As a representative of IT providers, PSI Logistics has been involved in the Intralogistics research foundation/conveyor technology and logistics systems (IFL) from its inception in 2005.
All member companies jointly launch pre-competitive research projects. The aim of the industrial research association is the continuous development of innovative products within intralogistics. Intralogistics covers the organisation, management, implementation and optimisation of the internal material flow, and goods handling including all related information flows.
Currently, we are involved in the “CO2neutral logistics centre” research project. IFL members develop recommended actions step-by-step for energy-efficient logistics centres. The focus is on a holistic approach to energy needs and energy cycles in intralogistics buildings of different types. The recommended actions should later help logistics centre planners to find the optimum balance between the conveyor technology used, energy-efficient construction and building technology, as well as CO2neutral energy supply.
The current projects focus on “logistics assistance systems”, “efficient vehicle utilisation through dual route and storage space optimisation” and “development of grid technologies for logistics companies”.
As an innovation driver and technology leader, we have been commissioned to carry out current research projects by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology, and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The research project "Autonomous, person-related organisation of road traffic and digital logistics" (German: APEROL) aims at the implementation, testing and validation of a holistic approach for an optimised fully autonomous traffic which takes into account the individual needs of citizens and represents services for a fully autonomous transport system optimised for public acceptance. PSI Logistics was awarded the leadership of the project by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
The “Smart Logistic Grids” project involves the development of a risk management system, which provides better handling alternatives based on improved information availability and seamless process-related integration of various players along a logistics network, therefore increasing efficiency and adaptability.
The largest European logistics research project, “EffizenzCluster LogistikRuhr”, covers a total of 17 projects. The “Supply Chain Execution” research project falls under the “Logistics as a Service” main theme. The object of the research project is the development of an inter-company logistics solution based on a service-oriented platform supported by mobile devices.
Universally usable solution modules for operational recording and controlling the material flow – for example in the furniture industry – have been created in the course of the research project.
The LogiLeit project is aimed at the monitoring and real-time management of the logistics systems of value-added logistics service providers. The focus is on the development of a cockpit-based management system for management, monitoring and tracing within and between logistics chains.
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