Project description

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The project “ADINA” deals with the requirements analysis for automation technology and “technical integration” as well as piloting and adaptation in the relevant warehouse and handling areas of logistics, specifically:

  • Co-Packing,
  • Picking and outbound processing in contract logistics,
  • Handling in outbound production logistics as well as rail-bound and multimodal transports.

For example, new application technologies are being developed together with the leading manufacturers for logistics processes of storage and retrieval, order picking, handling and value-added services. These processes are still characterised by a lot of manual labour. An example is the “automated level compensation” of storage and handling level for order-picking vehicles can be cited.

These innovations are used to improve in the sense of large number of commercial logistic employees especially at the location North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), which makes the work in this segment more attractive, safer and more efficient altogether. Among other things, this will achieve:

  • An increase in the economic efficiency and competitiveness of the companies (lower process costs for handling/ picking);
  • The future-proofing of employees and companies for the challenges of demographic change;
  • A reinforcement of resource efficiency and sustainability through the reduction of occupational accidents, health problems and absenteeism;
  • Increased use of technology and automation to promote the productivity and social participation of the industrial professions.

The ADINA project is funded by the Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) and the state of NRW as part of the Leitmarktwettbewerbs MobilitätLogistik.NRW.

In addition to the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, the following partners are involved: Bohnen Logistik, EJOT Holding, Fiege Logistik, FOM University, and the Center for Logistics and Traffic at the University of Duisburg-Essen.