Smart Glasses at BLG
For automobile component logistics in one of BLG’s Bremen logistics centers (LC Bremen) the 100-day project "Smart Glasses at BLG" was tested in the recent months. From November to February, the working gear included smart data glasses. At LC Bremen, car parts such as rear mirrors, door handles or steering wheels are packed for shipment around the world. Detailed instructions are provided on how the different items are to be packed, how many components belong in a package and how they should be stowed, and what the finished package should look like. But instead of working with paper as in the past, the employees now see step-by-step instructions on their smart glasses. It is the first use of such glasses in the company. In the first project phase, the user can navigate through the individual steps in the working instructions by tapping forwards and backwards on the glasses.
The workers thus have their hands free for packing, while at the same time the use of smart glasses also reduces familiarization time for new employees because they are taken through their tasks step by step. BLG LOGISTICS tests ideas of this kind in so-called 100-day projects – a period of only 100 days is allowed from the idea to its concrete application. This is because speed plays a key role in implementation, especially in the digital world. Promising technologies can thus be put to the test quickly on an experimental basis. It is also based on the recognition that above all, innovation needs a smart process.
Ideas are generated all over the company, but a focal point is the BLG core innovation team. This is where many of the ideas from all parts of the company come together. A physical location for interchanging ideas is the BLG DigiLab in Bremen’s Neustadt Harbor. This “ideas factory” serves as a meeting point for digitalization projects and offers the staff space for creativity.