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Intralogistics


Published 12 Jan 2022

Intralogistics

Intralogistics

As a rule, intralogistics depicts the complete logistic processes at a specific location; this can be a manufacturing company as well as a distribution centre. Thus, depending on the context, it includes production logistics, warehouse logistics, packaging logistics and also distribution logistics. The entire material flows within a location form the core of intralogistics.

 

The following areas belong to intralogistics:

• Goods receipt (WE) and goods issue (WA)

• Storage systems

• conveyor systems

• Picking software and sorting systems

• Telematics, sensors and robotics

• Software for the respective areas

• Complete systems

An important feature in intralogistics is the interdisciplinary cooperation between providers in various areas.

 

Intralogistics as the cornerstone of process organization

Thus, this definition describes not only the purely technical aspects of the internal material flow but also, increasingly important, its process organization and information management. The smooth and efficient interaction of all entities involved in the process is one of the greatest challenges in the implementation of intralogistics systems today.

The planning and design of comprehensive processes, the selection of conveyor, storage and sensor technology, the guarantee of a loss-free flow of information and the precise control of all system components are the core competencies of warehouse management today.

 

Information from incoming goods to outgoing goods

Goods are constantly in motion in intralogistics. Countless processes line the route of the goods from incoming goods to outgoing goods; For intralogistics processes to run smoothly, information must be in the right place at the right time. The ability to network and process vast amounts of information enables processes and storage systems to be linked and optimized. From a logistical point of view, one speaks of the “targeted information” that is required for the respective process.

 

In intralogistics, information is divided into two segments. On the one hand, there is the operational area with its production factor; on the other hand, the strategic area acts with the competitive factor, for example when looking at ECR - Efficient Consumer Response.

 

In the future, the industry will also be provided with information via cloud computing, which in turn requires rethinking in practice: Future areas of application such as driverless transport systems (see also AGVs on TUP), sensor-actuator systems in factories, conveyor systems or the " intelligent “power grid in addition to high and stable bandwidth, extremely short reaction times from end-to-end, in other words well under ten milliseconds. Real-time applications, such as those forced on the tactile Internet, are kept locally in the distribution centres to avoid latency.

 

Information in the future

Information or data will continue to influence logistical processes and control them “intelligently”. The information itself is constantly in the process of adapting to its technical environment; Regardless of whether it is size, content, structure/formatting or the applications themselves. It is and remains the raw material for every industrial process. In the future, the area of ​​knowledge management (knowledge management based on the collected know-how) of a company will benefit from the processing of individual information. Also because this makes it possible to combine different databases with different ERP and warehouse management systems.

 

It will no longer just be about metrics in general. Trends, changes and new challenges are also processed in more detail thanks to the data collected, making logistics more transparent for all trades involved. The latter inevitably leads to new technical challenges; including increased data protection measures.