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DB Cargo and DB Schenker at the LogiMAT trade fair

Deutsche Bahn AG's logistics subsidiaries DB Cargo and DB Schenker will share a stand as they showcase their impressive portfolios at this year's LogiMAT trade fair (19-21 February).

Intelligent, innovative, excellent digital networks and virtual reality are the trends in logistics and rail freight transport which DB Cargo and DB Schenker will explore this year in Stuttgart. DB Cargo will display its ground-breaking role in digitalisation and automation when it presents a model freight train whose wagons are fitted with sensors, thereby allowing tracking options to be demonstrated live. Visitors can explore how the new freight wagon sensors work and they can discover the potential offered by the data these sensors generate. One example is customised vehicle maintenance, which in turn improves wagon availability and quality parameters. There will also be opportunities to learn about myRailportal, the internet portal for fast rail transport bookings that also comes with a host of additional options. The portal's objective is to make environmentally friendly rail transport more attractive and convenient than ever before.

DB Schenker will use the joint stand in Hall 6 to present its pilot project geared toward deploying virtual reality (VR) tools to train forklift drivers, an innovation that fuses gamification elements with a complex VR environment. The tools can be used for a variety of purposes, such as providing training on warehouse-specific workflows and highly effective support when holding safety orientations. Initial results show that the system reduces the training time for forklift drivers by more than 50%. A highlight of the trade fair is the opportunity visitors have to sit in the driver's seat and put on a VR headset to see how it works for themselves. After the pilot phase ends, DB Schenker plans to roll out the innovation technology throughout the entire company.

There will also be a 3D printer at the stand to demonstrate the potential offered by additive manufacturing along the entire supply chain. Two high-ranking representatives from DB Schenker will also appear at the trade fair. Christa Stienen from the CHRO Cluster DE/CH will speak on reality checks in the logistics sector at 1:45pm on 19 February, while DB Schenker CIO/CDO Markus Sontheimer will present on hype and reality in logistics digitalisation at 3:15pm on the same day.

Specialists from the fields of logistics, air/ocean, land and trade fair/special train services will be on site throughout the event to answer questions about the supply chain.