January 19, 2018: In a move to drive digitalization of warehousing by purposefully using Internet of Things (IoT), Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) has planned to improve the efficiency of operational processes and lay the foundation to reduce mounting workload of employees.
In order to shape its plan, the wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG has launched a targeted warehousing program as part of its digitalisation strategy. Within the framework of this program, fundamental processes in all areas will be automated, digitalised and interconnected.
The pilot location for the digital warehouse is Munich Airport, which is particularly suitable due to its strong growth and modern infrastructure, as well as the fact that new aircraft types such as the Airbus A350 are stationed there.
"We are currently testing and starting to implement digital assistance systems, localisation technologies and driverless transport systems in selected areas of our activity. We cooperate with specific start-ups. For instance, we are introducing the smart data glove of Proglove as well as an automated guided vehicle of Agilox" said Dr. Harald Kolbe, head of digital innovation of Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS).
Core logistics processes are not only being digitalised in Munich, but also at other locations, such as Frankfurt and Hamburg. The ultimate goal is to implement efficient processes at all locations. To keep realising new ideas at short intervals and with great speed, LTLS relies on agile project management. However, cooperations with start-ups and the implementation of a group-wide innovation culture at all hierarchical levels are also important elements on the way to a digital warehouse.