What Effect Will 3D Printing Have on Logistics and Supply Chain Management?

If 3D printing is going to have a major impact on how we make things, it will definitely have an impact on how and when we receive them. As one of the largest purveyors of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM) services in the world, DB Schenker is looking closely at the impact 3D printing and other leading technologies will have on how we service our customers.

Getting clarity on future trends is why DB Schenker set up the Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitization at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Germany. The Lab combines Fraunhofer IML’s research and development with DB Schenker’s forward-looking global approach to find and develop innovative logistics solutions and process innovations.

As part of the project, access has been granted to Fraunhofer IML’s Technology On Demand Laboratory and its connected workshops. This allows DB Schenker to develop prototypes more quickly and test them in working conditions.

“With this unique partnership, one of the things we want to achieve is the accelerated digitization of logistics processes,” says Dr. Hansjörg Rodi, Chairman of the Management Board of Schenker Deutschland AG.

With a permanent staff of scientists, lab work will focus on 3D printing, the Internet of Things and Services, Industry 4.0, Big Data, Cloud computing and the transition from process to service. These research alliances are helping DB Schenker work on the transport and logistics solutions of the future.

source: inboundlogistics.com

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