Family business: Kubenz makes a career

Family business: Kubenz makes a career

Konstantin Kubenz ist ein Vollblut-Logistiker, der bereits mit zwölf Jahren sein erstes Transportunternehmen aufgebaut hat. Damals war das zwar nur eine Wirtschaftssimulation am Computer – aber die Erfahrung war ohne Zweifel nachhaltig. Heute ist der 32-Jährige Chef des europäischen Gefahrgutlogistikers Kube & Kubenz. Für motionist.com zieht er Bilanz und gibt einen Ausblick, wohin die Reise künftig geht.

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Smart solutions for the parking problem

Smart solutions for the parking problem

Es ist vergleichbar mit der „Reise nach Jerusalem“ – allerdings ohne den Spaßfaktor des Spiels. Tausende Lkw-Fahrer suchen jeden Tag vergebens nach einem Stellplatz, um ihre Ruhezeiten einhalten zu können. Das Start-up-Unternehmen „Park Your Truck“ will das altbekannte Problem lösen, indem es Flächenbesitzer und Berufskraftfahrer auf smarte Weise zusammenbringt.

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Electric ducks instead of trucks

Electric ducks instead of trucks

With an electrically driven, automated “Ducktrain”, the Aachen-based company DroidDrive wants to make logistics in inner cities more efficient, cleaner and quieter: With its pallet-sized carts, the “Ducktrain” offers space for parcel shipments and other goods to be transported into the city.

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“AI improves all areas of logistics”

“AI improves all areas of logistics”

Die TH Köln macht den Studierenden herausragende Lehrangebote zum Thema „künstliche Intelligenz in der Logistik“. Dafür erhielt das Logistikteam der TH jüngst den Hochschulpreis Güterverkehr und Logistik des Bundesverkehrsministeriums, der 2020 unter dem gleichnamigen Motto stand. Prof. Stephan Freichel erklärt, wo künstliche Intelligenz (KI) schon heute in der Praxis angekommen ist und wie sich Führungskräfte für die Zukunft aufstellen sollten.

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upBox: the digital and automated spare parts warehouse

upBox: the digital and automated spare parts warehouse

The upBox from the BPW Aftermarket Group could revolutionise the procurement of spare parts for commercial vehicle workshops. The spectacular idea behind the digital solution is the intelligent spare parts warehouse, in which all processes run fully automatically. Does the system work in practice? The commercial vehicle specialist Beilharz has tried it out.

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Electric ducks instead of trucks

Electric ducks instead of trucks

With an electrically driven, automated “Ducktrain”, the Aachen-based company DroidDrive wants to make logistics in inner cities more efficient, cleaner and quieter: With its pallet-sized carts, the “Ducktrain” offers space for parcel shipments and other goods to be transported into the city.

“AI improves all areas of logistics”

“AI improves all areas of logistics”

Die TH Köln macht den Studierenden herausragende Lehrangebote zum Thema „künstliche Intelligenz in der Logistik“. Dafür erhielt das Logistikteam der TH jüngst den Hochschulpreis Güterverkehr und Logistik des Bundesverkehrsministeriums, der 2020 unter dem gleichnamigen Motto stand. Prof. Stephan Freichel erklärt, wo künstliche Intelligenz (KI) schon heute in der Praxis angekommen ist und wie sich Führungskräfte für die Zukunft aufstellen sollten.

“IdenT” research project: focus on autonomous driving

“IdenT” research project: focus on autonomous driving

Trucks with a total weight of 40 tons are part of the normal road scene. But without a driver? Especially in the commercial vehicle sector, autonomous driving offers enormous potential, but also special risks. Although trailers have a strong influence on the driving dynamics and reliability of semitrailers, they have so far received little attention when it comes to autonomous driving. The “IdenT” research project is changing this.

ECOMOTION

“The industry has a Herculean task to tackle”

“The industry has a Herculean task to tackle”

In order for logistics to make its contribution to climate protection, it needs new drive concepts in road freight transport. The demand on politicians: they should ensure clarity in the funding landscape! Representatives from politics and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) discussed this at the online conference “Politics meets Logistics”.

Electrified reading

Electrified reading

Electric drives such as eTransport from BPW can revolutionise the commercial vehicle industry. But how exactly does the technology work and how can it be optimally applied? Bernd Rhein, Application Engineering Manager at BPW, has written a compact technical book on this subject, which conveys in-depth knowledge in an easily understandable way.

“This is exactly the technology we need”

“This is exactly the technology we need”

Germany should not get bogged down in long discussions about fuel cells but should take action and get this alternative drive technology on the road quickly – otherwise, as with the development of electromobility, valuable time would be lost. This is what Prof. Dr.-Ing. Achim Kampker urges. He is head of the Chair for Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University and co-founded Streetscooter.

Electrified reading

Electrified reading

Electric drives such as eTransport from BPW can revolutionise the commercial vehicle industry. But how exactly does the technology work and how can it be optimally applied? Bernd Rhein, Application Engineering Manager at BPW, has written a compact technical book on this subject, which conveys in-depth knowledge in an easily understandable way.

“This is exactly the technology we need”

“This is exactly the technology we need”

Germany should not get bogged down in long discussions about fuel cells but should take action and get this alternative drive technology on the road quickly – otherwise, as with the development of electromobility, valuable time would be lost. This is what Prof. Dr.-Ing. Achim Kampker urges. He is head of the Chair for Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University and co-founded Streetscooter.

SUCCESS STORY

Family business: Kubenz makes a career

Family business: Kubenz makes a career

Konstantin Kubenz ist ein Vollblut-Logistiker, der bereits mit zwölf Jahren sein erstes Transportunternehmen aufgebaut hat. Damals war das zwar nur eine Wirtschaftssimulation am Computer – aber die Erfahrung war ohne Zweifel nachhaltig. Heute ist der 32-Jährige Chef des europäischen Gefahrgutlogistikers Kube & Kubenz. Für motionist.com zieht er Bilanz und gibt einen Ausblick, wohin die Reise künftig geht.

Reduced weight – not stability

Reduced weight – not stability

Lose a good 20 per cent of weight in just three months. The vehicle manufacturer experts at August Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG from Hagen have succeeded in this feat: Their new coil semitrailer meets all the requirements of modern lightweight construction without sacrificing stability. Numerous lightweight components from BPW contribute to the successful diet – from aluminium wheel hubs to lightweight trailing arms.

The Queen of the tank trailers

The Queen of the tank trailers

A vehicle manufacturer from Leverkusen is shaking up the industry. Sentences like “We have always done it this way” are taboo at the SEKA Group. The company has specialized in the production of food tanks – with enormous weight savings, short delivery times and above all with a great deal of emotion.

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Family business: Kubenz makes a career

Family business: Kubenz makes a career

Konstantin Kubenz ist ein Vollblut-Logistiker, der bereits mit zwölf Jahren sein erstes Transportunternehmen aufgebaut hat. Damals war das zwar nur eine Wirtschaftssimulation am Computer – aber die Erfahrung war ohne Zweifel nachhaltig. Heute ist der 32-Jährige Chef des europäischen Gefahrgutlogistikers Kube & Kubenz. Für motionist.com zieht er Bilanz und gibt einen Ausblick, wohin die Reise künftig geht.

read more
Reduced weight – not stability

Reduced weight – not stability

Lose a good 20 per cent of weight in just three months. The vehicle manufacturer experts at August Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG from Hagen have succeeded in this feat: Their new coil semitrailer meets all the requirements of modern lightweight construction without sacrificing stability. Numerous lightweight components from BPW contribute to the successful diet – from aluminium wheel hubs to lightweight trailing arms.

read more
The Queen of the tank trailers

The Queen of the tank trailers

A vehicle manufacturer from Leverkusen is shaking up the industry. Sentences like “We have always done it this way” are taboo at the SEKA Group. The company has specialized in the production of food tanks – with enormous weight savings, short delivery times and above all with a great deal of emotion.

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LOGISTICS HERO

Smart solutions for the parking problem

Smart solutions for the parking problem

Es ist vergleichbar mit der „Reise nach Jerusalem“ – allerdings ohne den Spaßfaktor des Spiels. Tausende Lkw-Fahrer suchen jeden Tag vergebens nach einem Stellplatz, um ihre Ruhezeiten einhalten zu können. Das Start-up-Unternehmen „Park Your Truck“ will das altbekannte Problem lösen, indem es Flächenbesitzer und Berufskraftfahrer auf smarte Weise zusammenbringt.

“My drivers have a big share in the company’s success”

“My drivers have a big share in the company’s success”

Unternehmerin Ramona Sabelus engagiert sich mit einem eigenen Verein für Berufskraftfahrer, die unverschuldet in eine schwierige Situation geraten sind: Bei „Trucker in Not“ können sie unbürokratisch finanzielle Hilfe beantragen. Sabelus will den Fahrern damit die Wertschätzung geben, die sie mit ihrer wichtigen und anspruchsvollen Tätigkeit verdienen.

“Professional drivers deserve more respect!”

“Professional drivers deserve more respect!”

Jörg Schwerdtfeger never imagined that he would become an influencer at the age of 50. But with his voluntary initiative “I am a professional driver and deserve respect”, the experienced haulage expert has hit a nerve. More than 27,000 subscribers and a lively exchange on the Facebook channel of the same name speak for themselves.

Smart solutions for the parking problem

Smart solutions for the parking problem

Es ist vergleichbar mit der „Reise nach Jerusalem“ – allerdings ohne den Spaßfaktor des Spiels. Tausende Lkw-Fahrer suchen jeden Tag vergebens nach einem Stellplatz, um ihre Ruhezeiten einhalten zu können. Das Start-up-Unternehmen „Park Your Truck“ will das altbekannte Problem lösen, indem es Flächenbesitzer und Berufskraftfahrer auf smarte Weise zusammenbringt.

“My drivers have a big share in the company’s success”

“My drivers have a big share in the company’s success”

Unternehmerin Ramona Sabelus engagiert sich mit einem eigenen Verein für Berufskraftfahrer, die unverschuldet in eine schwierige Situation geraten sind: Bei „Trucker in Not“ können sie unbürokratisch finanzielle Hilfe beantragen. Sabelus will den Fahrern damit die Wertschätzung geben, die sie mit ihrer wichtigen und anspruchsvollen Tätigkeit verdienen.

“Professional drivers deserve more respect!”

“Professional drivers deserve more respect!”

Jörg Schwerdtfeger never imagined that he would become an influencer at the age of 50. But with his voluntary initiative “I am a professional driver and deserve respect”, the experienced haulage expert has hit a nerve. More than 27,000 subscribers and a lively exchange on the Facebook channel of the same name speak for themselves.

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upBox: the digital and automated spare parts warehouse

upBox: the digital and automated spare parts warehouse

The upBox from the BPW Aftermarket Group could revolutionise the procurement of spare parts for commercial vehicle workshops. The spectacular idea behind the digital solution is the intelligent spare parts warehouse, in which all processes run fully automatically. Does the system work in practice? The commercial vehicle specialist Beilharz has tried it out.

BPW Active Reverse Control: The axle thinks and steers

BPW Active Reverse Control: The axle thinks and steers

Manoeuvring on narrow farms and their even narrower access roads is an art in itself. With these special requirements in mind, trailer specialist Finkl has developed a new generation of vehicles for animal transport and uses the BPW Active Reverse Control auxiliary steering system. Customers from all over Europe are enthusiastic about the advantages.

Virtual truck racing: racing drivers also work from home

Virtual truck racing: racing drivers also work from home

Pushing the throttle as far as it will go on the straight. Braking at the last moment, turning the steering wheel and heaving the 5,300-kilo truck through the chicane: It almost feels like being on the real track – but it is a virtual race. This is how the European truck racing scene shortens the waiting time until the season starts.

BPW Active Reverse Control: The axle thinks and steers

BPW Active Reverse Control: The axle thinks and steers

Manoeuvring on narrow farms and their even narrower access roads is an art in itself. With these special requirements in mind, trailer specialist Finkl has developed a new generation of vehicles for animal transport and uses the BPW Active Reverse Control auxiliary steering system. Customers from all over Europe are enthusiastic about the advantages.

Virtual truck racing: racing drivers also work from home

Virtual truck racing: racing drivers also work from home

Pushing the throttle as far as it will go on the straight. Braking at the last moment, turning the steering wheel and heaving the 5,300-kilo truck through the chicane: It almost feels like being on the real track – but it is a virtual race. This is how the European truck racing scene shortens the waiting time until the season starts.

BIG PICTURE

Ships on wheels

A whole 200 heavy-duty axle lines with 1,600 wheels were used by the specialist Hareket to move two passenger ships from dry dock to floating dock at the Turkish Tersan shipyard.

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Quite slanting

Wenn Ladungen wie Stahlbleche oder Kesselböden zu breit für die Straße sind, dürfen Spediteure auch mal schräg denken.

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An oversized water tap

A standard tap for a hand basin weighs only a few hundred grams – this relative, on the other hand, weighs in at a hefty 105 tonnes!

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14 tanks in 3 nights

For more than 111 years Beer has been brewed at the Früh Brewery in Cologne. For this purpose in the summer of 2020, COLONIA Spezialfahrzeuge brought 14 new tanks to the company.

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Where the truck wears Lederhosen

This splendid guy drives in a pair of Bavarian Lederhosen and classic blue and white chequered beer on the streets of Southern Germany.

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High up: A new record at Hämmerle!

A proud ten metres high was the last element for the upper deck of the new Lake Constance ferry, which Hämmerle Spezialtransporte brought to Fußach in Austria.

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Getting round the bend

In order to manoeuvre special transports such as this wooden construction through the many roundabouts and curves in Austrian Tyrol district, the highest degree of flexibility is required.

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Heavy on the road

Tools for the automotive industry weigh up to 60 tons. To move them, you need strong axles – and more than usual.

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A freight locomotive moves into the museum

Many fans associate great emotions with Märklin’s trains: The model trains from the toy manufacturer from Göppingen run worldwide through lovingly and elaborately designed miniature landscapes.

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Big fair guest: a 31-metre “princess”

This lady named “Princess”, a yacht from Holland, almost 31 metres long and more than nine metres high, was a guest at the water sports fair “Boot Düsseldorf”.

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Ships on wheels

Ships on wheels

A whole 200 heavy-duty axle lines with 1,600 wheels were used by the specialist Hareket to move two passenger ships from dry dock to floating dock at the Turkish Tersan shipyard.

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