Trends in intra-logis­tics: SIMPLY. is set­ting its own standards

Intra-logis­tics is a field with immense poten­tial for any man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny. Start­ing at incom­ing mate­ri­als for pro­duc­tion, stor­age, trans­port to the pro­duc­tion loca­tion right up to prepa­ra­tions for ship­ment to the cus­tomer. Right from the start of indus­tri­al­i­sa­tion the process­es as such were no dif­fer­ent to today’s. 

How­ev­er, the start of increas­ing glob­alised goods flows in the mid­dle of the 1950s meant that each indi­vid­ual link in the process chain start­ed its own research and improve­ments. Nowa­days, hav­ing up-to-date intra-logis­tics means a deci­sive advan­tage over the com­pe­ti­tion because sav­ings are made imme­di­ate­ly – for exam­ple through a notice­able increase in pro­duc­tiv­i­ty or reduced ware­hous­ing costs thanks to increased flexibility.
This means that trends in intra-logis­tics aren’t sim­ply short-term trends, but guides to safe­guard­ing the future.

Trend 1: Increas­ing automa­tion in warehousing

The growth rates in the online mail order busi­ness are explod­ing, good work­ers are increas­ing­ly hard to find and are being des­per­ate­ly sought after!

In terms of automa­tion the impor­tant thing in the first stage is to fill the gaps, and the sec­ond stage is to deploy peo­ple in places where they can con­tribute con­sid­er­ably more to added val­ue with qual­i­fied actions.
2019 could there­fore become the year in which robots come of age in ware­hous­ing and become esteemed „col­league robot“.

Trend 2: Digitalisation 

Inno­va­tions such as the bar­code made logis­tics a pio­neer of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion years before this key­word became a dri­ver of new devel­op­ments right across the sector. 

Inter­est­ing new solu­tions put flex­i­bil­i­ty in the fore­ground above every­thing else. Uncer­tain­ty is grow­ing in many mar­kets, the Brex­it is spec­tac­u­lar­ly show­ing how a polit­i­cal event can upend sup­ply chain man­age­ment sys­tems which have been prac­tised for years.
This means that new soft­ware solu­tions make it pos­si­ble to run through what-if sce­nar­ios with­out actu­al­ly hav­ing to move an HGV any­where at all.
Tai­lor-made Cloud solu­tions con­trol world­wide mate­r­i­al flows more effi­cient­ly than ever before. Net­work­ing of com­pa­nies will there­fore con­tin­ue to grow.

Trend 3: Networking:A Proof of Con­cept from SIMPLY. Con­tain­er Filler

Net­work­ing as a par­tial area of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion com­pris­es direct and auto­mat­ic con­trol of ware­hous­ing or auto­mat­ic ware­hous­ing systems.

How­ev­er, these trends also only rep­re­sent a reduced overview. Despite this the ini­tial con­clu­sion could be that clas­si­cal hard­ware in the intra-logis­tics branch can only set lim­it­ed impuls­es.
This is pos­si­bly due to the fact that heavy equip­ment for mate­ri­als han­dling and con­tain­er load­ing first­ly can­not be replaced and sec­ond­ly only pro­vides rel­a­tive­ly lit­tle poten­tial for improve­ment. Irre­spec­tive of what mate­ri­als indus­tri­al trucks are made of and what dri­ves they use: the forks will remain.
This way of look­ing at things is, how­ev­er, wrong. The best proof of this is of course the SIMPLY. Con­tain­er filler.

The SIMPLY. con­tain­er filler is not the only one on the mar­ket, but it’s the only one that offers mobil­i­ty, eco­nom­ic effi­cien­cy, flex­i­bil­i­ty and safe­ty in the field of load­ing heavy and bulky goods into a container.

If robots and clouds ensure that more and more goods have to be loaded even more quick­ly, SIMPLY. short­ens the turnover times con­sid­er­ably: It only takes 10 min­utes for the pal­let to be run into the con­tain­er with its cargo.

If work­ers are becom­ing more and more valu­able, SIMPLY. demon­strates best how to save on them effec­tive­ly. No more work­ers are required in the con­tain­er, and they don’t have to sub­ject them­selves to risks which no longer exist if the SIMPLY. is used!

If mod­ern mate­ri­als han­dling and sup­ply chain man­age­ment require flex­i­bil­i­ty, then it real­ly is an advan­tage that the mot­to with SIMPLY. is: „Load your con­tain­er in front of the con­tain­er“. The car­go can be pre-com­mis­sioned in peace and qui­et a long time before the HGV arrives.

SIMPLY. also proves itself as a glob­al method of choice when you don’t just have to load con­tain­ers but also unload them. It can even be used on project con­struc­tion sites and also saves heavy equip­ment and time in this case, and also con­tributes to safety.

And this is how we come to our sec­ond con­clu­sion: intra-logis­tics is not just deter­mined by trends, but also by solu­tions which work imme­di­ate­ly. Tan­gi­bly, prag­mat­i­cal­ly and sustainably.



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