The Waldkirch-based sensor manufacturer SICK has now held its Day of Logistics Innovations for the fourth time since the event began. This year’s event took place at Frankfurt Airport and not only looked at the latest solutions for efficient baggage handling, but also placed a key focus on establishing a secure supply chain and achieving “known shipper” certification.
“We see the airport business as an important driving force of innovation for the success of our company,” said Reinhard Bösl, Member of the Executive Board of SICK AG, at this year’s Day of Logistics Innovations in Frankfurt, which took place in mid-November. “That’s why we offer our customers an exceptionally wide range of solutions in this area too,” Bösl explained. Dr. Jürgen Klenner, Vice President of Strategy & Program Management at DHL Global Forwarding, outlined what requirements will be placed on air freight consignors from the end of March 2013 when the final stage of introducing “known shipper” status arrives. “From the moment a shipment is identified as air freight, it must be made absolutely secure in order to prevent unauthorized access,” said Klenner at the Frankfurt event.
As one of the few companies currently operating throughout Germany, SICK has recently had three of its sites certified as “known shippers.” “We dispatch up to 95 percent of shipments to worldwide customers using air freight, so it is absolutely essential for us to have excellent delivery reliability and capacity,” said SICK’s Logistics Manager Thomas Henkel. “This means that logistics also has to be a completely secure area as far as our air freight shipments are concerned.” To ensure this, SICK uses its own sensor solutions such as the Logistics Access Control (LAC) system.
The second key topic of this year’s Day of Logistics Innovations concerned convenient solutions for baggage handling at airports. SICK’s partners Materna, ICM Airport Technics, Eckelmann, and Grenzebach presented their latest developments in this area. On the previous day, the participants had already been given a detailed insight into the automatic baggage conveyor system at Frankfurt Airport, which offers 99.5 percent availability at all times. And to top it all off, SICK’s guests even had the chance to prove their airborne skills in a total of three flight simulators.