Intralogistics companies are under pressure. To cope with rapidly growing – and increasingly complex and customized – material flows across the globe, many are rethinking and revamping their infrastructure and processes. In particular, the challenge lies in making the flow of goods more efficient, with more precise monitoring and management. And that may mean an overhaul of established approaches.
Against this background, flexible automation has a wealth of potential. In these scenarios, intralogistics solutions are tailored to the requirements of individual customers. Each receives a unique answer to their specific imperatives – that can be seamlessly integrated with their existing processes, infrastructure and equipment. This approach is especially effective for repetitive tasks and multi-shift operations.
The first step: analysis
If an enterprise decides to go down the automation path, the first item on the agenda is a comprehensive stock-take of the current situation. To this end, specialists visit the business’s warehouse to work out which system would best suit the particular situation. In many cases, the answer is mobile – and can therefore be deployed, withdrawn and redeployed elsewhere quickly and simply, without changes to the existing infrastructure. And automated solutions of this kind offer a number of other, efficiency-enhancing benefits:
- Driverless vehicles can be deployed around the clock.
- Automated systems can reduce staff costs and require no sick leave.
- Seamless communications between system components enhances speed and efficiency.
Greater safety through automation
In warehouses, production facilities and beyond, safety comes first – and must be a key focus within the work environment. Reliable, robust and proven intralogistics solutions from experienced providers deliver peace of mind, reducing costly unplanned downtime, avoiding damage to goods, and preventing accidents.
In short, any enterprise aiming to increase efficiency in the long term should take automated systems into consideration. To pave the way for these solutions, it is vital to first take an in-depth look at the current situation and to acquire the corresponding IT skills.
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