ELA Awards 2016 - and the winner is ...

Project of the year 2016

BLG and engelbert strauss                                               

 “Stargate junction – logistics at the interface between humans and robots”

The implementation of a mobile, scalable and efficient warehousing and order picking solution in a landmarked building within a short time.

BLG Handelslogistik GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

engelbert strauss GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

This warehouse logistics project is a very interesting and innovative solution, providing the exciting example how technical and intelligent background can support and help the human resource working efficiently and competitively.

            During the implementation of a new (return) activity to the existing warehouse operation BLG Handelslogistik faced the great problem that the building itself being an architectural heritage, the space, the column grid, and the height is strictly given and not changeable. However the partner they provide the logistic services had high expectations in timing and in quality as well in the new business segment like in the base one as well. They had to combine the manual sorting, labelling, picking, controlling, and invoicing with automatic and well-organized internal transport activities providing quick and faultless connection between two levels of the building and also between the locations and the stargates.

            The selected and implemented system (combined with the existing WMS) using moving robots carrying racks to be filled in the returned area or also in the picking area as well. The great advantage of the system is the scalability and expandability with rapid implementation. It gives high flexibility for the logistic service provider to help customers in the changing business environment. The Fleet management via WLAN of the robots enables energy-efficient route-planning and optimization. For the warehouse areas or the stargates could be physically separated, the automatic solution provides the possibility of goods handling without staff (no need of lighting or heating of the separated area).


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Frank Geerkens, Thomas Krüger, Vanessa Claessens, Matthias Fischer, Martin Christopher, Jos Marinus and Manfred Türks


The ELA Award for Best Presentation of the year 2016 goes to:

Agfa Graphics with the project

“Sustainability through recycling via collaborative supply chain”                

The audience awarded Agfa Graphics for their lively and clear presentation.

The project is a very good example of supply chain collaboration within the networked organisation. With the project, Agfa Graphics and a number of partners in the supply chain of printing plates presented a sustainable closed-loop solution to its high-volume customers in which high-grade aluminum can be reused without value loss.

An evaluation of the carbon footprint of printing plates showed first evidence that it is primarily impacted by the production of the aluminum itself. The study demonstrated, however, that today’s recycling methods allow for the use of recycled printing plates in the plate production process. This reduces the total carbon footprint with 70%, provided that the plates are carefully sent back to the aluminum manufacturer after use on the printing presses.

Agfa Graphics developed and implemented a new circular supply chain for printing plates aiming at a process that is both financially and environmentally sustainable for all parties involved.


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Jos Marinus, Erlend Geens, John Newland, Geert Lammens, Marc Verhaegen, Ingrid Van Sande, Peter Verschave and Eddy Pellegroms


The ELA Award for Professional of the year 2016 goes to:

Michalis Ziglis, Greece

Mr. Ziglis has lead the continuous evolution of Logistics in his company into a services providing organisation with pioneer services for the market, which have turned the Supply Chain into a revenue stream for his company and have become major differentiating factor for the customer to buy, against competition. His company’s initiatives also in the corporate responsibility sector, with recycling, energy saving initiatives and parental control services which he leaded, are exclusive in the Greek market and have been repeatedly awarded locally.


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Frank Geerkens, Ioanna Theodorou, Spyros Olympios, Michalis Ziglis, Jos Marinus, Martin Christopher, Anestis Partalidis and Manfred Türks

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