For the first time, innovations

from third-party exhibitors will also be included.

However, there is one condition for exhibitors: it must

be an innovation, a new or unique device.

Most recently, the IFOY TEST DAYS and the TEST CAMP

INTRALOGISTICS together brought in 51 innovations

and a total of 950 participants.

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EBy Thilo Jörgl and Peter MacLeod

ven the change of hall for the TEST CAMP IN-

TRALOGISTICS and the TEST DAYS of the International

Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the

Year (IFOY) AWARD indicated in ad vance what

B2B visitors had already noticed at the counter:

The event at Messe Dortmund had grown in

2022 compared to the previous year. The IFOY

organisation was able to book around 10,000 square metres of

space in Hall 3 this year – including a trade fair restaurant and

meeting rooms. The increase in space had become necessary

because, in addition to the 14 products nominated for the

IFOY AWARD 2022, other innovations and the products of the

IFOY partners were also exhibited, as event organiser and IFOY

AWARD jury chair Anita Würmser explained in her opening

Follow me: Andreas Scherb (VDMA) with a highlight tour

Blue CHEP pallets on a fork: Scene at the MOFFETT booth

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2G PLUS AS A STANDARD

To protect participants against a Covid-19

infection, a strict safety and hygiene

concept was developed for the TEST CAMP

INTRALOGISTICS. The rule 2G-Plus was

applied as an access requirement. Even before

entering the hall, each participant received a

Corona control band every day.

These strict rules also applied to all participants

during set-up.

Transfer of knowledge: VDMA panel discussion about VDA 5050

TEST CAMP from a bird´s view: Hall 3 is quite full

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Hungry for innovations: B2B guests

Perfect view: with VR glasses

Magic concrete: Magment knows how it works

The IFOY finalists are not compared with each other but with

the relevant devices on the market.

speech. Theoretically, the 51 exhibited

products and solutions would also have

fit into the somewhat smaller Hall 4. But

then the test areas would have had to be

reduced. Not an option for the organiser.

“The USP of this unique logistics event,

apart from the sustainability approach, is

the hands-on testing of the innovations,”

says Würmser.

Whether tuggers, order-picking forklifts

or truck-mounted forklifts: the 950 participants

over six days already had a wide

selection of equipment to choose from

in the area of industrial trucks, which

they could drive and test themselves,

wearing the prescribed safety shoes, of

course, in cordoned-off areas. During

the three TEST CAMP days from 21 to 23

March, the numerous decision-makers

from industry, trade and logistics services

were also able to put all 14 products

from twelve companies through

their paces during the three-stage IFOY

Audit at the IFOY TEST DAYS. Among

them were new developments from

TEST DRIVES AND

INTENSIVE TALKS

Cargotec Engineering, Jungheinrich,

Locus Robotics, Magment, NAiSE, Noyes

Technologies, robominds, SICK, SSI

SCHÄFER, STILL, stow robotics and SYN-

AOS. But not only B2B visitors took advantage

of the opportunity for test drives

and intensive technical discussions with

the exhibiting companies at the company

boxes – representatives of manufacturers

also travelled to the Ruhr metropolis

to take a look at the innovations of

competitors and to find out about industry

trends. Because robotics is assuming

an increasingly important position in the

field of logistics, representatives of the

board of the VDMA Robotics & Automation

trade association met for the first

time during TEST CAMP.

The Managing Director of the trade

association, Patrick Schwarzkopf, had

organised the meeting. Last year, the

association had already joined the IFOY

AWARD as the second conceptual sponsor

alongside the VDMA Materials Handling

and Intralogistics Association.

But it was not only German company

representatives who made the journey

Evo-Bot: World premiere during the key note speech

Key note speaker: Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael ten Hompel

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At the box of SYNAOS: Everybody listens Nice simulation: Booth of NAiSE IFOY Partner: GARBE banner in the hall

to Dortmund. International industry representatives

also travelled to the event

– including numerous members of the

Fédération Européenne de la Manutention

(FEM) together with its President

Jos de Vuyst, CEO of the stow Group.

PREMIERE OF A CONGRESS

PROGRAMME

The European Intralogistics experts held

their working meeting in the metropolis

and took the opportunity to see how

the IFOY AWARD finalists are tested and

what a modern, sustainable showcase

of Intralogistics looks like.

Regardless of whether they were association

representatives, B2B visitors or exhibitors,

the participants made lively use

of the congress programme in addition

to the guided highlight tours. For the

first time, the IFOY organisation had a

stage set up in the middle of the hall,

where a panel discussion with top-class

experts took place every day. The discussions

focused on the trend topics of

innovation management, Intralogistics

4.0 and the VDA 5050 communication

interface. An expansion of the congress

programme is planned for next year.

The Main Stage was already used for the

opening. IFOY AWARD jury chair Anita

Würmser explained how the three-stage

IFOY Audit works and which criteria are

particularly important in the jury’s assessment.

In his welcoming speech, Dortmund’s

Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal emphasised

why the world’s largest

DIGITAL

CONCEPT

Because both the international

IFOY Jury from 20 countries and

some B2B experts who had registered

for TEST CAMP INTRALO-

GISTICS were unable to travel due

to the corona pandemic, the IFOY

organisation developed a digital

concept with streamings and videos.

The highlight tour for the jury

was recorded. In addition, the IFOY

organisation made short videos of

all nominees, an after movie and a

documentation about sustainability,

which were placed on the website

of the IFOY AWARD (www.ifoy.org)

and in all of the social media channels.

Welcome speech: Dortmund´s Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal

TEST CAMP tour: A stop at Jungheinrich

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

Intralogistics competition including the

TEST CAMP and his city are a “perfect

match”.

He said that more than 900 logistics

companies are active in the metropolis,

that there are numerous examples of

the revitalisation of industrial wastelands

for logistics and that there are excellent

research institutions – above all the TU

Dortmund, the Fraunhofer ISST and the

Fraunhofer IML.

It was also the head of the Fraunhofer

IML, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel,

who gave the key note on the topic

of “How innovations change logistics” on

the opening day of the event. He gave

the audience a series of steep theses to

take away with them.

Among other things, he emphasised

that the topic of blockchain in logistics

is currently underestimated by many. In

the future, the technology will play an

important role from planning to payment.

He also took up the cudgels for

open source strategies. “It is a waste

of time and money if 100 developers

programmed the same interface,” the

scientist said.

The highlight of his lecture was nothing

less than a world premiere. The scientist

from the Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund

showed publicly for the first time what

the robot “EvoBot” can do, for example,

the device can grab a ball or other

object and then transport the object on

two parallel wheels, while keeping its

balance.

The highlight on the second day was the

presentation of the “Best in Intralogistics”

certificates to the IFOY AWARD finalists

from the hands of Steffen Bersch, the

new Chairman of the Board of the VDMA

Materials Handling and Intralogistics

Association.

The IFOY Audit for the nominees again

consisted of three parts this year. First,

all the equipment went through the IFOY

Test conducted by Dutch intralogistics

expert Theo Egberts. In this process,

the finalists in each category are not

AGV MESH-UP FOR THE

SECOND TIME THIS YEAR

compared with each other, but with the

relevant equipment in the competition.

The industrial trucks underwent standardised

driving and functional tests.

In the second part of the audit, researchers

conducted the IFOY Innovation

Check. The audit was concluded by

the assessment of the 25 jurors and their

approved advisors.

The jury members – trade journalists

from all continents – were presented

with all the results of the IFOY Test as

well as the IFOY Innovation Check for

the voting.

Many B2B visitors from the automotive

industry travelled to the TEST CAMP to

see the AGV Mesh-Up. It was initiated

by the VDMA Materials Handling and

Intralogistics Association and its member

companies. Following the world

premiere of the first live test of the VDA

5050 communication interface the

previous year, the 2022 test scenario was

relaunched and once again gave B2B

visitors the opportunity to observe the

functions of Automated Guided Vehicles

(AGVs) for themselves and to exchange

ideas with developers and scientists.

Participants in the AGV Mesh-Up were

the companies DS AUTOMOTION, ek

robotics, Fraunhofer IML, incubed IT,

Omron Electronics, SAFELOG, Siemens

and SYNAOS. Compared to the previous

year, there were some innovations –

devices had to avoid obstacles, transfer

processes were shown. The higher-level

control system came from the cloud –

IFOY finalist SYNAOS provided it.

During the TEST CAMP, the talks were

not only about innovations, but also

about sustainability. The IFOY organisation

has also made sustainability a principle

and taken a number of measures to

effectively conserve resources.

The focus was on reusability and recycling,

the use of regenerative energies

and, above all, the fundamental renunciation

of equipment that is not absolutely

necessary.

Next year, the event format with the

opportunity for test drives of equipment

will again take place at Messe Dortmund.

The date has already been set: March 29

and 30, 2023.

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Wolfgang Hillinger (DS Automotion) Thomas Vortkamp (DB Schenker) Host Peter MacLeod (IFOY Juror)

PANEL DISCUSSION: INTRALOGISTICS 4.0

Opportunities and challenges in terms

of Intralogistics 4.0. This was the topic

of the panel discussion with top-class

industry representatives on the second

day of the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS

on the Main Stage.

Alongside Steffen Bersch (CEO SSI

Schäfer and new Chairman of the Board

of the VDMA Materials Handling and

Intralogistics Association), FEM President

Jos de Vuyst (CEO stow Group) and

Wolfgang Hillinger (Managing Director

DS Automotion GmbH and VDMA Board

Member), Thomas Vortkamp (Senior

Automation Engineer at DB Schenker)

discussed the topic.

The moderator was Peter MacLeod, IFOY

jury member and News Editor of Logistics

Business Magazine.

The discussion began with the panellists‘

views on the latest milestones on the

road to Intralogistics 4.0, with the impact

of the Corona pandemic on business

running like a thread through the discussion.

On the most important advances,

Wolfgang Hillinger said: “We see a strong

integration between traditional hardware,

automation solutions and software, all

brought together on one platform.“

He added that this helps customers to

achieve higher productivity and financial

savings. Thomas Vortkamp agreed, from

the point of view of the customer DB

Schenker: “We see logistics automation

as one of the key factors to improve

our business. AGVs, AMRs and similar

technologies are now increasingly appearing

in our customers‘ tenders. Not

everything is affordable. But if the ROI is

good, then it is really interesting for us as

a company.“

Steffen Bersch emphasised that the industry

is observing that various elements

of intralogistics are becoming more

INNOVATIONS NEED A

SHORT ROI

closely linked – the driver here is customer

behaviour.

IT at the point of sale, conveyor technology,

storage, order picking – the challenge,

he said, is to unite these technologies

as well as people‘s processes in a

single system.

In terms of the

factors driving

the development

of Intralogistics

4.0, Jos de Vuyst

puts the customer

first. “The

customer, who

wants his package

delivered the

next day, drives

all innovations. A second driver is the

small and medium-sized enterprises. We

see that many automation solutions are

developed for larger companies. But you

can‘t forget the small companies. We see

that more and more medium-sized companies

are starting to buy new systems.“

Thomas Vortkamp agreed with him and

added: “Consumer behaviour is changing,

it is going strongly in the direction

of individualisation. Consumers are thus

forcing all companies in the industry to

constantly look for new technological

solutions.“

The DB Schenker representative Thomas

Vortkamp stressed several times that any

technology that is developed must have

a quick ROI. In his opinion, the integration

of IT systems and the lack of engineers

are the biggest obstacles to the

wider introduction of Intralogistics 4.0

technologies.

Steffen Bersch (SSI SCHÄFER) und Thomas Vortkamp

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PANEL DISCUSSION: MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATIONS

When it comes to the management of

innovations, both start-ups and established

companies can make many adjustments

and learn new things. This was the

tenor of the panel on the opening day of

the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, which

was moderated by Dr Jana Jost, Head

of Department Robotics and Cognitive

Systems at Fraunhofer IML.

“It’s a long way from the lab to practice,”

emphasised Prof. Dr Thorsten Schmidt,

holder of the Chair of Technical Logistics

at the Technical University of Dresden.

Start-ups should also not go into projects

with too high expectations and

should pay close attention to the test

phase. In any case, the young entrepreneurs

should not underestimate the time

factor.

“Start-ups also have to take into account

that many things take longer in companies.

That’s why they have to learn the

processes,” added Victor Kaupe from

Project Management Logistics EMEA

at BASF Coatings. He reported that his

company is currently testing the use of

exoskeletons.

A GOOD ERROR CULTURE

IS ESSENTIAL

In general, employees in his company are

strongly involved in innovation management,

testing and idea generation from

the very beginning. “Only in this way

does the technology become part of the

employees,” Vaupe emphasised. In order

for projects to be successful, he believes

it is essential that employees are involved

and that communication is given a high

priority in the company.

Marco Prüglmeier, CEO/CTO at Noyes

Technologies, took the same line. He reported

that at his former employer, a car

manufacturer, the production of learning

videos as well as training on innovations

played a major

role.

In his opinion, a

good error culture

is essential

in innovation

management.

Therefore, innovation

experts

should not work

in isolation in a

department, but in close interaction with

the day-to-day business. “Because early

feedback from the workforce is of enormous

importance,” the Munich entrepreneur

emphasised.

In the course of his career, he has also

learned that in addition to employees

from the shop floor, other departments,

such as maintenance and the works

council, must also be involved in new

projects at an early stage. In order to

avoid flops, he advises companies that

basically the following steps must be

observed in innovation management:

search, evaluation, usability and scalability.

Scientist Schmidt regretted that “currently

many innovations in Germany fall

by the wayside and many initial developments

come from abroad”. In this

context, he appealed to companies to

be more courageous in this area. In his

opinion, the lack of skilled workers in this

country is an opportunity for numerous

new solutions in intralogistics to pay off

financially.

In this context, he also mentioned the

topic of open source as an accelerator

of developments: “The time is ripe for

not ten experts to develop exactly the

same thing, but to be able to fall back on

a basic development,” scientist Thorsten

Schmidt said.

Panel discussion about the management of innovations

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INTRALOGISTICS INNOVATIONS TO TOUCH

NEUTRAL TESTING, HANDS-ON TESTING AND NETWORKING WITH LOGISTICS DECISION MAKERS

Feedback

Test innovations, discuss with experts and make new contacts. B2B

trade visitors as well as exhibitors report how they have benefited

from TEST CAMP and why they want to come again.

BY THILO JÖRGL AND STEFANIE NONNENMANN

Head of Logistics, Reisenthel Accessoires

Wolfgang

Niedermeier

We made valuable contacts on

site from which we will also benefit

in our work in the future. A toporganised

event, great praise to

the entire team. The TEST CAMP

INTRALOGISTICS will definitely be

a must for us again next year.

Dr. Benjamin Kuhrke, Project Engineer,

Opel Automobile / Stellantis

Dr. Benjamin

Kuhrke

I found at least three really interesting people

who can help me with my challenges.

Project Management, Group7

Julia

Jocher

We always look how we

can optimise our processes.

It was amazing to see

all these innovations.

Manager Transport, Goods Receipt

& Projects, BASF Coatings

Victor

Kaupe

The TEST CAMP combines

the status quo of automated

guided vehicles in

intralogistics with expert

contributions and thus

offers a good opportunity

to efficiently inform oneself

about trends and technologies

and to exchange

ideas.

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Business Development Magment

Magnus

Backlund

It is an excellent place for us

to present our product and

to come in contact with new

customers to discuss new

use cases.

CEO KION Group

Rob

Smith

It is very exciting. It is nice to be

where innovation is recognised and

judged by such great expertise.

CEO SSI SCHÄFER,

Chair of the Board of the VDMA

Material Handling & Intralogistics

Association

Steffen

Bersch

It was my first time. Great

impression. It was good to

see that we have so many

different companies and

so many institutions from

the research side – a great

network.

CEO/CTO NOYES Technologies

Marco

Prüglmeier

For us it was a great event because we

could present our brand new product

Noyes Storage to a high quality audience.

Everyone who as to say something

in logistics is at the IFOY AWARD

and the TEST CAMP.

CTO, Co-Founder NAiSE

Kai

Przybysz-Herz

A great event with perfect products

and an excellent organisation.

NAiSE will come back next

year!

CEO stow Group, FEM President

Jos

de Vuyst

A great event. It is a nice combination

of established companies

and start-ups. It is nice for startups

to show their innovations. I

do not think that they have many

opportunities like this.

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Experts

Thematic highlight tours, panel

discussions, contact with developers,

technical discussions

among colleagues – and

equipment for self testing: this

year‘s TEST CAMP INTRA-

LOGISTICS was once again attended

by numerous B2B visitors

over three days: Their

conclusion: “It‘s worth it!”

Nach

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After the world premiere in 2021,

the new edition of the AGV Mesh-

Up took place at TEST CAMP

INTRALOGISTICS 2022.

The success story continues.

IT UP 2

BY THILO JÖRGL

One of the highlights

of TEST CAMP INT-

RALOGISTICS caught

the eye of visitors

right from the counter

in exhibition hall 3: the AGV

Mesh-Up on a test area of 600

square metres. After the world

premiere of the first live test of

the VDA 5050 communication

interface, this year an even more

complex test scenario with Automated

Guided Vehicles (AGV)

and Autonomous Mobile Robots

(AMR) took place. The initiator of

the event was again the VDMA

Materials Handling and Intralogistics

Association with its member

companies. The aim of VDA

5050 is for automated transport

vehicles in the warehouse, i.e.

tugger trains, AGVs or AMRs,

to communicate via plug-andplay

technology independently

of manufacturers and systems.

For the devices this means in

concrete terms: they drive with

different types of navigation (for

example, line-guided or contourbased),

but communicate with

the higher-level control system in

a common data language. At the

test premiere in 2021, six vehicles

from different suppliers drove

under one control system via the

Successful live test: Seven vehicles from different manufacturers communicate with each other.

VDA 5050. This year there were

seven vehicles and the test area

was expanded. Various obstacles

were erected, pick-up and dropoff

stations for vehicles were set

up and an additional driving area

for AMR was designated. This

time, the guidance system was

provided by SYNAOS. The seven

vehicles came from DS AUTO-

MOTION, ek robotics, Fraunhofer

IML, incubed IT, OMRON, SAFELOG

and Siemens. Whereas last year

the aim was to test the practical

implementation of VDA 5050 live

for the first time and to drive on

a common surface, this year the

participating companies opted

for more complex challenges.

Load pick-up and drop-off points

THE BACKGROUND TO THE EXPERIMENT IS,

THAT IN THE SMART FACTORY OF THE FUTURE,

MACHINES WILL COMMUNICATE WITH EACH

OTHER WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.

for the vehicles were integrated

into the area using common

routes. The possibility of free

navigation was demonstrated

in a defined area that was used

by some of the vehicles. The

vehicles also had to avoid an

obstacle there. Interesting detail:

The guidance control of SYNAOS

came from the cloud. This year

also saw the premiere of a panel

discussion by the VDMA on the

topic of "VDA 5050 – Status Quo

and Future of the Communication

Interface". Jan Drömer, Member

of the Board of Directors of the

Driverless Transportation Systems

Department, moderated

the session. In addition to Alexander

Balandin, Head of Mobile

Robots, Global Business Services

at Robert Bosch GmbH, Mathias

Behounek, Managing Director of

SAFELOG GmbH, and Dr Wolfgang

Hackenberg, CEO of SYNAOS

GmbH, discussed the topic. Conclusion

of the second AGV Mesh-

Up: The manufacturers took a

step further on the path towards

Industry 4.0. Next year, the next

step will be taken. More information

and several vidoes you can

find on the internet on the website

of the VDMA: www.vdma.org/

agv-mesh-up.

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Part 2

& Mesh-Up Approved

Done: The AGV Mesh-Up experts after the live test.

The Fraunhofer IML's FLIP picks up containers directly from the floor.

Knowledge transfer: AGV experts dicuss at the Mesh-Up.

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INSIDE

INTERVIEW WITH

ROB SMITH

(CEO KION GROUP)

Interview: Thilo Jörgl

What goals have you set yourself professionally for the

first year?

Quite ambitious. We have exciting goals this year that

connect us all our way to our mid-term objectives for next

year. We grew our business about two billion Euros last

year and between now and next year we want to grow

another two billion Euros to over twelve billion of revenue

and double digit profitability between ten and twelve percent.

We are well on our way to doing so.

Mr. Smith, you have only recently become CEO of the

Kion Group. Could you tell us how difficult the first weeks

were?

The first weeks were fantastic. I am doing what I call meet,

greet, listen, learn. I am talking to customers, I have met

Kion colleagues in the Americas and in Europe. Moreover

I have been in video calls with people in South America

and Asia-Pacific. I am listening carefully to what our

customers are telling me – how they see our business and

how they see their business, their needs today as well as

their growth needs tomorrow. Then I have talked to our

own employees and have learnt about our ambitions and

what we do well, and what we can do better. My assessment

is: The Kion Group is in a very good position and we

have enormous potential for the future. These are exciting

days and it´s actually a lot of fun.

What are currently the biggest challenges in the Intralogistics

business for a group like the Kion Group?

Right now everyone is struggling with supply chain shortage.

We have never had so many 99 percent completed

trucks – ready to go but missing three parts on average.

This is a real challenge. Therefore we put a task force together.

We are working on that topic day and night basically.

Every time we can get a part we do, even if we have

to buy it more expensively. Because we are focused on our

commitment to customers. We are making those deliveries

even in challenging times. I am confident that our teams

are on a good way.

What are the most important trends for the intralogistics

sector over the next five years?

It´s all about digitalisation and automation. Another trend

is energy – electrification and battery management. It´s

about the shift from lead acid to lithium-ion. And it´s about

artificial intelligence and 5G.

How prepared is the Kion Group for the trends?

With the technologies and innovations we have and our

strong brands we are very well positioned in these challenges.

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INTERVIEW WITH STEFFEN

BERSCH ( CEO SSI SCHÄFER,

CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF

VDMA MATERIALS HANDLING

& INTRALOGISTICS )

Interview: Thilo Jörgl

The VDMA is the sponsor of the IFOY AWARD. What is

the aim of your association?

The IFOY AWARD is a great platform for VDMA members

to present their solutions. We are very grateful being here.

Let‘s talk about the AGV Mesh-Up and the VDA 5050

communication interface. Why is the functional test,

which has already taken place for the second time at

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, so important?

The initial idea of the AGV Mesh-Up for example came

up after the German automotive industry approached us

to develop a joined communication interface for AGVs

and AMRs. The VDMA was very much attracted by that,

because we are also not interested in developing and

having several different interfaces. The functional test

is so important because different suppliers of individual

solutions come together to work under one fleet controller,

one software platform, for a customer. We really need to

see more of initiatives like this. This is a great role model

for all of us.

The IFOY AWARD is taking place for the tenth time. How

has it developed?

When we come from the historic development, the sponsoring,

it was the aim to make the IFOY AWARD more international

and to achieve a larger reach. When we look at

the event of this year, we see that this has been achieved.

At the moment the industry is facing a lot of challenges.

How can the VDMA help the members?

The VDMA supports companies with a lot with insights

about crises like for example material shortages, the war in

the Ukraine and general developments in the industry. It is

a platform outside the competitive situation. We can openly

discuss about certain macroeconomic situations. The

VDMA also helps the companies to have political influence.

We have about one million employees in the entire

industry and we need to be heard in politics. The VDMA is

the right platform for the industry.

What are the most important trends in Intralogistics over

the next five years?

The industry follows the megatrends like for example

urbanisation or population growths. We also see that the

consumer behaviour is changing to more individualisation.

That has an effect on suppliers and their developments

in automation. I think about case picking, piece picking

and also software. We all have to think more about end-toend

IT solutions and robotics.

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INTERVIEW WITH JOS DE VUYST

(CEO STOW GROUP, FEM PRESIDENT)

Interview: Thilo Jörgl

Mr. de Vuyst, how important is an award like the IFOY

AWARD for the industry?

In my eyes it is very important. There are many innovations

today. If you win an award, you will get a lot of

attention.

You are also the President of the FEM. What challenges

does the Intralogistics industry have?

There is a number of challenges. After the Covid-19 crisis

we have a war in the Ukraine. The companies face huge

short-term challenges in the supply chains. Many raw

materials are not available, the prices are very high at the

moment. We saw price jumps of 40 or even 50 percent

in one week. That is all hard to manage. Of course on the

longer run we have very interesting challenges.

What do you mean?

The whole business is changing as the habits of the people

are changing. They wish to buy everything at anytime 24

hours a day. This results in many issues for the companies

that are active in material handling. E-commerce is a big

driver for automation. On top of that there are also topics

like sustainability, ESG (Environment, Social, Governance)

and a lot of legislation that chances in the European Union.

FEM can support the companies a lot.

What have been the biggest challenges for intralogistics

companies since the beginning of the pandemic?

On the one hand there were a lot of uncertainties: material

shortages, the instability of the production systems,

getting service people out to the customers – only to name

a few. Installing a new warehouse was sometimes impossible.

But on the other hand, the demand for new often

digital solutions started to grow in the second half of 2020.

There was much more pressure on the companies being

competitive. In the spring of 2020, the pandemic hit us

hard. But already in the fourth quarter of 2020, we started

to deal with it.

How does FEM support the companies?

We support a kind of regulatory framework for a number of

topics – for example the green deal, digitalisation, Artificial

Intelligence and noise directives. FEM is lobbying towards

politicians to help setting up this framework.

What are the major trends in the coming five years?

It is all about people, all about customers. They want

everything faster and cheaper. That results in enormous

challenges in the supply chain. Sustainability and ESG are

two other trends. If we like it or not, ESG is driving companies

to work better. Automation and also innovation are a

result of all these trends that I mentioned. But the biggest

challenge in our industry is finding people. There is a huge

fight on talents. With Covid-19 the situation has changed a

lot in terms of flexibility of work for example.

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Materials Handling and Intralogistics

AGV Mesh-Up says thank you

to the participants and supporters!

All participants so far:

arculus • DS AUTOMOTION • ek robotics • Fraunhofer IML • incubed IT • OMRON

SAFELOG • SIEMENS • SSI Schäfer • STILL • SYNAOS

What about you – are you ready to show up?

We will return in 2023 to show more features

of the communication interface VDA 5050.

vdma.org/agv-mesh-up

#agvmeshup

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The

Innovator

Next Door

The IFOY TEST DAYS and the TEST CAMP

INTRALOGISTICS took place in 2022 for the second

time in Dortmund – the city that now bears

the title of “European Capital of Innovation”.

BY STEFANIE NONNENMANN

As in the previous year, the latest innovations

in intralogistics were once again tested at the

second edition of the IFOY TEST DAYS and the

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS at the Messe Dortmund

exhibition centre. A key success factor

of the format is that various solutions are tried

out and evaluated in one place. Through direct

exchange with the companies, the event offers

the opportunity to discover new things, discuss

potentials and initiate further developments.

The idea that successful innovations are created

in neighbourly cooperation has been promoted

in Dortmund for years. For this reason,

the Ruhr metropolis applied for the iCapital

Award of the European Commission under the

motto “Innovation Next Door - Future from the

Neighbourhood”. The mix of social, sustainable

and technology-oriented innovation projects

and strategic approaches ultimately convinced

the jury and led to success: Dortmund is so far

the only German city that in the end was awarded

the title of “European Innovation Capital”.

Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal is more than

thrilled with this award: “The prize is a result

of teamwork in Dortmund as a major city of

neighbours. Many committed partners from

science, business, city society and administration

have built up a sustainable innovation

ecosystem in recent years. A breeding

ground has been created for start-ups and

companies, for research and development,

for education and culture. But also for the

implementation of good ideas, social projects

and creative solutions on the ground in our

neighbourhoods,” the city leader makes clear.

Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Research,

Innovation and Education, Culture and Youth,

also highlighted the concept of the Smart City

and the Science 2.0 Master Plan in the course

of the award. An important part of this plan is

the competence field of logistics. Excellent

research institutions such as the TU Dortmund,

the Fraunhofer IML and the Fraunhofer

ISST ensure that Dortmund is also one of the

leading research clusters internationally.

One goal is the “Silicon Economy” as a counter-design

to Silicon Valley, a decentralised

and open open-source infrastructure for

the B2B platform economy, which is being

pioneered to a large extent by Fraunhofer

IML. Practical applications of the

technologies in logistics are also being researched

in this area at the Rhine-Ruhr Machine

Learning Competence Centre (ML2R)

and the European Blockchain Institute and

are becoming a flagship for Dortmund.

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The science and technology campus in Dortmund

is already one of the leading high-tech

locations in Europe. To further accelerate

technology transfer, especially in the areas

of IT and logistics, the Ministry of Economics

is promoting the construction of a technology

and start-up centre on the campus grounds.

»

Dortmund is increasingly becoming a top address for

technology transfer in practice and shows what is possible

when innovative ideas from business and science come

together. «

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Economics and

Digital Minister Professor Dr. Andreas Pinkwart

presented Heike Marzen, Managing

Director of the City of Dortmund’s Economic

Development Agency, and Dirk Stürmer,

Managing Director of the TechnologieZentrumDortmund,

with a grant of around 6.9

million euros. The project, entitled “Transferinfrastruktur

Digital Hub Dortmund” (TDHD),

will create an innovative contact point for

start-ups and companies in logistics and

information technology to work on joint projects

and drive innovations forward. Leasing

of the space is to begin as early as 2024.

“North Rhine-Westphalia is not only the most

important logistics location in Germany, but

also a pacesetter for innovations that can

revolutionise the entire logistics industry.

Dortmund is increasingly becoming a top

address for technology transfer in practice

and shows what is possible when innovative

ideas from business and science come together.

I am convinced that the TDHD will provide

important impulses for start-ups, SMEs

and their supply chains far beyond the state

borders,” Professor Pinkwart makes clear.

“We are very pleased about the approval of the

funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

for the construction of the TDHD. This

means that the financing of the project is secured

and we can begin with the construction of

the building,” says Heike Marzen, representative

of the City of Dortmund and Managing Director

of the Dortmund Economic Development Corporation.

The TDHD is an excellent instrument

for technology transfer, i.e. for the economic

utilisation of scientific results from the universities

and research institutes in the region.

“By establishing the TDHD as a business-oriented

infrastructure, the City of Dortmund

is creating future-proof jobs and improving

the framework conditions for start-ups

and small and medium-sized enterprises.

With the TDHD, we will also further expand

Dortmund’s strong position in the logistics

application area by intensifying digital

competencies,” continues Heike Marzen.

“The funding of the TDHD is a strong signal for

the further development of the TechnologieZentrumDortmund

(TZDO). The TZDO is already

the largest technology incubator in Germany

and is one of the leading technology and startup

centres in Europe,” emphasises Managing

Director Dirk Stürmer. “With the TDHD, we will

become an even more attractive address for

start-ups, entrepreneurs and technology-oriented

growth companies. Within the Science

and Technology Campus Dortmund, in the direct

vicinity of the Logistics Campus, the TDHD

will be a new building that supports and intensifies

the technology transfer of scientific

results,” he adds.

The TDHD is part of the “Digital Hub Logistik &

IT” project and has a total investment volume

of around 10.9 million euros. Covering a total of

3,000 square metres, it is intended to provide

ideal conditions for innovation partnerships

between start-ups and technology-oriented

companies.

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The project fits in with other initiatives of the

state government: With the European Blockchain

Institute, the practical application of

this technology in logistics is also being researched

in Dortmund. The goal is to develop

open source solutions and make them available

to the entire industry. Professor Dr. Dr. h.

c. Michael ten Hompel, Executive Director of

the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and

Logistics, is also pleased about the TDHD: “It

is a great addition to our research network in

Dortmund and will move us forward as a science

location, especially for logistics.”

The funds for the construction of the Technology

and Start-up Centre come from the

federal-state joint expenditure “Improvement

of the Regional Economic Structure”. They are

intended to support balanced regional economic

development throughout NRW.

Another project is nearing completion these

days. The new “lighthouse”, a new office

building on Speicherstraße in the harbour, has

been completed and is already fully let. The

»

Many committed partners from science, business, urban

society and administration have built up a sustainable innovation

ecosystem in recent years. A breeding ground for

start-ups and companies, for research and development, for

education and culture has emerged. But also for the implementation

of good ideas, social projects and creative solutions

on the ground in our neighbourhoods. «

Thomas Westphal, Lord Mayor of the City of Dortmund

renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Software

and Systems Engineering ISST has dropped

anchor there. The institute conducts application-oriented

research on data platforms,

data spaces and data sovereignty.

In the new domicile at the harbour, the research

institute, which belongs to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft,

has a commercial space

of around 3,340 square metres on a total of

six floors at its disposal. The Fraunhofer ISST

and Digitalhafen Speicherstraße form a perfect

symbiosis.

The topics and software products of the

Fraunhofer ISST fit perfectly with the development

of the Speicherstraße harbour quarter

into a digital harbour. For future spin-offs

from the institute, space is to be created in

the immediate vicinity in the foreseeable future.

The vision of a creative knowledge and

innovation quarter at the harbour is meeting

with great interest among investors and tenants.

The City of Dortmund plans to open up

further areas for this development this year

with the publication of the “nördliche Speicherstraße”

development plan.

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Interview

Heike Marzen, Managing Director of

Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund

Ms Marzen, you are the Managing Director

of the Dortmund Economic

Development Agency in the new “European

Innovation Capital”. Did the

award come as a surprise to Dortmund?

The award is a great recognition for the

positive development of the last decades,

of which we are very proud. Together

with many committed partners

from science, business, city society

and administration, we have built up a

sustainable innovation ecosystem. It is

therefore not surprising that Dortmund

is also perceived as innovative from the

outside.

In which sectors is Dortmund especially

innovative?

In addition to social and sustainable innovations,

many exciting technological

developments come from Dortmund.

The city has developed into a leading

digital location in recent years. The outstanding

research cluster, including TU

Dortmund University and the Fraunhofer

Institutes IML and ISST, has an

excellent international reputation and

is therefore a beacon for innovations in

logistics.

Why is logistics in Dortmund so particularly

strong?

Due to its excellent location, Dortmund

is one of the most important logistics

locations in Germany with over 900

resident companies. In order to remain

competitive, digital solutions are becoming

increasingly important for all

companies. This also requires opening

up innovation processes. In our application

for the European Innovation Capital,

we described these neighbourly cooperations

with “Innovation Next Door”.

»

What is the Wirtschaftsfördering Dortmund

doing in concrete terms to promote

logistical innovations in particular?

In order to further strengthen Dortmund’s

two areas of expertise, logistics

and IT, we are investing in the expansion

of state-of-the-art research and transfer

infrastructures at the TechnologiePark.

At the Digital Hub Logistics & IT, scientific

institutions, companies and innovative

start-ups will work under one roof

to drive innovation. With the DoAccelerate

programme, we bring Dortmund

companies together with international

start-ups in a targeted manner. We have

been doing this successfully on a regional

level for a very long time with our

partners such as the Digital Hub Logistics,

RuhrHUB and the CET.

Why do you think Dortmund and the

IFOY AWARD go so well together?

We were of course delighted that Dortmund

was chosen as the venue again

this year. We are already very well positioned

in logistics education and research.

With the plans for the Digital

Hub Logistics & IT, Dortmund is also

increasingly becoming a top address for

technology transfer in this area - from

science to business. In this respect, the

IFOY AWARD as the world’s most important

intralogistics award and Dortmund

simply match up well.

What topics has the Wirtschaftsförderung

Dortmund set itself for the

coming years?

One particular focus is certainly on the

development of the city centre. Dortmund

continues to be a popular and

attractive shopping city, but the Corona

pandemic and its effects have shown

that we want to broaden our focus and

Due to its excellent location, Dortmund is one of the

most important logistics locations in Germany, with over

900 resident companies. «

create more space for new ideas and

experiences. Furthermore, we want to

develop more attractive places to work.

This year, for example, the Digital Quarter

at the harbour is really taking shape.

In addition to leading institutes such as

the Fraunhofer ISST, start-ups and established

companies will come together

here.

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IT IS NOT ONLY THE WORLD'S LARGEST INTRALOGISTICS TEST, BUT ALSO THE TOUGHEST.

AT THE IFOY TEST DAYS AT THE DORTMUND EXHIBITION CENTRE, THE PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

FROM 12 MANUFACTURERS WHICH WERE NOMINATED FOR THE IFOY AWARD UNDERWENT A MULTI-

STAGE TEST PROCEDURE OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEK. STEFFEN BERSCH, CEO OF SSI SCHAEFER

AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE VDMA MATERIALS HANDLING AND INTRALOGISTICS

ASSOCIATION, AND IFOY JURY CEO ANITA WÜRMSER PRESENTED THE AUDIT CERTIFICATES.

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Only those innovations that pass the three-part IFOY Audit,

consisting of the independent IFOY test, the Innovation Check

and the jury testing, are awarded the "Best in Intralogistics"

seal. This year, representatives from 12 companies

received the seals: Cargotec Engineering,

Jungheinrich, Locus Robotics, Magment,

NAiSE, Noyes Technologies,

robominds, SICK, SSI SCHÄFER,

STILL, stow robotics and

SYNAOS. Congrats

to all!

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Jury examines the nominees:

3 minute presentation each,

then individual

testing.

IFOY Tester Theo Egberts with

Innovation Check Team

Bormann, Follert and

Schmidt.

HOW IFOY TESTS

Since 2013, products and solutions have been

competing for the IFOY AWARD. The categories

range from counterbalanced trucks and warehouse

technology equipment to AGVs, robots and software

for intralogistics. The path to an IFOY AWARD is

arduous indeed. In a multi-stage process, applicants

must first clear the nomination hurdle before they

are admitted to the IFOY TEST DAYS, which take

place at the Messe Dortmund exhibition centre.

There, the three-part IFOY Audit awaits the finalists.

The jury of the IFOY AWARD

on their

highlight tour.

1. THE IFOY TEST

The audit starts with the practice-oriented IFOY

Test, conducted by Dutch trade journalist Theo

Egberts, who maintains the largest comparative

database of independent test data in Europe.

Regarded as the benchmark for industrial trucks,

the test compares the nominees with their relevant

competitors. The vehicles undergo individuallytailored

driving or functional tests, including the

IFOY Test protocol, which comprises around 80

criteria and includes, among other things

factors such as economy and energy efficiency,

sustainability, safety and ergonomics of the nominated

products and solutions.

2. THE IFOY

INNOVATION CHECK

The innovation value is one of the essential evaluation

criteria for the jurors. To assess the value of an innovation

from the technological standpoint, a technology com-

Innovation Checker

Thorsten Schmidt.

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Richard Bormann (l.) at the IFOY

Innovation Check.

For two days, the IFOY jurors from

19 countries inform and

discuss with each other

in the testing hall.

The Best-in-Intralogistics

certificate is the visible sign of

the high degree of innovation of

the nominated equipment and

solutions. Only the innovations

that have faced the IFOY Audit are

allowed to carry the seal.

3. THE JURY TEST

The audit traditionally concludes with the evaluation

of the finalists by the jurors and their approved

advisors. The jury members, trade journalists from

all over the world, are not only presented with all

the results of the IFOY Test and the scientific IFOY

Innovation Check for their voting, but also test them

themselves.

Jury session #2: The

tester team presents the

results.

parison with the market standards is necessary. This

is the content of the scientific IFOY Innovation Check,

part two of the audit. Scientists from Fraunhofer

IML and the Technical Universities in Dresden and

Munich assessed the finalists in terms of market

relevance, customer benefits, type of execution and

degree of innovation. The innovations of the products

mentioned by the manufacturers in their brochures

and presentations are traced on site by means of visual

inspections and with the aid of a functional test.

IFOY test reporter

Bernd Maienschein.

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Name

MOFFETT E5 25.4 NX

IFOY Category

Special Vehicle

Engine

Electric

Load capacity

2.500 kg

Market launch December 1, 2021

The days of noisy

deliveries are past:

MOFFETT shows

how goods can be

delivered quietly and

cleanly. The age of

green urban logistics

can come.

NOISE

FREE

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

As expected, the E5-25.4 NX features a solid yet high-quality

design that is fully up to the high demands placed on truckmounted

forklifts. The all-electric version can be compared with

other already electrified in-plant industrial trucks in terms of

operating comfort and control sensitivity. MOFFETT shows that

technical progress does not remain stagnant and once again

delivers a convincing candidate for the IFOY AWARD.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available free of charge at

www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance +

Customer benefit ++

Degree of innovation +

Quality of implementation ++

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced/ - less / -- not available

TEST REPORT. The MOFFETT E5-NX is

the world's first all-electric 4-way truckmounted

forklift. It is the bigger brother

of last year's IFOY winner. It is also the

first all-electric truck with what the

manu facturer calls a "moving mast".

The unique mast can be extended, making

it easier to load and unload trucks from

one side. In addition, this design makes it

extremely light. Extending the mast is much

faster than with comparable vehicles with

pantograph masts. Also, the speed at which

the mast is extended is adjustable by the

manufacturer. Nevertheless, this vehicle

also has a pantograph, namely on the fork

carriage. After the mast is extended, this

pantograph brings the fork carriage forward.

For loading and unloading loads at the far

end of the loading area, the test vehicle is

equipped with the optional Lift Assist. This

patented system tilts two armrests against

the side of the load floor. Especially when the

load's centre of gravity is further away from

the truck, Lift Assist helps prevent tipping.

Loads can be set down and picked up more

easily and safely at the far end of the load

floor. The reach is exactly the same as the

loading area of a truck. When handling loads

at this maximum distance of about 2.2 metres,

the residual capacity of the truck – thanks

to the special design – remains at 2.5 tonnes.

As there is no IFOY Test protocol for this

type of truck, this test report describes the

testers' impressions. For short: the test

team is impressed by the nomination. The

E5-NX makes a robust and solid impression,

although the legroom and the position of the

pedals deserve extra attention according to

the testers. When working, the advantages of

an all-electric truck quickly become clear.

The lack of a brake pedal (the vehicle brakes

exclusively via the motor) is not a problem

at all, as the brakes work as expected. The

braking force is even dependent on the

driving speed so that the driver does not

experience any surprises. For added safety,

the steering speed can also be adjusted.

Two other advantages stand out: the allelectric

truck-mounted forklift guarantees

quiet and emission-free operation. This

means that the forklift can be used indoors

without any problems, so that deliveries

from outdoors to indoors are also possible.

Thanks to its quiet operation, it can

be used in the early morning hours or at

night without disturbing the surroundings.

In addition, the operator does not need to

wear hearing protection and the operator is

generally more aware of their surroundings.

The 4-way concept in itself is not new and

enables smooth driving, even with long

loads and narrow passages. However, the

system has been further improved on this

truck. For example, the wheels are automatically

and electronically controlled into

the correct position. When driving sideways,

the acoustic reverse warning can also be

heard, which the testers found annoying.

The lithium-ion battery can be easily

recharged if necessary while driving to

the next delivery address. In many cases,

however, the minimum operating time of

six to eight hours is more than sufficient.

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AUTOMATION IN

FOCUS

Name

IFOY Category

Jungheinrich, EKS 215a

AGV / AMR

Tin its class that has been

developed exclusively for automatic operation.

However, the truck is not completely helpless if

a malfunction should ever bring it to a halt: the

truck can be switched to manual operation with

an emergency control panel by means of a key

switch. In this way, all functions are basically

possible, only somewhat slower.

The test installation of the first "real" autonomous

high-lift truck from Jungheinrich in the

Dortmund exhibition hall is completed within a

few hours. The EKS 215a autonomous high-lift

truck, which is made to run without any problems,

can store and retrieve pallets up to 6 metres

with a residual load capacity of up to 700

kilograms. In the lower racking area, up to about

2 metres, the AGV can handle pallets or special

load carriers weighing 1,500 kilogrammes. As a

true autonomous truck, it is designed to be very

small: At 3.5 metres, it can be turned and the

he "a" in the product name of the

EKS 215a stands for autonomous.

As Jungheinrich states, its latest

AGV product, the high-lift AGV

EKS 215a, is the first autonomous

guided vehicle (AGV)

racking can be served from both sides. This makes

the self-supporting automatic order picker,

which went on sale at the end of 2021, small,

compact, fast and manoeuvrable.

If the vehicle, which is equipped with a mobile laser

personal protection scanner from Sick, does

not have a driving job and the lithium-ion battery

is not full, it is temporarily charged in real operation

- this is also possible by the minute, via

a green contact plate overhead. This option is

particularly interesting in work situations where

you don't know exactly when the truck will have

to drive the next time. The 24-volt concept with

automatic loading ensures efficient multi-shift

operation. The user-friendly touch display ensures

intuitive operation.

The AGV is controlled by a higher-level system:

depending on the connection to the customer's

warehouse management system (WMS) or as a

stand-alone system from Jungheinrich using

sensor-monitored bays. Then the charger

chases 300 amps into the battery. This way,

the battery is charged from 25 to 50 per cent in

about 10 minutes;

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pushing it up to 80 percent takes about 30 minutes.

Without a connection to a customer WMS such as

SAP, the customer is provided with a user interface

with a drop-down menu from Jungheinrich. This interface

with a web browser is also available for mobile

phones or tablets. However, for product liability

reasons, the customer cannot program around in it.

In contrast to the reach truck, the EKS 215a with

its cantilever forks can also be used to approach

and automate stations that are not accessible

from below. The new truck masters the in-house

transport of loading aids in mixed operation with

manually controlled vehicles or persons with flying

colours thanks to its small footprint. Depending

on the application, a wide range of mast types is

available. By the way: the high-lift AGV can also be

easily connected to ERP systems via the Jungheinrich

logistics interface.

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

In addition to the combination of small size

and high performance data, the application

of the safety sensors, protected under the

vehicle, as well as the user-friendly

operating interface are to be assessed as

significant innovations. The EKS 215a

impresses with its very good quality

implementation. No experimental

compromises were made and the system is

based on proven components. Precise

positioning of the load at high lift heights is

ensured by the reflector scanner and is an

example of expected low-fault operation. A

worthy IFOY nomination that can count

itself among the best.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit +

Degree of innovation +

Quality of implementation ++

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available

No experimental

compromises were made.

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Beast of Burden in the DC

No Compromises

TEST REPORT. Until recently, you had to make a choice when

it came to ride-on pallet trucks: Either go for compact or go

for safe or go in the ergonomic direction. With the new ERD

220i, Jungheinrich puts an end to the dilemma of compromise.Thanks

to the integration of the lithium-ion batteries,

optionally one or two units with 130 Ah each, the need for a

separate battery box is eliminated. This results in a space

gain of 300 mm, which benefits the compact dimensions,

optimum operator protection and improved ergonomics.

Name

Jungheinrich, ERD 220i

IFOY Category Special Vehicle /

Warehouse Truck

Engine

Electric

Load capacity

2,000 kg

Market launch April 1, 2021

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

The ERD 220i convinces all down the line and is seen as the

favourite in its category.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available free of charge at

www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit ++

Degree of innovation +

Quality of implementation ++

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available

The suspension of the standing platform

can be easily adjusted to the operator's

body weight via six switches. That makes

working noticeably more comfortably. The

working position is comfortable and the

operator feels much better protected than

with a classic pallet truck with a folding

platform. Comfort is also excellent, with

the possibility to lean against the side

wall on both sides. The handles provide

a good grip and control in any position.

Another innovation of the lift truck is the

smartPILOT tiller steering. The electric

steering is very intuitive and has a convenient

automatic centre position for

straight-line travel. The height is adjustable

in four positions and the fork and lift mast

are also easy to operate with one hand.

The new charging interface connects the

truck quickly and easily to an external

fast charger (up to 300 A). An integrated

charger (25 A) is available as an option,

offering flexibility at any 230 V socket.

A pallet truck with double-deck function is

making its debut in the IFOY Test, so there

is no comparison material, but the ERD 220i

moves all loads that are also used in regular

pallet truck tests easily and smoothly.

The IFOY test truck is an ERD 220i in the

drivePLUS version, and in its most powerful

mode (P3) it achieves 11.2 per cent higher

productivity than the test average in its class

for single handling - the second highest value

ever. Test consumption at 100 pallets is

35 per cent below the market average. With

the maximum battery capacity of 260 Ah, a

practical operating time of over eight hours is

possible. Longer working times are possible

thanks to the possibility of easy recharging.

In P2 and P1 working modes, productivity

remains high and consumption

drops even a little further.

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AMR Solution

100%

intuitive

Name

IFOY Category

Locus Robotics, AMR Solution

AGV / AMR

TEST REPORT. The US provider Locus Robotics offers its autonomous

robots, which work collaboratively with warehouse staff, exclusively

in a packaged rental model. After the set-up with a one-time “start-up

fee“, a “core fleet“ is available to the customer for their tasks. This is

an average of between 45 and 50 vehicles per customer, with fluctuations

(rather) upwards and less downwards not excluded, of course.

The robot manufacturer from Wilmington in the Greater Boston

metropolitan region (Massachusetts/USA) has been active in Europe

since 2019. At the moment, Locus serves around 80 customers in

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about 200 warehouses with its picking system. The

customers come not only from retail, but also from

pharmaceuticals and industry (ABB). Picking into the

45-kilogram moving robot is extremely easy: the

type and quantity of the products to be picked at the

location and placed into the small load carrier on the

Locus robot are very clearly displayed on the clear

touchscreen. Picked, confirmed, and the journey continues.

The tester has never found this so easy, intuitive

and without a single second of “learning the ropes“.

The peak season for Locus is November/December,

because the Christmas business easily burdens

retailers with four to five times as much picking work

as during the year. According to a survey by Material

Handling Industry (MHI) and Deloitte, 56 percent of

respondents have “extreme problems“ finding suitable

staff. No wonder: up to now, about 40 to 60 per

cent in the warehouse are determined by walking,

with an average age in Germany of 40 to 55 years.

Locus solves this problem pragmatically and effectively

by separating the employees from the picking

trolleys: the work comes to the pickers, i.e. a classic

goods-to-person principle. However, not stoically

standing only at a fixed workstation, but “flowing“ in a

certain area, which normally, however, does not go beyond

the warehouse aisle. This not only saves a lot of

energy, but also makes the work far more effective and

productive than picking along. Locus does not replace

the customer‘s inventory management system, but

obtains its information about the product and the number

of units to be picked from it. The Locus software

clusters the orders for the optimal picking route – of

the roving units, mind you, not of the individual pickers

- and which orders are connected on a container. In the

field, the system works with high-quality Lidar sensors

(“Light Detection and Ranging“). Irrespective of the time

saved by short distances for the pickers: the picking

system also increases productivity by the fact that the

human at a single picking position, for example, spends

only 8 instead of 12 seconds - that adds up. When picking,

both hands are free for the products to be picked.

If necessary, a seasonal fleet can easily be added

to the core fleet mentioned at the beginning, for

example for two to three months for the Christmas

business. The robots themselves are produced

between May and November and are maintained

quickly and leanly. A total of around 8,000 of these

robots are currently in use, 2,000 of them in Europe.

When the going gets tough, 100 to 500 of

the robots can easily be produced – per week.

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

Locus‘ extraordinary AMR solution is an excellent

response to current market demands.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available free of

charge at www.ifoy.org.

“The robots are

available exclusively

on a rental basis.“

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit ++

Degree of innovation ++

Quality of implementation +

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available

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Platform Technology

A Kit

for All

Name

IFOY Category

robominds, robobrain.NEUROS

Robot

Testreport. The Munich-based robotics

company robominds, founded in

2016, has reached the IFOY AWARD final

with its neural robot operating system

„robobrain.NEUROS“. Different skills can

be uploaded to the software platform, for

example a palletising application for Intralogistics.

One platform, many applications,

independent of components – this

is how robominds comes to Dortmund.

Optimised for the industrial PC robobrain and as a platform for all

robots, grippers and other kinematics, NEUROS (Neural Robotic Operating

System) creates an automation environment that is user-centric

and easy to operate – for scenarios of any industry

and company size. On the industrialised operating system,

every function of the robotic components becomes a skill.

The modular principle applies to both the software and the

hardware. One skill, for example, is order picking. Several

applications can be shown in the test setup: Palletising, box

recognition, etc. One does not see oneself as a system integrator,

but as a problem solver. So the focus is not on the

gripper itself, but always on the application. The skills, in turn,

are easy to obtain: via the robominds Skill Store, individually

adaptable or to develop yourself thanks to the robominds Skill

Software Development Kit (SDK). There are vision skills (such

as item picking or bin picking), control skills for the simple programming

of robots or the fleet management of several robot

cells, or driver skills for various robots, grippers, cameras, etc.

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In times of shorter product life cycles and production quantities up to batch size

1, flexible processes place ever new demands on production and material

flow for all companies. That‘s why the processes are always

coming to the fore – the process is actually the core of modern

production. And this is where robobrain.NEUROS comes into

the game: Valuable process knowledge becomes more easily

accessible through the robot operating system. At the same

time, data security, data integrity and trusted AI are maintained

through adherence to European standards, which is essential in

the digital world and especially in the production environment.

“To the point: user-centric

and easy to use.”

The transformation towards adaptive processes affects just about all processes

in the production of a material or goods flow. In robotics in particular, the

potential for flexible applications is being exploited, which are thus becoming

increasingly diversified and finding their way into different environments and

applications. Especially the new fields of robotics, for example logistics or

medicine, are growing the fastest - and so is the market potential for NEUROS.

robobrain.NEUROS is already being used by corporations in various industries,

especially in the automotive industry, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, and

intralogistics.

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

The market relevance of a manufacturer-neutral and reliable robotics operating

system with native support for AI-based processes can be classified as very

high. Reusable robot skills, the possibility of using data and experience

across manufacturer boundaries, and Trusted AI

from Germany offer customers innovative

added value. Even if not all ideas are

entirely new, their high-quality implementation

in NEUROS represents a new

level.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit ++

Degree of innovation +

Quality of implementation ++

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not availabe

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Pallet Identification in the warehouse

Learning as a Principle

TEST REPORT. Is it a Euro, a Chep, a UIC or perhaps a completely

different pallet? Wrong deposit pallets, which are wrongly regarded

as "real" deposit pallets at goods receipt and are accepted without

complaint, cost companies thousands of euros every year.

The PACS application from SICK now wants to put an end to this by

enabling the automatic deposit of different pallet types. The aim

is to provide companies from industry and trade with full transparency

in goods receiving and consequently in the flow of goods.

Name

IFOY Category

SICK, PACS

Special of the Year

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

With an estimated 500 million Euro pallets in circulation, not to mention

the other types, the savings potential through PACS is in the tens of

millions. But also companies that regularly use, for example, pallet cages

or small load carriers in their Intralogistics can use PACS. The application

range of the very reliable pallet classification system covers a broad

spectrum: retail, freight forwarding, automotive, mechanical engineering

and many other industries.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit ++

Degree of innovation +

Quality of implementation +

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available

PACS – this acronym stands for "Pallet

Classification System", i.e. a recognition

system that uses images to identify the type

of pallet. Four pictures of the pallet feet are

necessary for this, the fifth picture is taken

from above and shows what is on the pallet.

The whole thing is usually integrated into

the stationary conveyor system directly in

the goods receiving area; for the test setup

in Dortmund, a SICK employee still had to

manually feed the incoming pallet onto

the camera technology for demonstration

purposes. The aim is to provide companies

from industry and trade with full transparency

in goods receiving and consequently

in the flow of goods. Until now, employees

had to manually determine whether a pallet

was "good" or "bad" when it entered the

factory gate – an additional task that was

error-prone and resource-intensive. With

the PACS deep-learning pallet identification

system, customers are given the opportunity

to automate this process on the basis of a

modular system of hardware and software.

The financial aspect is the direct benefit

of this classification system. But there is

also an indirect effect, in fact several, that

make this solution so interesting. Because

incorrect pallets in the system also lead to

damage and expensive downtimes of the

conveyor system more often than average.

Another, even more valuable aspect is more

transparent processes by connecting the

goods to the load carrier. And finally, no

specialised personnel is required to operate

the PACS system. How does PACS work?

The hardware of the system consists of one

or more cameras with which the images

for the system are taken, a light barrier

arrangement for triggering and a controller

for processing the recorded data and for

executing the trained neural network. Even

without in-depth knowledge of programming

or machine learning, the software

tools SICK Appspace and dStudio enable

image recording, training, classification

and execution of the trained network.

Optionally, even further SICK sensors

can be integrated, which can take over

additional tasks. No programming knowledge

is required because the system

learns from concrete examples.

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COLLEAGUE

ROBOT

TAKES OVER

Name

IFOY Category

SSI SCHÄFER, IKEA Project Flat Pack Picking

Integrated Warehouse Solution

12,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) located in the distribution centre

(DC), about ten per cent, i.e. 1,200, can be handled fully automatically.

These are usually the so-called “fast-moving items”.

IKEA operates Germany’s largest customer order distribution

centre in Dortmund. Together with its long-standing partner

SSI Schäfer, IKEA has successfully relieved its employees of

heavy physical work. Heavy and large items are palletised in

a volume-optimised manner with the help of the new picking

module from SSI Schäfer, employees are freed from unergonomic

work. At the same time, optimal packing patterns for

the order pallets are automatically generated.

How does Flat Pack Picking work in use at IKEA? The

introduction of this sustainable, innovative picking concept

from SSI Schäfer in Germany’s largest IKEA distribution centre was

preceded by a concept study and proof-of-concept starting in 2017.

By means of a test installation and subsequent simulation, IKEA put

SSI Schäfer’s flat-pack picking system, implemented for the first

time at the Dortmund site, through its paces – and found it to be

good. The go-live started in April 2021. Both the heterogeneous range

of articles and the large proportion of heavy and bulky articles were

a particular challenge here. It turned out that of the approximately

The goal of the four gantry robots used, which are supported by

two small gantry robots outside the actual picking area, was to

relieve the employees of heavy tasks by means of automated gantry

picking. One of the four gantry robots, with its 16 suction cups

that grip the packaged goods from above and the cameras at the

four corners, has a theoretical (technical) picking performance of

70 to 80 picks per hour. This makes the four robots the fastest link

in the entire system. Together, the four gantry robots can handle

a maximum of 312 picks; in real operation, they currently handle

a good 200 picks per hour. Intermediate layers on the individual

packages that get in the way of the fast lifting and transporting

process of the packages are reliably detected and removed.

The turnkey, scalable order-picking solution basically consists

of three areas: the left-hand part of the system for the dynamic

provision of the slower-moving furniture packages, the actual

picking area in the middle where the four “ro-ber” gantry robots do

their work and to which no human has access, unfortunately not

even for testing purposes, and the right-hand part of the system

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

for the static provision of the fast-moving items. The gantry robots

are equipped with multifunctional grippers that automatically

adapt to the dimensions of the articles to be picked and the type

of packaging by means of servomotor-adjustable suction cups.

Packages of goods up to 2.5 metres in length and weighing over

60 kilograms are safely picked up from the source pallet and

transferred to the order pallet. SSI Schäfer‘s Pack Pattern Generator

ensures that the requested items are optimally arranged

on the order pallet and can be picked up for the customer order.

Market relevance

The challenge of picking large and at the same time carton-packed

packages has long been known in logistics. As a rule, teams of two

order pickers or one order picker with a mechanical lifting aid, such

as a balancer, must be used for this. The solution presented is very

attractive for this market segment. However, an essential

prerequisite for successful use is reliable and stable carton

packaging to implement the gripping process with vacuum suction

pads.

Customer benefit

If the aforementioned prerequisite is fulfilled, the solution offers

both an ergonomic benefit through the relief of the employees and

a benefit through the automatic provision of the article pallets for

picking. The latter function reduces the load on the supply

warehouse for order picking, as the article pallets are held in the

staging area for flat pack picking according to their access

frequency and are made available for access at the exact time.

Together with the precisely specified stacking sequence and the

automated movement of the customer order pallet through the

picking system, this results in a stable and reliable build-up of the

load.

Degree of innovation

The well-known picking task of flat pack picking has never before

been implemented so consistently and efficiently in an automated

system. The clever design of the material flow of the article pallets

combined with the flexible gripping technology for handling the

carton-packed parcels account for the high degree of innovation,

which has not been achieved before.

Quality of implementation

The functions are very well and appropriately designed for the

application at IKEA. According to the information provided by the

developer SSI SCHÄFER and the user IKEA, the limitation of the

achievable throughput does not result from the robots with their

grippers but from the capacities for cross-distribution of the

customer order pallets and the article pallets with distribution

trolleys. For a general use case, there is therefore still potential to

make the function more adaptable for different order compositions.

Market relevance

Customer benefit ++

Degree of innovation ++

Quality of implementation +

++very good / + good / Ø balanced /

- less / -- not available

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THE

MAGIC

BRAKE

Name

IFOY Category

STILL DSR

Special of the Year

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TEST REPORT. With the Descent Speed Regulation, DSR for short,

STILL introduces a unique assistance system for trucks and tuggers

that facilitates safe driving on ramps even with heavy trailer

loads. The system monitors and regulates the speed of the vehicle

– manually or automatically, depending on the configuration. There

are three different versions: DSR Basic, DSR Eco and DSR Premium.

With DSR Basic, the driver activates the system manually via

the STILL Easy Control operating unit. When activated, a preset

maximum speed is maintained, even when driving downhill.

The hydraulic service brake is actively activated as soon

as the vehicle threat ens to go too fast when going downhill.

Even if the driver does not depress the brake pedal, the vehicle

brakes. DSR Eco goes one step further. In this version,

the programme does not have to be activated manually, but

is always on stand-by in the background. It is activated automatically

when an angle of inclination is detected.

The slope and load are calculated by evaluating the speeds

and torques of the drive units and the data from an acceleration

and speed sensor. With DSR Eco, a slope indicator

is constantly shown on the display. If an incline is detected,

the speed is automatically limited to a preset value.

The luxury version, DSR Premium, was nominated for the

IFOY AWARD. Here, in addition to DSR Eco, a load evaluation

is also carried out and shown on the display. With DSR Premium,

the vehicle regulates its speed when driving downhill

depending on the gradient and the load being towed.

The speed is therefore not reduced to a predefined

value, but optimally adapted to the respective situation.

In this way, the vehicle always achieves the best

possible performance with maximum safety.

the front axle is designed as a brake-by-wire system. The

brake demand is registered via a potentiometer on the

brake pedal, whereupon the braking process is initiated

hydraulically via an electric pressure-reducing valve.

The electrical control of this pressure valve makes it possible

to brake very precisely and also to actively intervene

in the service brake. Thanks to this technical concept, the

DSR system can regulate the speed when driving downhill

- even without active intervention by the driver.

DSR reduces the need for the driver to apply the brakes and thus

the risk of overheating. In addition, the system monitors driving

behaviour, which significantly reduces the risk of unsafe situations.

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

The product DSR provides an innovative solution to avoid accidents

by determining the actual towing weight and the actual inclination

of the driving path. It is not relevant for all users, but helps safely

and well on existing downhill stretches.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available free of charge at

www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance +

Customer benefit +

Degree of innovation ++

Quality of implementation +

++ very good/ + good/ Ø balanced / - less / - - not available

The maintenance-free, hydraulic oil-bath brakes on the front

and rear axles operate electrohydraulically. The brake on

HIGHLIGHT:

THE BRAKE

IS ACTIVATED AS

SOON AS THE VEHICLE

THREATENS TO GO TOO FAST

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Perfect

Combination

Name

IFOY Category

STILL, Automated Warehouse Extension

at Hase Safety Gloves

Integrated Warehouse Solution

W

ith the help of STILL, Hase Safety Gloves has

expanded the system of its automated warehouse

and made the processes more efficient

- during ongoing operations. Although four to

five jobs were replaced by automating the system,

15 new jobs were created at the same time by expanding the

warehouse by 200 per cent.80 employees, 70 of them at the headquarters

in Jever, take care of incoming and outgoing work safety

clothing at Hase Safety Gloves, which mainly arrives by container

from the Far East. Of the 12,000 square metres of warehouse space

at Hase, around 7,000 square metres alone are now automated, and

of the total 13,000 storage spaces in the warehouse,

just under 7,000 spaces

can be attributed

to automation. A 10,000 square

metre photovoltaic system on the roof is also used

to charge the forklifts used in the warehouse. Speaking of forklifts:

Hase successfully operates according to the “ mixed operations“

principle: Forklifts and staff can meet each other, and the use of protective

fences has been deliberately dispensed with. When employees

place a filled pallet on a place in the staging lane after goods receipt,

this simultaneously means a transport order for a still unit – it

goes off to the warehouse or cross-docking directly to goods issue.

At Hase, there is automatic whole stock removal, but also manual

order picking. Until this happens, the pallet first goes through

a so-called contour check: a gate with a laser curtain that eliminates

tolerances of the pallet so that the automatic warehouse

does not store a “brake block“ – otherwise the system stops. If an

error is detected, the pallet is immediately forwarded to the “not

right” location and the problem is eliminated. Hase uses three automated

MX-X narrow-aisle stackers and six EXV-SF high-lift trucks

of the latest generation, all of which are equipped with Still‘s iGo

Systems automation kit. The EXVs pick up the sorted

palletised goods at the goods-in location

and take them to the transfer rack in the narrow-aisle

warehouse, where they are picked up

“Hase has certainly

achieved its goal to a

very high degree“

by one of the automated MX-X units and stored

in the assigned bin location. For retrieval, this

process happens in reverse order. Once the AGVs have

done their work, they automatically move to their waiting position.

A novelty for Hase: a changeover aisle in the middle of the system,

which, together with a spray wall, replaces the otherwise

necessary firewall, enables the forklifts to move simultaneously

from one racking aisle to another without having

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the forklifts always run in single-shift operation. Overnight, they are then autonomously

recharged according to the “opportunity charging“ principle, using lead-acid

batteries, which are more economical than lithium-ion batteries in this application.

The racking aisles at Hase can be much narrower than is normally the case: compared to

the use of high-rack forklifts with swivel reach forks, the MX-Xs equipped with telescopic

forks require significantly less space, which has a beneficial effect on storage density and

capacity.

Because the overseas containers from Bremerhaven are not only delivered during the day,

but also in the evening, it is an advantage for Hase that with the reorganisation of the automatic

warehouse, goods can now be stored automatically in the evening hours or at night

without the need for personnel. This means that the existing single-shift operation can

continue to be maintained.

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

Market relevance

The expansion of existing warehouse locations is a frequent case in practice. Changes in the

company‘s own products or production processes, but perhaps even more so the changed

behaviour of customers with a focus on product availability and short-term delivery, often

make changes necessary. Both the structure and the processes can be affected by changes.

The example at the Hase company shows a special case, as the possibilities for

adjustments in the layout were very much limited by the available floor space for

extensions. In addition, the owner put the unconditional will to automate first,

whereas the economic efficiency of an application is the highest priority for most

users. For the above reasons, the market relevance can therefore be rated as

good, as the solution cannot be transferred to most extension cases without

restrictions.

Customer benefit

Measured against its own objectives, the customer Hase has certainly

achieved its goals to a high degree. With regard to the general case,

however, a limitation to a good customer benefit results from the

previously mentioned reasons.

Degree of innovation

The specific expansion of the warehouse at Hase is well solved and

the implementation with state-of-the-art vehicles is also at the

current level of available technologies. The innovation results from

the appropriate combination of the known well-functioning trades

in a very limited environment. However, similar solutions could

be achieved before with available equipment.

Quality of implementation

The many limitations of the extension in the existing building

were well taken into account in the realisation of the

solution. The solution offers many functions for the

operator and provides him with alternative uses of the

vehicles as redundancy or to absorb power peaks.

Market relevance +

Customer benefit +

Degree of innovation

Ø

Quality of implementation +

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available

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COUP!

Name

IFOY Category

stow robotics, e.scala

Robot

TEST REPORT. The manufacturer stow robotics

is coming to the IFOY TEST DAYS in Dortmund

with a demo system of a classic goods-to-person

shuttle system that has been transported

in one piece from the truck to the test hall. The

only moving part in the storage and order-picking

system is the shuttle, which runs on rails

and is called "Robot" at stow. Otherwise, the

customer gets pure redundancy. The strength

of e.scala lies where the entry into automation

is concerned.

The USP of the installation is the fact that the

complete system consists of only 15 different

parts. However, only the "exciting" warehouse

pre-zone is shown, with three lines to reach four

levels in the warehouse.

How the system works is also reflected in the

product name: The "e" comes from escalator.

And the "scala" is meant to demonstrate the

scalability. And something else very special is

immediately noticeable: The entire installation

does without a vertical lift: The individual aisles

are accessed via inclined ramps, which considerably

reduces the susceptibility to errors. The

module at which the robot can change

the direction of travel in order to move the goods

to be transported into or out of the warehouse

and, with or without the goods to be transported,

to change levels, is called the "connector".

In principle, the system resembles a multistorey

car park, although the actual order system

is usually located outside the warehouse.

The manufacturer places the highest value on

the redundancy of the system: the only thing

that can break, according to the manufacturer,

is the robot. But it does not block the entire system.

The manufacturer stow uses the 200-yearold

concept of the railway. The transport robot

has eight wheels: four for travelling in the X direction,

the other four move the robot in the Y

direction after the wheel change.

Basically, the entire setup only needs electricity

twice: once for the charging station where the

individual robots can charge their power caps

– with a charging time of eight seconds, by the

way, they drive around for about twelve minutes

– and once for the WiFi robot communication

with the warehouse management system. This

also means that there is no cable in the entire

pre-zone.

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The individual modules of the e.scala system are

5.0 metres x 2.5 metres in size and are scalable.

The system can easily handle a total height of

24 metres. The Stow Traffic Control (STC) knows

when the robot drives over the passive RFID tags

installed in the respective section of the route.

Some would call it a material flow system, others

a warehouse control system.

e.scala is basically designed for use in small and

medium-sized installations with a focus on applications

in e-commerce, production supply and

micro-fulfilment solutions. Because the system

is standardised to a high degree, even small requirements

from 500 storage locations to be automated

can be well served with it.

The 15 basic components of the system as well

as the robot can be delivered directly from stock.

The advantage: a complete system can be planned

and realised within a very short time. Even in

the event of a robot breakdown, the availability of

the entire plant is extraordinarily high, because

accessibility to each location is ensured at all

times via multiple paths.

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

The specific customer benefit of e.scala is

primarily for small and medium-sized

systems that are to be realised quickly and

cost-effectively due to the simplicity and

standardisation of the solution. The system

is technically simple and solidly

constructed and impresses with its

flexibility in the choice between storage

density and performance as well as with

the comparably high redundancy even in

the event of failure of individual robot units.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit +

Degree of innovation +

Quality of implementation ++

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced /

- less / -- not available

Even 500 storage

locations can easily

be automated!

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THE

INVISIBLE

EYE

Name

IFOY Category

SYNAOS, SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization

Special of the Year

Test report: What is the aim of all the digitalisation if there are always “blind spots”

in the company? One such blind spot is the fact that most of the forklift trucks

that drive around in companies are still controlled manually and are therefore

only rudimentarily digitised, if at all. With the SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization

system, a camera-based sensor kit ensures their cost-efficient localisation

– using state-of-the-art computer vision technology.

SYNAOS is a software company, but it decided to build a bit of hardware. A small

black box (19 x 12 x 6 centimetres) was exhibited at the demo set-up in Hall 3 in Dortmund.

It was attached to a child-sized forklift and projects its images onto a screen. The manufacturer

has dedicated itself to eliminating the gaps in the localisation of manually

controlled industrial trucks of all kinds: So it’s all about the indoor localisation of

industrial trucks. 95 percent of companies have forklifts in use, but they are

rarely well integrated into the value chain: Currently, only the transport order

is digital; the forklifts themselves are not digitalised. As a result, there

is no knowledge of where a forklift is. There are forklift localisation

technologies, but they are often not used. There is a good reason

for this: ultra-wideband or lidar technologies are simply

too expensive. Speaking of lidar: the system is already

too accurate, overkill, like shooting at sparrows with

cannons.

With the new system from SYNAOS, which

works with so-called “markers“, a Localisation-as-a-Service

(LaaS)

tool, it‘s different: Everything

is already included in the

price and the detection

comes to an accuracy

of about

25 centim

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“You can create transparency in a flash with

SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization: Where

in the ware house is a busy situation? What

are the braking distances? Where are people

driving around without a driving order?“

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

The forklift market is a lucrative market for

SYNAOS in the long term. Customer benefits are

high due to better order status information,

statistics and optimised traffic flow. The novelty

level of the reliably and robustly implemented

plug&play system is given in logistics.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available

free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit +

Degree of innovation +

Quality of implementation ++

++very good / + good / Ø balanced /

- less / -- not available

tres. So it‘s not just about the “little box“ on the test set. For 1,980 euros

a year per truck, that would be a relatively low cost for admittedly standardised

electronic components that can easily be bought at electronics

stores: But the intelligence is in the software – plug and play.

You can create transparency in a flash with SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization.

Where in the warehouse is a busy situation? What are the braking

distances? Where are people driving around without a driving order? Even

the truck that is always running late can now finally be pointed out. In

short: you can observe the fleet utilisation exactly. And a very big USP

compared to the conventional storage method is that the forklift only reports

the position where it has driven a pallet; scanning the pallet or the

products on it is no longer necessary.

SYNAOS expects CE certification in a few weeks. The already mentioned

indoor accuracy of 25 centimetres is achieved with markers every 100

metres. The “little black box“ operates with a power consumption

of 7 watts and transmits its camera data – 15 images per second

– via WiFi for evaluation using computer vision algorithms.

Apart from an acceleration sensor, no other

input sources are required. In times of increasingly

important cybersecurity, this is perhaps

not entirely unimportant: the entire image

processing of the system takes place

locally on the embedded computer;

no sensitive data need to

be transferred to a cloud.

After the camera‘s image

data has been

processed, it is

immediately

discarded.

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Startups

2022

»

The IFOY AWARD has been giving start-ups a

chance since 2019. This year, three newcomers

are competing for the attention

of the international jury.

BY STEFANIE NONNENMANN

The “Start-up of the Year“

category, which has

been part of the IFOY

AWARD since 2019, has

already proven to be a

springboard for newly

founded companies

several times in the

past. Not only winning

the title, but also successfully

reaching the

finals and passing the three-stage IFOY audit

ensure that Intralogistics newbies can showcase

the special qualities of their product and

achieve international recognition.

In order to stand a chance in the category,

however, companies must fulfil numerous

conditions: they must have been in existence

for no longer than three years at the time of

application, employ no more than 30 people

and have an annual turnover of no more than

five million euros. The most important criterion,

however, is the most difficult entry hurdle

for many: Those who want to win an IFOY

AWARD must be able to present a functional

prototype – and thus much more than a formulated

concept on a piece of paper. Among

all entries, only three companies managed to

convince the jury with their performance for a

nomination this year.

Whether innovative solutions for urban

logistics, a novel technology for the electrification

of industrial floors or the world‘s

only traffic and order management software

for all participants in intralogistics: this year

Noyes Technologies, Magment and NAiSE

made it to the final round in the race for the

IFOY AWARD, also known as the “Oscars of

Intralogistics“. But even those who are new

to the market are not spared the rigours of

the multi-stage test procedure. The three

start-up companies also underwent intensive

tests in Dortmund, presented themselves to

the scientists at the innovation check – and in

the end to the critical eyes of the international

jury of trade journalists, who did not miss

even the smallest detail of the innovation.

One important IFOY principle is in place in the

start-up category, too: Who makes the race

remains a secret until the award ceremony.

But even those who do not come out on top in

the end can be sure of a of strong worldwide

recognition in the future.

On the following pages we present the three

finalists of the category “Start-up of the Year“

in detail.

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MAGMENT

Dynamic Wireless Charging: The

start-up from Oberhaching uses

magnetic concrete to charge

AGVs.

The start-up Magment

from Oberhaching near

Munich is reinventing

the charging of electric

buses, electric forklifts

and other vehicles with

the help of innovative

technology. Not without

reason is the company

motto: “Charge where

you go and not go

where you can charge!” The technical highlight

of the solution is fascinating: magnetic

concrete is used to charge the e-vehicles.

The first two partners with which Magment

wants to implement the dynamic charging of

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in cooperation

are Jungheinrich and DHL at its site in

Hamburg. The rationale behind the solution:

the more inductive charging is achieved when

driving over concrete, the fewer batteries and

vehicles are needed. Currently, each vehicle

has to be charged for at least two to three

hours over the course of 24 hours. Electrification

of industrial floors with dynamic

wireless charging, on the other hand, reduces

or completely eliminates these charging

pauses. The interesting effect: electric fleets

in the Intralogistics sector and also battery

capacities can be reduced and the capital

»

The dynamic charging system has clear

advantages for a harmonised overall system. Charging

times during which the vehicles are not available are

avoided, which means that the number of vehicles can

be reduced. «

expenditure for longer-term assets such as

these vehicles can be significantly reduced.

During the IFOY TEST DAYS, Magment

impressed the IFOY Innovation Checkers

primarily due to the high degree of innovation

of the system presented on site. The system

is an excellent implementation of physical

principles and the magnetisable concrete

with ferromagnetic components ensures an

almost constant charging current along the

charging plate. This is undoubtedly a new

technology and, together with the robust

integration in industrial floors, “a useful innovation“.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

Innovation is a top priority at Magment. In the right field of application, this is a

promising technology that fits in perfectly with the IFOY AWARD.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance

Ø

Customer benefit +

Novelty ++

Functionality +

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not availabe

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NAiSE

NAiSE TRAFFIC takes over the

traffic and order management

for all in the hall.

NAiSE TRAFFIC from

the Stuttgart-based

start-up NAiSE is the

world‘s only software

for traffic and order

management that

includes all participants

in the intralogistics

process. The

patented Real-Time

Localisation System

(RTLS) network takes into account all “traffic

participants“ in traffic control and guarantees

a safe and efficient material flow in logistics

and production. Whether robots, people, forklifts

or pallet trucks: The NAiSE solution takes

them all into control.

»

The benefit for the user results from the ability to

use different vehicle systems, whether manually guided,

classically automated or autonomously controlled,

on mixed-use routes. «

But how exactly does the guidance system

work? In the self-developed, patented localisation

network NAiSE RTLS, radio sensors in

the hall infrastructure enable precise localisation

and near-real-time communication

of and between the traffic participants. Ultra-wideband

technology (UWB) is used here,

with the help of which objects can be located

robustly and reliably even in difficult industrial

environments. The system is already in

use at Continental in Ingolstadt, for example.

According to the company, this has increased

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

Even against the background of VDA 5050, both the market relevance and the

customer benefit are to be rated as high. The technologies used and the

innovation, together with the implementation, can be described as good.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

the flow of materials by 30 per cent.

According to the IFOY Innovation Checker,

users of NAiSE TRAFFIC can avoid conflicts

during vehicle operation even with little

effort. In particular, they believe that NAiSE

TRAFFIC can reliably prevent unsolvable

mutual obstructions, so-called blockages

at intersections and at pick-up or drop-off

points. Another attractive feature is the

consistent independence from individual

suppliers. In combination with its own UWB

localisation system, a degree of novelty is

achieved, as any vehicles and persons can be

localised, provided they are each equipped

with a UWB device.

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit +

Novelty +

Functionality

Ø

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / -less / -- not available

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Technologies

Noyes Storage is the first robotic,

automated nano-logistics

system.

Customer behaviour

in the food sector is

more dynamic and

volatile today than

ever before. Providers

of logistics systems in

urban areas are faced

with the challenge of

expensive city centre

rents, high labour costs

and the desire of end

»

customers to receive their orders preferably

immediately. This calls for fast systems that

must generate little noise. For this purpose,

Noyes Technologies offers the first robotically

operated, ultra-dense, automated and highly

flexible nano-logistics system, especially for

urban logistics.

With its storage technology, Noyes can

automate even the smallest areas and

consequently enables fast delivery times

The solution shown was technically convincing, can

be set up by laymen, is implemented redundantly and,

due to the simplicity of the chassis kinematics and

the navigation solution, a long service life and robustness

of the robots can be expected. «

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK

Noyes nano warehouses can offer economic automation from a footprint of 10

square metres, which is a novelty in the field of micro warehouses, together with

other innovations such as highest storage density.

The detailed IFOY Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.

Market relevance ++

Customer benefit ++

Novelty ++

Functionality ++

at an affordable price. The plug-and-play

Noyes Storage system works with modules of

500 millimetres x 700 millimetres. A set-up

time of only ten minutes is calculated for

each module, and this can be done at the

customer‘s premises during operation. One

carrier can hold up to eight boxes. The first 70

storages with 1,000 to 1,500 modules will be

sold by the end of 2022. The highlight: modules

with cooling are also to be integrated by

the end of 2022.

Another development step at Noyes is to

have a robot take care of manual picks up

to a height of three metres. The ultra-dense

urban nano warehouse is especially designed

to meet the needs of companies for proximity

to their customers. In the nano-fulfilment

hub, for example, end customers in urban

areas can pick up their product themselves

around the clock. Alternatively, last-mile delivery

providers bring the products directly to

the end customer‘s home by bicycle or e-bike

in a sustainable and emission-free manner.

With a ROI of twelve to 16 months – depending

on whether with or without a cooling solution

– the acquisition of NoyesStorage pays

off relatively quickly. The solution is also

extremely interesting for smaller budgets

and impressed the IFOY Innovation Checker.

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available

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THE

IFOY

TESTERS

When they enter the test hall, it gets quiet at

the finalists' booths. The IFOY AWARD testers

are feared, because their judgment counts.

Innovation checkers

and material handling

specialists at the Chair of Technical

Logistics at TU Dresden:

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schmidt (top) ...

BY ANITA WÜRMSER

Is it a real innovation or a successful

development? How do the performance

values compare to the

competition? What about customer

benefits, manufacturing details and

features? Nowhere is there more

testing and inspecting than at the

IFOY AWARD. Those nominated for

the final must undergo a three-stage

audit. The results give the jurors important

clues for their vote.

... and Martin Anders.

This year, four logistics scientists and the

two IFOY testers put the finalists through

their paces in Hall 3 of IFOY partner Messe

Dortmund. In total, the experts inspected

and tested 14 products and solutions

from 12 manufacturers over six days.

Part 1 of the IFOY Audit was the practice-oriented

IFOY Test by Dutch trade journalist

Theo Egberts. It measures the hard facts

and compares them with the relevant competitive

products. The vehicles undergo individually

tailored driving or functional tests,

including the IFOY Test protocol comprising

around 80 criteria, which determines,

among other things, the economy and energy

efficiency, sustainability, safety and

ergonomics of the equipment. In the software

and automation categories as well as

in the warehouse solutions, IFOY juror Bernd

Maienschein scrutinis es the finalists and

compiles a test report in each case.

The second part of the IFOY Audit is the scientific

innovation check. It is conducted by

the Dortmund Fraunhofer Institute for Material

Flow and Logistics (IML), the Stuttgart-based

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing

Engineering and Automation (IPA)

and the Chair of Technical Logistics at the

University of Dresden.

The IFOY Innovation Check team checked

the nominees on the spot in the hall in

terms of market relevance, customer benefits,

type of execution and degree of innovation.

In addition, the scientists verified the

innovations stated by the manufacturers

and evaluate in a technology comparison

whether they are innovative further developments,

successful new developments

or genuine innovations. A five-point rating

scale is used as a guide: "non-existent,"

"less," "balanced," "good" and "very good".

IFOY juror Bernd Maienschein is the new

tester reporter in the team. He

scrutinise s the nominees in the

software and automation

categories as well as the

warehouse solutions.

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The IFOY

Innovation

Check Team (l.

to r.): Bormann,

Schmidt, Follert,

Anders.

IFOY Tester Theo Egberts,

logistics journalist and

the number 1 forklift

tester.

New to the

Innovation Check team:

Richard Bormann,

robotics expert at the

Fraunhofer IPA.

Guido Follert,

Head of the Machines and Systems

Department at Fraunhofer IML. He is an

expert for many intralogistics innovations.

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2022JURY

25 JURORS FROM 19 NATIONS

SPECIALISED, HIGHLY MOTIVATED, CRITICAL WITH PASSION. WWW.IFOY.ORG

The IFOY Judges

The winners of the IFOY AWARD are chosen by a jury. Its members are

renowned trade journalists from leading logistics media worldwide. The jury

decides independently, according to transparent criteria and on the basis of

professional expertise.

The jury is chaired by Anita Würmser, logistics journalist and managing

director of impact media projects GmbH.

GERMANY

Anita Würmser

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ”IFOY MGZN“,

“LOGISTICS HALL OF FAME MAGAZIN“

The journalist and publicist is the founder

of the IFOY AWARD, executive chair of the

IFOY Jury and the Logistics Hall of Fame.

The online reach of the IFOY AWARD is 921

million people worldwide.

ifoy.org; logisticshalloffame.net

SWITZERLAND

Klaus Koch

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “LOGISTICSINNOVATION.ORG“

The internationally positioned online

magazine LogisticsInnovation, based

in Rupperswil, was founded in 2020.

The bi-weekly newsletter has

almost 1,000 subscribers,

the website 95,000 PIs/month.

logisticsinnovation.org

INDIA / AFRICA

Reji John

GERMANY

Sascha Schmel

MANAGING DIRECTOR VDMA

MATERIALS HANDLING

AND INTRALOGISTICS

ASSOCIATION

As a permanent member of

the jury (without voting

rights), Sascha Schmel

represents the idealistic

sponsor of the IFOY AWARD.

foerd.vdma.org

GERMANY

Bernd Maienschein

SPECIALISED LOGISTICS EDITOR “VOGEL COMMUNICATIONS”

Among other things, he writes for MM Logistik, which is

published six times a year with a circulation of 15,000 copies.

The daily newsletter has 8,000 readers, the website 80,000 PIs.

THE NETHERLANDS

Theo Egberts

BURO ANDERSOM

The IFOY Chief Tester is a

juror (without voting

rights) and has been

assessing the IFOY

finalists since the

beginning.

logisticsinside.eu

MANAGING EDITOR

“STAT TRADE TIMES“, “INDIAN

TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS

NEWS“, “LOGISTICS UPDATE

AFRICA“, “ ACAAI NEWS“

The STAT Trade Times is the

flagship of the STAT Media

Group with 45,000 copies.

The weekly newsletter

reaches 80,000 recipients.

stattimes.com; itln.in

maschinenmarkt.de; www.mm-logistik.de

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BRAZIL

Edson Carillo

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT “CONNEXXION

BRAZIL | SUPPLY CHAIN ENGINEERING“

The Brazilian logistics magazine and portal

LOGWEB is considered Brazil‘s most

important logistics medium. It is published

ten times a year with a circulation of

10,000 copies, the bi-weekly newsletter

has 13,000 recipients and the news portal

40,000 PIs. Edson Carillo represents the

editor Valeria Lima.

logweb.com.br

UNITED KINGDOM

Peter MacLeod

NEWS EDITOR

“LOGISTICS BUSINESS MAGAZINE“

Logistics Business is published four times

a year with a circulation of 10,000

copies. The newsletter reaches

19,000 recipients weekly.

logisticsbusiness.com

HUNGARY

Szilvia Rapi-Jaubert

PUBLISHER

“SUPPLY CHAIN MONITOR“

Supply Chain Monitor is published

monthly with a circulation of 10,000

copies and is considered the

leading Hungarian trade journal

in the field of logistics and

SCM. The monthly newsletter

has 8,500 readers.

scmonitor.hu

ITALY

Romi Cherubini

EDITOR “IL GIORNALE DELLA LOGISTICA“

Il Giornale della Logistica is published ten times a

year with a circulation of 18,200 copies. The

weekly newsletter has 1,300 recipients, the

homepage is accessed by 7,000 readers.

ilgiornaledellalogistica.it

FRANCE

Sylvain Chanourdie

DEPUTY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

“STRATÉGIES LOGISTIQUE“

Stratégies Logistique is published 6 times a year with a

circulation of 2,300 copies. The target group is managers in

logistics and supply chain management. The weekly

newsletter reaches 6,000 readers and the website generates

40,000 PIs per month from around 25,000 users.

strategieslogistique.com

NORWAY

Øyvind Ludt

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

“MODERNE TRANSPORT“

Moderne Transport is

published ten times a year

with a circulation of 6,500

copies. The weekly newsletter

reaches 3,000 recipients.

mtlogistikk.no

IMPRESSIONS

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SPAIN

Isabel Rodrigo Fernández

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

“CUADERNOS DE LOGÍSTICA“

The magazine is published six times a year with a

circulation of 3,000 copies. In addition, there is a

daily newsletter with almost 4,000 subscribers.

logisticaprofesional.com

GERMANY

Winfried Bauer

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “F+H“

f+h - Fördertechnik, Materialfluss, Logistik

4.0 is published ten times a year with a

circulation of around 15,000 copies. The

weekly newsletter reaches 3,700 recipients.

foerdern-und-heben.de

ITALY

Cecilia Biondi

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

“LOGISTICA MANAGEMENT“

The magazine has a circulation of 15,000 copies

and is aimed at logistics managers in industry

and logistics service providers. The website

reaches 36,000 users every month, the

newsletter 21,000 readers weekly.

logisticamanagement.it

GERMANY

Matthias Rathmann

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “TRANS AKTUELL“,

“EUROTRANSPORT.DE“

trans aktuell is published fortnightly with a

circulation of 50,000 copies and is aimed at

transport and logistics entrepreneurs. The

newsletter reaches 5,000 readers three times

a week. The online portal eurotransport.de

generates 500,000 to 700,000 PIs per month.

transaktuell.de; eurotransport.de

AUSTRALIA

Allan Leibowitz

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

“FORKLIFTACTION.COM“

The B2B platform is aimed at buyers,

sellers and users of industrial trucks.

The website is visited more than

800,000 times a month on average.

The weekly newsletter has more than

60,000 recipients worldwide.

forkliftaction.com

JURY MEETINGS

Live and face-to-face

again. The jury traditionally

discusses

intensively at the Test

Days. Each juror casts

his or her vote after the

IFOY TEST DAYS.

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IRELAND

Jalath Sweeney

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “FLEET TRANSPORT“, “HANDLING NETWORK“

The magazines Fleet Transport and Handling Network are each

published ten times a year with a circulation of 8,500 copies.

The websites have around 20,000 PIs per month. The weekly

newsletter reaches 15,000 recipients.

fleet.ie, handling-network.com

GERMANY

Matthias Pieringer

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “LOGISTIK HEUTE“

LOGISTIK HEUTE is one of the leading German logistics

magazines for decision-makers in industry, trade and

logistics services. It is published ten times a year with a

circulation of 32,000 copies per month. The weekly

newsletter reaches 8,200 recipients.

logistik-heute.de

ROMANIA

Marilena Matei

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR “TRANZIT“

AND “TRANZIT LOGISTICA“

Tranzit Logistica is published

annually with twelve issues and

has a circulation of 10,000 copies.

A newsletter is sent out twice a

week to currently 10,000

recipients. The magazine includes

a website with 18,000 users per

month, generating a total of more

than 80,000 PIs.

traficmedia.ro

CHINA

Ying (Chrystal) Xu

DEPUTY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

“MM LOGISTICS IN CHINA“

MM Logistics in China is published

eight times a year with a

circulation of more than 25,000

copies. The homepage achieves

around 1.3 million PIs per month.

mh.vogel.com.cn

BULGARIA

Vasil Vasilev

EDITOR “LOGISTIKA“

The monthly magazine

has a circulation of 5,000

copies. The newsletter,

also monthly, reaches

12,000 readers. Vasil

Vasilev represents the

editor-in-chief Snejina

Badjeva on the jury.

logistika.bg

AUSTRIA

Hans-Joachim

Schlobach

PUBLISHER “BUSINESS+LOGISTIC“

BUSINESS+LOGISTIC is published six

times a year with a circulation of 2,000

copies. The online portal blogistic.net

has 6,000 readers per month.

blogistic.net

IMPRESSIONS

100 % TESTED

For the jurors who

travelled to Dortmund,

testing in the

double sense was the

order. Corona: 100 %

negative, IFOY Test:

100 % positive.

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POLAND

Sebastian Śliwieński

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

“WAREHOUSE MONITOR“

Warehouse Monitor is published

quarterly with a circulation of 3,500

copies. The newsletter is published

80 times a year and reaches 10,000

recipients.

warehouse-monitor.pl

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SOUTH AFRICA

Charleen Clarke

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

“FOCUS ON TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS“

Focus on Transport & Logistics is one of the

leading magazines on the African continent

specialising in transport and logistics.

The circulation of the monthly magazine

is 7,000 copies. The bi-weekly

newsletter reaches 8,000 readers.

focusontransport.co.za

GERMANY

Tobias Schweikl

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF”LOGISTRA“,

IFOY ADVISORY COUNCIL

The trade magazine is published

monthly with a circulation of 15,000

copies. The weekly newsletter

reaches 3,000 readers.

logistra.de

GERMANY

Martin Schrüfer

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “MATERIALFLUSS“,

“BAUGEWERBE“, IFOY ADVISORY COUNCIL

The magazine materialfluss is published ten

times a year with a circulation of 20,000 copies.

The bi-weekly newsletter has 2,700 readers.

materialfluss.de

AUSTRIA

KR Gerhard Schlögel

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “LOGISTIK.KURIER“,

IFOY ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Austrian logistics magazine Logistik.

Kurier is published six times a year with a

circulation of 130,000 copies. In addition,

there is the weekly newsletter Wirtschaftsforum

with 3,400 top business

recipients.

logistik-kurier.at, wirtschaftforum.at

GERMANY

Jan Kaulfuhs-Berger

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “TECHNISCHE LOGISTIK –

HEBEZEUGE FÖRDERMITTEL“, IFOY ADVISORY

COUNCIL

The trade magazine is published twelve

times a year with a circulation of 12,000

copies, supplemented by a bi-weekly

newsletter.

technische-logistik.net

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Behind the scenes

Jury on site

Three jury sessions - one

remote - one highlight tour,

the report of the IFOY Testers

and Innovation Checkers,

various manufacturer presentations

and individual live

testing. The jury‘s schedule is

packed before the journalists

cast their vote.

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LOGISTICS

distribution and

procurement logistics

chemical logistics

beverage logistics

industrial and

commercial logistics

logistics analyses

FORWARDING

FTL and LTL transports

local forwarding

shuttle traffic

project management

intermodal transports

PROPERTIES

7 sites

> 180.000 sqm of

logistics space

warehousing

renting

WWW.LTG.EU

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IFOY AWARD NIGHT

L

ooking back to 2021: at the awards ceremony

in the German Football Museum in Dortmund,

representatives of arculus, Cargotec, idealworks,

Interroll Group, STILL and VOLUME

Lagersysteme received the ‘Oscar of Intralogistics‘

from the laudatory speakers (from left)

Thomas Westphal (Mayor of Dortmund), Gordon

Riske (former Chairman of the VDMA Association for

Materials Handling and Intralogistics and CEO of the KION

Group), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael ten Hompel (Executive

Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and

Logistics IML in Dortmund), Sabine Loos (Managing Director

of the Westfalenhallen Group), Jan-Dietrich Hempel

(Managing Director of GARBE Industrieimmobilien) and

IFOY AWARD winners 2021 (from left): STILL, VOLUME, arculus, Interroll, idealworks, Cargotec Moffett

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2021

Birgit Heitzer (Head of Corporate Logistics

at REWE Group).

The winners of the

IFOY AWARD 2021

have once again

demonstrated that the

Intralogistics sector

is innovative and

forward-thinking even

in persistent pandemic

times.

14 international companies with 17 products

and solutions made it to the finals in

the ninth round of the award.

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Interroll’s Irma

Slavinskaite

(in red).

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Full power when kicking: Philipp

Schäfers (Synaos) ...

... in the STILL, GARBE, Rewe, IFOY

team ...

IMPRESSIONS

Opening speech by jury head

Anita Würmser.

ON THE IFOY

AWARD NIGHT

Talks with VDMA’s Juliane

Kluge (in blue) and

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... with

a winner’s

smile: Team STILL.

.. Jürgen Maidl (BMW)

in goal ...

Kick it like IFOY: As a result of the covid

pandemic, the number of participants

at the awards ceremony had to be

reduced to less than 100 guests. On

top of that, there was the distance rule.

The best conditions for a match.

So there was plenty of kicking and the

guests obviously had fun.

AT THE GERMAN

FOOTBALL MUSEUM

2021

At the table football: Christof

Tesinga (Coyote

Logistics), Christian

Doepgen

Katrin Zeiler (CHEP), Andreas

Good mood at the

the after-show party.

Krause (Hänel), Volker

Spanier (Epson),

Jann Hansen

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HOW TO APPLY FOR THE NEXT

IFOY AWARD NOW

More than 3,400 published articles in more than 460 magazines, coverage in 46 countries,

independent tests and innovation reports. The balance of an IFOY participation is impressive.

Whoever makes it to the final is world-famous overnight in the logistics scene.

But how do you get to the finals? First, you have to apply, and that goes quickly. Here are

the most important tips and steps.

THE MOST

IMPORTANT

STEPS AT A

GLANCE

By Anita Würmser

1Application

(August – October)

Takes 10 minutes

Manufacturers of materials

handling technology, robotics, intralogistics

and software providers as well as

start-ups with any number of products or

solutions can apply for an IFOY AWARD.

Anyone who wants to take part must

first register an application at www.ifoy.

org. This requires contact details as well

as the type and name of the product or

solution. This registration is necessary because

an individual input mask is created

for each application, in which the required

data can be entered individually.

When registering an application, one

has the choice of specifying one or more

categories. In the case of a nomination,

the IFOY organisation decides on

the final assignment to a category.

At the latest 24 hours after the application

registration, the access data to the

entry form will be sent by e-mail, and you

can start.

Important:

Once an application

has been submitted, it cannot be withdrawn

by the applicant. Only the jury can

withdraw a nomination in exceptional

cases and upon request if there are

serious reasons. These include insolvency

of the applicant, patent disputes, quality

problems or inability to deliver.

While entering data, applicants can

already see how their application looks

in the front end of the website. This view

is later made available to the jury and is

2Enter application

data (June – October)

With the access data,

one can log into the

applicant portal and fill

out the input form. At this stage, the form

is only visible to the respective applicant,

who is free to change the content at any

time.

public

in the event

of a nomination. The application

form is kept short and the text input is

limited. An application must be entered in

German and also in English. Essentially,

the following contents are the main focus

of an application:

Striking headline

Meaningful summary

Clear description of the innovation and

the customer benefits

Technical data, videos and images

In the case of a solution, a case study

with a maximum of 7,000 characters is

required.

It is advisable to answer the questions as

briefly, comprehensibly and strikingly as

possible. It is not important that a lot of

text is written. On the contrary, it is crucial

that the texts are clearly structured,

for example by points, and that the jury

recognises the innovation and its value

for the users at first glance.

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IFOY AWARD 2023

APPLY NOW

3Nomination

(November –

December)

On October 30, all entry masks

are locked and the jurors and test

teams are given access to the data.

After a formal and technical preliminary review, the

jury nominates about 15 products and solutions from

all valid applications for the finals. Only these finalists

are publicly announced in January and have to appear for

the IFOY Audit in Dortmund (step 4). Applications that are

not nominated will be treated confidentially in order not to

make a negative selection. Each applicant will be informed

in writing before publication whether the jury has made a

nomination.

August 1 – October 30, 2022

Application registration at

www.ifoy.org

and entering the application data

November 1 – December 31, 2022

The finalists 2023 are nominated

March / April 2023

IFOY TEST DAYS / IFOY AUDIT

Election of the winners

Summer 2023

IFOY AWARD NIGHT

and award ceremony

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At a glance

The IFOY AWARD Categories

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IFOY TEST DAYS

IFOY Audit

TEST CAMP

Intralogistics

(March/April)

The IFOY TEST

DAYS with the IFOY Audit will again

take place within the framework of

the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS in

Dortmund. For the first time since

the IFOY AWARD was established,

the tests are open to the public.

IFOY AUDIT

All nominated equipment and all

nominated devices and solutions

have to undergo the IFOY

Audit as part of the IFOY TEST

DAYS. It consists of the

IFOY Test, the scientific

innovation check and

the jury test. The

devices and

solutions

undergo

various

assessments and driving or

functional tests, including the IFOY

Test protocol comprising around 80

criteria. The decisive factor is that

the nominees are not compared with

each other, but with their competitor

devices on the market.

Besides the testers, the judges –

all well-known trade editors from

leading logistics media around the

world – and their advisors will travel

to test the equipment and solutions

themselves.

All finalists who pass the IFOY Audit

receive the Best-in-Intralogistics

certificate at an on-site award

ceremony, along with a communications

package consisting of a press

release and certificate, e-mail binder

and graphic files for embedding the

certificate in documents.

If a nominee does not show up for

the audit, the device or solution

will be disqualified.

Counter Balanced Truck: Counterbalanced trucks of all

weight classes.

Heavy Load Forklift: Container forklift, heavy-duty forklift

with more than eight tonnes

Special Vehicle: Special vehicle construction as well as forklifts

and vehicles for special tasks (drones, cargo bikes, truck-mounted

forklifts, etc.)

Warehouse Truck: Warehouse technology equipment

Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) / Shuttle: Shuttle (systems),

driverless transport systems, automated or predominantly automated

industrial trucks

Intralogistics Robot: Robots or robot-based solutions for intralogistics

applications such as picking robots, palletising and depalletising robots, cobots,

robots for the automatic unloading and loading of trucks, etc.

Intralogistics Software: Apps and intralogistics system or software solutions in

the context of the application possibilities, such as warehouse management systems,

forklift control systems, driver assistance systems, fleet management systems, etc.

Integrated Warehouse Solution: A holistic warehouse concept successfully implemented

for a customer

Special of the Year: Components or technical details such as ergonomic innovations, safety

assistance solutions, automation solutions, drive technologies, forklift attachments, etc.

Crane and Lifting Appliance: Cranes for various applications, such as portal and bridge cranes,

bracket and wall-mounted cranes, slewing cranes, suspension cranes, light cranes, etc., lifting

technology for various applications, such as chain and wire rope hoists, winches, magnetic and

vacuum lifters, lifting table and working platforms, etc.

Start-up: Innovative prototypes or functional developments, intralogistics products, software, vehicles or

components

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IFOY AW

Applicat

1. August – 30

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TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS

"SPOT ON INNOVATION": This is not only

the focus of the IFOY AWARD, but also of

the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, which is

taking place for the third time in Dortmund.

Be it driving a forklift, operating warehouse

technology, comparing AMRs, trying

out software, interacting with robots – at

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, trade visitors

have the chance for hands-on testing of

innovations. VIP guests from industry, trade

and logistics services can thus experience

selected innovations live and get an idea

of their practicability before making a purchase

decision and gain a practice-oriented

market overview in terms of future technologies.

IFOY nominees are automatically

accepted as exhibitors at TEST CAMP; all

other exhibitors must pass an innovation

screening to ensure that only innovative

products are on display.

The programme at TEST CAMP is varied:

IFOY Tests, IFOY Innovation Checks, jury

sessions and numerous consultations,

B2B highlight tours, driving tests by jurors,

consultants and guests, and awarding of

the Best-in-Intralogistics certificates.

5The Voting

(April/May)

After the IFOY Tests, the

jury votes on the winners.

For this purpose,

each juror assigns a

ranking in each category and justifies the

decision. Each rank is assigned a point

value, whereby the candidate with the

highest number of points is automatically

calculated as the winner. The voting takes

place online and database-supported on

the jury portal.

6IFOY AWARD Night –

award ceremony

(June)

The highlight of the IFOY

AWARD is the announcement

of the winners

and the award ceremony at a festive gala.

However, it remains exciting until the very

end, because neither the nominees nor the

award winners are informed in advance.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION, FEES AND PRICES FOR

PRESENTATION BOXES AT THE IFOY TEST DAYS WITH

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS CAN BE REQUESTED

FROM THE IFOY OFFICE.

Anita Würmser

Managing Jury Chairwoman of the IFOY AWARD

T +49 (0)89 251384611

E-mail: anita.wuermser@ifoy.org

Apply at: www.ifoy.org

WHY IFOY PARTICIPATION

IS SUBJECT TO A FEE

The IFOY AWARD is the most important

Intralogistics award in the world. Companies

around the globe apply with their new

developments for participation in the final

round and compete in the IFOY Audit during

the TEST DAYS. The process is based on an

elaborate international test and jury organisation

that is unique throughout the world.

The road to the IFOY AWARD finals is not

an easy one. The demands in terms of

innovation value, customer benefit, quality

and market relevance of the devices and

solutions are high, and the test organisation

is sometimes very demanding. Nevertheless,

a nomination is highly coveted, as it not

only confirms the company's own performance,

but also represents a significant

marketing value. More than 460 media in 46

countries with an online reach of more than

900 million readers report on the nominees'

innovations. In 2021, the online marketing

value of the IFOY nominations alone was

between €360,000 and €1,000,000.

To ensure the neutrality, quality and

independence of the organisation as

well as the marketing value, there is

a fee to participate in the IFOY AWARD

and TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS.

In 2023, the IFOY application fee is 1,000

euros. In the case of a nomination, up to

22,000 euros will be charged depending

on various factors. The nomination

fee is not charged to start-ups.

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Der neue IFOY AWARD-Channel auf YouTube

IFOY AWARD - NEW @ YOUTUBE

The IFOY AWARD has now its own channel on YouTube. Under the link https://www.

youtube.com/channel/UCOV9WS-l_uQB0dIRLd0Zb8g you will not only find all

videos from the IFOY TEST DAYS, but also interesting interviews and a presentation

of the IFOY Nominees of 2022. There are different channels available, which

also allow you to watch several videos in succession. Those who subscribe to our

YouTube channel and follow us on the platform will ensure that they never miss a

video about the IFOY in the future. We look forward to CLICK – SUBCRIBE –SHARE!

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BEHIND THE SCENES

News from the IFOY AWARD network

By Stefanie Nonnenmann

SAVE THE DATE

The date for the IFOY TEST DAYS,

which will again take place in

2023 in the framework of the

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, has

already been set.

The IFOY TEST DAYS will take

place from March 27 – 30, 2023,

at the Messe Dortmund fairgrounds.

The TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS

for B2B visitors and exhibitors

will open its doors on March 29

and 30, 2023. For the second

time, additional exhibitors will

be admitted alongside the IFOY

finalists.

Company box booking will start

on June 3, 2022.

Further information: Anita

Würmser, T 0049 89 215384611,

anita.wuermser@impact.mp.

NEW IN THE JURY

The IFOY organisation announces the appointment of three new jurors. Peter MacLeod, news

editor at "Logistics Business" in the UK, Rosa Maria Cherubini, managing editor at "Il Giornale della

Logistica" in Italy, and Klaus Koch, editor-in-chief at the online magazine "LogisticsInnovation.

org" in Switzerland were newly elected to the jury. This means that a total of 25 representatives of

leading international logistics publications from 19 nations are currently represented on the IFOY

jury. This year they were once again allowed to test and judge the world's best new intralogistics

products and solutions. All jury members at a glance at https://www.ifoy.org/en/bodies/jury.

Peter MacLeod Klaus Koch Rosa Maria Cheubini

STATEMENT ON THE EXCLUSION OF RUSSIA FROM THE IFOY AWARD

The IFOY organisation has excluded Russia

from participation in the IFOY AWARD.

Representatives of Russia on the jury and

advisory board will be relieved of their duties

until further notice. The IFOY organisation's

statement on this is:

“Russian jurors will no longer be able to vote

on winners or participate in IFOY AWARD

events. This will initially affect the IFOY TEST

DAYS with the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS

from March 21 - 23, 2022 in Dortmund, as

well as the award ceremony on June 30,

2022, in Munich. Visitors and exhibitors from

Russia will also be excluded from attending.

We will decide on the exclusion of Russian

manufacturers from the IFOY AWARD 2023

in good time before the application phase

begins in August 2022. This decision has not

been easy for us, yet we consider it to be of

no alternative to send a signal against this

unprecedented war of aggression against

Ukraine.

We explicitly emphasise at this point that

this step does not change the respect for

the jurors, media, applicants, and visitors

who have represented Russia in the

IFOY AWARD committees. We have highly

appreciated their competence and cooperation

in the IFOY network. We personally

ask them for their understanding and hope

that we will meet again soon in peace.

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NEW PATRON FOR THE IFOY AWARD

Dr Robert Habeck, the new Federal Minister

for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection

in Germany, has assumed patronage of the

International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck

of the Year (IFOY) AWARD in 2022.

Habeck has been in office as Federal Minister

since December 8, 2021. He was born in

Lübeck in September 1969 and studied from

1991 to 1996 in Freiburg im Breisgau (German

language and literature, philosophy and

philology), Roskilde/Denmark (humanities)

and Hamburg (literature and philosophy). He

became a member of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

in 2002. Habeck held the party chair from

2018 to 2022, before becoming a member of

the Bundestag in 2021.

In previous years, the IFOY AWARD has also

been under the patronage of the Federal

Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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