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Enroll: Cross-border exchange event on supply chain coordination Register now: EXCHAiNGE has the courage to embrace new challenges Fraunhofer IML deepens industry 4.0 cooperation with Irish SMEs and TROs Strengthening the cooperation with the Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek Fraunhofer IML is opening Enterprise Lab Center New associated project PERFECT develops EU-purchase curriculum of the future EffizienzCluster at the Infoday for new KICs Engagement for KIC creates new contacts Cooperation with Zaragoza Logistics Center will be intensified BVL International Symposium: Call for Papers on 4th Industrial Revolution Lecture Notes link research from DINALOG and EffizienzCluster GREEN-AgriChains invites to Final Dissemination Event International Cluster Conference discusses Logistics Mall continues networking EffizienzCluster consults European Commission Happy Birthday EffizienzCluster - Leading-Edge Cluster celebrates 5th anniversary
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19. December 2016

The "First Stakeholder Forum" in the context of the implementation of the "Digitising European Industry" initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European ... more

The "First Stakeholder Forum" in the context of the implementation of the "Digitising European Industry" initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Commission will take place 31. January and 1. February 2017 at Grand Hall Zollverein in Essen.

The German Secretary of State, Matthias Machnig, and Commissioner Günther Oettinger will deliver opening speeches. On the first day, high-level policy debates will highlight different aspects of the digitisation of the industry and Industry 4.0, whereas the second day will focus on national initiatives for the digitisation of the industry and Industry 4.0 and will include workshops on digital innovation hubs, digital industrial platforms, standardisation, skills for the digital age, IT security and regulatory challenges.

An exhibition area will offer the possibility to get more information on national and European initiatives, and showcase successful examples of the use of digital technologies.

Further information can be found under www.ec.europa.eu. Please register here.

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09. September 2016

Enroll: Cross-border exchange event on supply chain coordination

Enroll: Cross-border exchange event on supply chain coordination

Today’s logistics industry is faced with challenges in terms of infrastructure congestion, operational cost reduction, asset optimization and sustainability. Supply chain coordination with bundling of transport ... more

Enroll: Cross-border exchange event on supply chain coordination

Today’s logistics industry is faced with challenges in terms of infrastructure congestion, operational cost reduction, asset optimization and sustainability. Supply chain coordination with bundling of transport flows and optimized use of multimodal transport infrastructure offers opportunities for optimized logistics services. Therefore, LogistikCluster NRW, the Dortmund Chamber of Commerce and TKI Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics (Dinalog), partner oft he EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, would like to invite to a cross-border exchange event on supply chain coordination on Tuesday, September 27th, in Dortmund. The objective is to exchange best practices in innovation and solutions of supply chain coordination and identify obstacles and opportunities for cross-border supply chain coordination in the Netherlands and Germany.

In both Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany and the Netherlands, innovation in supply chain coordination leads to the implementation of new solutions. Given the large trade volumes in the cross-border logistics between these regions, there are challenges and opportunities for cross-border implementation of supply chain coordination. One oft he speakers will be Tobias Hegmanns, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund.

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29. August 2016

Register now: EXCHAiNGE has the courage to embrace new challenges

Register now: EXCHAiNGE has the courage to embrace new challenges

EXCHAiNGE – The Supply Chainers´ Conference means a community in dialog: a real-world bridge between new trends and the core functions of the supply chain. The Fourth annual international business conference ... more

Register now: EXCHAiNGE has the courage to embrace new challenges

EXCHAiNGE – The Supply Chainers´ Conference means a community in dialog: a real-world bridge between new trends and the core functions of the supply chain. The Fourth annual international business conference for supply chain and operations professionals takes place on thursday and friday, 6th and 7th of October 2016, in Frankfurt am Main. This year´s motto is "Designing and managing the supply chain of tomorrow “. One of the EXCHAiNGE´s partner is the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr. Thorsten Hülsmann, Managing Director of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, is in charge of the moderation.

EXCHAiNGE explores the themes of digitization, compliance , and supply chain finance – delivering clear answers and highlighting real-life approaches that empower you to drive and shape the future. The registration fee is € 749 plus VAT. There are discount options for members of the EffizienzCluster-network. More Information under www.exchainge.de.
 

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01. August 2016

Fraunhofer IML deepens industry 4.0 cooperation with Irish SMEs and TROs

The expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics – especially with reference to the implementation of industry 4.0-technologies – was in focus of a recent delegation journey ... more

The expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics – especially with reference to the implementation of industry 4.0-technologies – was in focus of a recent delegation journey to Ireland. Andreas Nettsträter, Carina Neveling and Desiree Bullock from the department “Strategic Initiatives” were visiting leading Irish research institutions and companies to discuss research needs, applications and consequences of “Industrie 4.0”. They agreed on further cooperation to deepen these discussions – among others – in joined research projects. “Industrie 4.0 has an enormous impact on Irish companies. Hence their need for Industrie 4.0-technologies and -applications in terms of logistics is enormous”, says Andreas Nettsträter.
The delegation also visited the Irish Manufacturing Research Centre (IRM) in Dublin as well as several institutions of the Dublin City University (DCU) and the University College Dublin (UCD). Furthermore the IML-team from Germany got in contact with medium-sized enterprises like TEG or Trend Technologies in Mullingar. Amongst others they presented the project “Bin:Go”– a smart drone, developed for the internal transport of small, lightweight goods, that is able to roll and fly. Also the activities of the leading-edge cluster “EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr” aroused enthusiasm. At the UCD Insight Centre for Data Analytics, one of the biggest research organisations within this domain, the delegation members were introducing the Initiative Industrial Data Space of Fraunhofer and the corresponding user association whose head office is located at the Fraunhofer IML. Within the Industrial Data Space Association notable corporations from industry, service providers and trade companies develop safe and trustworthy solutions for the digitalisation and the resulting fundamental change of business and manufacturing processes.
According to Germany Trade & Invest, – the German national association for foreign trade and location marketing – Ireland exceeds the EU-average in case of IKT-infrastructure as well as in the usage of the internet, cloud technologies and social networks. Research focusses are medical engineering, data security, energy, materials research or the digital linked agriculture. “Actually there is no research institute like the Fraunhofer IML in Ireland that is specialised on technical innovations for logistics”, said Carina Neveling. “Hence our Know-How is in great demand for both sides, science and economy.”
Initial steps for the collaboration between the Fraunhofer IML and the Irish partners have already been developed during the journey. All in all, the delegation from Dortmund draws up a consistently positive balance: “We are highly motivated to submit a common project proposal in the next round of calls of the EU research program Horizon2020. Furthermore, collaborations at the operational level shall be enhanced in the future: Our European Network rises!”

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08. July 2016

Strengthening the cooperation with the Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek

Strengthening the cooperation with the Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek

  By signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr and Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek (VIL), Antwerp, Belgium, will intensify ... more

Strengthening the cooperation with the Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek

 

By signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr and Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek (VIL), Antwerp, Belgium, will intensify their successful cooperation.

»The Antwerp harbour and the entire Flanders area are an exciting logistics region and they are important partners for us in North-Rhine Westphalia – we would like to exploit the potential for joint projects even more methodically«, explains Prof. Dr. Uwe Clausen, Director at Fraunhofer IML. Companies, RTOs and institutions in both networks shall equally benefit from that cooperation. The MoU was signed at Fraunhofer IML by Prof. Dr. Uwe Clausen, Liesbeth Geysels, Managing Director of VIL, and Thorsten Hülsmann, Managing Director of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH. »Together, we intend to strengthen the position of logistics in Germany’s and Belgium’s economies and support each other in cooperation projects or transnational projects. It is about strengthening the image of logistics as solution provider and high tech industry«, says Hülsmann.

In future, the three partners will intensively identify joint fields of action and encourage the exchange between respective players in the networks through workshops, innovation days and match-making events. The fields of action include ICT (information and communication technology) and smart devices for intelligent logistical system, synchro-modality, green logistics, urban logistics, mobility and autonomous transports. Also the activities with joint applications for research projects at EU level shall be intensified – in particular with respect to Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

VIL is a non-profit organisation with nearly 500 active members from different sectors of logistics (haulage contractors, shipping agents, harbours and airports, logistic estate companies and research institutions). Main research fields are cooperative logistics, green logistics, e-commerce and smart logistics. VIL sees itself as open-innovation platform and seeks the status of a leading edge cluster in Flanders.
 

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28. June 2016

Fraunhofer IML is opening Enterprise Lab Center

Fraunhofer IML is opening Enterprise Lab Center

Be it BMW, Würth, DB Schenker or Sick – they all focus on a new form of cooperative research: the »Fraunhofer Enterprise Labs«. Together with researchers of Fraunhofer IML employees of the ... more

Fraunhofer IML is opening Enterprise Lab Center

Be it BMW, Würth, DB Schenker or Sick – they all focus on a new form of cooperative research: the »Fraunhofer Enterprise Labs«. Together with researchers of Fraunhofer IML employees of the companies work on specific innovations on site. On 27 June the new premises for the think tanks of applied logistics research were inaugurated.

»The new Enterprise Lab Centre is the future of research. The combination of co-working spaces, state-of-the-art technical equipment and close form of cooperation opens an all-new dimension of interdisciplinary research and development between companies and Fraunhofer IML. Without the support of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia this would not have been possible«, emphasises Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director of Fraunhofer IML.

The North-Rhine Westphalian Minister for Innovation, Science and Research, Svenja Schulze, got a first-hand impression of the new Enterprise Lab Centre during the opening ceremony. "This centre forms a milestone in the cooperation between business and science. It is a great opportunity, not only for logistics but for the entire economy in North-Rhine Westphalia. Many ideas originating from digitalization and »Industrie 4.0« will be specifically implemented in technological terms, so that man and environment will benefit from that in the end", said Schulze.

The main research emphasis in the Enterprise Lab Centre reaches from innovative logistics hardware, software and big data up to innovative business models. In contrast to currently standard project research an Enterprise Lab allows faster and more efficient research. For lab research is made for long-term duration and bases on a minimum three-year contract between the company and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Joint and basic principle is to implement new, agile and interdisciplinary forms of cooperative research and development. »A great advantage of the labs are the short official channels between business and research as well as between work place and modern infrastructure«, explains ten Hompel. Thus, prototypes for products like for example micro SMD circuits with component sizes down to 0.1 mm can be developed, built and even produced in small batches directly on site in the new Lab Centre in a minimum of time.

This is made possible by merging the extensive processing capacities of Fraunhofer IML with the Enterprise Lab Center at one place: including mechanics, electronics and control technology. Even the mechanical shop floor of the Dortmund institute is connected to the Lab Center through a lift.

By altering parts of an existing test area new space for rooms could be provided. So, Fraunhofer IML created 435 m2 of new co-working space with nearly 50 work stations for the Enterprise Lab Center. The construction costs were taken over by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the equipment by Fraunhofer IML; the technical equipment was sponsored by the State NRW with a total of EUR 700,000.

"The fast pace of technological change requires a flexible adjustment of research focus to recent results and know-how. The concept of Enterprise Labs with its interaction between business and research allows exactly this development beyond rather static project thinking", explains Prof. Dr. Michael Henke, Director at Fraunhofer IML and moderator of the panel discussion at the opening ceremony.

Since 2013 the companies Sick AG, Würth Industrie Service, DB Schenker AG and not least BMW Group decided for the »Fraunhofer Enterprise Lab«. Moreover, AUDI AG is committing itself in a similar way with the »Audi Logistics Lab« and the associated endowed chair of Prof. Dr. Boris Otto at TU Dortmund University.

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05. April 2016

New associated project PERFECT develops EU-purchase curriculum of the future

The demand of companies regarding well-qualified personnel increases. Industrial enterprises spend about 60 percent on average of their turnover on supplies. Therefore, a professional organisation of the company’s ... more

The demand of companies regarding well-qualified personnel increases. Industrial enterprises spend about 60 percent on average of their turnover on supplies. Therefore, a professional organisation of the company’s purchase activities is getting more and more important. Within the new project PERFECT, “Purchasing Education and Research for European Competence Transfer”, researchers from four different European countries address this challenge. They aim to develop “Best-Practice”-EU-purchase curriculum of the future. Additionally the researchers create concepts and models should to improve the education of young buyers.
PERFECT is the twelfth associated project of the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr. The associated research and innovation projects of the EffizienzCluster complement and deepen the topics of the cluster and extend the network of experts. Therefore the associated projects achieve – even after the end of the support of the “leading-edge” cluster competition – another contribution to the sustainable development of the EffizienzCluster.

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23. February 2016

EffizienzCluster at the Infoday for new KICs

At the Information Day of both planned new KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Communities), representatives of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the European Union explained the approach ... more

At the Information Day of both planned new KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Communities), representatives of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the European Union explained the approach to potential applicants. On the one hand, the experts informed the participants about the principles, the assessment criteria and the assessment process of the KIC proposal. On the other hand they also described the synergies between the EIT, the KICs and other instruments of the EU. In February the European Institute of Innovation (EIT) announced two new KICs: One of them in the manufacturing sector, the other one in the food sector. Five KICs already exist. They focus on the topics climate change, information and communication technology, sustainable energy, health and raw materials. The aim of the KICs is to provide a new culture of innovation in their economic sector. "Once again it has become very clear, that KICs don´t mean an additional program for research funding", according to Carina Neveling of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. "Rather it is a matter of building up long-term lasting partnerships between stakeholder from science, economy and education to gain maximum impact." In addition to that, the EU representatives also indicated numerous successful stories from the existing KICs. Since several months EffizienzCluster and Fraunhofer IML are working intensely on a proposal regarding the KIC manufacturing call, in strong cooperation with numerous research facilities from whole Europe as well as with interested enterprises. Deadline for proposal submission is the 14th of July, the assignment should occur on the 19th of November of this year.

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18. January 2016

Engagement for KIC creates new contacts

A delegation of Finnish company representatives, mainly executives from the manufacturing sector, visited EffizienzCluster and Fraunhofer IML for an Innovation Day. They got interesting impressions of cutting-edge ... more

A delegation of Finnish company representatives, mainly executives from the manufacturing sector, visited EffizienzCluster and Fraunhofer IML for an Innovation Day. They got interesting impressions of cutting-edge projects in Dortmund. The Finnish-German exchange is a result of the joined work within the KIC Manufacturing-Initiative.
KICs are an instrument of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to create a new culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The aim is to increase Europe’s innovation power strengthen its competitiveness. Five KICs already exist, the KIC in the manufacturing sector should be awarded in 2016. During these days the EIT has published the Call for the KIC. Deadline for proposal submission is the 14th of July, the assignment should occur on the 19th of November 2016. Since several months EffizienzCluster and Fraunhofer IML are working intensely on a proposal regarding the KIC manufacturing call, in strong cooperation with numerous research facilities from whole Europe as well as with interested enterprises.
The delegation from Finland was impressed by the cutting-edge activities. During a guided tour through the IML’s research facilities the participants received insights into the LivingLab Cellular Transport Systems, the Open ID-Center and the Packaging Laboratory. They also got information about the new Mittelstand 4.0 – Kompetenzzentrum Dortmund and the Industrial Data Space.
 

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04. December 2015

Cooperation with Zaragoza Logistics Center will be intensified

Cooperation with Zaragoza Logistics Center will be intensified

Representatives from Fraunhofer IML have met their colleagues of Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) in Spain to further develop the cooperation between the two institutions as well as with the EffizienzCluster. It ... more

Cooperation with Zaragoza Logistics Center will be intensified

Representatives from Fraunhofer IML have met their colleagues of Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) in Spain to further develop the cooperation between the two institutions as well as with the EffizienzCluster. It was the aim of the meeting to identify Calls within Horizon2020 where the partners can bundle their strengths.
The discussion was focused on the three subjects: Supply Chain Management in the food industry under special consideration of the aspect food safety; Production and logistics; Physical Internet. Already in January 2016, the next steps will be discussed.
The cooperation of Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) and EffizienzCluster is a result of the internationalization strategy of the Cluster. The ZLC is one of the founding partners of ETP ALICE (Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe) for whose construction also EffizienzCluster and Fraunhofer IML exerted their power. Now, the cooperation should be intensified, because of the well replenishment of competences of the partners. Among the classic cooperation in research projects, potential formats of cooperation may be common events, study journeys or continuing education.
 

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15. September 2015

BVL International Symposium: Call for Papers on 4th Industrial Revolution

"Logistics in the Times of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Ideas, Concepts, Scientific Basis“ is the topic BVL`s Scientific Advisory Board has chosen for the 8th International Scientific Symposium on Logistics, ... more

"Logistics in the Times of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Ideas, Concepts, Scientific Basis“ is the topic BVL`s Scientific Advisory Board has chosen for the 8th International Scientific Symposium on Logistics, on June 15-16, 2016 in Karlsruhe. The Bundesvereinigung Logistik BVL is now calling for proposals for presentations from professors of all levels. Co-authorship is possible. The proposals for presentations are to be sent by electronic means only to the head office of BVL stating the sender‘s own full address. The conference language is English. In addition to submitting ideas for papers, potential contributors are also welcome to draw the attention to interesting and relevant projects being conducted by themselves and other institutions.
There will be a scientific review procedure. The final decision on acceptance of a paper is made on the basis of the complete paper. If a paper is not submitted before the required deadline, it may be deleted from the list of presentations. Latest submission date ist October 15, 2015
The Abstract´s should be 3 to 5 pages. The papers proposed for the Scientific Symposium must satisfy scientific standards. You can find further information here.

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11. September 2015

Lecture Notes link research from DINALOG and EffizienzCluster

Lecture Notes link research from DINALOG and EffizienzCluster

Prof. Dr. Henk Zijm presents the new Springer-book and hand over copys to  coeditors and supporters.

The new textbook „Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation. Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice“, published by Springer Verlag, reports on a number of recently conducted studies in the DINALOG ... more

Lecture Notes link research from DINALOG and EffizienzCluster

Prof. Dr. Henk Zijm presents the new Springer-book and hand over copys to  coeditors and supporters.

The new textbook „Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation. Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice“, published by Springer Verlag, reports on a number of recently conducted studies in the DINALOG and the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, thus bridging the gap between different perspectives of theoretical and applied research. Editors are Prof. Henk Zijm, University of Twente, Prof. Matthias Klumpp, University Duisburg-Essen, Prof. Uwe Clausen, and Prof. Michael ten Hompel, both Fraunhofer IML, Dortmund.

A selection of theoretical topics, practical examples, case studies and project reports is presented in this volume. The editors carefully selected contributions from a wide variety of projects, which were carried out in both the DINALOG cluster and the Effizienzcluster LogistikRuhr. The contributions are grouped in five main sections, each representing key domains in the evolution of logistics and supply chain management: sustainability, urban logistics, value chain management, IT-based innovation, knowledge management. This book is intended for both researchers and practitioners in the field of logistics and supply chain management, to serve as an important source of information for further research as well as to stimulate further innovation.


More Information on the book (in english) unter www.springer.com.

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09. September 2015

GREEN-AgriChains invites to Final Dissemination Event

GREEN-AgriChains invites to Final Dissemination Event

At September 18th, 2015 will take place the Final Dissemination Event of GREEN-AgriChains Project in the Marivaux Hotel, Brussels, Belgium. Speakers include Dr. Kerstin Dobers, Fraunhofer IML, coordinator of ... more

GREEN-AgriChains invites to Final Dissemination Event

At September 18th, 2015 will take place the Final Dissemination Event of GREEN-AgriChains Project in the Marivaux Hotel, Brussels, Belgium. Speakers include Dr. Kerstin Dobers, Fraunhofer IML, coordinator of the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr´s research project „Green Logistic“. The event ist opened by Professor Eleftherios Iakovou, Director, Manufacturing Innovation Initiatives, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), with a note about “Agrifood Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Green Logistics”.
The GREEN-AgriChains project aims at tackling all aspects of Green Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Logistics, focused on the Agrifood sector. In this framework, it will deal with sustainable farming, reverse logistics, green procurement and sourcing, waste management and packaging reuse, transportation, energy consumption efficiency, green marketing, green accounting, and corporate social responsibility. Specifically, there are twelve partners from all over Europe involved in the GREEN-AgriChains project. Coordinator is the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; the EffizienzCluster belongs to the industrial stakeholders.

More information and the complete program can be found under www.green-agrichains.eu.

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08. September 2015

International Cluster Conference discusses "Clusters as Drivers of Competitiveness"

International Cluster Conference discusses

With a new European Cluster Strategy for Growth being shaped, Ireland is hosting the 3rd International Cluster Conference in Limerick on the 30th of September and the 1st of October 2015. This is the first time ... more

International Cluster Conference discusses

With a new European Cluster Strategy for Growth being shaped, Ireland is hosting the 3rd International Cluster Conference in Limerick on the 30th of September and the 1st of October 2015. This is the first time the conference has been held outside of Switzerland and is an excellent opportunity not to be missed for all sectors interested in cluster development and management. This event will play host to a number of renowned speakers including Dr Christian Ketels of the Harvard Business School and Prof. Dr Dominique Foray, a co-developer of the smart specialisation concept.
Innovate Limerick in association with the Science and Technology Centre of the Canton of Fribourg (PST-FR) are pleased to present the 3rd International Cluster conference to network, learn best practices from around the world and meet with an international panel of global experts in the fields of cluster policy & development and smart specialisation. The spotlight will be on Limerick, a city keen to drive further job creation, economic growth and investment through the continued development and investment of clusters in specialised areas, building on key strengths and assets, and on our large FDI and indigenous SME base.
You will find more information here.
 

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16. July 2015

Logistics Mall continues networking

In 2014 the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster Cloud Computing for Logistics, associated research project of the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, took a major step toward achieving its project goal: The Logistics Mall ... more

In 2014 the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster Cloud Computing for Logistics, associated research project of the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, took a major step toward achieving its project goal: The Logistics Mall was solidified in the course of three additional research projects.

Since the Innovation Cluster was founded in 2010, the Fraunhofer IML has been working with the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and System Engineering ISST and Logata GmbH to develop new prospects for providers and users of logistics software. At the end of November 2013 the Logistics Mall, a product of the innovation cluster, was successfully delivered to Logata GmbH.

The Logistics Mall is a platform based on cloud computing principles, a virtual shopping mall for IT services through which logistics users can lease and use applications. A unique selling proposition is the ability to link apps from different providers with a newly developed modeling tool – the Logistics Process Design Studio (LPDS) – in order to support user-specific business processes.
Since this project goal was achieved, the Logistics Mall has been solidified in the course of three additional research projects:
• Profile work package Cloud Technologies from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) technology program AUTONOMIK for Industry 4.0«
• Joint project »Hub2Move«, assigned to the key topic »Changeable Logistics Systems« of the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr
• Key project »E3 Production« of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
The focus on the research for these projects is on linking smart objects at the shop floor level to the cloud as well as integration of transport order management into the LPDS modeling process.

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19. June 2015

EffizienzCluster consults European Commission

Thorsten Hülsmann, CEO of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH (ECM), is part of the new expert group on digitalization in traffic and logistics “Digital Transport and Logistics Forum” (DTLF) of the ... more

Thorsten Hülsmann, CEO of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH (ECM), is part of the new expert group on digitalization in traffic and logistics “Digital Transport and Logistics Forum” (DTLF) of the European Union. The group of experts supports the Commission, to push the tasks that have been published in the White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system”. Key focus of the Paper is the increase of efficiency in logistics and goods transport in Europe through electronic information exchange.
In the past years, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr has become an internationally known and valued partner regarding smart and innovative logistics solutions. The majority of EffizienzClusters projects lead to software solutions that enable cyberphysical systems and the internet of things. “The society as well as the economy needs a smart and connected logistics. I am glad that we can bring our knowledge and experience into this international group of experts.”, says Thorsten Hülsmann. The EffizienzCluster is already working in the European Technology Platform Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration (ALICE).

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22. May 2015

Happy Birthday EffizienzCluster - Leading-Edge Cluster celebrates 5th anniversary

Happy Birthday EffizienzCluster - Leading-Edge Cluster celebrates 5th anniversary

The EffizienzCluster celebrated its 5th anniversary at 20th May 2015. More than 200 participants from economy and research were part of a great evening at Casino Zollverein in Essen. “The EffizienzCluster ... more

Happy Birthday EffizienzCluster - Leading-Edge Cluster celebrates 5th anniversary

The EffizienzCluster celebrated its 5th anniversary at 20th May 2015. More than 200 participants from economy and research were part of a great evening at Casino Zollverein in Essen. “The EffizienzCluster is well established as the leading research and innovation cluster for logistics in Europe!” says Dr.-Ing. Christian Jacobi, CEO of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH. “Now, the companies are invited to use the huge potential of the Cluster and to transfer the ideas and concepts into innovations.”
The EffizienzCluster was officially opened in Schwerte at 2nd June 2010. At the end of March, the last nine from 30 research projects belonging to the leading-edge cluster competition will be finished. 120 companies and eleven research facilities were part of the cluster in 2010. But the cluster has grown a lot in past five years. Today, more around 170 companies and 28 research facilities are part of the network. More than 100 research results are the prove of their intensive cooperation.
In the context of the anniversary celebration the partners and friends of EffizienzCluster remembered the starting time of the cluster and the successful way until today. The “fathers” of the EffizienzCluster – Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director of Fraunhofer IML, and Erich Staake, CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG – emphasised that the importance of the branch logistics has grown significantly. Furthermore the cluster put the value and necessity of research in the focus of the companies. But still, there is a long way to go.
During the anniversary celebration three EffizienzClusters Awards have been awarded. They are a symbol for the great and innovative work within the cluster projects. The Award in the category “Basic Research” went to the project Green Logistics – for their international intensive work on a holistic calculation of the Carbon Footprint. Lufthansa Cargo won the Award in the Category “Exploitation” with their innovative Trackingtool. The third award, in the category “Scientific Network”, went to Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp of FOM ild.
The successful work of the EffizienzCluster is the result of its partners. That’s why Dr.-Ing. Christian Jacobi and Thorsten Hülsmann thanked everyone sincerely for their support in the last five years – starting with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Initiativkreis Ruhr, the agiplan GmbH, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, PwC, Stute Logistics, the Business Development Agency of the City of Dortmund as well as the Last Mile Logistics Network Herne. Also the members of the business network EffizienzCluster Logistik e.V. as well as its board members had a huge impact on the clusters success.

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