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

Host city and venue

Vienna (Wien) is the federal capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primate city, with a population of about 1.9 million (2.6 million within the metropolitan area, nearly one third of Austria's population), and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union.  Read more...

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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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MHCL 2019 conference Day 1

Wednesday - September 18th, 2019
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MHCL 2019 conference Day 2

Thursday - September 19th, 2019
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MHCL 2019 conference Day 3

Friday - September 20th, 2019
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