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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.

News: Virtual flow of goods - Video

At the beginning of February, Bosch received the Logistics Award of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).



Using intelligent software, the company has succeeded in completely digitizing physical flows of goods and displaying this information in real time. Networked production has the advantage of not only providing Bosch and its logistics partners with a precise insight into current inventories, but also enabling them to see where a certain product is in the supply chain at any given moment.


This transparent flow of data helps to reduce inventories and continuously improve production procedures, for example. This in turn leads to lower energy and fuel consumption. In this way, logistics efficiency at Bosch in Homburg in the Saarland region of Germany was improved by around ten percent.



This short video explains how networked production will save us from empty refrigerators in the future. 


News: Environmentally friendly logistics

BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH is increasingly transporting its goods by rail rather than road.



Europe's leading manufacturer of household appliances is shifting the majority of its national goods transportation from the roads to the railways.


By 2020, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of its goods transports by around 20 percent compared to 2006 levels. This is seen as a model project within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol and, under the title “BSH Transportation Shift Project,” has now been officially recognized as a climate protection initiative by the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt). BSH is the first company in Europe to receive CO2 certificates for its environmentally friendly transportation and for the carbon dioxide emissions saved by switching from road to rail.

BSH has been committed to environmentally friendly logistics concepts for many years now. The aim of the innovative “BSH Transportation Shift Project” is to transfer the long-distance transportation of household appliances in Germany from the country's roads to its rail network wherever possible. In future, an even greater number of the washing machines, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and other BSH appliances both large and small will be transported by rail. “We are trying to be as environmentally friendly and conserve as many resources as possible at all stages of the value added chain – including transportation of goods,” explains Hans-Gerd Bauerfeind, who is in charge of logistics at BSH. With the Transportation Shift Project, the BSH Group is assuming a pioneering role within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol. Until now, hardly any climate protection projects have been implemented in the transportation sector or approved as a “joint-implementation project” by the German Emissions Trading Authority. The “joint implementation” mechanism defined in the Kyoto Protocol can continue in the period after 2012 due to the results of the climate summit in Durban. BSH will use the certificates to compensate for CO2 emissions generated by other areas of the Group.

Environmental and climate protection is part of the core business at BSH. BSH engineers are always working to improve the user-friendliness and performance of household appliances, but also to reduce power and water consumption. BSH is the first manufacturer of household appliances to compile its most efficient appliances in a single Super Efficiency Portfolio and have the figures confirmed by auditors. Each year, this portfolio features only the most efficient appliances available on the market. The super-efficient appliances sold by BSH in Europe in 2010 alone are responsible for saving 1.9 billion kilowatt hours of power. The achievements made by BSH in the field of climate and environmental protection earned the company the very first German Sustainability Award back in 2008 as Germany's Most Sustainable Company. At the beginning of 2012, BSH was also recognized as a climate protection company by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and officially received into the climate protection and energy efficiency group of German businesses.