Gone are the days when warehouses are cavernous buildings in obscure locations of interest only to people who work in them. Today warehouses are hot attracting the attention of many, from young entrepreneurs to industrial property giants.
Thanks to e-commerce demand for warehouse space has reached new levels. With the proliferation of smart phones and tablets, e-commerce sales even in mature markets like Japan are enjoying double-digit gains. Continue to read
Online grocery shopping in Asia is big and is getting much bigger. According to food and grocery research and training organisation IGD, three of the top ten online grocery markets in the world are in Asia – China at number 1, Japan 3, and South Korea 6. By 2020, it estimates that the online grocery market in China will be worth almost US$180 billion, nearly five times its current value of US$41billion. Continue to read
Plastic containers play a critical role in moving materials from A to B. However, most plastics are insulators, and do not readily conduct electricity. And that can create challenges – as this means they can acquire an electrostatic charge. In fact, the surface of a conventional plastic container can have a potential as high as 20,000 volts. This poses a great danger to electronic devices, as an electrostatic discharge (ESD) with even very low voltages can cause significant damage.
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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