In the case of Industry 4.0 (or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as it is more commonly known outside Germany), it is legitimate to ask how much is genuine innovation, and how much is simply clever marketing. And it is even more justified when it comes to Intralogistics 4.0. This blog post attempts to answer that question, and to describe what we can truly expect from 4.0.
What is 4.0 anyway?
The Internet of Things (IOTs) is changing the way we live and work. With smart aircons, lights and vacuum cleaners, which can be remotely controlled from the mobile, you can come home after a day at work to a cool, clean place. The journey home is made easy with IOT enabled lamp posts, transforming them from static street lights into data collecting machines, to help drivers avoid busy roads. Continue to read
Posted in Automation, Common, Conveyor Technology, Integrated Storage Solutions, Intralogistics trends, Order picking, Pallet Racking, Warehouse Storage
Tagged automated warehouse systems, Internet of things, order picking, warehouse effeciency, warehouse intelligence
Easily the most widely used storage equipment in the industrial world, pallet racking system can be found in most warehouses and manufacturing facilities. By stacking up pallets in an organized and efficient manner, it ensures goods stored within the warehouse are readily accessible. Continue to read
Posted in Common, Mobile Racking, Order picking, Pallet Racking, Warehouse Storage
Tagged ASRS system, automated storage and retrieval system, Channel storage, Drive-in Pallet racking, mobile pallet racking system, Orbiter system, Pallet flow racking, Push back racking system, Selective Pallet racking
Anyone who has tried to manage order processing for B2B and B2C from a single DC can appreciate the complexity. Requirements for B2B of B2C order fulfilment are so different.
While B2B supply to stores or wholesalers involves periodic delivery cycles, relatively limited order lines, many items per line and a targeted number of delivery addresses, B2C is characterized by rapid, ad-hoc deliveries of small quantities at short notice. Continue to read
You can’t manage what you don’t measure may be an old management adage but it rings true even today. You must agree that it would be difficult to improve on something if you have not measured it, as you would be clueless what is getting better and what isn’t. Continue to read
Fast and efficient, the shuttle system is a welcome addition to the modern warehouse. This innovative technology increases speed, accuracy and throughput in warehouses and distribution centres quite significantly. Continue to read
CeMAT highlight! SSI Schaefer’s Weasel® automated guided vehicle (AGV) was presented with the IFOY Award 2016 in the “Intralogistics Solutions” category on the first day of the CeMAT exhibition in Hanover. It is being used as a fleet solution at NextLevel Logistik® GmbH, based near Schweinfurt in Germany. The Weasel® is an AGV designed for intra-company goods transport with considerably reduced investment and total operating costs. Continue to read
The pharmaceutical industry is subjected to a web of rules and regulations governing the patenting, testing, safety, efficacy and marketing of medicines. Keeping track of the developments can be a challenge.
The rise of counterfeits is adding another dimension to the challenges the industry faces. As counterfeits endanger lives by containing incorrect or no active ingredients, governments have phased in regulations to combat fakes, which the World Health Organization estimates account for over 10% of medicine sales. Some countries require companies to track production by batches, manufacturing dates or even individual doses. Continue to read
Automated vertical lift modules (VLMs) were developed in the 1980’s specifically for small to medium parts storage rather than the lighter commercial applications of the vertical carousel. This type of automated goods-to-man storage and retrieval system consists of fully enclosed towers with 2 column of stacked trays. At the press of a button, the elevator with extractor fingers which runs down the middle of the towers swings into action to locate the requested tray and deliver it to the operator through a pick window. While this basic structure has remained largely unchanged since it was first developed, much else has, increasing its appeal as a space saving, high density storage system. Continue to read
A recent study by the ARC Advisory Group has lent support to our observation – demand for warehouse automation is spiralling up. ARC estimates global warehouse control and automation demand rose by around 10% in 2014. When compared with real global GDP growth of 3.4%, the increase is quite impressive. Continue to read