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Intralogistics (planning and optimization)

  • Optimization of the internal material flow

What is intralogistics?

Intralogistics or internal logistics comprises the flow of materials, information and goods within a factory. It is differentiated from external logistics, which involves the transport of goods outside a company. Intralogistics covers all processes and areas within the factory:

  • Incoming goods, outgoing goods
  • Transport systems
  • Warehouse (storage systems, warehouse planning, warehouse management, shelves)
  • Order picking or picking zones
  • Production, assembly

What is intralogistics planning?

In the context of intralogistics planning, internal processes should be optimally interconnected. All processes (material flow, storage, information flows and production processes) ideally run together perfectly.

Why is it important to plan and optimize intralogistics?

Companies face many challenges. Smooth operations in intralogistics is one of them.

  • Bottlenecks

    Increasing variant diversity often leads to bottlenecks in the different areas of a factory. Good intralogistics planning ensures that bottlenecks are reduced and material flows are optimized.

  • Lack of transparency

    The increasing complexity of factory systems and flows of goods leads to unclear processes. A holistic integration is missing. Optimal logistics planning is now a time-consuming & complex task for the planner.

  • Time pressure

    Internal processes (logistics planning) are not optimally coordinated. This results in waiting times and unnecessary breaks.

  • Rising costs

    Elaborate warehouse technology, storage systems & conveyor technology lead to increasing costs.

Are you not yet planning your standard intralogistics processes? Unsure where to begin? We can help!

How are intalogistics processes planned and optimized?

The path to holistic and sustainable intralogistics is not far! Interconnected intralogistics and material flow planning can be achieved in just a few steps.

  • 1. Record current status

    record and bundle resources, processes, times, shift schedules, parts data, production data, Excel sheets

  • 2. Layout planning

    creation of a factory layout

  • 3. Modeling of material flows

    flow of goods is displayed

  • 4. Resource requirements

    The resource requirements are determined: Personnel, transport systems (driverless transport systems, tugger trains, forklifts, …), racking systems.

  • 5. Cost calculations

    In the last step, a cost and personnel evaluation can be determined.

In the following webinar, we will show you what intralogistics planning and optimization can look like.

Plan and optimize intralogistics: software helps!

  • Automated transportation planning

    Evaluation of resource requirements and employee requirements (dynamic): tugger train requirements, employee requirements, tours per day, total distance and process times.

  • Quick rescheduling

    Rescheduling possible at the push of a button without having to change countless documents.

  • 3D simulation and visualization

    Visualization puts an end to unpleasant surprises because an Excel formula was copied incorrectly. A 2D representation of the material flow by e.g. Sankey diagram and heatmap also helps to optimize the material flow.

  • Line back calculation

    Resource planning is based on the production program.

  • Automatisierte Auswertung

    Evaluation of resource requirements and employee requirements (dynamic): tugger train requirements, employee requirements, tours per day, total distance and process times.

A good software can take a lot of work off your hands and support you in daily factory planning and control. Curious to learn more? Achieve your potential – increase your efficiency!

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