Automation and dig­i­tal­i­sation in logistics

From concept devel­opment to accep­tance in day-to-day oper­ation, we are your partner

The optimal automation for your warehouse

New plant planning, retro­fitting and plant mod­erni­sation during oper­ation are our core competence

Auto­mated logistics processes or ware­house automation are becoming increas­ingly important within logistics in the course of dig­i­tal­i­sation. Automation tech­nology no longer only includes an auto­mated high-bay ware­house or small parts ware­house. Rather, the goal is to network logis­tical processes in con­junction with the ware­house tech­nology used in such a way that a wide variety of auto­mated solu­tions com­mu­nicate with each other. In this way, the entire material flow, from incoming goods to storage and order picking to out­going goods, can be routed fully auto­mat­i­cally through a logistics oper­ation without the need for human interaction.

Without inte­grated logistics software, such tech­ni­cally sophis­ti­cated systems cannot be con­trolled effi­ciently and effec­tively. An agile material flow system in com­bi­nation with an inte­grated ware­house man­agement system is usually the basic pre­req­uisite for such a highly auto­mated process landscape.

Our con­sulting focus in ware­house automation

Automation of logistics processes 

Automating, dig­i­tal­ising and net­working logis­tical processes while taking business aspects into account — that is our claim! 
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Plant mod­erni­sation & retrofit 

Plant mod­erni­sa­tions, retrofits and at the same time the opti­mi­sation of logis­tical processes during oper­ation. Your chal­lenge — our solution! 
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Automation tech­nologies and automation systems

Within our con­sulting and planning we con­sider modern storage tech­nologies and storage techniques

Regardless of which automation tech­nologies and / or automation systems are used, a careful exam­i­nation and automation eval­u­ation should be carried out before pro­curement. Over­sized automation solu­tions can limit the flex­i­bility of logistics pro­cessing and lead to high costs. Used sen­sibly, however, automation offers the pos­si­bility of reducing weak­nesses in manual processes and increasing productivity.

Dri­verless transport systems 

Auto­mated guided vehicles optimise and automate your internal material flow. We are at your side for the selection, imple­men­tation and planning of AGV solutions. 

Control tech­nology / mechanics & electronics 

Due to the high demands on the mechanical and elec­tronic com­po­nents of your logistics system, wear and tear is high. We advise you on which critical com­po­nents need to be replaced in order to restore the original availability. 

Case picking through robotics 

As modern high-tech units, they are equipped with vision systems fea­turing precise variable gripping tools for picking, placing and han­dling a wide variety of dimen­sioned products and are fully inte­grated into the intral­o­gistics processes. 

Highly dynamic shuttle systems 

An auto­mated shuttle system is par­tic­u­larly suitable when the highest pos­sible throughput must be achieved. The goods-to-person system enables optimal space util­i­sation from single to fourfold deep storage for standard totes, trays and cartons. 

Mate­rials handling 

There are dif­ferent types of material han­dling systems on the market, such as belt con­veyors, roller con­veyors and driven roller con­veyors or overhead con­veyors. We support you in deter­mining which con­veyor system best suits your needs. 

Auto­matic high-bay or small parts warehouse 

Auto­mated high-bay or small parts ware­houses max­imise throughput and storage density. Storage and retrieval machines or shuttle systems ensure the appro­priate transfer of goods within the storage systems. We will gladly advise you on which type of automation is worth­while for your logistics. 

Automate, dig­i­talise and network logistics processes

The digital net­working of auto­mated high-bay and small-parts ware­houses with pallet and con­tainer con­veyor tech­nology as well as dri­verless transport systems, which serve the physical areas from goods receipt to order picking to goods issue unmanned, form the basis of agile and effi­cient logistics processes.

We check and evaluate the per­for­mance of the ware­house tech­nology you use and define the level of optimal ware­house automation together with you on the basis of your article, order and per­for­mance figures.

For any automation in the field of logistics, a cor­re­sponding IT system land­scape is nec­essary. This should def­i­nitely be checked, analysed and pos­sibly adapted within the ware­house automation or ware­house modernisation.

Goals of ware­house automation 

Plant mod­erni­sation & Retrofit

When logistics facil­ities are getting on in years, it is not always nec­essary to evaluate and install a new facility straight away. Often a retrofit, i.e. a system mod­erni­sation, is suf­fi­cient to inte­grate new tech­nologies and establish mod­ified processes. In addition, the effi­ciency of the plant can be secured for another 15 to 20 years.

In the area of plant mod­erni­sation / retro­fitting, there is an increasing focus on the integral net­working of automation tech­nology. In the case of plant mod­erni­sa­tions, in which the net­working of various ware­house tech­nologies is an essential part of the project, the chal­lenge lies in par­ticular in car­rying out the mod­erni­sation project during ongoing oper­ation. This means that the system mod­erni­sation is carried out par­allel to the regular daily business of the respective company.

Together with you or on your behalf, we plan and implement your system mod­erni­sation in such a way that you can con­tinue your daily business without any sig­nif­icant restrictions.

Advan­tages of mod­ernising your logistics facility

The path to modernisation 

Before you start with mod­erni­sation within your logistics, the require­ments should first be pre­cisely defined. Planning for a retrofit always requires an intensive inventory of the existing equipment. The aim is to determine the require­ments for mod­erni­sation as pre­cisely as pos­sible and to avoid risks during implementation.

We will gladly advise you on your mod­erni­sation project and offer you our support from the inventory to the imple­men­tation and com­mis­sioning during operation.

Our estab­lished approach to the mod­erni­sation of logistics facil­ities and ware­house technology:

1. Inventory on site 

Our con­sul­tants carry out an objective assessment of the actual sit­u­ation on site. All processes and their logistics equipment and systems are examined and surveys / inter­views are con­ducted with the rel­evant employees. The stock­taking takes place during ongoing oper­a­tions, directly in the warehouse. 

2. Def­i­n­ition of the requirements 

Based on the inventory analysis, the require­ments for mod­erni­sation can be pre­cisely deter­mined and elab­o­rated. The recorded require­ments are clus­tered and eval­uated. Within the eval­u­ation, the effort and benefit is also com­pared for each potential. 

3. Potential verification 

The eval­uated mod­erni­sation poten­tials are ver­ified together with the cor­re­sponding con­tacts from logistics. If nec­essary, adjust­ments are made to the poten­tials and calculations. 

4. Tender management 

The mod­erni­sation project is put out to tender by us. In addition to preparing the nec­essary tender doc­u­ments, we also take care of the entire sup­plier man­agement / bidding process and provide you with support up to the awarding of the contract. 

5. Imple­men­tation planning 

Detailed project and imple­men­tation planning is enor­mously important, as mod­erni­sation usually takes place during ongoing oper­a­tions. Together with you, we define the project schedule and imple­men­tation plan. Should the mod­erni­sation be realised in one step or in several stages? 

6. Start of modernisation 

On request, we will provide you with support throughout the entire real­i­sation and com­mis­sioning of the plant and will also gladly assist you with the overall project man­agement within the project phase. 

Do you know your automation potential?

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New plant planning, retro­fitting and plant modernisations

Ques­tions and answers about ware­house automation

Should processes be fully auto­mated or only par­tially auto­mated? Which logistics systems are the right ones for the type of business? What types of picking tech­niques can be used? How do the costs relate to the ben­efits? How sus­tainable is the chosen level of automation in relation to its future via­bility! We analyse the company data by means of a coor­di­nated data model. Based on this, we can define the appro­priate systems and their sustainability.

Auto­mated ware­houses are not all the same. There are dif­ferent types of auto­mated ware­houses. Accord­ingly, the advan­tages of automation cannot be deter­mined across the board.
However, over­sized automation solu­tions can limit the flex­i­bility of logistics pro­cessing and lead to high costs.

A sen­sibly imple­mented automation, regardless of the type, always pursues the goal of reducing the weak­nesses of manual processes and increasing productivity.

The investment costs nat­u­rally depend on the extent to which you automate your ware­house. Together with you, we plan the most optimal automation solution for you from an eco­nomic and strategic point of view.

Storage systems that have already been in oper­ation for around 15 to 20 years should be mod­ernised under the aspects of energy effi­ciency, sus­tain­ability and process opti­mi­sation. Occu­pa­tional safety also plays a decisive role. Systems that are getting on in years may no longer meet the safety stan­dards according to the legal basis. This should def­i­nitely be checked and assessed. Ulti­mately, the company / employer and also the manager bear the respon­si­bility for the safety of the employees.

Our project phases consist of an analysis, concept, real­i­sation and com­mis­sioning phase. In the respective phases, all pre­req­ui­sites for a suc­cessful com­mis­sioning of the plant are created. In the real­i­sation phase, we plan to carry out the mod­erni­sation project during ongoing oper­ation. This means that the plant mod­erni­sation is carried out par­allel to the regular daily business.

The investment costs nat­u­rally depend on the extent to which you mod­ernise your plants and systems. You will receive a detailed breakdown of the investment costs and a return-on-investment cal­cu­lation. As a basis, we carry out a process potential analysis in advance. Our planned logistics facil­ities and logistics systems are modern, future-ori­ented and eco­nom­i­cally profitable.


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