Still, solid biomass is an upcoming market not only for power generation but a large growth is foreseen in the production of bio‐chemicals. So far the focus in the field is mainly on developing new techniques for generation and production and less on the transport and logistics involved for the supply of raw material. People easily assume based on years of experience that any material can be handled with available or existing equipment. However, today sustainability aspects are much more important and the design of material handling systems has to account for aspects such as particle degradation, dust formation, environmental impact and power saving.

Although similar material and material equipment interactions are present with handling of any material, research on large‐scale handling of biomass is relatively new. The design of equipment should take into account the different nature and characteristics of the material as well as the response of the material to the equipment and vice versa. Simply using existing equipment for other materials is not always efficient; it might result in under performance in terms of throughput as well as sustainability aspects as power consumption and dust emissions.

This paper will discuss the handling of biomass from an equipment perspective partly based on particle based simulations. It addresses the relations between the characteristics of biomass materials and equipment used at small and large‐scale terminals. Furthermore the focus expands towards the system and network perspective to address the inland logistics of the biomass handling chain.

Dr Dingena Schott
Associate Professor
TU Delft
Since the first automated systems for material handling were designed and built, control of these systems has been organized in a multi-level architecture. Each of these levels is controlled by a central PLC or material-handling controllers or ERP-System, depending on the layer.

With more capable systems and subsystems however, it is questionable, whether such a multi-tiered architecture with central controllers on each level are suitable for today's business environment.

By using examples of the Institute of material handling and logistics at Karlsrhue Institute of Technology, we will discuss necessary properties, architectures and technologies for flexible, adaptable and user-friendly material handling systems.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Kai Furmans
Institute of Material Handling and Logistics - KIT
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Bucket wheel excavators, spreaders, reclaimers etc. are the group of the heavy machines commonly used in the mining, power and bulk-handling industry. As machines of those type are used worldwide in different operational conditions, different design and testing approach were developed in national and international standards. The paper presents and compare the theoretical assumptions stated in most common standards (DIN, AS, ISO, BG) as well in the technical and scientific literature. Moreover, the paper presents real life application giving this way opportunity for reliable assessment of the obtained results over the normative theoretical assumptions.

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Department of Machine Design and Research
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Wroclaw University of Technology

Friction pairings in different rope drive applications from hoists and elevators based on traction up to shaft mining drives are subject of ongoing research and development. The friction which is to be used for moving the rope is depending on a variety of parameters. Beside conventional and new materials of rope with its lubrication and sheave lining, the surrounding conditions are determining for the resulting friction coefficients. Parameters like temperature, humidity as well as the pressing and relative slip velocities between the friction partners lead to a non-constant friction coefficient. The contribution introduces different procedures to determine friction coefficients for rope drive applications on a laboratory scale. Furthermore, the importance of distinguishing the conditions in laboratory tests and in the real world conditions in the application will be pointed out. Together with the development of new products with higher requirements concerning performance, new materials are being applied. With the look of friction pairings these new materials have to be proven regarding the friction coefficient under a variety of conditions in order to ensure safety during operation, especially in safety-relevant rope drives.

Prof. Dr. Ing. habil. Thorsten Schmidt
Institut für Technische Logistik und Arbeitssysteme
Technische Universität Dresden
Tugger Trains have been a good approach for organizing the material supply especially in automotive environments during the last years. From a static, scheduled organization to automated systems, working on the basis of a dynamic control there have been many development steps towards an innovative, flexible system. However, the gap between tugger trains and AGVS has become smaller an smaller. The presentation will show, what is the difference between the different approaches, and how tugger train systems will have still areas of use, where they can successfully show advantages compared to AGVS and Mobile Robots.

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FML – Lehrstuhl für Fördertechnik Materialfluss Logistik
Institute for Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics
Technische Universität München

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We are pleased to announce that we have received first submissions of abstracts of the invited papers for the conference MHCL 2019. The following abstracts are in: Planning of large‐scale logistics...
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Wednesday - September 18th, 2019
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Thursday - September 19th, 2019
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Friday - September 20th, 2019
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