The WAKU Update

Robots in Logistics & Manufacturing

Victor Splittgerber talks to his guests about robots in logistics and production. Look forward to exciting experiences and insights into the world of robotics.

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#24 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Alfredo Pastor Tella, Movincar (EN)

Victor and his guest, Alfredo Pastor Tella, share a deep passion for mobile robots (AGV & AMR). Alfredo, a devoted mobile robotics enthusiast, has dedicated himself to sharing his knowledge with others through his platform,

In this captivating podcast episode, Victor and Alfredo delve into a range of intriguing topics, including:

• Exploring the growing significance of integrators and their role in shaping the future of the industry.

• Shedding light on the diverse business models that exist for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers).

• Examining the essential elements required for the industry's transition from manufacturing to mass-market adoption.

• and much more

If this piques your interest, be sure to tune in and enjoy this captivating conversation!

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#23 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Luca Graf, MS Direct (DE)

In this interview with Victor, Luca Graf, CEO of MS Direct AG, shares his experience with implementing innovative technologies in the warehouse. From advanced drone technology to scan inventory and optimize storage to autonomous mobile robots (AMR) in receiving and shipping areas, MS Direct is open to cutting-edge technologies along the process chain and does not hesitate to evaluate which system makes sense for them.

In addition to integrating mobile robotics, MS Direct implemented an Autostore system in partnership with WAKU Robotics, bringing their storage density to four times that number!

Enough reading. Find out more in the podcast. Listen to the episode now!

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#22 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Daniel Kuenstner, JUGARD+KÜNSTNER (DE)

Every company should be able to "easily automate" intralogistics processes using cobots and mobile robots (AGV & AMR) - whether they are large corporations, medium-sized businesses, or retailers. Victor discusses this exciting topic with Daniel Kuenstner from JUGARD+KÜNSTNER in this episode.

JUGARD+KÜNSTNER specializes in automation with cobots and mobile robots in logistics and production. Since 2011, they have been one of the largest suppliers of Universal Robots. In the field of mobile robotics, they offer the brands BILA A/S and Mobile Industrial Robots in their portfolio. "Easy automation" means that they guide the customer to configure the robots independently from the beginning. Daniel describes how this can be achieved best in the podcast.

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#21 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Emil Hauch Jensen, Expert on Chinese Robotics Market

China has become the world's largest market for robotics due to significant investments made in the past decade towards the development and implementation of robotics technology in industries such as manufacturing and logistics. In this regard, Emil Hauch Jensen, an expert on the Chinese robotics market joins Victor to examine the Chinese market for mobile robotics, highlighting key drivers of robot adoption, and discussing relevant Chinese manufacturers.

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#20 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Benjamin Billaudelle from WAKU Robotics (DE)

Do you want to automate your intralogistics with mobile robots (AGV & AMR) but don't know how to get started?

In this episode of "Robots in Logistics - The WAKU Update" (GER), Victor talks to Benjamin Billaudelle from WAKU Robotics, who supports logistics and production companies in planning, preparing, and implementing automation projects with mobile robots (AGV & AMR).

Topics in this episode:

  • The first steps in the automation project and choosing the right process.
  • Classic and agile project management of automation projects with mobile robots using two real examples
  • Process of an automation project with mobile robots
  • Success factors of automation projects
  • Realistic return on investment (ROI)

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#19 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Alexander Zeilhofer from Jungheinrich (DE)

In 2030, 10% of all forklift trucks worldwide will be automated. 20-30% will even be in the western world. Jungheinrich came to this conclusion after intensive research. The leading supplier of intralogistics solutions has set itself the ambitious goal of also being among the top 3 providers of mobile robots (MR) in 2030. In the current episode, Victor talks to Alexander Zeilhofer, Director Sales Optimization AGV & Technical Account Management AGV, about how the intralogistics provider wants to realize this goal and which portfolio strategies it is pursuing to achieve it.

Alexander promises that automating brownfield facilities will be easier in the future than it has been in the past. A message that should motivate many companies.

That sounds exciting? Listen to it now!

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#18 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Tobias Herwig from io (DE)

In this podcast, Victor talks about the "factory of the future" with Tobias Herwig, who, as Business Unit Manager at io, is designing the factories of tomorrow with his team and provides manufacturing companies with inspiration for digital production and logistics in his podcast "Fabrik der Zukunft".

Victor and Tobias talk about digital logistics planning in factories. They evaluate how digital tools can significantly simplify the planning process and which specific planning and simulation tools are used. They also discuss the integration of mobile robots and their connection to existing IT systems in manufacturing. How flexible can the robot systems be? Which mobile robots (AGV and AMR) are suitable for which processes? Finally, Victor and Tobias take a look at the future of logistics planning in factories. It remains exciting!

You don't want to miss this episode? Then listen now!

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#17 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Wolfgang Hillinger from DS AUTOMOTION (DE)

The market for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) has undergone a technological transformation over the past 20 years. In the past, the focus was on the vehicle - today, software, e.g. navigation technologies, is becoming more and more important. The DS AUTOMOTION company is one of the world's leading suppliers of AGVs and autonomous mobile robotics (AMR). They have been established in the AGV market for almost 40 years, which has allowed them to experience every technological development.

In this podcast episode, DS AUTOMOTION's Managing Director and VDMA Board Member, Wolfgang Hillinger takes you on a journey into the world of AGVs & AMR.

You will learn:
Which core competencies DS AUTOMOTION always wants to master in-house with regard to AGVs and AMR and has even anchored this strategically?
Why technological trends, such as 5G or camera systems, are transforming the AGV industry?
What influence 5G has on object recognition and personal protection?
And much more...

Sounds exciting? Then listen in now!

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#16 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Sven Schuerer from JLL (DE)

Logistics experts dream of the "Warehouse of the Future" - an intelligent warehouse that can be managed efficiently using modern technologies. Machines and people work together collaboratively in the warehouse. But what happens if no suitable employees can be found? Is going to a "dark warehouse", a fully automated warehouse, then the solution? When will fully automated unloading of trucks finally become possible? And how will logistics service providers adapt to all these changes?

Victor discusses this with Sven Schuerer, Head of Business Development Supply Chain EMEA at JLL. The supply chain specialist advises companies on expanding their supply chains. At JLL, he is responsible for the strategic business development of warehouse and logistics areas in the EMEA rental market.

Want to learn more? Then listen in now!

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#15 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Helmut Schmid & Olaf Gehrels from DRV (DE)

Victor Splittgerber's guests today are Helmut Schmid and Olaf Gehrels from DRV (Deutsche Robotik Verband).

In this episode, Helmut Schmid and Olaf Gehrels talk about how the DRV supports companies in various areas regarding the right start in automation with robotics. These include implementing automation ideas and learning the proper handling of robots.

In addition, this episode takes another look back at 2022, but also highlights new trends for 2023.

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#14 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Der Jahresrückblick: Best of Mobile Robotics News in 2022 (DE)

As 2022 comes to a close, Victor looks back at the top news stories in mobile robotics. Which robotics companies closed the most successful funding rounds in 2022? What technologies did they enter the fray with? What acquisitions were being talked about in the mobile robotics world in 2022? What trending topics can be identified for 2023? And what news surprised Victor and his team the most?

Don't want to miss this robotics review? Then listen in now!

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#13 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Dennis Ramers (DE)

In episode #13, Dennis Ramers from BITO Lagertechnik is our guest. Dennis Ramers is head of the AGV department at BITO and has been involved in the development of the Leo Transporter from the very beginning. BITO calls their Leo Transporter "the simplest driverless transport system on the market". But what does simple mean? How good is simple? What advantages does it have over complex systems?

You'll also learn how BITO plans to expand the Leo product family in the future, why close collaboration with their customers is essential for this, and how the robot manufacturer deals with the speed of technology trends.

Want to learn even more about the robot manufacturer? Then listen in now!

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#12 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - VC Roundtable (DE)

In episode #12 of "Roboter in der Logistik" we dive deeper into the topic of venture capital and focus on LogTech startups. For this, Victor has invited three venture capitalists to a roundtable: Tanja Rosendahl from F-Log Ventures, Moritz Schumacher from Schauenburg Ventures, and Mathias Bosse from Prequel Ventures. The joint talk will focus on the attractiveness of start-ups in supply chain & logistics.

Want to learn more about the venture capital business in logistics & supply chain? Then listen to the latest episode!

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WAKU Update: Youtube Video #5to12

Now it's time for automation #5to12! ⏰

The WAKU Update gives you the latest market overview on the topic of mobile robots (FTSs, AGVs, AMRs) in logistics and production.

In this episode, robotics expert Victor Splittgerber discusses the current state of logistics and clarifies the problems and risks facing the industry in the near future. However, the solution to these problems is clearly in the foreground: automation with mobile robots!

Victor gives an insight into the world of mobile robots and provides information on how you can successfully lead your company into the future.

Which companies are pioneers in automation with mobile robots? How do they benefit from it? And what can other companies learn from them?

👉🏼 Find out in the first episode of WAKU Update'22 - #5to12.
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#11 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Dr. Stefan Kozielski & Alexander Ochel (DE)

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is one of the leading global management consulting firms. Their business unit 'operations' deals with strategic and operational issues in supply chain & manufacturing.

In the current episode, Victor talks to Dr. Stefan Kozielski, associate director in manufacturing & supply Chain, and Alexander Ochel, lead knowledge analyst, from BCG. They talk about how BCG provides support from the conception to the implementation of the automation solution and which key factors influence the success of automation at the network level.

Want to learn more? Just listen to this episode!

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#10 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Fernando Freitas

What does it take to successfully implement autonomous mobile robots? A very good question! Let’s put it that way: In theory, this question is pretty easy to answer but in practice, each robot project depends on many individual success factors and the answer becomes a little bit more complex.

By all means, Victor wants to get to the bottom of this question in episode #10 of “Roboter in der Logistik: Das WAKU Update”. For that reason, he invited a guest who has already carried out many robot projects around the world. Fernando Freitas is Chief Executive Officer at TUGBOT, a robotics company that develops the "most versatile autonomous mobile robot".

Sounds interesting? Then enjoy listening to the podcast episode!

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#9 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Tassilo Matthes (DE)

Understanding process automation with mobile robots from the user's perspective is essential for the success of mobile robotics in logistics and production. Therefore, it's even more important to listen actively to your users, understand their needs and identify the problems that need to be solved.

That's why episode #9 of "Roboter in der Logistik: Das WAKU Update" is all about the user perspective. For this, Victor invited Tassilo Matthes, Supply Chain Program Manager and Manager of Warehouse Automation Projects at the European Headquarters of TTI, Inc. to talk about Tassilo's experiences with robot projects in logistics.

Would you like to better understand the user perspective of robot operations? Then listen to this episode!

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#8 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Albert Groz (DE)

Machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics simulations - all buzzwords that are already common in logistics and production. In the eighth episode of "Roboter in der Logistik - Das WAKU Update", Victor and Albert Groz, co-founder and CEO of TruPhysics talk about these advanced topics and their relevance for logistic and manufacturing companies.

Don't miss the latest episode! Have fun listening to "Roboter in der Logistik: Das WAKU Update".

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#7 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Sven Herpig (DE)

How resilient is my IT infrastructure and how can I best secure it? How vulnerable will my company be due to the integration of robots? How does a cyberattack work and which areas are affected? For these important and at the same time very difficult questions, Victor has invited a guest who knows a lot about cyber security. Dr. Sven Herpig, Head of International Cybersecurity Policy at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, will answer questions that every logistics or manufacturing company has asked at some point.

Don't miss this exciting episode! Enjoy listening to the seventh episode of "Roboter in der Logistik".

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#6 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Alex Barber, Günter Ullrich & Marco Prueglmeier (DE)

When several experts in a field meet, there is a lot to talk about and a discussion or two. Victor thought so, too, and invited to a Robotics Roundtable on the topic of communication and planning in projects with mobile robots (AGV & AMR). Alexandra (Alex) Barber, founder of Frontline Sidekicks, Günter Ullrich, also known as the "FTS Papst", and Marco Prueglmeier, founder and CEO of Noyes Technologies, took their seats at the table.

Curiosity aroused? Then listen to the new episode of "Roboter in der Logistik" now!

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#5 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Volker Single (DE)

If you've ever wondered how an automated guided vehicle (AGV) project works, the fifth episode of "Roboter in der Logistik" is for you. Victor has Volker Single from ProLog Automation as his guest. Volker and his team provide AGV services. Specifically, they provide support in every phase of project management and accompany companies during the integration of AGVs.

In the interview, Volker provides information on the complexity of AGV projects and how this can be reduced through optimal planning. He emphasizes the relevance of the specifications and compulsory specifications, compares AGV projects in the automotive and logistics industry, and shares anecdotes from real life. It quickly becomes apparent that Volker's heart beats for project planning and commissioning.

Would you like to learn more? Then just listen in!

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#4 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Franz Humer (DE)

On the international market for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), you quickly come across the mobile robots from the company AGILOX. Franz Humer is the founder of AGILOX and provides interesting insights into the world of the technology company in an interview with Victor. From the first seed financing to internationalization - since the year 2009 Franz is on board and has been through all the ups and downs of AGILOX. With the vision of a global company, Franz flew to the US and established business with the plug & play solutions there. What challenges did he face with internationalization and what are the differences between the American and European logistics markets? How will AGILOX continue to develop? And what does Franz think about the exit?

Find out in the fourth episode of "Roboter in der Logistik". Just take a listen!

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#3 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Beate Stoffers (DE)

As digitalization advances, robotics is also becoming increasingly exciting for schools and educational institutions. But what about digitization in education? What do schools have to do to optimally prepare students for the digital working world? What skills need to be taught and what role does business play in this?

In the third episode of "Roboter in der Logistik," Victor invites education expert Beate Stoffers to talk to her about the development of digitization in Berlin schools and what still needs to happen in the future. She appeals to companies that they, also must make their contribution to digital education and enable hands-on learning.

Would you like to hear more? Then take a listen!

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#2 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Stefan Dörr (DE)

In the second episode of "Roboter in der Logistik": Victor talks to Stefan Dörr (Founder & CEO of Node Robotics) about software solutions in autonomous intralogistics. Terms like "SLAM" (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) or "ROS" (Robot Operating System) are indispensable here.

In addition, the two dare a thought experiment: What would happen if processors stopped evolving? How much innovative power would still be possible then? Finally, Victor & Stefan discuss how industrial robots can establish themselves in intralogistics just as successfully as vacuum cleaner robots in the domestic environment.

Sounds exciting? Then take a listen!

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#1 - "Roboter in der Logistik": WAKU Update Podcast - Günter Ullrich (DE)

In the first episode of "Roboter in der Logistik," Victor & Dr. Günter Ullrich look back at the historical development of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and discuss why it took so long to establish them.

The "FTS Papst" talks about the safety of AGVs. It also becomes clear that Dr. Günter Ullrich does not support a clear distinction between AGVs and AMRs, and for him, automatically does not mean autonomous. Interestingly, autonomous functions are not always desirable for him. Why? Just have a listen!

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