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

Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia and a city of very tumultuous history. Belgrade was the capital of Yugoslavia from 1918 to 1991. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and since ancient times it has been an important traffic focal point, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. Read more...

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First paper submissions are in!
Friday, 10 February 2017
We are pleased to announce that we have received first submissions of abstracts of the invited papers for the conference. The following abstracts are in: Biomass handling systems and simulations by Associate...
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