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

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

May <strong>2024</strong> I issue 05 I ISSN 2700-0702 I 19 €<br />

EXCLUSIVE all about<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Nominees ´24<br />

28<br />

TEST REPORTS<br />

AND<br />

INNOVATION<br />

CHECKS<br />

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

TEST<br />

CAMP<br />

BEST OF<br />

Exclusive 61<br />

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

Leading<br />

Logistics Media<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Audit 24<br />

TESTING<br />

What you<br />

should know<br />

Coming up 66<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> 2025<br />

Apply right:<br />

Join in 2025<br />

Start-ups 52<br />

BEST OF<br />

Intralogistics<br />

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

Messe Dortmund, Warsteiner, CHEP, Cascade, LTG and the HERMES.Wirtschafts.Forum<br />

have supported the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD <strong>2024</strong>. Many thanks for that!<br />

They ensure that everything runs<br />

smoothly, that the TEST DAYS run perfectly<br />

and that our equipment finds its<br />

way safely from Bavaria to Dortmund:<br />

Our <strong>IFOY</strong> partners have once again<br />

made <strong>IFOY</strong> life a lot easier for us<br />

this year. Many thanks to our official<br />

partners Messe Dortmund, CHEP,<br />

Cascade, LTG, Warsteiner, the<br />

HERMES.Wirtschafts.Forum and also<br />

to SSI Schäfer, who supported TEST<br />

CAMP INTRALOGISTICS as a racking<br />

partner again in <strong>2024</strong>. We look forward<br />

to continuing our good cooperation!<br />

Would you also like to become an <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

partner? If you have any questions,<br />

please contact Anita Würmser by<br />

email at anita.wuermser@impact.mp.<br />

NEW IN THE JURY<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> organization announces the appointment of two new jurors to the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD jury. Christoph Scholze, Editor-in-Chief of the German trade magazine dhf<br />

Intralogistik, and David Maloney, Editorial Director of the US media DC Velocity and<br />

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, have been elected to the panel, bringing the total<br />

number of editors-in-chief of leading logistics publications and experts from<br />

19 nations on the <strong>IFOY</strong> jury to 26. They are allowed to test the world’s best new<br />

intralogistics products and solutions and decide who will win an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

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Content.<br />

28<br />

at a glance<br />

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

Nominees<br />

10<br />

24<br />

58<br />

20<br />

08<br />

10<br />

20<br />

22<br />

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

Backstage<br />

TEST CAMP <strong>2024</strong>:<br />

The big review<br />

“Mobile Robotics” –<br />

the conference<br />

Visitor statements<br />

to the TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS<br />

24 “Best-in-Intralogistics”:<br />

The certificates<br />

28<br />

58<br />

61<br />

66<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

finalists <strong>2024</strong><br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> testers <strong>2024</strong><br />

26 jurors from all<br />

over the world:<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Jury <strong>2024</strong><br />

How to apply for the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD 2025<br />

61<br />

66<br />

66<br />

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INNOVATIONS<br />

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19—21<br />

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

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Foreword<br />

Innovation<br />

hub<br />

by Mona Neubaur<br />

(Minister of Economic Affairs of<br />

North Rhine-Westphalia)<br />

The Olympic idea of letting the best one win is cultivated here<br />

in favour of pioneering technology.<br />

Enthusiastic about the TEST CAMP: Mona Neubaur, Minister of<br />

Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia)<br />

Situated at the heart of Europe, North Rhine-Westphalia has<br />

a pivotal role in goods handling and innovation. With 24,000 individual<br />

businesses, 364,000 employees and an annual turnover<br />

of 68 billion euro, the logistics sector is one of the state’s leading<br />

growth industries. NRW is home to a multitude of distribution<br />

centres run by various global players. No less important are the<br />

smaller, often family-owned companies that cater to the needs<br />

of 150 million people within a 500-kilometre radius.<br />

The large concentration of logistics-related higher education and<br />

research facilities contributes to North Rhine-Westphalia’s reputation<br />

as a science hub. Our state boasts a considerable amount<br />

of expertise in a range of research sectors such as autonomous<br />

driving, real time IoT analytics, transport and traffic management,<br />

optimisation of inter- and intra-logistics systems as well as circular<br />

economy.So, it is only natural that TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS is<br />

held in Dortmund. After all, it is about hands-on implementation,<br />

specific areas of application and trailblazing performance. “Testing<br />

makes the difference” – the motto of TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS<br />

and the International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year<br />

(<strong>IFOY</strong>) AWARD tells you all you need to know.<br />

Winning this award is quite the achievement: The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

emphasises internationality and relies on a three-stage audit,<br />

which is a tough test for all nominated solutions and devices.<br />

This year, international manufacturers are meeting for the fourth<br />

time for TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS at the Messe Dortmund exhibition<br />

centre, home of <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS. Their innovative ideas and<br />

products have been scrutinised by testers, researchers and international<br />

jurors. Visitors, too, have been invited to follow the award’s<br />

motto and try their hand at testing more than 100 innovations.<br />

Stakeholders from industry, trade and logistics have been able<br />

to familiarize themselves with the latest standards in data<br />

communication and use the various sessions for active transfer<br />

of knowledge. That is a key aspect, given that innovation needs<br />

to to be widespread and shared in order to be effective. Many<br />

NRW-based visitors take the latest information on innovative<br />

solutions, automation trends and artificial intelligence back to<br />

their businessesto use it in an effort to – for example – make<br />

supply chains more robust and efficient.<br />

Important know-how is coming to TEST CAMP from the research<br />

community, notably the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and<br />

Logistics (IML), based in Dortmund.<br />

This logistics institute of European renown is working together<br />

with Dortmund Technical University to train urgently needed<br />

young experts.Whilst the transportation of goods – by ship, train<br />

or lorry – is visible to the consumer, the intralogistic processes<br />

usually remain hidden. Efficient logistic centres play a critical<br />

role in supply chains.<br />

Moreover, reliable intralogistics is the basis for the high-end<br />

logistics of the 21st century, which puts the enormous opportunities<br />

of digitalisation and automation to full use. So there<br />

are good reasons for remaining curious: let us look forward<br />

to seeing which innovations will be available for trial at TEST<br />

CAMP INTRALOGISTICS in 2025, when the motto will once again<br />

be: “Spot on innovations - testing makes the difference”.<br />

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The Team.<br />

➡ Anita Würmser.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> founder, jury chairwoman and head<br />

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

the journalist also heads the Logistics<br />

Hall of Fame and advises companies on<br />

communication issues. Some call her the<br />

woman who never sleeps. Her sharpest<br />

weapon - apart from the “pen”: Her network.<br />

Welcome to our <strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>MGZN</strong> <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

2023 has been a year of <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

superlatives. Between January<br />

and December, coverage on<br />

the 23 <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD finalists<br />

reached a peak of 4,664 articles<br />

in 823 media publications<br />

from 46 countries. The organic<br />

online media reach reached<br />

1.6 billion people.<br />

This year, only 16 of the 36<br />

applicants made it to the final,<br />

all of them first class (p. 28ff.).<br />

They underwent the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit<br />

in April (p. 24ff.) and were once<br />

again the stars of the TEST<br />

CAMP INTRALOGISTICS (p. 10).<br />

Anita Würmser.<br />

the world were on display for<br />

self-testing - in line with the<br />

second CAMP motto “TESTING<br />

MAKES THE DIFFERENCE”.<br />

And the 1,200 invited participants<br />

didn’t need to be asked<br />

twice. The eight highlight tours<br />

(p. 10ff.), the driving areas of the<br />

test arena and the stands, the<br />

congress and the premiere of<br />

the Mobile Robotics Conference,<br />

not forgetting the <strong>IFOY</strong> Nominee<br />

Dinner and the TEST CAMP party<br />

were extremely popular.<br />

Fancy a TEST CAMP?<br />

Next opportunity 2025!<br />

➡ Thilo Jörgl.<br />

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

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

leading spirit of TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS<br />

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

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

of impact media projects GmbH. There he is<br />

almost alone among women – but he handles<br />

this challenge with excellence.<br />

➡ Stefanie Nonnenmann.<br />

Logistics journalist, host of <strong>IFOY</strong> panels and<br />

long-distance runner. Serves cake in the<br />

hall with the WAVE. Always in a good mood,<br />

unless she has to spend a night in a hotel<br />

room with a view of the BVB stadium. View of<br />

the rose garden is ok. Nice as well.<br />

➡ Susanne Roser.<br />

She’s only been in the team for a few<br />

weeks and yet she’s already in the thick of<br />

things. Our event manager felt like she was<br />

everywhere in the test hall at the same time.<br />

And she counted the steps every day - there<br />

were more than 12,000 on the set-up day.<br />

Respect!<br />

➡ Theo, Mark, Bernd.<br />

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

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

wheels on behalf of the <strong>IFOY</strong> organisation for 10 years. Mark<br />

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

good mood. Another helper in the team: test reporter and <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

juror Bernd Maienschein<br />

In line with the first CAMP motto<br />

“SPOT ON INNOVATION”, around<br />

100 innovations from all over<br />

My personal <strong>MGZN</strong><br />

recommendation:<br />

Read from page 3.<br />

Imprint.<br />

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

projects GmbH, Eckherstraße 10b,<br />

85737 Ismaning, Germany,<br />

ISSN 2700-0702<br />

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

Anita Würmser (V.i.S.d.P.)<br />

Editors: Nicole de Jong (njo), Thilo<br />

Jörgl (jö), Bernd Maienschein (bm),<br />

Stefanie Nonnenmann (sno)<br />

Proof reading: Peter MacLeod<br />

Layout and design:<br />

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Bernd Kächler<br />

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

Baschlakow, Lena Manteuffel, Roland<br />

Gorecki, Karl-Josef Hildenbrand,<br />

Oliver Lang, Messe Dortmund,<br />

MLR, Still, Marcus Vetter, company<br />

pictures, Chep, LTG, Stephan Schütze,<br />

Thomas Willemsen. <strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>MGZN</strong>, a<br />

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inside<br />

this issue<br />

let’s get<br />

social.<br />

May <strong>2024</strong><br />

➡ Prof. Dr.-Ing.<br />

Alice Kirchheim.<br />

On April 1, she took over from<br />

logistics scientist Prof. Dr.<br />

Dr. h.c. Michael ten Hompel<br />

at the Fraunhofer IML. She<br />

gave her first keynote speech<br />

in her new position at TEST<br />

CAMP INTRALOGISTICS.<br />

Heja, wonderful home game!<br />

Page 20.<br />

➡ Jan Drömer.<br />

He was familiar with TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS from the AGV<br />

Mesh-Up. At the fourth edition of<br />

the event, Jan Drömer was able<br />

to present the “Best in Intralogistics”<br />

certificate for the first time<br />

in his new role as Chairman of<br />

the VDMA Materials Handling<br />

and Intralogistics Association.<br />

He is looking forward to the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD Night. Page 24.<br />

➡ Emil H. Jensen.<br />

If there was an award for the<br />

longest journey to TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS, it would have<br />

gone to the Danish-born expert.<br />

The well-known mobile robotics<br />

expert traveled all the way from<br />

Shanghai. In return, he took part<br />

in two sessions. Page 20.<br />

Another great TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS. I enjoyed<br />

<br />

it very much!<br />

Patrick Schwarzkpf, VDMA<br />

As every year, it was great fun and of course there<br />

<br />

were numerous innovations on site again.<br />

Fabian Mütherich, Sparck Technologies<br />

Good event, good moderation, good questions and<br />

<br />

good discussion partners! It was a lot of fun.<br />

Jan-Hinrich Brumloop, BLG Handelslogistik<br />

The whole TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS team did a<br />

<br />

great job!<br />

Daniel Brandt, Innok Robotics<br />

We are delighted to be part of the TEST CAMP<br />

<br />

INTRALOGISTICS this year. It was a great first day with<br />

good discussions and innovative insights. I’m already<br />

looking forward to day two.<br />

Andreas Stöckl, Exotec<br />

➡ Peter MacLeod.<br />

An Englishman who is also a<br />

model pan-European? Sounds<br />

strange, but it‘s true. The London<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> judge now lives with his<br />

family in Warsaw. With his<br />

Queen’s English – and his many<br />

years of experience in intralogistics<br />

– he is predestined to moderate<br />

English-language panels. This<br />

time he was moderating two.<br />

Hats off. Or better: Cheers foamy<br />

German beers. Page 16.<br />

We thank you for your support.<br />

the USUAL<br />

suspects.<br />

3. News 7. Foreword 8. Imprint<br />

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EST CA<br />

By Nicole de Jong, Thilo Jörgl and Peter MacLeod<br />

Testing forklifts, interacting with robots, steering industrial<br />

trucks remotely, inspecting the latest mobile robots: The fourth<br />

edition of TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS came to an end with<br />

numerous highlights. In total, more than 1,200 participants<br />

came to the fully booked test hall 4 at Messe Dortmund to test<br />

a selection of the best innovations and new developments in<br />

intralogistics. This means that roughly the same number of<br />

interested experts traveled to the Ruhr metropolis as last year<br />

to be part of the unique test event on April 10 and 11.<br />

Including the finalists of the International Intralogistics and<br />

Forklift Truck of the Year (<strong>IFOY</strong>) AWARD <strong>2024</strong>, test sets with<br />

more than 100 innovations were set up on around 10,000<br />

square meters. B2B visitors once again had a wide range of<br />

Tested: 5G MIPS set-up from NAiSE<br />

Clear message: The motto of the TEST CAMP<br />

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MP <strong>2024</strong><br />

EXCURSION TO AMAZON<br />

For the first time, TEST CAMP organized an<br />

excursion with two groups – to Amazon.<br />

“Steel goes digital” – this was the motto under<br />

which Amazon moved into the logistics center<br />

on the site of the former Westfalenhütte in<br />

Dortmund in 2017. The site is called DTM2<br />

internally at Amazon, and it has a special<br />

feature: the employees ensure that goods from<br />

manufacturers are distributed to other logistics<br />

locations – supported by robotics.<br />

Perfectly stored: original parts by Still Relaxed atmosphere: the get-together on April 10<br />

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Concentrated: jurors at work<br />

AGV Mesh-Up: a magnet for visitors<br />

Men in green: testers & innovation checkers<br />

16 innovative products and solutions went through the<br />

three-stage <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit in Dortmund in <strong>2024</strong><br />

products and solutions for their in-house<br />

logistics at their disposal.<br />

TEST DRIVES AND<br />

INTENSIVE TALKS<br />

The organizers recorded strong demand<br />

for places on the eight guided<br />

highlight tours, in which exhibitors presented<br />

their innovations in three-minute<br />

presentations. One of the special<br />

features of this event format is that B2B<br />

visitors are guided to all exhibitors in<br />

highlight tours. Suppliers of intralogistics<br />

solutions are increasingly using the<br />

focused event format to demonstrate<br />

their innovations to invited guests from<br />

contract logistics, industry and retail.<br />

Numerous delegations from Germany<br />

and neighboring countries such as the<br />

Netherlands and the Czech Republic<br />

were also present.<br />

The new special test area “Mobile Robotics”<br />

with the associated “Mobile Robotics<br />

Conference” proved to be a magnet for<br />

visitors. Participants were particularly<br />

interested in best-practice examples<br />

from companies such as Dresselhaus<br />

and DB Schenker as well as the forecasts<br />

presented by renowned scientists<br />

from Fraunhofer IML, the University of<br />

Stuttgart and ETH Zurich. At the fourth<br />

edition of the TEST CAMPS, visitors<br />

once again had the opportunity to test<br />

the finalists of the global <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

They included new developments from<br />

AGILOX, Crown, GLOBE Fuel Cell Systems,<br />

HWArobotics, Innok Robotics,<br />

Jungheinrich, MEYSENS, RAVAS, SAFE-<br />

LOG, SSI SCHÄFER and STILL. Test setups<br />

from BOX ID Systems, Brightpick, CYBRID<br />

and MOCCI were available for the “<strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Start-up of the Year” spin-off award.<br />

A total of 16 products and solutions<br />

from 15 manufacturers underwent the<br />

three-stage <strong>IFOY</strong> audit on site, consisting<br />

of driving and functional tests, including<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> test protocol comprising 80<br />

criteria, the scientific <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation<br />

Check and the assessment by the 26<br />

jurors - trade journalists from all continents.<br />

After passing the <strong>IFOY</strong> audit, the<br />

representatives of 15 manufacturers<br />

accepted the “Best in Intralogistics”<br />

certificates for their nominees from Jan<br />

Drömer, the new Chairman of the Board<br />

of the VDMA Materials Handling and<br />

Full conference cube: welcome speech by Anita Würmser<br />

Black meets yellow: VIPs from Dortmund and jurors<br />

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Top networking: a dinner with <strong>IFOY</strong> nominees<br />

Wow effect: Remote-controlled forklift by enabl<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> dinner: a big and yummy buffet<br />

Intralogistics Association. The new head<br />

of the Institute for Material Flow Systems<br />

at the Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund,<br />

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alice Kirchheim, also<br />

made her first public appearance at the<br />

TEST CAMP opening.<br />

EIGHT HIGHLIGHT TOURS<br />

AND 32 SPEAKERS<br />

The winner of an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD <strong>2024</strong><br />

will remain under wraps until the award<br />

ceremony. The jury’s vote will only be<br />

announced by the laudators during the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD Night. It will take place on<br />

June 14, <strong>2024</strong> at the Congress Center<br />

Baden near Vienna.<br />

The accompanying congress focused<br />

on current trend topics such as digitalization,<br />

artificial intelligence, resilience,<br />

sustainability and process cost reduction.<br />

Visitors gained food for thought in<br />

the 18 sessions and panel discussions<br />

with 32 top-class experts from Europe,<br />

the USA and China.<br />

Thematically, the sequences revolved<br />

around special topics such as automation,<br />

hydrogen, start-ups and mobile<br />

robotics. Providers of intralogistics<br />

solutions, their users and renowned<br />

researchers engaged in intensive discussions,<br />

making the event an industry<br />

highlight of the year.<br />

A world premiere also took place in the<br />

test hall this year: The demonstration<br />

of the 5G Mobile Robots Interoperability<br />

Partner Solution Live Test (5G<br />

MIPS) in the Mobile Robotics special<br />

test area. On 120 square meters, the<br />

Stuttgart-based technology company<br />

DIGITAL<br />

CONCEPT<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD achieves a high<br />

organic reach worldwide. Online<br />

alone, it amounted to 1.6 billion in the<br />

previous year. News about the award<br />

is not only distributed in a media network,<br />

but also played out via social<br />

media - especially LinkedIn. Because<br />

a picture often says more than many<br />

words, two photographers and two<br />

video producers worked in Dortmund.<br />

Hundreds of images can be<br />

found in galleries on the website, and<br />

several videos were uploaded to the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD channel on YouTube. A<br />

special highlight: each of the 16 <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

finalists is presented in a video.<br />

Talking, wine, pasta, DJ: the get-together ended at 11 p.m.<br />

Well-known manufacturer from North Rhine-Westphalia: VIPs at SSI SCHAEFER<br />

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Practical infos: Highlight Tour at Jungheinrich Impulses from Dortmund: Thomas Albrecht Made in Ireland: innovations by Moffett<br />

NAiSE demonstrated cooperation in<br />

mixed robot fleets with manually operated<br />

vehicles and humans without safety<br />

fences for the first time in public. The<br />

holistic automation solution, which realistically<br />

depicted the typical challenges<br />

of material flow automation, integrated<br />

both vehicles in accordance with the<br />

VDA5050 interface standard and non-<br />

VDA5050 robots.<br />

WORLD PREMIERE<br />

OF 5G MIPS<br />

With its intralogistics software, NAiSE<br />

provided the basis for traffic control, order<br />

management and traffic analysis for<br />

all parties involved. Omron and Bosch<br />

Rexroth provided the state-of-the-art<br />

robot systems and cobots and WAITKUS<br />

was responsible for the project concept<br />

and presentation.<br />

The AGV Mesh-Up, which had its world<br />

premiere four years ago at TEST CAMP,<br />

was also staged again in Dortmund:<br />

500 square meters of driving area,<br />

eight mobile robots integrated under a<br />

master controller with the help of VDA<br />

5050, routes with oncoming traffic and<br />

intersection situations, a driving area for<br />

autonomously operating mobile robots<br />

and only three days for assembly and<br />

commissioning.<br />

Bosch Rexroth, dpm - Daum + Partner<br />

Maschinenbau, Fraunhofer IML, Jungheinrich,<br />

KUKA, Omron, SAFELOG,<br />

Siemens, STILL and SYNAOS successfully<br />

met this challenge. Despite weeks of<br />

intensive preparation by all those involved,<br />

the commissioning in the hall<br />

was a thrill and a few aha moments.<br />

“The VDA 5050 communication interface<br />

is ready for practical use and<br />

no longer requires any fundamental<br />

testing. However, the combination of<br />

so many different vehicle types and<br />

the short implementation period of a<br />

heterogeneous fleet creates a complexity<br />

from which the companies<br />

involved can gain important experience<br />

and knowledge,” emphasized Andreas<br />

Scherb, project manager in charge of<br />

the AGV Mesh-Up and responsible for<br />

the Mobile Robots department in the<br />

VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics<br />

Association.<br />

In the run-up to the event, the participating<br />

companies had come up with a<br />

scenario consisting of processes from<br />

warehouse and production logistics<br />

that were as realistic as possible and<br />

which were implemented as examples<br />

in the AGV Mesh-Up. These included<br />

intersection and two-way traffic, where<br />

the strengths of VDA 5050 come into<br />

play when different vehicles are controlled<br />

via a guidance system and<br />

share routes.<br />

The AGV Mesh-Up for autonomously<br />

navigating mobile robots provided a<br />

preview of version 2.1.0, which will be<br />

released in the summer. In a separate<br />

area of the driving surface, there was no<br />

course layout for technologically suitable<br />

vehicles, just a corridor with various<br />

obstacles that the devices navigated<br />

around independently. The obstacles<br />

were moved several times to show visitors<br />

this dynamic.<br />

AGV MESH-UP ON MORE<br />

THAN 500 SQUARE METERS<br />

The participants not only had many<br />

working discussions, but also enjoyed<br />

themselves in a relaxed atmosphere. The<br />

organizer of the get-together on the first<br />

day of the event expanded on this: the<br />

caterer served pasta with various sauces<br />

and salmon with matching Italian wines,<br />

DJ XMBA from Augsburg provided a<br />

good groove and guests were able to<br />

show how they can achieve success at<br />

the table football tables. As a memento<br />

of the entertaining evening, participants<br />

stood in groups in front of the photo box<br />

and took a souvenir home with them.<br />

After the event, the organizer drew a<br />

positive balance and already announced<br />

the next date for the TEST CAMP<br />

INTRA LOGISTICS: It will take place on<br />

March 26 and 27, 2025 - again at Messe<br />

Dortmund.<br />

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Gimme facts: Experts from Mercedes at Safelog The cycling juror: Jarlath Sweeney Exhibitor presentation: Dr Wolfgang Hackenberg<br />

UP HIGH:<br />

SSI SCHAEFER SUPPLIES TEST RACKS<br />

As in the previous year, intralogistics<br />

provider SSI SCHAEFER was the racking<br />

partner for TEST CAMP INTRALO-<br />

GISTICS. The company supplied four<br />

racking complexes for the test event.<br />

containers on a shelf - without human<br />

assistance.<br />

The third racking complex was the<br />

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS tower<br />

at the entrance to the test hall, which<br />

served as a central meeting point<br />

for visitors. The guided highlight<br />

tours in German and English also<br />

started there.<br />

The advantage for B2B visitors:<br />

handling tests with pallets, totes and<br />

parcels could be carried out on the<br />

racks under the same conditions as in<br />

a logistics center.<br />

In the special test area Order Picker<br />

Safari, visitors were able to load<br />

goods from a 13.5 meter long rack<br />

onto order picking devices. In the<br />

VDMA’s AGV Mesh-Up, Automated<br />

Guided Vehicles carried out automatic<br />

storage and retrieval processes with<br />

Highly visible: the TEST CAMP rack tower<br />

No wobbling at height: mast tester at Crown<br />

Three-minute intro: Highlight Tour at MEYSENS<br />

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Host Peter MacLeod (Logistics Business) Dr Florian Heydenreich (STILL) Prof Dr Johannes Fottner (TU München)<br />

PANEL DISCUSSION: WAREHOUSE TRUCKS<br />

Hydrogen has been talked about as<br />

an energy source in intralogistics for<br />

many years – decades – and whilst<br />

many sites already boast successful<br />

hydrogen-fueled materials handling<br />

fleets, the technology is still to become<br />

widely adopted.<br />

To discuss hydrogen’s future as a viable<br />

clean energy source that could replace<br />

batteries in logistics operations, a distinguished<br />

panel of experts was assembled<br />

comprizing Florian Kraus, Head of Segment<br />

Energy Systems, Jungheinrich, Dr.<br />

Florian Heydenreich, EVP Sales & Service,<br />

STILL EMEA, Dr Johannes Fottner,<br />

Professor for Logistics Engineering at<br />

the Technical University of Munich and<br />

Dr Bernhard Wienk-Borgert, Co-Founder<br />

and CTO, Globe Fuel Cell Systems.<br />

Fottner started off by declaring that “it’s<br />

not something which is the next solution<br />

for everything, but it’s a very nice<br />

technology for specific applications”.<br />

Jungheinrich’s Kraus said the technology<br />

becomes a convincing argument<br />

where subsidies are in place. But he<br />

also stated the production, distribution<br />

and storage of hydrogen remain<br />

a challenge:<br />

“We are not in a robust situation regarding<br />

its supply chain. It’s a major,<br />

major hurdle”. Heydenreich underlined<br />

that as a major player in an in innovation-hungry<br />

industry, STILL is helping<br />

to drive up adoption rates. Whilst he<br />

believes that hydrogen right now is a<br />

niche application for specific applications,<br />

he said: “We are seeing in the<br />

mid term and long term that there will<br />

be an increase in applications where<br />

fuel cells can make sense”.<br />

GOOD USE CASE IN<br />

THREE-SHIFT OPERATION<br />

Leaving a senior role at Mercedes<br />

to set up Global Fuel Cell Systems,<br />

Wienk-Borgert has gone all-in on the<br />

technology and sees it “a little bit<br />

bigger than a niche”.<br />

He believes the greatest rate of adoption<br />

will come where hydrogen is<br />

required not only for intralogistics, but,<br />

for example, at airports where there<br />

will be multiple opportunities to use<br />

the technology.<br />

Fottner agrees that<br />

a critical mass of<br />

use cases must be<br />

achieved to justify<br />

the cost of the<br />

additional required<br />

infrastructure. In<br />

intralogistics, he<br />

says only threeshift<br />

24/7 operations<br />

would currently support a switch<br />

to fuel cells thanks largely to its fast<br />

refuelling time.<br />

The production of hydrogen remains<br />

a sticky topic, with moderator<br />

Peter Mac-Leod suggesting that in<br />

some cases, hydrogen is produced<br />

by burning fossil fuels. The need to<br />

generate green hydrogen was extensively<br />

discussed, with an ideal situation<br />

portrayed whereby a facility would be<br />

self-sufficient in hydrogen by generating<br />

it on-site from solar panels or<br />

windmills.<br />

Kraus believes that lithium ion or any<br />

ion-based battery solution will be<br />

cheaper for the foreseeable future,<br />

given the rapid rate of progress in<br />

battery manufacture and intelligent<br />

charger technology.<br />

Panel discussion about warehouse trucks<br />

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Alwin Heerklotz (Innok Robotics)<br />

Martin Lippitz (HWArobotics)<br />

Prof Dr Johannes Fottner (TU München)<br />

PANEL DISCUSSION: AI<br />

Under the title of ‘Automation with AI:<br />

where do we go from here?’, Dr. Johannes<br />

Fottner, Professor for Logistics<br />

Engineering at the Technical University<br />

of Munich, was joined on stage by<br />

Martin Lippitz, HWArobotics’ Director<br />

of Sales and Business Development for<br />

Europe, and Alwin Heerklotz, founder<br />

and CEO of Innok Robotics, helped<br />

shed some light on this misunderstood<br />

topic.<br />

Asked to define what is meant by AI,<br />

Fottner said: “There are a lot of different<br />

understandings, but AI is where<br />

you communicate with a machine and<br />

use statistical methods to teach it to<br />

be smarter than it was before.” Lippitz<br />

added that AI enables a human to<br />

be more effective by supporting the<br />

machines they’re working with to be<br />

more effective. “It should never be the<br />

decision-making part, only the supportive<br />

part.”<br />

AI SUPPORTS QUICK<br />

DECISIONS<br />

Fottner pointed out that whilst AI is<br />

widely deployed in functions such as<br />

mobile robot picking, it has the potential<br />

to help control more complex<br />

processes. “In intralogistics, we have<br />

very complex processes which are not<br />

always controllable. One of the best<br />

uses we could have is to quickly solve<br />

surprising problems that show up where<br />

there has been disruption to a process.”<br />

The best example of this was the supply<br />

chain chaos caused by the pandemic.<br />

Whilst Fottner believes AI couldn’t have<br />

predicted such an event, he said that it<br />

would help us steer through such choppy<br />

waters in the future: “In the future, the<br />

reaction time for changing processes,<br />

demands and procedures will be done<br />

by AI in a more efficient way. Decisions<br />

will still be made by humans, but the<br />

controlling processes will be done by AI<br />

to support those decisions. It will give us<br />

more flexibility and more adaptive behavior<br />

in dynamic environments.”<br />

Despite AI’s obvious benefits, there<br />

remains a mistrust of it, with people<br />

expressing a fear that it’s going to take<br />

their jobs.<br />

“Just because there<br />

is something that<br />

supports you in<br />

decision making,<br />

in being more effective<br />

in repetitive<br />

tasks, in demand<br />

forecasting – you<br />

don’t have to be<br />

afraid of that,” believes<br />

Lippitz. “Using<br />

AI as a supporting<br />

tool, you still have to make the decision<br />

in the end. But when you’re switching<br />

off your brain – that’s when you have to<br />

be afraid.”<br />

Heerklotz added: “I think AI is necessary<br />

for the whole of society. In the future,<br />

we need to do the same work with less<br />

people through automation with machines.<br />

AI will help us to make decisions<br />

with less time and effort.”<br />

Panel discussion about AI<br />

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Dr. Wolfgang Vogl (Box ID Systems) Well-filled event cube Andrey Bakholdin (Brightpick)<br />

PANEL DISCUSSION: START-UPS<br />

Representatives of three start-ups nominated<br />

for the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD discussed<br />

the hurdles and challenges that startups<br />

have to overcome in order to gain a<br />

foothold in the economic environment<br />

of the DACH region. On stage were<br />

Dr Wolfgang Vogl, Executive Partner<br />

at BOX ID Systems, Andrey Bakholdin,<br />

Vice President of Growth and Marketing<br />

at Brightpick, and Ralf Busse, Executive<br />

Director Commercial at MOCCI/CIP<br />

Mobility.<br />

The three young companies recognized<br />

that large companies have long<br />

decision-making processes in terms<br />

of investment and flexibility, which<br />

can make collaboration more difficult.<br />

It is also not easy to gain the trust of<br />

customers, especially when it comes<br />

to business-critical processes. “Many<br />

prefer to stick with tried-and-tested<br />

solutions rather than work with new<br />

companies,” said Bakholdin, whose<br />

company builds mobile robots that<br />

automate the entire fulfillment process,<br />

including picking and shipping, as well<br />

as replenishing stocks.<br />

CONTACT WITH<br />

INVESTORS IS IMPORTANT<br />

And how can investors be found?<br />

Although it has always been easier<br />

for digital start-ups to acquire capital,<br />

the current difficult economic market<br />

environment has made it more difficult<br />

to raise money and convince potential<br />

investors. This makes it all the more<br />

important to connect start-ups with<br />

investors.<br />

“We know both sides and can bring<br />

them together in a more targeted way,”<br />

emphasized Johannes Franke, another<br />

panelist and Managing Director of Startport,<br />

an innovation platform for logistics<br />

that supports and promotes start-ups.<br />

In order to gain the trust of customers,<br />

it makes sense to realize pilot projects<br />

with a manageable financial outlay. This<br />

allows experience to be gathered and<br />

the product to be adapted accordingly.<br />

If installations are then carried out<br />

with customers, it is easier to convince<br />

other customers of the reliability of the<br />

new product. “Many make the mistake<br />

of focusing solely on the competition,”<br />

said Vogl, whose company automates<br />

container flows and enables them to<br />

be tracked in real time using IoT data.<br />

However, it is crucial to focus on your<br />

own strengths and unique selling<br />

points.<br />

“Listening is very important. But<br />

you can’t get too specific so as not<br />

to become dependent on a single<br />

customer,” explained Busse, Executive<br />

Director Commercial at MOCCI/CIP<br />

Mobility, which has dedicated itself to<br />

micromobility with the MOCCI brand.<br />

For start-ups, it is also an advantage<br />

to have a broad-based team of founders<br />

who contribute different skills and<br />

perspectives.<br />

Attentive audience<br />

Host Stefanie Nonnenmann (impact media projects)<br />

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Helper<br />

of the<br />

Future<br />

For the first time, the conference program<br />

dedicated one day entirely to the trend topic<br />

of "Mobile Robotics"<br />

BY NICOLE DE JONG<br />

Technological innovations, double-digit<br />

growth forecasts, dozens of new players:<br />

the prospects for manufacturers of mobile<br />

robots are rosy. Because more and more<br />

companies are switching to mobile robots<br />

due to the shortage of skilled workers and<br />

the risk of injury from industrial trucks, TEST<br />

CAMP dedicated an entire day to the topic at<br />

the Mobile Robotics Conference. A total of<br />

15 experts gave presentations or discussed<br />

current trends in the panels with hosts Thilo<br />

Jörgl (TEST CAMP) and Juliane Kluge (VDMA).<br />

And they spared no effort. Emil Hauch<br />

Jensen, Business Development Manager for<br />

the AMR division at Intel from Shanghai, had<br />

the longest journey.<br />

When putting together the program, the organizers<br />

made sure to focus on practical examples.<br />

The visitors took advantage of this opportunity<br />

and asked the experts on the podium numerous<br />

detailed questions. In addition, the presentations<br />

and films by researchers from Fraunhofer IML<br />

and ETZ Zurich gave them an outlook on how<br />

the industry will develop in the future.<br />

The fact that processes can be optimized<br />

through the use of automation and robotics<br />

is nothing new. However, the implementation<br />

of robotic systems requires careful planning<br />

in order to ensure smooth integration and<br />

maximum efficiency. James Bailey, Director<br />

Global Center of Excellence at DB Schenker,<br />

and Wolfgang Hillinger AMR/AGV Spokesman<br />

VDMA and CEO DS Automotion, discussed what<br />

needs to be taken into account together with<br />

Emil Hauch Jensen, Business Development<br />

Manager at Intel in Shanghai.<br />

According to the experts, it is initially important<br />

to find a trustworthy partner. Internally,<br />

a project manager should keep track of all<br />

issues, and it also makes sense to appoint an<br />

implementation manager. "You should ensure<br />

that you have a good project plan and make<br />

regular phone calls so that everyone involved<br />

is always up to date," said Bailey from DB<br />

Schenker. The employees affected should be<br />

involved as early as possible.<br />

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Prof. Dr. Alice Kirchheim: The keynote<br />

speech at TEST CAMP was her first public<br />

presentation in her new role as Institute<br />

Director at the Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund.<br />

Everyone should do their homework in<br />

advance and analyze their own processes.<br />

"The supplier can't offer a good solution if<br />

they don't know the material flow in detail,"<br />

said Hillinger from DS Automotion. Sometimes<br />

it even makes sense to bring in a<br />

consultant who is familiar with the topic.<br />

There is no one technology that is suitable<br />

for everything. A stable process is necessary.<br />

Processes that cause problems will<br />

not work even if they are automated. It is<br />

very important to evaluate which technology<br />

is state of the art and who offers the right<br />

robot for your own application. It should also<br />

be checked whether the network is sufficient<br />

for the system to function smoothly. "Start<br />

small, even if you have big dreams," said<br />

Emil Hauch Jensen from Intel. The project<br />

should not become too complex, otherwise<br />

it can quickly cost a lot of time and money. If<br />

an application works, it can be scaled up.<br />

It was her first official public appearance<br />

since taking over from Prof Dr Dr h.c.<br />

Michael ten Hompel as Director of the<br />

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow<br />

and Logistics IML in Dortmund. For Prof<br />

Dr Alice Kirchheim, renowned scientist<br />

for automation in intralogistics, the TEST<br />

CAMP was therefore a home game and<br />

the ideal stage to talk about her favorite<br />

topic - mobile robotics. In her presentation,<br />

she emphasized that the global<br />

market for autonomous mobile robots<br />

(AMR) is expected to grow by 430 percent<br />

between 2021 and 2028.<br />

"Our slogan is 100 per cent logistics. It<br />

takes place at the interfaces of the information<br />

and material flow between companies,<br />

but also in global supply chains,<br />

so it is not surprising that our players<br />

today often meet on digital platforms,"<br />

said the IT engineer.<br />

Digital platforms emerged from B2C<br />

commerce at the beginning of the century<br />

and the internet has made shopping<br />

effortless. Now it is time for the B2B segment<br />

in the logistics industry to catch up,<br />

and she emphasized that mobile robotics<br />

plays a crucial role in this.<br />

The Fraunhofer IML wants to help shape<br />

this process and has launched Silicon<br />

Economy, a project that is developing an<br />

open source infrastructure for the platform<br />

economy of the future with the support<br />

of the German logistics industry. In<br />

the course of her presentation, Kirchheim<br />

cited three examples that describe the<br />

entire process from the idea to the concept<br />

and prototype development through<br />

to market launch, which have different<br />

levels of safety and are operated from<br />

different perspectives. "Greif and Drive",<br />

for example, an AMR-based solution to<br />

improve automated order picking, was<br />

developed to optimize logistics processes<br />

in distribution centers.<br />

The "evoBOT", which has just achieved<br />

prototype status and can perform<br />

human-like tasks, is intended to drive<br />

the trend towards humanoid robots.<br />

Finally, there is the "LoadRunner", which<br />

Fraunhofer IML is currently planning to<br />

launch on the market with its partner and<br />

which has been tested for its practical<br />

suitability by parcel service provider DPD.<br />

It has an omnidirectional chassis that is<br />

based on the idea of autonomous robot<br />

football teams.<br />

Without being permanently installed<br />

in the building infrastructure, the robot<br />

can whizz freely across the hall floor at<br />

speeds of up to ten meters per second.<br />

"Innovations made in Germany," summarized<br />

Kirchheim, impressively demonstrating<br />

how the challenges of intralogistics<br />

can be mastered.<br />

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TESTCAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS INNOVATIONS TO TOUCH<br />

HANDS-ON TESTING AND NETWORKING WITH LOGISTICS DECISION MAKERS<br />

Feedback<br />

Testing innovations, discussing with experts and making new<br />

contacts: B2B trade visitors but also exhibitors report how they<br />

benefited from TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS and why they want<br />

to come again.<br />

BY STEFANIE NONNENMANN AND MELANIE WACK<br />

Consultant,<br />

Innovation Promotion Agency NRW<br />

Dr. Sebastian<br />

Leendertz<br />

At this event I get in touch with<br />

a lot of innovative companies.<br />

It is impressive that everything<br />

is demonstrated live. I will come<br />

back. professional software<br />

developers. In total, it was a<br />

positive event for us.<br />

Research Associate, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering,<br />

TU Dortmund<br />

Sven Franke<br />

Compared to big fairs the experts here have a lot<br />

of time for deep conversations and they know what<br />

they are talking about. I enjoyed it very much.<br />

Director Global Center of Excellence,<br />

DB Schenker<br />

James Baily<br />

I want to see here what is on<br />

the market, what is new. We<br />

want to make sure to incorporate<br />

new technologies to help<br />

us become more efficient.<br />

Business Development Manager,<br />

Intel<br />

Emil Hauch<br />

Jensen<br />

I was really impressed<br />

by the high quality of<br />

the conversations at the<br />

TEST CAMP as well<br />

as the showcase of the<br />

AGV Mesh-Up.<br />

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Director Institute of Material Flow Systems,<br />

Fraunhofer IML<br />

Prof. Dr. Alice<br />

Kirchheim<br />

Fraunhofer IML has been a partner of<br />

the event since the beginning. I like<br />

this event very much – it is a hands-on<br />

event, which is really good.<br />

Head of Marketing,<br />

Innok Robotics<br />

Daniel Brandt<br />

For us as first time attendee it is very<br />

interesting to see how professional<br />

it is organized. Before the event, we<br />

had a lot of questions because we<br />

are here for the first time and they<br />

were all answered super quickly.<br />

Head of Warehouse Automation &<br />

Intralogistics, Bosch Rexroth<br />

Mark<br />

Grötzinger<br />

A great place to be. As Bosch<br />

Rexroth, we can demonstrate<br />

our performance here with<br />

our active shuttle, based on<br />

the VDA 5050 connections.<br />

EVP Sales & Service, STILL EMEA<br />

Dr. Florian<br />

Heydenreich<br />

On the one hand, it’s a lot of fun to<br />

talk to customers, but the camp is<br />

also a great opportunity for us to<br />

show customers our innovations,<br />

our products live, so that they can<br />

see, touch and feel them.<br />

Project Manager Technical Sales,<br />

Jungheinrich Logistiksysteme<br />

Dirk<br />

Vatareck<br />

The TEST CAMP IN-<br />

TRALOGISTICS is a very<br />

important event for us<br />

because we are tested<br />

together with many other<br />

trucks.<br />

Vice President Business Unit AMR,<br />

KUKA<br />

Dr. Michael<br />

Jürgens<br />

Those days at TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS were pretty<br />

valuable for us. There we have<br />

gained broad experience.<br />

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<strong>IFOY</strong> TEST CERT<br />

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

AT THE <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS AT THE DORTMUND EXHIBITION CENTER, 23 PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS<br />

FROM 21 <strong>IFOY</strong> FINALISTS UNDERWENT A MULTI-STAGE TEST PROCEDURE. JAM DRÖMER,<br />

CIO OF EK-ROBOTICS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE VDMA MATERIALS HANDLING<br />

AND INTRALOGISTICS ASSOCIATION, AND <strong>IFOY</strong> JURY CEO ANITA WÜRMSER PRESENTED THE<br />

AUDIT CERTIFICATES (PHOTO RIGHT SIDE)..<br />

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Only those innovations that pass the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit,<br />

are awarded the "Best in Intralogistics" seal:<br />

Agilox, BOX ID Systems, Brightpick, Crown,<br />

CYBRID, GLOBE Fuel Cell Systems, HWArobotics,<br />

Innok Robotics, Jungheinrich, MEYSENS,<br />

MOCCI, RAVAS Europe, SAFELOG,<br />

SSI Schäfer and STILL.<br />

Congrats to all!<br />

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The Jury examines the nominees:<br />

5 minute presentation each,<br />

then individual<br />

testing.<br />

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

Peter Mac Leod (left)<br />

and Christoph Scholze<br />

guiding the<br />

jury Highlight<br />

Tour.<br />

HOW <strong>IFOY</strong> TESTS<br />

Since 2013, products and solutions have been<br />

competing for the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. The categories<br />

range from counterbalanced trucks and warehouse<br />

technology equipment to AGVs, robots and software<br />

for intralogistics. The path to an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is<br />

arduous indeed. In a multi-stage process, applicants<br />

must first clear the nomination hurdle before they<br />

are admitted to the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS. There, the<br />

three-part <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit awaits the finalists. Those who<br />

have passed the audit are entitled to use the “Best in<br />

Intralogistics“ certificate.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

test team.<br />

1. THE <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST<br />

The audit starts with the practice-oriented test<br />

reports by juror Bernd Maienschein and Dutch<br />

journalist Theo Egberts. Theo maintains a unique<br />

comparative database of independent test data in<br />

Europe. Regarded as the benchmark for industrial<br />

trucks, the test compares the nominees with their<br />

competitors. The vehicles undergo individuallytailored<br />

driving or functional tests, including<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> test protocol, which comprises around<br />

80 criteria and includes, among other things<br />

factors such as economy and energy efficiency,<br />

sustainability, safety and ergonomics of the<br />

nominated products and solutions.<br />

2. THE <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The innovation value is one of the essential<br />

evaluation criteria for the jurors. To assess the value<br />

of an innovation from the technological standpoint,<br />

a technology comparison with the market<br />

standards is necessary.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Jury<br />

from 19 countries.<br />

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Before TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS<br />

opens to visitors, entry is<br />

limited to the jury and<br />

test teams.<br />

Jury session #3:<br />

The tester team<br />

presents<br />

the results.<br />

The Best-in-Intralogistics<br />

certificate is the visible sign of<br />

the high degree of innovation of<br />

the nominated equipment and<br />

solutions. Only the innovations<br />

that have faced the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit<br />

are allowed to carry the seal.<br />

3. THE JURY TEST<br />

The audit traditionally concludes with the evaluation<br />

of the finalists by the jurors and their approved<br />

advisors. The jury members, trade journalists from<br />

all over the world, are not only presented with all<br />

the results of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Test and the scientific <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

Innovation Check for their voting, but also test them<br />

themselves.<br />

The jury on their<br />

Highlight Tour.<br />

This is te content of the scientific <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation<br />

Check, part two of the audit. Scientists from<br />

Fraunhofer IML and the Technical Universities<br />

in Dresden and Munich assessed the finalists in<br />

terms of market relevance, customer benefits,<br />

type of execution and degree of innovation.<br />

The innovations of the products mentioned<br />

by the manufacturers in their brochures and<br />

presentations are traced on site by means of visual<br />

inspections and with the aid of a functional test.<br />

The Best-in-Intralogistics<br />

Certificates.<br />

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<strong>IFOY</strong> chief tester<br />

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Mobile Robotics<br />

The swarm at BMW<br />

Name<br />

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

AGILOX, AGILOX AMR fleet at BMW<br />

Integrated Customer Solution<br />

TEST REPORT: At the BMW plant in Regensburg, 1300 premium<br />

vehicles roll off the production line every day.<br />

To supply the body shop with raw materials, 27 AGILOX ONE autonomous<br />

mobile robots are at work. Over the course of time, the handling<br />

of empties in the body shop has been added, including the complete<br />

supply and disposal of load carriers.<br />

AGILOX´s roots are in the software industry − the company used to<br />

develop and sell warehouse management software (WMS) − and has<br />

now moved into hardware production without neglecting the software.<br />

AGILOX has its roots in the software industry − the company used to<br />

develop and sell warehouse management software (WMS) − and has<br />

meanwhile switched to hardware production without neglecting the<br />

software. Five of the six founders, who started the first major pilot<br />

project at the premium car manufacturer in 2017 after winning a BMW<br />

tender, are still on board. As befits pioneers, only one device from the<br />

Austrians was initially used at the BMW plant in Regensburg. A special<br />

feature of the integrated customer project is that BMW has independently<br />

carried out all expansions of the AMR fleet from “AGILOX #1”<br />

to the 27 devices mentioned above by the end of 2023.<br />

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

Overall, the commissioning project is only of average innovative<br />

strength due to the long ramp-up phase, the limited involvement<br />

of the AMR manufacturer and the use of standard vehicles with<br />

functions already known on the market.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free<br />

of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation<br />

Ø<br />

Novelty / Innovation -<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

BMW now operates the largest AGILOX fleet in<br />

the German-speaking region. All devices are<br />

networked with each other, can rotate omnidirectionally<br />

when stationary and use swarm<br />

intelligence to ensure the reliable supply of<br />

the body component area. Instead of a central<br />

control system, each vehicle has more or<br />

less its own master computer. “Classic” AMRs<br />

are not known to exchange their orders and<br />

each operator, in this case BMW, would have<br />

to develop an emergency concept. With the<br />

AGILOX fleet, this is not necessary. Should<br />

any obstacles arise, the other AGILOX AMRs<br />

are informed.<br />

At the BMW plant in Regensburg, where the<br />

1 Series, X1 and X2 roll off the production<br />

line, the AMR swarm moves an average of<br />

2,624 tons of material in a week, covering<br />

around 3,294 kilometers. Before AGILOX<br />

deployed its equipment there, BMW supplied<br />

its production lines cyclically using classic<br />

tugger trains. The buffer stores were loaded<br />

manually, and workstations could only be<br />

approached and loaded as part of a fixed<br />

cycle.<br />

In total, AGILOX now has over 1400 AMRs<br />

in use at its customers and provides its<br />

customers with a range of tools to map their<br />

workflow. Due to their omnidirectionality, the<br />

AMR from AGILOX are particularly interesting<br />

for existing brownfield systems. The delivery<br />

time for the devices is currently six to eight<br />

weeks. In 80 percent of cases, the commissioning<br />

time for the system is just one week.<br />

If an AGILOX must be plugged in, three minutes<br />

charging time is sufficient for another<br />

hour's drive afterwards.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: In the automotive industry,<br />

where availability and adherence to cycle<br />

times are always important due to extremely<br />

expensive line downtimes, the use<br />

of AMR from AGILOX allows material flows<br />

to be adapted flexibly and independently<br />

- so no AGILOX employee has to travel<br />

to Regensburg. Innovative mechanisms<br />

ensure that goods can reach the workstations<br />

for body component production safely<br />

and without interruption at any time.<br />

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Name Crown, ESR 1200<br />

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

Warehouse Truck "highlifter"<br />

With the ESR<br />

1200, Crown<br />

creates stability<br />

at height.<br />

A new<br />

benchmark<br />

for masts.<br />

HighEND<br />

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

Crown's ESR 1200 avoids mast vibrations thanks to its precise<br />

design and therefore offers high functional benefits for users<br />

without active vibration damping. The resulting reduction in<br />

process times and the increased comfort for users justify a<br />

high level of customer benefit for a wide range of applications.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge<br />

at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation ++<br />

Novelty / Innovation +<br />

Customer benefit<br />

Ø<br />

Market relevance +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced/ - less / -- not available<br />

TEST REPORT: Crown is expanding its<br />

successful ESR 1000 reach truck series<br />

with the ESR 1200 series. This extension<br />

represents a holistic concept designed to<br />

increase both robustness and productivity.<br />

An outstanding feature of the ESR 1200<br />

is its innovative mast design. The new,<br />

compact mast offers improved stability<br />

and optimized visibility for the operator. In<br />

addition, mast vibrations have been further<br />

reduced. Compared to the previous model,<br />

the new mast has up to 36 percent less<br />

elastic deflection. In combination with a more<br />

powerful lift pump motor (for the ESR 1240),<br />

the new mast design enables a maximum<br />

lift height of up to 14,205 mm. By reducing<br />

mast vibrations, the driver retains precise<br />

control of the truck even at great heights,<br />

which increases productivity and safety.<br />

The basis for the innovative mast design<br />

is a new type of mast profile that is manufactured<br />

exclusively for Crown in Germany.<br />

In contrast to the old profile, which consisted<br />

of welded parts, the new profiles<br />

are manufactured in one piece, resulting<br />

in a mast that is up to 36 percent stiffer<br />

and offers a residual load-bearing capacity<br />

of up to 21 percent without seams.<br />

Another innovation is the patented mast<br />

damping system, which reduces the impact<br />

of the load on the ground during mast<br />

changes. Although the system still has<br />

room for improvement at ground level,<br />

it made a positive impression in the test<br />

and contributes to the safety of the truck.<br />

The optional Xpress Lower mechanism<br />

doubles the lowering speed and shows<br />

above-average performance compared<br />

to the market average in this segment.<br />

Thanks to the use of lithium-ion batteries<br />

and optional regenerative lowering, the new<br />

reach truck consumes around 30 percent<br />

less energy compared to the market average.<br />

Crown is also focusing on sustainability<br />

in manufacturing by selecting local suppliers<br />

and implementing new production<br />

technologies, resulting in shorter transportation<br />

distances, a higher recycling rate<br />

and a reduced environmental footprint.<br />

The launch of the ESR 1200 includes an update<br />

of the entire reach truck range of Crown<br />

to offer the right truck for every application.<br />

For example, the ESR 1240 is now also<br />

available for lift heights of more than 9.5<br />

meters and load capacities of two tons,<br />

resulting in more efficient energy utilization.<br />

The ESR 1200 series is equipped with the<br />

proven Gena control system and can be<br />

networked with the Crown Info-Link fleet<br />

management system.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: The new mast design offers<br />

increased residual load capacity, stability and<br />

contributes to a lower carbon footprint. During<br />

the standard performance test, the mast<br />

could not be extended to the maximum to<br />

check the effect of reduced mast sway at a<br />

height of 14 meters. Nevertheless, the static<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> test up to a height of ten meters confirmed<br />

the outstanding stability of the truck<br />

and the almost complete absence of mast<br />

oscillation during the extension movements,<br />

giving an extremely safe driving experience.<br />

The testers found the steering to be too<br />

light at high speeds, which can affect the<br />

predictability of the truck. Overall, the truck<br />

offers above-average performance and the<br />

improved carbon footprint is an added bonus.<br />

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H<br />

INSIDE<br />

Name<br />

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

GLOBE Fuel Cell Systems, GLOBE XLP80<br />

Special of the Year<br />

TEST REPORT: Globe Fuel Cell Systems has developed the Globe<br />

XLP80 hydrogen-powered fuel cell device for use in the 80-volt<br />

class, especially for forklift trucks with a load capacity of 3.5 to<br />

5 tons.<br />

The Globe XLP80 was designed as a sustainable alternative to<br />

lead-acid and lithium-ion battery systems or combustion engines in<br />

this class. According to the manufacturer, the system is also more<br />

economical than conventional systems for multi-shift operations<br />

and fleets of 15 to 20 trucks or more, as no battery charging or<br />

changing stations are required. It also enables more efficient use of<br />

space, but requires space for the hydrogen refueling station.<br />

The battery container of the Globe XLP80 corresponds in size to a<br />

775 Ah battery and, with a weight of 1,863 kilograms, serves as an<br />

ideal counterweight. According to the manufacturer, the 68-litre<br />

tank, which holds 1.8 kilograms of hydrogen, should be sufficient<br />

for an eight-hour shift, even with intensive use. The system is<br />

designed for an effective operating time of 20,000 hours.<br />

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The integrated fuel cell storage system with 11 kW, the integrated<br />

lithium-ion battery with 12 kWh and a peak output of more than<br />

60 kW make the Globe XLP80 a real powerhouse in its class. The<br />

hydrogen tank can be filled and the water drained in around three<br />

minutes. Hours of charging the battery or peak loads when charging<br />

lithium-ion batteries are no longer necessary and the operating<br />

time of the vehicle is increased.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: The Globe XLP80 is a successful alternative for<br />

replacing lithium-ion or lead-acid batteries with an environmentally<br />

friendly and, above all, continuously operating system. The truck<br />

works with a fuel cell comparable to a conventional truck and is<br />

quickly ready for use after refueling. It can be easily replaced with<br />

a conventional battery and can be used in a similar way to a forklift<br />

truck with a combustion engine.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> test team did not have a specific protocol for testing such<br />

systems, but the truck was found to drive and feel like an ordinary<br />

electric forklift. The fuel cell system only produces a low fan noise,<br />

which is relatively quiet compared to other systems. According to<br />

the manufacturer, the noise reduction compared to the competition<br />

is up to 50 per cent, which is made possible by air filters and<br />

specially adapted designs.<br />

The use of hydrogen stands for sustainability and reduced carbon<br />

dioxide emissions compared to combustion engines, especially<br />

when green hydrogen is used. The Globe XLP80 also has a high<br />

recycling rate of over 95 per cent.<br />

With a large number of integrated sensors, the Globe XLP80 sends<br />

over 1,000 signals per second to the Globe DataCore Manager cloud<br />

base to inform users promptly about upcoming maintenance work,<br />

truck deployment data and the condition of the cells.<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The fuel cell system impresses with its targeted implementation<br />

as a replacement for a traction battery. With its compact design,<br />

it replaces a conventional battery in the same installation space<br />

with a hydrogen-based refueling solution. The product shows a<br />

high degree of maturity in the application.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge<br />

at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation ++<br />

Novelty / Innovation<br />

Ø<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Market relevance +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

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LOW<br />

COST<br />

HIGH<br />

TECH<br />

Name<br />

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

HWArobotics, SLS600 shuttle robot system<br />

Stationary Robot<br />

TEST REPORT: HWArobotics specializes exclusively in the production<br />

of shuttles. Its latest product, the SLS600 3D shuttle system<br />

with aisle changing, is designed for low-throughput, high-density<br />

scenarios and is therefore particularly suitable for industries such as<br />

e-commerce, electronics and media.<br />

Instead of concentrating on spectacular innovations, HWArobotics<br />

focuses on continuous further development. The first series from<br />

2003, the SLS300, was a classic, level-bound shuttle. The successor,<br />

the SLS400, a shuttle with variable container handling, offered a further<br />

development with flexible load handling devices. The “500”, on<br />

the other hand, partially automates manual buffering and sorting and<br />

is used to operate flow racks. The latest development, the SLS600<br />

shuttle robot system from 2022, consists of a racking system, a<br />

goods lift, an elevator for changing levels of the shuttles (a unique<br />

function compared to its predecessors), the actual shuttle robot, the<br />

control system, and other modules.<br />

Despite its novelties, the SLS600 system is by no means elitist. The<br />

3D shuttles with variable size and fixed width can share the rail with<br />

other shuttles or two-way shuttles, which can be a decisive advantage<br />

when retrofitting existing systems or building new warehouses.<br />

The cost efficiency of the system is outstanding. It is cheaper to have<br />

the steel construction done directly in China. German products are<br />

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also “Made in China” and purchased there to be installed in Europe or<br />

Germany. In cooperation with Voest Alpine, a manufacturing process<br />

has also been developed that has reduced the cost of only the guideway<br />

by around 10 percent. According to HWArobotics, many years of<br />

further development of the shuttle portfolio has led to an overall cost<br />

advantage of around 30 percent compared to Europe.<br />

The SLS600 system not only offers cost benefits, but also technical<br />

sophistication. Patented swivel forks enable precise pulling and<br />

pushing of goods, which extends the service life of the shuttles and<br />

significantly reduces downtime and maintenance costs. The combination<br />

of a high-speed goods lift and a multi-layer shuttle robot<br />

helps to effectively reduce goods jams on the conveyor belt and<br />

speeds up order throughput.<br />

With its unique lane change, it is suitable for new installations as well<br />

as for retrofitting existing systems. Although HWArobotics has so far<br />

only been active as a general contractor in the APAC region, its innovative<br />

shuttle robot system could also be of great benefit to companies<br />

outside this region. The aim is to address a customer segment<br />

that, for various reasons, needs to automate to remain competitive.<br />

For this reason, HWArobotics strives to keep the initial investment<br />

as low as possible. The minimum configuration consists of just a<br />

shuttle, a shuttle lifter and a product lifter − a complete package.<br />

system is an excellent solution, especially for companies that need<br />

to calculate sharply. The outstanding unique selling point, the aisle<br />

change, makes it an extremely attractive option. It is suitable for new<br />

installations as well as for retrofitting existing systems.<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

With the SLS600, HWA is expanding a mature shuttle system with a<br />

good reputation in the market to include the innovative function of<br />

aisle changing to offer customers in the growth market of automated<br />

warehouses an exceptionally cost-effective entry-level solution,<br />

even for applications with low goods throughput. The system proved<br />

to be very reliable in the test and is said to have a particularly long<br />

service life with a very low error rate during operation, especially with<br />

the patented design of the flip fork. A special technical feature is the<br />

wide range of power supply options available.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at<br />

www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation ++<br />

Novelty / Innovation +<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced/ - less / -- not available<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: Although the innovative value of the SLS600 is not<br />

immediately obvious and HWArobotics has so far only been active<br />

as a general contractor in the APAC region, the 3D shuttle robot<br />

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INDOOR<br />

OUT<br />

Name<br />

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

Innok Robotics, INDUROS<br />

Mobile Robot<br />

TEST REPORT: In 2020, AMR provider Innok<br />

Robotics decided to develop its business in<br />

two directions: the production of irrigation<br />

robots and the INDUROS. The latter is a mobile<br />

autonomous transport robot that can move<br />

loads both indoors and outdoors. The specialization<br />

in outdoor areas came about after<br />

the company founder's studies, when he was<br />

working on sensor technology and navigation<br />

in unknown terrain. Today, Innok Robotics offers<br />

a holistic solution from a single source:<br />

development, programming and assembly of<br />

the INDUROS, which moves extremely agilely<br />

in outdoor terrain. According to the manufacturer,<br />

this is the first and so far only solution<br />

on the market that can be used both<br />

indoors and outdoors.<br />

The reason that has so far prevented manufacturers<br />

from building similar mobile robots<br />

for outdoor use is that outdoor conditions can<br />

be challenging. It's wet, hot, uneven, visibility<br />

can be poor, there are inclines and declines<br />

and many other challenges that often affect<br />

the reliable functioning of autonomous vehicles.<br />

Although many companies are interested<br />

in autonomous mobile robots (AMR),<br />

they do not always have the smooth floors<br />

they need. This is precisely where the "Multi-<br />

Terra-AMR" INDUROS comes into operation<br />

and also demonstrated its strengths in the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Test.<br />

The INDUROS, which itself weighs around 165<br />

kilograms, can follow predefined routes. The<br />

robot's hybrid navigation (lidar, GPS) seamlessly<br />

uses the best form of navigation and sensor<br />

technology. It can pull a maximum trailer load<br />

of 500 to 700 kilograms. Additional markings in<br />

the terrain or induction loops in the ground are<br />

not required. To ensure maximum safety, the<br />

safety sensor of Sick is blown free by air pressure<br />

so that the device can drive even in heavy<br />

rain and does not blind.<br />

Users of INDUROS, which was operated by<br />

the first pilot customer four and a half years<br />

ago, include global corporations such as<br />

Kubota as well as small and medium-sized<br />

companies that want to transport spare<br />

parts, pallets or long pipes. The user-friendly<br />

Graphical User Interface (GUI) was developed<br />

for target groups that have no special robotics<br />

or IT experience. A modern web browser is all<br />

that is needed to access the GUI and operate<br />

the robot.<br />

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A truly unique feature of the INDUROS is the autonomous<br />

coupling and uncoupling of its trailers<br />

without the need for an operator to be present.<br />

The energy supply is also fully automatic: the<br />

INDUROS drives itself to its base station and charges<br />

itself inductively there. It can be purchased or<br />

leased as RaaS, and the software can be rented<br />

with the purchase model. There are currently<br />

"a three-digit number" of these devices in use.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: Although the coupling and uncoupling<br />

of transport trailers takes place automatically,<br />

the feeling can still arise that it is not possible<br />

to maintain directional stability with several<br />

trailers on the INDUROS (quasi as a tugger train).<br />

Overall, the INDUROS is more suitable for a specific<br />

market niche. Even if there are uneven floors<br />

or floors with thresholds indoors, the INDUROS<br />

offers good application scenarios.<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The INDUROS is a step towards automating<br />

transport between indoor and outdoor<br />

areas, but only achieves medium market<br />

relevance due to the existing functionalities.<br />

There is potential for development<br />

above all in terms of safety, for example in<br />

the towing curves, as well as an increase<br />

in towing load.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is<br />

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation Ø<br />

Novelty / Innovation ++<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Market relevance +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced /<br />

- less / -- not available<br />

The seamless<br />

switch from indoor<br />

to outdoor is an<br />

innovation. There<br />

are no equivalent<br />

solutions on<br />

the market.<br />

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Name<br />

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

Jungheinrich, EJC 112i<br />

Warehouse Truck "highlifter"<br />

The EJC 112i<br />

performed<br />

impressively in the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Audit, proving<br />

its position as the<br />

new benchmark in<br />

the entry-level<br />

segment for<br />

pedestrian stackers.<br />

NEW<br />

Benchmark<br />

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

A compact high lift pallet truck that impresses across the board.<br />

All functionalities are coordinated and developed for the product,<br />

so that performance data is achieved that sets standards in this<br />

class. Operation in the test was intuitive and convincing.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge<br />

at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation ++<br />

Novelty / Innovation<br />

Ø<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced/ - less / -- not available<br />

TEST REPORT: With its compact design and<br />

outstanding performance, the EJC 112i sets<br />

a new standard in the entry-level segment<br />

and clearly stands out from the competition.<br />

Especially in small warehouses with narrow<br />

aisles, the high residual capacity enables<br />

optimum space utilization. Together with<br />

the small turning radius and user-friendly<br />

operation, it is clear why the EJC 112i makes<br />

day-to-day work easier for every operator.<br />

height. The impressively small turning circle<br />

makes maneuvering effortless, even in<br />

tight spaces. To compensate for the shorter<br />

length and lower weight of the lithium-ion<br />

battery, the truck has been completely<br />

redesigned. The mast profiles have been<br />

widened in the side view and the steering<br />

arms have been reinforced. The entire<br />

chassis is balanced to ensure optimum<br />

force equalization.<br />

Thanks to the more powerful pump motor<br />

and a better balance between pump power<br />

and lifting cylinder, the new truck lifts significantly<br />

faster than its predecessor. The lifting<br />

speeds are well above the average in this<br />

class. The driving and acceleration speeds<br />

have remained almost the same. In the most<br />

powerful setting P3, the EJC 112i achieves a<br />

comfortable, even speed of 6.05 km/h with<br />

and without a load.<br />

The EJC 112i is more than just a further development<br />

of its predecessor, but offers an even<br />

more compact and maneuverable solution<br />

thanks to the integrated lithium-ion battery.<br />

When designing the new truck, Jungheinrich<br />

paid particular attention to the high energy<br />

density of lithium-ion technology, which makes<br />

it possible to store the same amount of<br />

energy in significantly smaller modules. This<br />

not only saves space, but also opens up new<br />

possibilities in terms of truck size.<br />

The result is immediately recognizable:<br />

the EJC 112i has a smaller L2 size, offers a<br />

good view of the forks and has a low overall<br />

The result is immediately noticeable when<br />

the load is lifted. At the maximum 1,200 kg,<br />

the EJC 112i does not move and effortlessly<br />

lifts up to 2,900 mm. Up to 3,800 mm, the<br />

truck picks up 830 kg and at the maximum<br />

lift height of 4,700 mm, 650 kg still remains.<br />

And all this with a load distance of 600 mm.<br />

The increased residual load capacity of the<br />

EJC 112i optimizes space utilizations and<br />

minimizes space requirements, as heavier<br />

loads can be stored on higher shelves. The<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> test confirms that the EJC 112i offers<br />

the best performance in its class, with exceptionally<br />

high lifting and lowering speeds<br />

and efficient performance.<br />

The battery capacity and power of the charger<br />

can be adapted to the individual operating<br />

conditions and specific energy requirements.<br />

The built-in charger can also be easily charged<br />

at any socket.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: The EJC 112i series from Jungheinrich<br />

sets new standards in the entry-level<br />

segment for pedestrian stackers. At the heart<br />

of the design is the integrated lithium-ion battery,<br />

which results in an even more compact<br />

and maneuverable truck with unparalleled residual<br />

capacity and outstanding performance.<br />

The truck offers noticeably good stability and<br />

operates smoothly and predictably.<br />

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MOVING<br />

CLOSET<br />

Name<br />

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

Jungheinrich, SOTO<br />

Mobile Robot<br />

TEST REPORT: The SOTO is primarily a mobile<br />

gripper robot that focuses on automotive and<br />

injection molding production. Companies such<br />

as MAN, Miele, ZF, Wago, Bosch and ABB now<br />

rely on SOTO. According to Jungheinrich, 30<br />

SOTO robots are currently in use, with a further<br />

20 on order. At MAN alone, twelve SOTOs have<br />

been in use for one and a half years. The focus<br />

is always on the transportation of small load<br />

carriers by the mobile robot.<br />

This fully autonomous mobile robot from Magazino,<br />

which is now wholly owned by Jungheinrich,<br />

has been available for purchase since<br />

2023. It is obvious that the SOTO benefits from<br />

the expertise of Jungheinrich. The company<br />

provides reliable hardware and engineering,<br />

while Magazino takes care of the operating<br />

system. Jungheinrich makes a confident statement<br />

about the moving "robot cabinet": "That<br />

device doesn't have a competitor!"<br />

Intralogistics insiders have been familiar with<br />

Magazino for more than ten years – at the latest<br />

when the robotics pioneer made a name for itself<br />

with its intelligent warehouse robot TORU,<br />

which was used in warehouse of Zalando and<br />

continues to be sold under the Magazino label.<br />

Jungheinrich has now launched a sophisticated<br />

SOTO on the market, which is primarily used in<br />

production logistics. SOTO handles intelligent<br />

line feeding, i.e. the supply of assembly and<br />

production lines, for example in the automotive<br />

industry.<br />

But what exactly can SOTO do? The mobile robot<br />

has a new, sophisticated gripping technology<br />

and presents itself like a moving closet. Jungheinrich<br />

customers can independently model<br />

and expand the environment in which the robot<br />

is used. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the<br />

robot can handle complex transportation tasks<br />

autonomously and react flexibly to changes in<br />

the environment.<br />

In the <strong>IFOY</strong> test, the SOTO proved to be reliable<br />

in terms of safe gripping technology. Commissioning<br />

is simple and a visual diagnosis is carried<br />

out in the event of a fault. Training courses<br />

with graphical user guidance on the display<br />

support the operation of the robot.<br />

As far as the hard facts are concerned: According<br />

to Jungheinrich, the return on investment<br />

(ROI) is less than three years. In three-shift<br />

operation, where the mobile robot shows its<br />

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strengths, the ROI can even be less than one year –<br />

a respectable figure for an investment of this size.<br />

SOTO can autonomously pick up to 24 small load<br />

carriers, transport them to their destinations on<br />

the assembly lines and place them in flow racks,<br />

tasks that were previously carried out manually.<br />

This is one of the reasons why Jungheinrich estimates<br />

the market potential of its mobile robot at<br />

1000 units per year, particularly in the automotive,<br />

electronics and white goods industries as well as<br />

in injection molding production.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: The ability to flexibly transport up<br />

to 24 small load carriers, depending on the size<br />

of the containers, makes SOTO unique. Jungheinrich<br />

states that the increase in productivity due to<br />

higher supply speed and efficiency is 60 percent.<br />

The newly developed gripper concept enables the<br />

robot to adapt to different container sizes and<br />

forgives errors during loading and unloading. Like<br />

all Jungheinrich machines, SOTO is powered by<br />

lithium-ion batteries and has individual charging<br />

stations.<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

A well-known innovative start-up product<br />

has reached a higher technology readiness<br />

level. The technology and design are<br />

coherent, the market relevance and the<br />

customer benefit can be classified as<br />

particularly high.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is<br />

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation +<br />

Novelty / Innovation +<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced /<br />

- less / -- not available<br />

SOTO closes the automation<br />

gap between<br />

the miniload and the<br />

point of consumption.<br />

There is no comparable<br />

technology on<br />

the market.<br />

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BAT<br />

EAR<br />

Name<br />

MEYSENS, Toposens ECHO ONE<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Category Special of the Year<br />

TEST REPORT: MEYSENS has developed the world’s first 3D ultrasonic<br />

sensor: Toposens ECHO ONE. The sensor is based on bionic<br />

principles and mimics the echolocation technology of bats.<br />

The technology uses ultrasonic waves and analyses the reflected<br />

signals to map the environment in three dimensions. The time of<br />

flight and the angle of incidence of the reflected signal are taken<br />

into account. The result is robust and precise 3D object recognition<br />

for autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and automated guided<br />

vehicles (AGV).<br />

Conventional sensor technologies can be negatively influenced by<br />

lighting conditions, reflections or weather conditions. In contrast, the<br />

Toposens ECHO ONE is unaffected by these factors. The transmitted<br />

waves are reflected by all objects in the environment, even if they<br />

have transparent, reflective or dark surfaces. In this way, the system<br />

provides real-time 3D object recognition that guides autonomous<br />

systems safely through even the most difficult environments.<br />

The main innovation of the Toposens ECHO ONE lies in the combination<br />

of customized hardware with intelligent, proprietary software<br />

that includes specially developed noise filters and algorithms<br />

(Toposens Processing Unit). This combination results in improved<br />

object detection compared to conventional 1D ultrasonic sensors.<br />

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Safety zones can also be set via the software. The Toposens ECHO<br />

ONE generally detects all objects up to three meters in front of the<br />

vehicle and in a range of -70 to +70 degrees in front of the sensor.<br />

The system distinguishes between a pre-warning zone, in which<br />

the speed of the vehicle is reduced, and a stop zone, in which the<br />

vehicle comes to a complete standstill. At very high driving speeds<br />

(from around 30 km/h), reliable analysis becomes more difficult<br />

and the investment is not worthwhile. However, the travelling<br />

speeds in intralogistics are consistently lower and pose no problem<br />

for the sensor.<br />

Due to the certification, a 2D safety system is often still required.<br />

The combination of a 2D lidar system and the 3D ultrasonic<br />

system, for example, guarantees maximum safety. The Toposens<br />

ECHO ONE is also significantly more cost-effective than existing<br />

3D systems. A single sensor costs around 1,200 euros, while<br />

existing systems easily cost four times as much. Another advantage<br />

of the innovative technology is the protection of employee<br />

privacy as well as sensitive data and internal processes. Camera<br />

sensors cannot guarantee this. The Toposens ECHO ONE, on<br />

the other hand, scans the surroundings acoustically using ultrasonic<br />

signals.<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

In the growing market of AMR, end users have an increasing need<br />

for enhanced operational safety due to the growing number of<br />

accidents and accident costs. The Toposens ECHO ONE is an<br />

attractively priced, robust 3D collision sensor that is currently<br />

unique on the market and that complements laser scanners.<br />

In addition to the laser scanner, it can also detect challenging<br />

obstacles with properties such as transparent or reflective surfaces,<br />

in the dark and outdoors, in real time, in three dimensions.<br />

In tests, challenging obstacles down to 1 cm in size were reliably<br />

detected in the 3D detection area in front of the AMR.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge<br />

at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation ++<br />

Novelty / Innovation +<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Market relevance +<br />

++very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: The Toposens ECHO ONE is a cost-effective, reliable<br />

and efficient solution for preventing accidents and reducing the associated<br />

costs. The system gives AGVs and AMRs an added sense<br />

of security, further improving safety even in the most challenging<br />

conditions.<br />

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DRIVE AND<br />

WEIGH<br />

Name<br />

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

RAVAS, iCP Carriage Plate Scale<br />

Special of the Year<br />

TEST REPORT: The intelligent fork carriage<br />

plate, iCP for short, with weighing in motion<br />

technology from RAVAS makes forklift trucks<br />

intelligent and helps to optimize material flows.<br />

While forklift drivers previously had to stop<br />

the forklift for a few seconds to determine the<br />

weight of the load on the fork, the new technology<br />

enables calibrated weighing during transportation.<br />

Without stops, without interrupting<br />

work and therefore at lower costs. In addition,<br />

drivers can continue to use all attachments,<br />

such as rotators and clamps, as usual.<br />

There are other reliable systems on the market<br />

that dynamically determine the weight of a load,<br />

but the RAVAS system is the only system certified<br />

by the OIML. This means that legal for trade<br />

customers can bill on the basis of weight. The<br />

OIML is the international organization for legal<br />

metrology and only requires occasional zeroing<br />

of the system.<br />

RAVAS has used an existing weighing system<br />

as the basis for the new fork carriage weighing<br />

system. The intelligence lies in a smart box and<br />

intelligent algorithms that were developed by<br />

the manufacturer itself. These algorithms take<br />

into account the driving speed, the inclination of<br />

the mast and any unevenness in the floor. The<br />

measurement starts automatically when the<br />

pallet is lifted. The weight of the pallet is determined<br />

during transportation. The technology<br />

combines high-quality, certified sensors with<br />

fast electronics and customized software that<br />

connects the sensors.<br />

An additional advantage for the driver is that a<br />

weighing display – as is still present on the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

demo stacker – is no longer required and therefore<br />

the view of the working environment is not unnecessarily<br />

obstructed. To determine the weight<br />

accurately, the truck should preferably drive at a<br />

constant speed and on a level floor. However, the<br />

special feature of the Weighing-in-Motion technology<br />

is that a reliable measurement is generated<br />

even on uneven ground, as disruptive effects<br />

are eliminated by the software.<br />

Weighing on the move reduces labor costs and<br />

ensures that loads remain within the specified<br />

weight limits. This also prevents damage to<br />

equipment or goods. If required, the data is forwarded<br />

to an ERP or WMS system in real time.<br />

The data provides an up-to-date insight into stock<br />

levels and can be used, for example, to optimize<br />

warehouse management or other systems.<br />

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<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: The importance of accurate data in<br />

today's logistics is high and continues to increase.<br />

The RAVAS iCP weighing in motion technology<br />

makes work more pleasant for the forklift driver<br />

and provides reliable measurements. The need to<br />

stop is eliminated. This leads to considerable time<br />

and cost savings. Safety is also increased as unnecessary<br />

movements and manual handling are<br />

avoided.<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The proven functionality of weighing in<br />

motion benefits the user by reliably<br />

weighing loads for rate control in the<br />

material flow. Comparable solutions on<br />

the market cannot offer calibration.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is<br />

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation +<br />

Novelty / Innovation<br />

Ø<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced /<br />

- less / -- not available<br />

The load weight of the<br />

transport equipment<br />

and the verification of<br />

tariff compliance are<br />

of particular interest<br />

when handling is carried<br />

out under time<br />

pressure.<br />

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Mobile Robotics<br />

German technology<br />

at a Chinese price<br />

Name<br />

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

SAFELOG, mobile transport robots at Mercedes<br />

Integrated Customer Solution<br />

TEST REPORT: During the conversion and<br />

modernization of an assembly hall for the<br />

production of the E and GLC-Class series at<br />

the Sindelfingen site, SAFELOG worked with<br />

the automotive manufacturer to implement<br />

the future vision of a Mercedes-Benz production<br />

system that includes the networking<br />

and transparency of all intralogistics supply<br />

processes as well as the necessary data<br />

acquisition and evaluation. New technical<br />

solutions were developed and standards<br />

implemented in close cooperation. Pickby-light<br />

systems and around 350 AGVs<br />

from German-based SAFELOG are used for<br />

subsystems such as the picking of bins and<br />

transportation to the assembly lines to be<br />

supplied. A total distance of 15 kilometers<br />

was involved. SAFELOG also supplies the<br />

OEM with its entire system in Europe and the<br />

USA, which adds up to a total of 3500 AGVs.<br />

Family-run SAFELOG, which currently employs<br />

260 people, actually comes from the picking<br />

technology sector and is now known not only<br />

for its mobile robotics expertise, but also<br />

for its philosophy of "German devices at a<br />

Chinese price". The solution nominated for<br />

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

A very individual project that impresses with the close<br />

cooperation between supplier and customer and the increase<br />

in efficiency achieved with less complex means compared<br />

to the previous project.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of<br />

charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation +<br />

Novelty / Innovation +<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Market relevance +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is the final stage of years of<br />

collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and<br />

SAFELOG. The main asset is that the 350 AGVs<br />

communicate with each other as a swarm. At<br />

Factory 46, where the new E-Class is produced,<br />

Mercedes-Benz is responsible for the software,<br />

while SAFELOG is responsible for the hardware<br />

and project implementation. At Mercedes-Benz,<br />

Factory 46 stands for the consistent further<br />

development of digitalization and transformation<br />

in the automotive industry.<br />

Downtimes and cycle times are critical<br />

factors in the automotive industry. Where an<br />

appliance has to be delivered every 90 seconds,<br />

perfection and standards are required.<br />

In addition, the AGVs must operate in such a<br />

way that the employees in the plant interact<br />

harmoniously with the AGVs on the way to and<br />

from their break and no panic or uncertainty<br />

reactions occur. To achieve this, the entire hall<br />

is networked via statistical pattern recognition<br />

using artificial intelligence (AI). The<br />

data generated here can be used to predict<br />

disruptions in the near future; we are talking<br />

about minutes here.<br />

As a digital twin, the real-time monitoring<br />

system developed by Mercedes-Benz offers<br />

the opportunity to monitor the location and<br />

condition of the AGVs used there to the second<br />

at any time. It collects defined data and<br />

displays this information graphically, making<br />

the store floor digital and transparent. In<br />

the event of malfunctions or problems, an<br />

alarm is automatically sent to a defined<br />

maintenance terminal. The IoT data from the<br />

AGV LIVE automated guided vehicle system<br />

is made available as data products on the<br />

MO360 Data Platform and for cross-domain<br />

data analyses. In this way, they make a<br />

supply chain contribution to the data-driven<br />

company.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: The use of the SAFELOG AGVs<br />

at Mercedes-Benz may not be highly innovative<br />

but it offers considerable customer benefits<br />

in a highly complex environment. This starts<br />

with the low price and the simple and robust<br />

implementation, and extends to the software<br />

ecosystem developed together with Mercedes,<br />

and an availability of 99.7 to 99.9 percent.<br />

That results in 40 hours less downtime. In the<br />

automotive industry, the cost of one downtime<br />

hour is estimated at 1.0 to 1.5 million euros. The<br />

fact that Mercedes develops and maintains the<br />

software and the master control system itself<br />

enables the OEM to act independently of licenses<br />

and to be as flexible as possible in the event<br />

of errors, desired changes and adjustments.<br />

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MASTER<br />

PIECE<br />

Name<br />

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

SSI SCHÄFER, SSI Piece Picking<br />

Stationary Robot<br />

Technically solid and well<br />

designed, fully integrated,<br />

reliable, high quality –<br />

the SSI Piece Picking presents<br />

the very best of everything.<br />

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The SSI Piece Picking solution addresses the growing market of<br />

automatic piece picking in automated warehouse systems. The system,<br />

which is technically very solid and optimized in detail, is highly<br />

reliable and has a high degree of integration with the conveyor<br />

technology and safety functions, and therefore achieves an order of<br />

magnitude higher process error tolerance and robustness as well as<br />

a performance of up to 1200 picks/hour. Due to its compact container<br />

format, it can be put into operation at the customer's premises<br />

within a day and pays for itself after 1 to 2 years.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge<br />

at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation ++<br />

Novelty / Innovation +<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced/ - less / -- not available<br />

TEST REPORT: Due to the complexity of<br />

the fully automated piece picking system,<br />

the piece picking module from SSI SCHÄFER<br />

could not be tested during the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST<br />

DAYS in Dortmund. It was therefore inspected<br />

during an on-site visit at LogiMAT <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Centrifugal forces due to the rotational movements<br />

of an articulated robot are a thing of the<br />

past with the piece picking system developed<br />

by SSI SCHÄFER. Instead, a miniature gantry<br />

robot moves the gripper of the piece-picking<br />

cell to any position on the source and target<br />

containers. With the articulated arm robot,<br />

the gripper had a limited operating range and<br />

it was no longer possible to gently deposit<br />

sensitive goods. The main aim of the new<br />

development was to avoid container changeover<br />

times. While manual pickers can handle<br />

up to 350 picks per hour, the automated<br />

solution can handle around 1200 picks per<br />

hour - around four times as many. With threeshift<br />

operation, the amortization period of less<br />

than a year is therefore not really surprising.<br />

The focus of the development was not only<br />

on the robot itself, but also on a holistic view<br />

of the technology, including feeding, removal<br />

and safety technology. The robot takes care<br />

of everything: fewer interfaces, less communication<br />

and no need for an operator to<br />

explain to the robot how it should deal with<br />

any errors that occur. SSI SCHÄFER has also<br />

found solutions for typical sources of error,<br />

such as problems with gripping or incorrect<br />

placement of products, which are then<br />

ejected. A double pick is also detected and<br />

put back "on the fly". In addition, patented pick<br />

point identification is integrated to ensure<br />

that a gripper does not cover a barcode.<br />

As the robot has three target containers<br />

available, sequencing is also somewhat more<br />

flexible. There is always one position to pick<br />

from and at least one position to place in.<br />

The source containers can have up to four<br />

subdivisions, which means that four products<br />

can be offered in one source container.<br />

For the gripping process itself, there is a 2D<br />

and a 3D camera whose two images are<br />

superimposed. The suction cup itself can<br />

also bend or grip sideways in two stages (no<br />

more is necessary). The weighing tolerance<br />

of the system is five grams (with a maximum<br />

of 35 kilograms). The parts are moved<br />

at a speed of two meters per second.<br />

The SSI piece-picking cell is manufactured in<br />

Kamen and delivered to customers in a compact<br />

20-foot container. A first system has already<br />

been delivered to the Irish pharmaceutical<br />

distributor Uniphar, and an identical cell will<br />

follow. Eight piece-picking robots based on articulated<br />

arm technology are already in use in<br />

Canada. The project is being driven forward by<br />

the three SSI SCHÄFER locations in Giebelstadt,<br />

Graz and Kamen. SSI SCHÄFER is also offering<br />

the robot cell to other general contractors.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: SSI SCHÄFER carries out the<br />

factory acceptance test with the customer.<br />

After delivery, the piece picking cell is usually<br />

ready for operation within one day. The gantry<br />

robot with suction cups offers maximum flexibility<br />

and can handle sensitive goods carefully<br />

by placing them as close as possible to the<br />

base of the container or to goods already in the<br />

target container. The piece-picking ensemble<br />

is suitable for a wide range of applications:<br />

cubic, cylindrical, tube-shaped or blister packs.<br />

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Name<br />

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

STILL, EXV iGo<br />

Mobile Robot<br />

Manual, partially or<br />

fully automated –<br />

all no problem for the<br />

EXV iGo from STILL.<br />

The perfect gateway<br />

to automation.<br />

The<br />

Standard<br />

is the trick<br />

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VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The overall EXV iGO system is impressive from installation<br />

to operation and troubleshooting. The technology appears<br />

solid and well thought out.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of<br />

charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation +<br />

Novelty / Innovation +<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced/ - less / -- not available<br />

TEST REPORT: First of all: The automated<br />

EXV iGo high lift pallet truck from<br />

STILL for production supply and the<br />

pre-storage zone, which is manufactured<br />

in Chatellerault, France, is a series<br />

vehicle and not a project vehicle.<br />

Production follows the standard series<br />

processes of the Hamburg-based premium<br />

intralogistics company. One important<br />

aspect is that the vehicle already complies<br />

with the EN ISO 3691-4 safety standard for<br />

industrial trucks. In addition, STILL's standard<br />

service technicians are 100% qualified for<br />

this device following special iGo training −<br />

without the need for robotics experts.<br />

STILL calculates a delivery time of around<br />

15 weeks for its new EXV iGo mobile robot,<br />

with the project realization time starting<br />

from three months upwards. The plan is to<br />

build around 1000 of these mobile robots per<br />

year. To ensure the scalability of the product,<br />

particular emphasis was placed on intuitive<br />

operation and a user-friendly interface. The<br />

intuitive iGo easy tool was developed to<br />

create projects and display logistical flows<br />

for easy commissioning by the customer.<br />

Where iGo Systems used to provide a large<br />

master control system, iGo Easy now offers<br />

the customer a different, limited interface, the<br />

scope of which is very easy to click together<br />

and can also be changed afterwards. Expert<br />

knowledge is no longer needed to quickly<br />

install projects with limited complexity.<br />

STILL has integrated a simple interface into<br />

a complex system, allowing larger projects<br />

to pick up where smaller ones leave off. All<br />

service technicians can be trained on it.<br />

In addition to commissioning, another<br />

focus is service, including maintenance<br />

and repair. STILL has gone to enormous<br />

lengths to make its vehicles serviceready.<br />

All vehicles have a digital twin on the<br />

servers of Kion, STILL's parent company,<br />

and the service technician will find every<br />

spare part in his vehicle the next day.<br />

The vehicle had to pass the so-called breakand-bumper<br />

test, in which obstacles are<br />

placed in its path. It drove straight ahead<br />

correctly and negotiated bends flawlessly.<br />

Technical details: The EXV iGo has a high<br />

residual load capacity of up to 1600 kg, it can<br />

lift goods up to 3.8 m and can reach speeds<br />

of up to 7.2 km/h. Despite its design as a<br />

stand-alone device for repetitive transport<br />

tasks as well as storage and retrieval, the<br />

EXV iGo also impresses with process reliability<br />

and precision in mixed operation. The<br />

machine's multi-level safety system protects<br />

man, machine and load with safety scanners,<br />

sensors, visual and acoustic warning<br />

devices, and emergency stop switches to stop<br />

the vehicle immediately if necessary. Dual<br />

operation is also easily possible. The vehicle<br />

is powered by lithium-ion batteries that can<br />

be recharged automatically via contacts.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> verdict: The fast commissioning in<br />

combination with a new, intuitive, web-based<br />

user interface makes the series-based<br />

mobile robot a smart door opener to the<br />

world of automated warehouse processes.<br />

Automation is quick and easy, and users<br />

also benefit from the fact that the EXV iGo<br />

can be configured, maintained, and repaired<br />

via the STILL service network. The<br />

EXV iGo offers a successful and smart<br />

introduction to automated intralogistics<br />

processes, particularly for SMEs.<br />

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Startups<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

»<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD has been giving<br />

start-ups a chance since 2019.<br />

This year, four new comers are<br />

competing for the attention of<br />

the international jury.<br />

BY STEFANIE NONNENMANN<br />

The “Start-up of the Year” category, which<br />

has been part of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD since 2019,<br />

has already proven to be a springboard<br />

for newly founded companies on several<br />

occasions in the past. This is because not<br />

only winning the title, but also successfully<br />

reaching the final and passing the threestage<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> audit ensures that intralogistics<br />

newbies can showcase the special qualities<br />

of their own product and achieve international<br />

recognition.<br />

In <strong>2024</strong>, the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD will present a separate<br />

award for start-ups for the first time - the<br />

Start-up of the Year spin-off award. To have<br />

a chance of winning, a number of conditions<br />

must be fulfilled. Companies must not have<br />

been in existence for more than three years<br />

at the time of application, employ no more<br />

than 30 people and have an annual turnover<br />

of no more than five million euros. For many,<br />

however, the most important criterion is the<br />

most difficult entry hurdle: Anyone wishing to<br />

win an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD must be able to present<br />

a functional prototype - and therefore much<br />

more than a fully formulated concept on a<br />

piece of paper. Of all the applications, only<br />

four companies managed to convince the jury<br />

with their performance for a nomination and<br />

make it through the audit this year.<br />

Whether it’s a real-time scanning solution<br />

for shipping goods in distribution logistics,<br />

an autonomous mobile robot that picks and<br />

consolidates orders directly in the aisles of<br />

the warehouse, a maintenance-free work<br />

and cargo bike made of plastic or the first<br />

adaptive supportive suit for the entire upper<br />

body: this year, Brightpick, BOX ID, CYBRID<br />

and MOCCI have reached the final of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD, also known as the “Oscar of intralogistics”.<br />

But even those new to the market<br />

are not spared the rigors of the multi-stage<br />

test procedure. The four start-up companies<br />

underwent intensive tests in Dortmund, presented<br />

themselves to the scientists at the Innovation<br />

Check and finally to the critical eyes<br />

of the international jury of trade journalists,<br />

who did not miss even the smallest detail of<br />

the innovation.<br />

However, an important <strong>IFOY</strong> principle also<br />

applies to the spin-off award: who wins<br />

the race remains a secret until the award<br />

ceremony.<br />

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BOX ID<br />

By means of an innovative<br />

realtime IoT approach, the<br />

BOX ID ProcessGuard enables<br />

error-proof picking operations<br />

for the first time and<br />

also optimizes transport<br />

container cycles.<br />

KPIs are the be-all and end-all in container<br />

management: How (optimally) is the container<br />

pool being used? Why do some containers<br />

“turn” faster than others? How high is the<br />

error rate? How often do containers leave<br />

the preferred route? All these questions and<br />

their negative answers result in high costs.<br />

ProcessGuard from BOX ID monitors the container<br />

flow, maintenance intervals and turnaround<br />

times, thus ensuring that the company<br />

does not face more costs than necessary.<br />

BOX ID Systems GmbH was founded in 2018<br />

in the field of supply chain management and<br />

currently has 20 employees. The company<br />

focuses on returnable transport packaging,<br />

such as roll containers, large load carriers,<br />

flat glass racks and kegs (reusable drums).<br />

»<br />

Empties are one of the most underestimated cost<br />

drivers. If, for example, flat glass racks or special load<br />

carriers for doors or axles are missing in the automotive<br />

sector, considerable costs accrue. «<br />

The first unique selling point is the reduction<br />

of capital tied up in containers or, in other<br />

words, the visibility of these often expensive<br />

load carriers through software. The second<br />

USP is the critical contents of the load carriers:<br />

time-critical or temperature-sensitive<br />

goods (seeds, pharmaceuticals), for which<br />

shock and temperature sensors are provided.<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The problem, objective and implementation of the product are very clear.<br />

The simple implementation speaks for it, but the level of invention is very low.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at<br />

www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation Ø<br />

Novelty / Innovation -<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Market relevance +<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / -less / -- not available<br />

BOX ID ProcessGuard can be flexibly connected<br />

to ERP/EWM systems for IoT-based<br />

container tracking with a real-time scanning<br />

solution for error-free picking and, according<br />

to the provider, guarantees virtually error-free<br />

execution of picking and shipping processes.<br />

A positive side effect: ProcessGuard reduces<br />

the ecological footprint of shipments through<br />

optimized container rotation and the minimization<br />

of incorrect shipments and returns. An<br />

automated comparison, in which the trolley<br />

itself and every container/package on it are<br />

scanned and “married” to the load carrier, ensures<br />

correct allocation and avoids any errors<br />

in shipping. The time it takes for the system<br />

to provide the employee with information<br />

about the comparison of their scanned information<br />

with the target assignments is just<br />

200 milliseconds.<br />

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Brightpick<br />

The first autonomous<br />

mobile picking robot<br />

in the world.<br />

100% developed and assembled in-house −<br />

this is what characterizes the Autopicker, the<br />

world’s first autonomous mobile picking robot<br />

from Brightpick. Brightpick works closely<br />

with its sister company Photoneo, founded in<br />

2013, on the Autopicker.<br />

»<br />

The technically high-quality and reliable system,<br />

designed for simplicity and maximum efficiency in all<br />

functions, also impresses with its modularity. «<br />

Same founders, similar technology: 3D vision,<br />

robotics, AI and software for a functioning<br />

warehouse execution system. Autopicker<br />

installations can now be found in the USA,<br />

Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.<br />

The start-up Brightpick has only been active<br />

with its 180 employees since 2021. Originally<br />

founded in Slovakia, the company has since<br />

relocated its headquarters to the USA due to<br />

the enormous market potential. Around 70<br />

Autopicker devices are already installed on<br />

the market.<br />

Together with the predecessor models,<br />

Brightpick operates around 250 robots in<br />

nine installations. According to Brightpick,<br />

the savings in labor costs are significantly<br />

higher compared to traditional goods-to-person<br />

stations, with higher throughput, easier<br />

installation and lower costs. The company<br />

claims that picking costs have been cut<br />

in half.<br />

To summarize, the fact that the actual picking<br />

is done while a robot is moving from one<br />

location to another without the robot having<br />

to return to a “base station” is new and revolutionary.<br />

Although an exact measurement<br />

during the live assessment at TEST DAYS<br />

was not possible, a higher throughput rate<br />

and thus a considerable time saving could<br />

be confirmed. This leads to a reduction in<br />

the number of robots required, which has a<br />

positive effect on the return on investment<br />

and noticeably reduces picking costs.<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

In the growth market of automated warehouse systems for picking customer<br />

orders, the Brightpick Autopicker, which picks the goods directly from the totes<br />

at the shelf, represents a genuine technical innovation.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation ++<br />

Novelty / Innovation ++<br />

Customer benefit ++<br />

Market relevance ++<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

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CYBRID<br />

The active exoskeleton is<br />

worn close to the body and<br />

relieves the user, enabling<br />

healthier and more<br />

productive work.<br />

Together with Dortmund‘s Fraunhofer IML,<br />

exoskeleton provider CYBRID is making<br />

efforts to research exoskeleton ergonomics<br />

and biomechanics. Where established providers<br />

of passive or active exoskeletons focus<br />

either on the lifting zone from the floor to the<br />

hip or above the shoulder, CYBRID is tackling<br />

»<br />

the space in between: From the hip to the<br />

head, there is nothing yet. With the CYBRID<br />

exoskeleton, objects weighing 20 kg feel as<br />

light as a feather. Planned market launch:<br />

first quarter 2025 and leasing models are<br />

also planned in addition to purchase. Maintenance<br />

will be carried out at regular intervals<br />

This provider's exoskeleton would then be the first<br />

adaptive support suit. This means that the exoskeleton<br />

will adapt in real time to the (additional) weight to<br />

be compensated, the user's posture and actions. «<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The chosen technological approach and the implementation as a prototype is<br />

very promising, but cannot yet be rated as a finished innovation.<br />

The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation +<br />

Novelty / Innovation<br />

Ø<br />

Customer benefit<br />

Ø<br />

Market relevance -<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / - less / -- not available<br />

and training for new employees and adaptations<br />

to the software are also planned.<br />

How it works: CYBRID literally supports the<br />

wearer under the arms, allowing the user to<br />

carry objects weighing up to 20 kg virtually<br />

effortlessly without using their own strength.<br />

The weight is transferred via the hips instead<br />

of the back or arms, which protects areas<br />

subject to heavy strain.<br />

A 1 kg rechargeable battery is sufficient for<br />

one hour of use. For workplaces that require<br />

a relatively fixed location for several hours,<br />

the lifting aid can also be powered via a<br />

cable. On construction sites, for example,<br />

where there is no fixed power supply,<br />

rechargeable batteries weighing up to 2.5<br />

kg can be used, which last correspondingly<br />

longer. In principle, the use of exoskeletons<br />

always depends on the specific application,<br />

with the configuration being adapted<br />

individually. In any case, employees tire<br />

less quickly, work more productively and<br />

stay healthier.<br />

Artificial intelligence (AI) has now also found<br />

its way into the world of exoskeletons: The<br />

system learns when people move in an<br />

unergonomic way (keyword: back training).<br />

CYBRID sees this as an opportunity to enter<br />

the service market with the aim of preventing<br />

the well-known musculoskeletal<br />

disorders (MSDs).<br />

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MOCCI<br />

The mocci work and cargo bike<br />

is ideal for companies that want<br />

to operate efficiently, smoothly<br />

and sustainably in urban areas,<br />

as well as on company<br />

premises or in their<br />

intralogistics.<br />

With the mocci Smart Pedal Vehicle (SPV),<br />

the manufacturer MOCCI offers a radical new<br />

approach to micromobility. This solution is<br />

particularly attractive for companies looking<br />

for an efficient and sustainable solution<br />

for the last mile in urban areas. In addition,<br />

the mocci Smart Pedal Vehicle also offers<br />

numerous advantages on company premises<br />

or in intralogistics.<br />

»<br />

The product is particularly interesting for<br />

Q-commerce and CEP service providers, who benefit<br />

from the good maintainability and cloud-based fleet<br />

management. The price is comparable to other cargo<br />

bikes with similar performance data. «<br />

The work and transport bike has been<br />

optimized for commercial processes and is<br />

equipped with state-of-the-art, innovative<br />

technology. The digital drive system uses the<br />

pedals to drive a generator that produces energy<br />

for the electric motor in the rear wheel.<br />

This eliminates the need for wear-prone<br />

mechanical power transmission components<br />

such as chains or belts. As soon as the mocci<br />

is in motion, the lithium-ion battery takes<br />

over the power supply and supports the rider<br />

during the ride if required. The most important<br />

innovation is the maintenance-free “rideby-wire”<br />

system, which combines hardware<br />

VERDICT OF THE INNOVATION CHECK<br />

The motivation behind the choice of material is questionable, but the improved<br />

maintainability is unique. There are hardly any new functionalities, but there is<br />

already a high degree of maturity. The detailed <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check is<br />

available free of charge at www.ifoy.org.<br />

Functionality / Type of implementation Ø<br />

Novelty / Innovation ++<br />

Customer benefit +<br />

Market relevance +<br />

and software and thus opens the door to the<br />

digital future. MOCCI also uses recyclable,<br />

robust plastic instead of steel or aluminum.<br />

The SPV is equipped with a powerful 800<br />

Wh battery and a drive motor with a peak<br />

output of 1300 watts. According to MOCCI, the<br />

replaceable battery offers a range of 60 to<br />

80 kilometers.<br />

The mocci Smart Pedal Vehicle is robust,<br />

smooth-running and easy to track thanks<br />

to its digital connection. The ride-by-wire<br />

system may be unfamiliar at first, as it lacks<br />

the direct drive of a chain or belt drive. After<br />

the first few meters, however, it is easy to get<br />

to grips with and impresses above all with its<br />

appearance and ease of maintenance.<br />

++ very good / + good / Ø balanced / -less / -- not available<br />

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THE<br />

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

TESTERS<br />

When they enter the test hall,<br />

it gets quiet at the finalists'<br />

booths. The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

testers are feared, because their<br />

judgment counts.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> reporter Bernd Maienschein,<br />

juror and MM experienced<br />

specialist editor, assesses the<br />

finalists and summarizes his<br />

impressions for the jurors in<br />

test reports.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> tester Theo Egberts,<br />

logistics journalist and the<br />

number 1 forklift tester. He<br />

tests performance values and<br />

summarizes more than 80 hard<br />

and soft facts for the jury.<br />

Prof. Dr. Johannes Fottner,<br />

holder of the fml - Chair of<br />

Materials Handling, Material<br />

Flow, Logistics at the<br />

Technical University of<br />

Munich. The expert for<br />

technical logistics,<br />

identification and<br />

digitalization.<br />

BY ANITA WÜRMSER<br />

Is it a real innovation or a successful development? How<br />

do the performance values compare to the competition?<br />

What about customer benefits, manufacturing details and<br />

features? Nowhere is there more testing and inspecting<br />

than at the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD. Those nominated for the final<br />

must undergo a three-stage audit. The results give the jurors<br />

important clues for their vote.<br />

This year, six logistics scientists and two <strong>IFOY</strong> testers put<br />

the finalists through their paces in Hall 4 of <strong>IFOY</strong> partner<br />

Messe Dortmund. In total, the experts examined and tested<br />

16 devices and solutions from 15 manufacturers over<br />

four days.<br />

Part 1 of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit is the practice-oriented <strong>IFOY</strong> Test<br />

by Dutch trade journalist Theo Egberts. This measures the<br />

hard facts in the vehicle categories and compares them<br />

with the relevant competitive equipment. The vehicles undergo<br />

individually tailored driving or functional tests, including<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> test protocol, which comprises around 80<br />

criteria and determines, among other things, the economy<br />

and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety and ergonomics<br />

of the equipment. In addition to Egberts, juror Bernd<br />

Maienschein was also responsible for the test reports.<br />

The second part of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit is the scientific Innovation<br />

Check. It is carried out by the Dortmund Fraunhofer<br />

Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), the Stuttgart<br />

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering<br />

and Automation (IPA), the Chair of Technical Logistics at<br />

the University of Dresden and the Chair of Materials Handling<br />

Material Flow Logistics at the Technical University of<br />

Munich.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Innovation Check team checked the nominees<br />

on the spot in the hall in terms of market relevance, customer<br />

benefits, type of execution and degree of innovation.<br />

In addition, the scientists verified the innovations stated<br />

by the manufacturers and evaluate in a technology comparison<br />

whether they are innovative further developments,<br />

successful new developments or genuine innovations. A<br />

five-point rating scale is used as a guide: "non-existent,"<br />

"less," "balanced," "good" and "very good".<br />

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Innovation Checkers<br />

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schmidt (l.),<br />

Chair of Technical Logistics at TU<br />

Dresden and Dr.-Ing. Mathias<br />

Kühn, research assistant and<br />

head of the Factory Planning<br />

working group. The specialists<br />

for industrial trucks,<br />

automation and digitalization.<br />

Innovation<br />

Checker Richard Bormann,<br />

Head of the Handling and<br />

Intralogistics Group at<br />

Fraunhofer IPA, and the<br />

robotics and software<br />

expert in the test team.<br />

Innovation Checker<br />

Florian Rothmeyer,<br />

M.Sc., research associate<br />

at the Chair of Materials<br />

Handling Material Flow<br />

Logistics (Prof.<br />

Fottner), the software<br />

and robotics expert in<br />

the test team.<br />

Guido Follert,<br />

Innovation Checker and Head of<br />

the Machines and Systems<br />

Department at the Fraunhofer<br />

IML. The expert for automation<br />

and intralogistics innovations.<br />

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Working Group Intralogistics-2X<br />

It‘s up to you!<br />

vdma.org/intralogistics<br />

VDMA Working Group<br />

Intralogistics-2X<br />

2X stands for interoperability possibilities<br />

of AGV, AMR and other intralogistics<br />

systems with each other and with<br />

the application environment. This is<br />

exactly what we want to rethink and<br />

develop with you!<br />

VDMA DesignStudio Shutterstock<br />

Do you know the VDA 5050? How<br />

would it be if you could actively help<br />

shape this and other development<br />

topics? The working group is looking<br />

for participants from the fields of<br />

production logistics, e-commerce or<br />

logistics services. Your user expertise<br />

is in demand.<br />

For more information please contact<br />

intralogistics-2x@vdma.org or visit us<br />

online at vdma.org/intralogistics.


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<strong>2024</strong>JURY<br />

OUR 26 JURORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD<br />

SPECIALIZED, HIGHLY MOTIVATED, CRITICAL WITH PASSION. WWW.<strong>IFOY</strong>.ORG<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Judges<br />

The winners of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD are chosen by a jury. Its members are<br />

renowned trade journalists from leading logistics media worldwide.<br />

The jury decides independently, according to transparent criteria and<br />

on the basis of professional expertise.<br />

The jury is chaired by Anita Würmser, logistics journalist and managing<br />

director of impact media projects GmbH.<br />

SWITZERLAND<br />

Klaus Koch<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

“LOGISTICSINNOVATION.ORG“<br />

GERMANY<br />

Anita Würmser<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ”<strong>IFOY</strong> <strong>MGZN</strong>“,<br />

“LOGISTICS HALL OF FAME MAGAZIN“<br />

The journalist and publicist is the<br />

founder of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD, executive<br />

chair of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Jury and the<br />

Logistics Hall of Fame. The online<br />

reach of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is<br />

1.6 billion people worldwide.<br />

ifoy.org; logisticshalloffame.net<br />

The internationally positioned online<br />

magazine LogisticsInnovation, based<br />

in Rupperswil, was founded in 2020.<br />

The bi-weekly newsletter has<br />

almost 850 subscribers,<br />

the website 95,000 PIs/month.<br />

logisticsinnovation.org<br />

CZECH REPUBLIC<br />

Michal Stengl<br />

GERMANY<br />

Sascha Schmel<br />

MANAGING DIRECTOR VDMA<br />

MATERIALS HANDLING<br />

AND INTRALOGISTICS<br />

ASSOCIATION<br />

As a permanent member of the<br />

jury (without voting rights),<br />

Sascha Schmel represents the<br />

idealistic sponsor of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD.<br />

foerd.vdma.org<br />

GERMANY<br />

Bernd Maienschein<br />

SPECIALISED LOGISTICS EDITOR<br />

“VOGEL COMMUNICATIONS”<br />

Among other things, he writes for MM Logistik, which is<br />

published six times a year with a circulation of 8,000 copies.<br />

The daily newsletter has 8,000 readers.<br />

maschinenmarkt.de; www.mm-logistik.de<br />

THE NETHERLANDS<br />

Theo Egberts<br />

BURO ANDERSOM<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> Chief Tester<br />

is a juror (without voting<br />

rights) and has been<br />

assessing the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

finalists since the<br />

beginning.<br />

logisticsinside.eu<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “TRANS-<br />

PORT A LOGISTICA CZ”<br />

Michal Stengl has been<br />

working as a journalist in the<br />

field of transport and logistics<br />

since 2002 and has been an<br />

editor at the magazines<br />

“Svět motorů“, “Auto Tip“ and<br />

“Auto 7“, among others.<br />

www.transport-logistika.cz;<br />

www.transport.sk<br />

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Øyvind Ludt<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

“MODERNE TRANSPORT“<br />

“Moderne Transport” is<br />

published 10 times a year with<br />

a circulation of 6,500 copies.<br />

The weekly newsletter<br />

reaches 3,000 recipients.<br />

mtlogistikk.no<br />

BRAZIL<br />

Edson Carillo<br />

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BEI<br />

“CONNEXXION BRAZIL |<br />

SUPPLY CHAIN ENGINEERING“<br />

The Brazilian logistics magazine and<br />

portal “LOGWEB“ is considered<br />

Brazil‘s most important logistics<br />

medium. It is published 10 times a<br />

year with a circulation of 10,000<br />

copies, the bi-weekly newsletter has<br />

13,000 recipients and the news<br />

portal 40,000 PIs. Edson Carillo<br />

represents the editor Valeria Lima.<br />

logweb.com.br<br />

GREAT BRITAIN<br />

Peter MacLeod<br />

EDITOR “LOGISTICS<br />

BUSINESS MAGAZINE“<br />

Logistics Business is published<br />

four times a year with a<br />

circulation of 8,000 copies.<br />

The newsletter reaches 19,000<br />

recipients each week.<br />

www.logisticsbusiness.com<br />

HUNGARY<br />

Szilvia<br />

Rapi-Jaubert<br />

PUBLISHER<br />

“SUPPLY CHAIN MONITOR“<br />

Supply Chain Monitor is<br />

published in digital form and<br />

is considered the leading<br />

Hungarian trade journal in<br />

the field of logistics and<br />

SCM. The monthly<br />

magazine is sent out<br />

as a newsletter to<br />

more than 8,500<br />

readers.<br />

scmonitor.hu<br />

ITALY<br />

Romi Cherubini<br />

EDITOR “IL GIORNALE<br />

DELLA LOGISTICA“<br />

“Il Giornale della Logistica” is published<br />

10 times a year with a circulation of 18,200<br />

copies. The weekly newsletter has 9,000<br />

recipients, the homepage has 16,000 users<br />

per month.<br />

ilgiornaledellalogistica.it<br />

FRANCE<br />

Gilles Solard<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

“STRATÉGIES LOGISTIQUE“<br />

“Stratégies Logistique” is published bimonthly with a<br />

circulation of 7,000 copies. The target group is managers<br />

in logistics and supply chain management. The weekly<br />

newsletter reaches 5,000 readers and the website<br />

generates 40,000 PIs per month from around<br />

25,000 users.<br />

strategieslogistique.com<br />

ITALY<br />

Cecilia Biondi<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

“LOGISTICA MANAGEMENT“<br />

The magazine is published monthly with<br />

a circulation of 8,000 copies per month<br />

and 10 issues per year. “Logistica<br />

Management” is aimed at logistics<br />

managers in industry and logistics<br />

service providers. The website reaches<br />

150,000 users every month, the<br />

newsletter 30,000 readers weekly.<br />

logisticamanagement.it<br />

IMPRESSIONS<br />

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SPAIN<br />

Isabel Rodrigo<br />

Fernández<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

“CUADERNOS DE LOGÍSTICA“<br />

The magazine is published six<br />

times a year with a circulation<br />

of 3,000 copies.<br />

logistica.cdecomunicacion.es<br />

USA<br />

David Maloney<br />

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR<br />

OF DC VELOCITY<br />

DC Velocity is a print<br />

and web magazine<br />

that covers all<br />

aspects of logistics.<br />

dcvelocity.com<br />

GERMANY<br />

Winfried Bauer<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “F+H“<br />

“f+h– Fördertechnik,<br />

Materialfluss, Logistik 4.0”<br />

is published 10 times a year<br />

with a circulation of around<br />

25,200 copies. The weekly<br />

newsletter reaches<br />

6,800 recipients.<br />

foerdern-und-heben.de<br />

SPAIN<br />

Alejandra<br />

Cabornero<br />

DIRECTOR “LOGÍSTICA<br />

PROFESIONAL“<br />

“Logística Profesional”<br />

magazine pays special<br />

attention to specials on<br />

Africa, Germany, Asia,<br />

France and Latin America.<br />

The magazine publishes<br />

nine issues a year and<br />

has a daily newsletter<br />

with nearly 96,000<br />

subscribers.<br />

www.logisticaprofesional.com<br />

SOUTH AFRICA<br />

Charleen Clarke<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “FOCUS<br />

ON TRANSPORT& LOGISTICS“<br />

“Focus on Transport & Logistics” is one<br />

of the leading magazines on the<br />

African continent specializing in<br />

transport and logistics. The monthly<br />

magazine reaches over 20,000<br />

readers, and the bi-weekly newsletter<br />

has a circulation of 7,520.<br />

focusontransport.co.za<br />

DEUTSCHLAND<br />

Christoph Scholze<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

“DHF INTRALOGISTIK“<br />

dhf Intralogistik is published<br />

ten times a year with a circulation<br />

of 12,000 copies. The magazine<br />

focuses on the entire field<br />

of internal logistics, conveying,<br />

storage and transportation<br />

technology.<br />

dhf-magazin.com<br />

POLAND<br />

Sebastian<br />

Śliwieński<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “WAREHOUSE MONITOR“<br />

“Warehouse Monitor” is published quarterly with a<br />

circulation of 3,400 copies. The newsletter is published<br />

80 times a year and reaches 11,000 recipients.<br />

warehouse-monitor.pl<br />

JURY MEETINGS<br />

The jury traditionally holds<br />

intensive discussions at<br />

the TEST DAYS. Voting<br />

does not take place until<br />

two weeks later – plenty<br />

of time to get to grips with<br />

the tester‘s findings.<br />

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IRELAND<br />

Jarlath Sweeney<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

“FLEET TRANSPORT“,<br />

“HANDLING NETWORK“<br />

The “Fleet Transport” and<br />

“Handling Network” magazines<br />

are each published 10 times a<br />

year with a circulation of 8,500<br />

copies. The websites achieve<br />

around 20,000 PIs per month. The<br />

weekly newsletter reaches 15,000<br />

recipients.<br />

fleet.ie, handling-network.com<br />

GERMANY<br />

Matthias Pieringer<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “LOGISTIK HEUTE“<br />

“Logistik Heute” is one of the leading German<br />

logistics magazines for decision-makers in<br />

industry, trade and logistics services. It is<br />

published 10 times a year with a circulation of<br />

30,000 copies per month. The weekly newsletter<br />

reaches 9,080 recipients.<br />

logistik-heute.de<br />

AUSTRIA<br />

Hans-Joachim Schlobach<br />

PUBLISHER “BUSINESS+LOGISTIC“<br />

“BUSINESS+LOGISTIC” is published six times<br />

a year with a circulation of 2,000 copies.<br />

The online portal blogistic.net has<br />

6,000 readers per month.<br />

blogistic.net<br />

ROMANIA<br />

Marilena Matei<br />

MANAGING EDITOR<br />

“TRANZIT“ AND<br />

“TRANZIT LOGISTICA“<br />

“Tranzit Logistica” is published<br />

annually with eight issues and has a<br />

circulation of 8,300 copies. A daily<br />

newsletter is sent to currently 8,500<br />

recipients. The magazine is<br />

accompanied by a website with<br />

80,000 monthly users, generating<br />

a total of over 200,000 PIs.<br />

traficmedia.ro<br />

CHINA<br />

Ying (Chrystal) Xu<br />

DEPUTY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

“CHINA INDUSTRIAL NEWS NETWORK“<br />

“China Industrial News” is focused on Chinese<br />

industry and for industrial enterprises and<br />

managers.<br />

www.dzb.cinn.cn<br />

BULGARIA<br />

Snejina Badjeva<br />

PUBLISHER “LOGISTIKA“<br />

The monthly magazine has a<br />

circulation of 5,000 copies. The<br />

newsletter, which is also<br />

published monthly, reaches<br />

12,000 readers. The digital version<br />

of the magazine can be found at:<br />

www.transport-press.bg.<br />

logistika.bg<br />

IMPRESSIONS<br />

JURY AT WORK<br />

Two days full of<br />

testing, discussing<br />

and reporting.<br />

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On the edge<br />

JURY ON SITE<br />

Three jury sessions – one remote<br />

– one Highlight Tour, the<br />

report of the <strong>IFOY</strong> testers and<br />

innovation checkers, various<br />

manufacturer presentations and<br />

individual live testing. The jury‘s<br />

schedule is packed before the<br />

journalists cast their vote.<br />

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HOW TO APPLY FOR THE NEXT<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD NOW<br />

The reach of the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD stands out: online coverage peaked at 4,664 articles in<br />

823 media channels and 46 countries around the world in 2023. The reach was 1.6 billion<br />

readers. Whoever makes it to the final is world-famous in the logistics scene from one<br />

day to the next. But how do you get to the finals? First, you have to apply, and that goes<br />

quickly. Here are the most important tips and steps.<br />

By Anita Würmser<br />

THE MOST<br />

IMPORTANT<br />

STEPS AT A<br />

GLANCE<br />

1Application<br />

(August – October)<br />

Takes 5 minutes<br />

Manufacturers of materials<br />

handling technology, robotics, intralogistics<br />

and software providers as well as<br />

start-ups with any number of products or<br />

solutions can apply for an <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD.<br />

Anyone who wants to take part must<br />

first register an application at www.ifoy.<br />

org. This requires contact details as well<br />

as the type and name of the product or<br />

solution. This registration is necessary because<br />

an individual input mask is created<br />

for each application, in which the required<br />

data can be entered individually.<br />

When registering an application, one<br />

has the choice of specifying one or more<br />

categories. In the case of a nomination,<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> organization decides on<br />

the final assignment to a category.<br />

At the latest 24 hours after the application<br />

registration, the access data to the<br />

entry form will be sent by e-mail, and you<br />

can start.<br />

Important:<br />

Once an application<br />

has been submitted, it cannot be withdrawn<br />

by the applicant. Only the jury can<br />

withdraw a nomination in exceptional<br />

cases and upon request if there are<br />

serious reasons. These include insolvency<br />

of the applicant, patent disputes, quality<br />

problems or inability to deliver.<br />

2Enter application<br />

data (August –<br />

October)<br />

With the access data,<br />

one can log into the<br />

applicant portal and fill<br />

out the input form. At this stage, the form<br />

is only visible to the respective applicant,<br />

who is free to change the content at any<br />

time.<br />

While entering data, applicants can<br />

already see how their application looks<br />

in the front end of the website. This view<br />

is later made available to the jury and is<br />

public<br />

in the event<br />

of a nomination. The application<br />

form is kept short and the text input is<br />

limited. An application must be entered in<br />

German and also in English. Essentially,<br />

the following contents are the main focus<br />

of an application:<br />

Striking headline<br />

Meaningful summary<br />

Clear description of the innovation<br />

and the customer benefits<br />

Technical data, videos and images<br />

In the case of a customer solution,<br />

a case study with a maximum of<br />

7,000 characters is required.<br />

It is advisable to answer the questions as<br />

briefly, comprehensibly and strikingly as<br />

possible. It is not important that a lot of<br />

text is written. On the contrary, it is crucial<br />

that the texts are clearly structured,<br />

for example by points, and that the jury<br />

recognizes the innovation and its value<br />

for the users at first glance.<br />

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<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD 2025<br />

APPLY NOW<br />

3Nomination<br />

(November –<br />

December)<br />

On October 30, all entry masks<br />

are locked and the jurors and test<br />

teams are given access to the data.<br />

After a formal and technical preliminary review, the<br />

jury nominates about 15 products and solutions from<br />

all valid applications for the finals. Only these finalists<br />

are publicly announced in January and have to appear for<br />

the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit in Dortmund (step 4). Applications that are<br />

not nominated will be treated confidentially in order not to<br />

make a negative selection. Each applicant will be informed<br />

in writing before publication whether the jury has made a<br />

nomination.<br />

August 1 – October 30, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Application registration at<br />

www.ifoy.org<br />

and entering the application data<br />

November 1 – December 31, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The finalists 2025 are nominated<br />

March / April 2025<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS / <strong>IFOY</strong> AUDIT<br />

Election of the winners<br />

Summer 2025<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD NIGHT<br />

and award ceremony<br />

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<strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS<br />

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

TEST CAMP<br />

Intralogistics<br />

(March/April)<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST<br />

DAYS with the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit will take<br />

place within the framework of the<br />

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS in<br />

Dortmund.<br />

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

All nominated equipment and all<br />

nominated devices and solutions<br />

have to undergo the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit as<br />

part of the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS. It consists<br />

of the <strong>IFOY</strong> Test, the scientific<br />

Innovation Check and the jury<br />

test. The devices and solutions<br />

undergo various<br />

Counter Balanced Truck:<br />

All types of counterbalanced<br />

trucks up to eight tons.<br />

Heavy Load Forklift and Special<br />

Vehicle: Forklifts/vehicles for special<br />

tasks, special vehicle construction, drones,<br />

cargo bikes, container forklifts, heavy load<br />

forklifts over 8 tons.<br />

Warehouse Truck "highlifter" : Warehouse<br />

trucks from circa 2nd rack level such as high rack,<br />

narrow aisle and reach trucks, pedestrian operated<br />

high lift trucks, order pickers, etc.<br />

Warehouse Truck "lowlifter": Mainly manual warehouse<br />

equipment up to approx. 1st rack level such as pedestriancontrolled<br />

low-lift trucks, tractors, tugger trains, horizontal<br />

order pickers etc.<br />

Mobile Robot: Mobile autonomous or automated robots, such as<br />

AGVs, AMRs, cobots, robots for automatic unloading and loading of<br />

trucks, automated industrial trucks, etc.<br />

Stationary Robot: Automated storage systems, stationary robotbased<br />

solutions for intralogistics applications such as palletizing and<br />

depalletizing, cobots, picking robots, etc.<br />

Intralogistics Software: Apps and intralogistics system or software<br />

solutions in the context of Apps and intralogistics system or software solutions<br />

in the context of application possibilities, such as warehouse management<br />

systems, forklift control systems, driver assistance systems, fleet management<br />

systems, etc.<br />

Integrated Customer Solution: Integrated warehouse projects successfully<br />

implemented for a customer.<br />

Special of the Year: Components or technical equipment that significantly improve<br />

profitability, sustainability or the physical or psychological conditions for the user, such as<br />

ergonomic innovations, safety assistance solutions, automation solutions, drive technologies,<br />

supporting devices in the warehouse, forklift attachments, etc.<br />

Crane and Lifting Technology: Cranes for various applications, such as gantry and bridge<br />

cranes, bracket and wall-mounted travelling cranes, slewing cranes, suspension cranes, light<br />

cranes, etc. Lifting equipment for various applications, such as chain and rope hoists, winches,<br />

magnetic and vacuum lifters, lifting table and working platforms, etc.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> Start-up of the Year AWARD: Innovative prototypes or functional developments, intralogistics<br />

products, software, vehicles or components from start-up companies.<br />

assessments and driving or<br />

functional tests, including the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

test protocol comprising around 80<br />

criteria. The decisive factor is that<br />

the nominees are not compared with<br />

each other, but with their competitor<br />

devices on the market.<br />

Besides the testers, the judges –<br />

all well-known trade editors from<br />

leading logistics media around the<br />

world – and their advisors will travel<br />

to test the equipment and solutions<br />

themselves.<br />

All finalists who pass the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit<br />

receive the Best-in-Intralogistics<br />

certificate at an on-site award<br />

ceremony, along with a communications<br />

package consisting of a press<br />

release and certificate, e-mail binder<br />

and graphic files for embedding the<br />

certificate in documents.<br />

If a nominee does not show up for<br />

the audit, the device or solution<br />

will be disqualified. The disqualification<br />

will be announced.<br />

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<strong>2024</strong><br />

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"SPOT ON INNOVATION": This is not only<br />

what everything revolves around at the<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD, but also at the TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS. 2025 is the fifth time that<br />

the testing event will provide the framework<br />

for the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS.<br />

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS is not a classic<br />

trade show. Those who want to exhibit<br />

there must show an innovation, a new or<br />

a unique product. The invited B2B guests<br />

from industry, trade and logistics services<br />

can thus experience the selected innovations<br />

live and get an idea of their practicability<br />

before making a purchasing decision,<br />

as well as a practical market overview in<br />

terms of future technologies.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> finalists are automatically admitted<br />

as exhibitors and are among the visitor<br />

magnets at CAMP.<br />

5The Voting<br />

(April/May)<br />

After the <strong>IFOY</strong> Tests, the<br />

jury votes on the winners.<br />

For this purpose,<br />

each juror assigns a<br />

ranking in each category and justifies the<br />

decision. Each rank is assigned a point<br />

value, whereby the candidate with the<br />

highest number of points is automatically<br />

calculated as the winner. The voting takes<br />

place online and database-supported on<br />

the jury portal.<br />

6<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD Night –<br />

award ceremony<br />

(Summer)<br />

The highlight of the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

AWARD is the announcement<br />

of the winners<br />

and the award ceremony at a festive gala.<br />

However, it remains exciting until the very<br />

end, because neither the nominees nor the<br />

award winners are informed in advance.<br />

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION<br />

FOR TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS<br />

AS WELL AS CONDITIONS<br />

OF PARTICIPATION AND<br />

CURRENT FEES CAN BE<br />

REQUESTED FROM THE<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> OFFICE.<br />

Anita Würmser<br />

Managing Jury Chairwoman<br />

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

T +49 (0)89 251384611<br />

E-mail: anita.wuermser@ifoy.org<br />

Apply at: www.ifoy.org<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD FEES<br />

Companies around the globe apply with their<br />

new developments for participation in the<br />

final round and compete in the <strong>IFOY</strong> Audit<br />

during the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS.<br />

In order to guarantee neutrality, quality and<br />

independence of the organization as well as<br />

the exorbitant marketing value, participation<br />

in the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD is subject to fees.<br />

The application is basically free of charge.<br />

If an application is nominated for the final,<br />

nomination fees are payable.<br />

Start-ups receive special conditions.<br />

Booking a stand at TEST CAMP INTRALO-<br />

GISTICS is not included in the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

nomination fees. However, <strong>IFOY</strong> Nominees<br />

will receive special conditions and free<br />

space for their nominated products.<br />

--<br />

ARD<br />

ions<br />

. October<br />

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BEHIND THE SCENES<br />

News from the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD network<br />

By Thilo Jörgl<br />

SAVE THE DATE<br />

After the <strong>IFOY</strong> is before the <strong>IFOY</strong>:<br />

The date for the <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS,<br />

which will once again take place<br />

in 2025 as part of the TEST CAMP<br />

INTRALOGISTICS, has already<br />

been set.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> TEST DAYS will take<br />

place from March 24 to 27, 2025 at<br />

the Dortmund Exhibition Center.<br />

TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS for<br />

B2B visitors and exhibitors will<br />

open its doors on March 26 and<br />

27, 2025. In addition to the <strong>IFOY</strong><br />

finalists, other exhibitors will also<br />

be admitted for the fifth time.<br />

Stand booking starts immediately.<br />

Further information is available<br />

from Anita Würmser, T 0049 89<br />

215384611,<br />

anita.wuermser@impact.mp<br />

THERE WILL BE COLLABORATIONS AGAIN IN 2025<br />

Whether delegation trip, event within an event or reader trip: In 2025, the TEST CAMP INTRA-<br />

LOGISTICS organization is once again planning a series of collaborations with associations,<br />

organizations and the media. Anyone wishing to participate should contact the organization<br />

team by the end of October. The event management team already concluded several cooperation<br />

agreements in <strong>2024</strong>. The Dortmund Economic Development Agency organized a session<br />

with experts on topics including mobile robotics. Groups from various logistics initiatives and<br />

the Log-IT Club in North Rhine-Westphalia also traveled to Dortmund. There was also cooperation<br />

with international organizations such as the European Logistics Association and aimtec.<br />

Testing, eating and then a highlight tour: numerous groups and delegations use the TEST CAMP for<br />

further training and networking.<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD NIGHT TAKES PLACE WHERE THE EMPERORS TOOK A CURE<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD Night <strong>2024</strong> will take place in<br />

Austria. The award ceremony will take place<br />

on June 14 in the imperial city of Baden near<br />

Vienna.<br />

The <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD (International Intralogistics<br />

and Forklift Truck of the Year) trophies will<br />

be ceremoniously presented to the winners<br />

of the intralogistics competition in the<br />

ballroom of the Congress Center Baden. The<br />

<strong>IFOY</strong> organization is expecting more than 300<br />

international guests from business, science,<br />

politics and the media for the evening.<br />

This is not the first time the <strong>IFOY</strong> AWARD<br />

Night has been held in Austria. The trophies<br />

were already presented to the winners in the<br />

Vienna Hofburg in 2019. Thanks to a cooperation<br />

with <strong>IFOY</strong> partner HERMES.Wirtschafts.<br />

Forum, the Congress Center Baden will be<br />

the spectacular backdrop for the award<br />

ceremony in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

The Congress Center in the UNESCO World<br />

Heritage-listed city of Baden, which is<br />

located 25 kilometers south of Vienna,<br />

has a long history: the building opened in<br />

1886 as a spa hotel. The entire complex<br />

was built in the neo-Renaissance style.<br />

After several renovations, it was reopened<br />

in 1995 as the largest casino in Europe,<br />

including a congress and event center.<br />

Numerous celebrities have taken the waters<br />

in Baden bei Wien, including the composer<br />

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Emperor<br />

Franz I.<br />

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