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News | Tell me where the forklifts are

Innovative digital processes at the BSH warehouse in Traunreut, Germany

What’s happening at my warehouse right now? Have we picked the best transport route? And what is the safest approach? Thanks to cameras, sensors, and the right software, associates at the BSH Hausgeräte warehouse in Traunreut, Germany know the answers to these questions. The Intralogistics Hub project stands for the realization of Industry 4.0: it records all movements and the flow of goods in real time. This is the first important step toward digitizing logistics management. Transreut took this step In cooperation with the Connected Logistics department, which is part of the new Bosch Connected Industry strategic unit in Feuerbach.

Goods are identified according to their location, making scanning redundant

Highly precise, down to the last five centimeters

“We wanted to maintain transparency for every process in the warehouse,” says Bernd Licinac, who is in charge of Intralogistics Hub in Traunreut. The data of all forklifts in operation are displayed graphically on a large control screen. Sensors and cameras attached to the forklifts record floor markings that are visibly placed six meters apart from each other all over the warehouse. These record whether the vehicles are loaded or not, and where they are currently located. “Thanks to these data and algorithms, we always know where the forklifts are, down to the last five centimeters, and we also know how fast they are moving,” says Licinac. This is valuable information with regard to reaching an important goal in Traunreut: “We want to increase safety in the workplace.”  

Bernd Licinac studies the heat map indicating the speed of the forklift

Safe and simple

A map shows all movements, and areas where forkilfts are moving at high speeds are marked in red. “We added safety measures to spots that were especially dangerous. In critical zones, forklift software slows our vehicles down to ten kilometers per hour,“ says Hans Bernhofer, the head of logistics. The process of registering goods when they are stored or removed from the warehouse has also been simplified. The products are identified based on the spot they are stored in, which is shown through the camera in the central terminal. The driver no longer needs to scan the goods himself; now, he just needs to hit the confirm button. The system makes work safer, faster, and less stressful.

More on smart Bosch sensors can be found here.