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The CIM blog provides interesting facts about the intralogistics software sector, the latest news on innovations in our warehouse management software PROLAG World, plus a whole load of other topics such as intralogistics and sustainability or women in IT. Our employee interviews offer an exclusive insight into the workplace environment at CIM and our day-to-day tasks.


Be sure to tune in regularly: there’s lots to discover!

 

 

Neues Buch des Fraunhofer-Instituts in Zusammenarbeit mit CIM GmbH
Neues Buch des Fraunhofer-Instituts in Zusammenarbeit mit CIM GmbH
Das Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML veröffentlichte ein neues Buch zum Thema: „Prozessoptimierung in der Intralogistik“. Wir als CIM GmbH beteiligten uns hier mit einem interessanten Praxisbeitrag zur "Künstlichen Intelligenz im WMS". Das Buch bietet eine Art Leitfaden, um die Effizienz in der Intralogistik zu steigern. Nach dem Motto „Think big, start small“ geht es um Methoden und Denkweisen, wie man große Ziele mit kleinen Schritten umsetzt und sukzessive weiterentwickelt.

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LogiMAT Stuttgart 2024: CIM – a leader in innovation and WMS technology
LogiMAT Stuttgart 2024: CIM – a leader in innovation and WMS technology
We’re excited to be attending LogiMAT again this year from March 19 to 21, 2024, where we’ll be showcasing the features of our fully configurable warehouse management software PROLAG World. The system maps all the requirements of modern intralogistics. Whether warehouse management, automation, hazardous goods management, production, shipping or transport – we provide optimal, sustainable and economical solutions for all of these segments. Visit us at booth 8D10 in hall 8 to find out more.

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Making AI work against cyberattacks
Making AI work against cyberattacks
New research project at the Vilshofen Technology Campus – We’re currently involved in a collaborative research project focussing on the prevention of cyberattacks and expanding our expertise in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Together with a team from the Vilshofen Technology Campus at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology and a selection of partners from the private sector, the objective is to develop an AI system for the early detection of cyberattacks.

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Logistics & Automation Bern 2024: CIM presents its intralogistics software suite PROLAG World
Logistics & Automation Bern 2024: CIM presents its intralogistics software suite PROLAG World
Software company CIM GmbH will be attending Logistics & Automation in Bern from January 24 to 25, 2024, and will be showcasing the features of its fully configurable warehouse management software PROLAG World. The system is tailored to a wide range of industry sectors. It offers a host of standardised process flows which have been tried and tested and optimised by our logistics experts. Visit CIM at booth D07 in hall 3 to find out more.

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CIM - Erfolgreiches Jahr 2023
CIM - Erfolgreiches Jahr 2023

2023 ein erfolgreiches Jahr für uns

Wir von der CIM GmbH aus Fürstenfeldbruck blicken auf ein erfolgreiches Jahr 2023 zurück. Neben zahlreichen erfolgreichen Projekten können wir als WMS-Hersteller mehrere Marktneuheiten vorweisen.

Wir sind einer der führenden Hersteller von Lagerverwaltungssoftware und befinden uns im wichtigen Intralogistik-Markt als unabhängiger Softwarehersteller derzeit auf Wachstumskurs.

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CIM at ICT & Logistiek 2023 in Utrecht
CIM at ICT & Logistiek 2023 in Utrecht
ICT & Logistiek, the Netherlands trade fair for Logistics and IT in Utrecht, is opening its doors again on November 8 and 9, 2023 – and we’ll be there. Our warehouse management suite PROLAG World is one of the most successful standard systems on the market.

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WMS upgrade brings new user interface to Kahmann & Ellerbrock
WMS upgrade brings new user interface to Kahmann & Ellerbrock
This year’s release upgrade of PROLAG World brings our redesigned WMS user interface to a long-standing customer. Kahmann & Ellerbrock GmbH & Co. KG, one of Germany’s leading technical wholesalers based in Bielefeld, is set to benefit from the increased usability and intuitive design of the new templates.

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CIM integrates NIMMSTA’s Industrial Smart Watch into PROLAG World
CIM integrates NIMMSTA’s Industrial Smart Watch into PROLAG World
By linking the smart watch with the requirements and specifications of our software, we now offer PROLAG World users high-performance processes with an optimised user interface. Munich-based NIMMSTA is currently at the forefront of transforming scan-based processes within the intralogistics sector. Meanwhile, we are leading providers of warehouse management software with our comprehensive intralogistics suite PROLAG World.

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Interview – Franziska Mayr on entrepreneurship and risks in the software industry
Interview – Franziska Mayr on entrepreneurship and risks in the software industry
Franziska Mayr is co-owner and deputy managing director of German intralogistics software company CIM GmbH. As the wife of the company’s founder, mother of five children and former critical care nurse, she’s what you would call an expert in lateral career moves. Since she joined the management board of the family business, the software manufacturer has evolved to become a leading developer of intralogistics software. We talked to Franziska Mayr about entrepreneurship, risks in the software industry and the path towards self-organisation.

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CIM at Logistics & Automation in Dortmund
CIM at Logistics & Automation in Dortmund
We attended year’s Logistics & Automation in Dortmund on May 24–25 to showcase the newest features of our warehouse management software PROLAG World. We also used the chance to give a group of students an exclusive insight into our corporate philosophy at CIM and what we can offer as an employer.

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Successful attendance at LogiMAT 2023
Successful attendance at LogiMAT 2023
We were at LogiMAT 2023 in Stuttgart at the end of April to showcase the latest intralogistics solutions in our warehouse management software PROLAG World. Whether warehouse management, automation, hazardous goods management, production, shipping or transport – we provide optimal, sustainable and economical solutions for all of these segments.

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An interview with Fritz Mayr on intralogistics trends - part 1
An interview with Fritz Mayr on intralogistics trends - part 1
Fritz Mayr is the founder and managing director of CIM GmbH, a leading provider of intralogistics software and warehouse management systems. In the following interview, we discuss the biggest themes of 2022: from artificial intelligence to the coronavirus, from the energy crisis to the move towards automation – plus the future of PROLAG World.

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PROLAG World manages intralogistics from the cloud
PROLAG World manages intralogistics from the cloud
Cloud-based warehouse management systems (WMS) have evolved from trend to standard in recent years, with all the leading providers of WMS and intralogistics systems now offering cloud solutions. CIM recognised the potential of the technology early on and was one of the first companies to provide intralogistics software in the cloud. Besides being cost-efficient and flexible, the cloud model is especially attractive for small and medium-sized logistics companies.

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High expectations for AI in intralogistics
High expectations for AI in intralogistics
Artificial intelligence is considered a game changer in the software industry and is increasingly finding its way into multiple sectors. Intensive research is being carried out regarding the potential of AI technology for intralogistics. And Fürstenfeldbruck software company CIM is right at the forefront. In cooperation with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the logistics software experts are working on a project to design an artificial neural network for intralogistics.
A look behind the scenes reveals a host of exciting developments and hints to the potential for future innovations.

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CIM showcase their latest innovations at Logistics & Automation in Zürich
CIM showcase their latest innovations at Logistics & Automation in Zürich
Intralogistics experts CIM will be at Logistics & Automation 2023 in Zürich on January 25 and 26 presenting the latest features of their fully configurable logistics software suite PROLAG World. The system maps all the requirements of modern intralogistics with sustainable, economical solutions for warehouse management, automation, hazardous goods management, production, shipping and transportation.

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Season's Greetings & Happy New Year
Season's Greetings & Happy New Year
As the year draws to an end, it's time look back on past events and look forward in anticipation of things to come. We’d like to thank you for the close cooperation we’ve shared and the trust you’ve placed in us this year. And we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in 2023!
 
We wish you, your family and your staff a harmonious holiday season – here’s to a successful and peaceful start to the new year.
 
This year we’ll be making donations to the local food bank in Fürstenfeldbruck and to WEMA-HOME e. V. in support of their “Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe” project in Benin (helping people to help themselves).

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PROLAG World as a standard solution in the medical sector
PROLAG World as a standard solution in the medical sector
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the principal public healthcare provider in Qatar, is using the warehouse management software PROLAG World to continuously secure its medical services. With nine specialist hospitals, three community hospitals and a host of other facilities and services, HMC is a key provider of diverse types of healthcare services throughout the Middle East. PROLAG World manages the supply and delivery of pharmaceutical products at their newly built medical distribution centre in Doha with a state-of-the-art small parts picking solution.

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New User Interface by PROLAG World
New User Interface by PROLAG World
Our warehouse management software PROLAG World has a new user interface combining intuitive design with visual appeal and efficient functionality. The interface is designed for maximum flexibility, with simplicity, intuition and user-friendliness playing key roles.

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CIM GmbH - an employer with a vision for the future
CIM GmbH - an employer with a vision for the future
Innovation, sustainability and security – these are the values embodied by our software solution in logistics centres across the globe. PROLAG World controls, digitalises and optimises warehouse processes. This work has inspired us to build a community where people work together to create meaning and promote sustainability in the workplace.

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Project management at CIM: An interview with Pirmin Weber
Project management at CIM: An interview with Pirmin Weber
Project management is one of these jobs everyone’s heard of, but very few people really understand what it involves. We spoke to someone who knows exactly what it’s all about: Pirmin Weber is a project manager at CIM and has spent the past five years supporting intralogistics projects for customers across multiple industries who work with PROLAG World.

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CIM-Talk: Freehand scanning
CIM-Talk: Freehand scanning

We’re proud to present CIM-Talk, our new video series where logistics experts, CIM employees, customers and partners discuss the latest trends from the world of logistics. In Episode #1, Kilian Küsters gets a visit from Andreas Baumann from #NIMMSTA. They chat about the world of freehand scanning – how it works and what benefits and challenges it can bring. Moving from theory to practice, Andreas then gives a live demo of the order picking process using a backhand scanner.

Watch the full video (German only).

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CIM successfully renews its ISO certification
CIM successfully renews its ISO certification

With the quality management standard ISO 9001:2015, the environmental standard ISO 14001:2015 and the data protection standard ISO/ICE 27001:2017, CIM GmbH guarantees its customers, partners and prospects the highest standards of collaboration. These high levels of excellence are set to continue, since the logistics software manufacturer has just been awarded renewed certification in all three areas for a further year.

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Friederike Kammann on working for the family business - part 2
Friederike Kammann on working for the family business - part 2
In part 1, we spoke to Friederike Kammann, who is responsible for HR at CIM and a member of the expanded management team, about working in the family business and finding the balance between family and career. In part 2, we’ll be talking about growth, new forms of organisation and what the future holds for the logistics software market.

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Friederike Kammann on working for the family business - part 1
Friederike Kammann on working for the family business - part 1
The family-owned software company CIM GmbH is in transition, with sisters Friederike Kammann and Hannelore Mayr representing the new generation of management at their parents’ company. Friederike Kammann is responsible for personnel at CIM and favours new forms of organisation coupled with lean hierarchies. We met to discuss how it is to work in a family-owned company, finding the balance between work and family, and what the future holds for the PROLAG®World warehouse management software.

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Logistics & Distribution in Hamburg
Logistics & Distribution in Hamburg
Die Logistics & Distribution in Hamburg, die regionale Fachmesse für Intralogistik und Materialfluss öffnet am 22. und 23. Juni 2022 wieder ihre Tore – und CIM ist mit dabei. Am Messestand in Halle EG Stand E24 präsentieren die Experten für Logistiksysteme die neuesten Entwicklungen des Unternehmens und zeichnen damit die Trends der kommenden Jahre im Logistik-Softwarebereich vor.

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Donation campaign
Donation campaign

CIM donates to the fundraising campaign “Brucker help Ukraine”


In a big cake donation campaign, the students of the Orlando Di Lasso school baked many great cakes.
With great pride and great support from the numerous buyers, 3,500 euros were collected on this day.

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CIM showcases new user interface (UI) at LogiMAT 2022
CIM showcases new user interface (UI) at LogiMAT 2022

CIM will be attending this year’s LogiMAT from 31 May to 2 June, highlighting new developments in its renown intralogistics software. Interest in the new user interface for the logistics suite has been enormous. The new browser-based interface is available as a mobile app, is extremely intuitive and boasts a modern design for an optimal user experience. Updates on the PROLAG Hazmat feature will also be available at the fair. And CIM will be presenting PROLAG Transport, its brand-new extension for seamlessly integrating fleet and route management into goods issue processes. The team at CIM is looking forward to welcoming visitors in hall 8, stand F58.

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Automation as the key to success
Automation as the key to success

The logistics industry both in Europe and worldwide is currently facing major challenges across all sectors.

National and international competition is leading to increasing cost pressure, while customers are demanding higher quality and faster delivery times.

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Interview with Paula Herold, working student at CIM
Interview with Paula Herold, working student at CIM

Paula Herold is studying computer science in Munich and is currently employed by CIM as a working student for software development.
The WMS provider offers students the opportunity to balance their theoretical knowledge with practical learning and on-the-job experience.

We talked to Paula about working at CIM, her decision to study computer science and her experience as a woman in IT.

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CIM employees help promote climate-friendly practices with a working group for sustainability
CIM employees help promote climate-friendly practices with a working group for sustainability

Sustainability is important not only in terms of product marketing strategies – company employees are increasingly keen to get involved in creating and promoting an eco-friendly office culture.

When it comes to climate protection, Fürstenfeldbruck software company CIM scores high not just with its warehouse management software PROLAG®World – an in-house sustainability group was set up a few years ago to encourage an environmentally conscious workplace. Besides offering activities and workshops for co-workers, the group has introduced specific measures to cut down on packaging waste, shorten transport routes and boost sustainable business travel.

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In search of the perfect warehouse management system
In search of the perfect warehouse management system
Guidelines for choosing a warehouse management system

The market for warehouse management systems is continually expanding and becoming increasingly complex. There are currently around 130 software providers on the German market alone. It’s no surprise that potential users have trouble navigating the multitude of providers and systems on offer. It can be difficult to understand exactly what each system offers in terms of content and performance and find the one that best fits specific user requirements. To find the right provider, you need to get some insight into the WMS market and understand the needs of your own company. These guidelines are designed to provide some practical tips on what you should look for in a good warehouse management system.

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Doka is modernizing its warehouse management in the Distribution Center Apolda with PROLAG®World
Doka is modernizing its warehouse management in the Distribution Center Apolda with PROLAG®World
With the 2021 expansion of its distribution centre near the German town of Apolda (Thuringia), the Doka Group has taken a further step in professionalising its on-site logistics. With the implementation of warehouse management system PROLAG®World by renowned WMS manufacturers CIM, the formwork experts are counting on improving the efficiency and transparency of their processes as well as increasing productivity. Reconditioning of used formwork is a main focus of the new developments, which is why the company also opted to install PROLAG®World's Production module.

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CIM logistics expert predicts a consolidation of existing trends - and hints at a hidden revolution
CIM logistics expert predicts a consolidation of existing trends - and hints at a hidden revolution

2022 heralds a consolidation of ongoing change processes. There are no major technological breakthroughs expected, but leading software providers see an increase in the trend towards fully automated systems.

Due to the problem of labour shortage which has been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, standard software seems set to become a firmly established part of the WMS landscape. So no big surprises in store. However, 2022 could still be the year that impacts the future of the sector like no year before.

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CIMposium 2022: 19 – 20 January
CIMposium 2022: 19 – 20 January
What are the visions that guide us and how can they be implemented? This was the focus of our annual CIMposium at the end of January.

The event took place online due to current coronavirus restrictions. The organisers did a great job of coming up with interesting topics and workshops to fill the two days. Following the same format as last year, all staff were invited to attend along with the management board

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Hannelore Mayr on working for the family business
Hannelore Mayr on working for the family business

Family-run software company CIM GmbH in Fürstenfeldbruck is currently preparing to hand over to the next generation. Hannelore Mayr is set to lead her parents’ company into the future along with her sister Friederike Kammann. With a background in geoecology and agricultural sciences, Hannelore is convinced that new forms of organisation will enable the company to do away with hierarchies in future. We met her to talk about working for the family business, the handover to the next generation and the benefits of logistics software. CIM GmbH is a provider of warehouse management software and is one the sector’s leading innovators with its state-of-the-art system, PROLAG®World.

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CIM makes a Christmas donation to Wema-Home e.V.
CIM makes a Christmas donation to Wema-Home e.V.
Warehouse software developers CIM GmbH will be supporting Wema-Home e.V. again this year with a donation of 3,000 euros.
The projects run by the Munich-based aid organisation make a valuable contribution to proactive and sustainable and aid for Benin.
Christmas is a time for giving. This is truer than ever in the run up to Christmas 2021. The majority of charity Christmas markets, benefit events and fundraising galas in Germany have been cancelled due to the coronavirus, shrinking the coffers of many aid organisations. Wema-Home e.V. is a small charity in Munich which initiates and supports development aid projects in Benin, West Africa. CIM has been a regular donator for the past several years.

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Modern software = standard software
Modern software = standard software

Technology & Innovation

The concept of standard software is in danger of being forgotten in an age of readily available apps.

Software was distributed and installed on data carriers a decade ago, whereas today’s computer programs are downloaded almost exclusively from the Internet. And very few modern software applications are limited to a single platform.

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Release 2021 - Loading Process - Enhanced Dock & Yard Management
Release 2021 - Loading Process - Enhanced Dock & Yard Management

Technology & Innovation

Our warehouse management system PROLAG®World can map your loading processes from A to Z to ensure full traceability of pallets and goods. You can track exactly which articles are picked from which batch, who picks them, and which pallet and truck are used for transport – right up until the goods arrive at the customer. You can also identify the point at which any damage may have occurred and streamline your processes for sustainable supplier evaluation.

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Release 2021 - 3.1.7 repair orders
Release 2021 - 3.1.7 repair orders

Technology & Innovation

PROLAG®World Production has seen significant innovation since release 3.1.7. Orders can now be marked as ‘repair orders’ in the system. Repair orders are orders in which stock (raw material items) can be used to repair other stock (finished parts) which is already available in the warehouse, and which is then put into storage as new stock. Repair orders are created manually or transferred from the host.

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Money and software – cost savings with standard software
Money and software – cost savings with standard software

Technology & Innovation

Money has always played a peculiar role in the software sector. The industry was shaped by the hacker culture with its far-left political orientation, which did not see the concept of ‘ownership’ as a necessary part of the digital future. Well into the 2000s, large parts of the population still believed that software was not something you should have to pay for. This heightened the popularity of illegal file-sharing networks for trading computer programs and other intellectual property. Ethical issues around ownership in the IT sector continue to dominate political discourse – from intellectual property right through to user privacy and cyber sovereignty.

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Latest news and press releases

Neues Buch des Fraunhofer-Instituts in Zusammenarbeit mit CIM GmbH

Das Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML veröffentlichte ein neues Buch zum Thema: „Prozessoptimierung in der Intralogistik“. Wir als CIM GmbH beteiligten uns hier mit einem interessanten Praxisbeitrag zur "Künstlichen Intelligenz im WMS". Das Buch bietet eine Art Leitfaden, um die Effizienz…

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Making AI work against cyberattacks

New research project at the Vilshofen Technology Campus – We’re currently involved in a collaborative research project focussing on the prevention of cyberattacks and expanding our expertise in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Together with a team from the Vilshofen…

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