Intelligent logistics: new technologies for the warehouse

Intelligent logistics
Intelligent logistics

Intelligent logistics refers to the application of new technologies, such as “blockchain” “Big Data”, which are used to optimize the processes that take place inside and outside the camp or. The introduction of new technologies and automatic systems in logistics ensures maximum performance of the processes without interruption.
In this article, we will go into more detail about the concept of intelligent logistics and analyze which are the most important technologies that can be found in warehouses today and, above all, how they can be used for the digitization and automation of a system.

What is intelligent logistics?

Intelligent logistics is the process of using new technologies in all operations that take place inside and outside the warehouse, from incoming goods at the loading and unloading docks to distribution and delivery to the customer on the agreed terms. In other words, this concept includes the implementation of intelligent devices for the automation of logistics processes.
Technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data or the industrial Internet of Things have completely transformed warehouses. A study by the consulting firm Research and Markets indicates that the Internet of Things (IoT) market in logistics will grow by 13.2% annually through 2030, from a business volume of 34,504 million dollars in 2019 to 100,000 million dollars in 2030.
Intelligent logistics tries to strengthen the control of the processes, optimize the performance of the warehouse and minimize the operating costs of the plant by using linked devices and the recording of all data generated there. An analysis of this data helps the logistics manager to obtain comprehensive information about the processes in the plant before making a decision.
Intelligent logistics promotes the replacement of manual systems with automatic handling devices or robots in the case of frequently repetitive tasks, such as the transport of goods, the placement and removal of loading units or the assembly of orders. These processes are coordinated by warehouse management software (WMS), an administration program that limits the risk of errors in the warehouse and optimizes all processes that take place in the system, from managing the storage positions of the products to the picking routes of the warehouse workers. The first step in using intelligent logistics in your company is to implement warehouse management software.

Intelligent logistics
Intelligent logistics

Intelligence and digitization for warehouse processes

Intelligent logistics require an artificial brain that digitizes the control of the warehouse; this is generally an LVS that provides artificial intelligence and reliability in the processes that take place in the facility. These processes are in particular the supply of the production lines ─ synchronization of internal orders ─ or the design of the picking routes to optimize the movements of the warehouse workers.
In addition, a warehouse management program such as Easy WMS, the WMS from Mecalux, enables complete inventory control by monitoring all incoming and outgoing goods during the day. This software also automates the “ slotting ” (management of warehouse positions) based on criteria and rules previously defined by the logistics manager, which makes the tasks of warehouse workers easier and faster.
The digitization of warehouses ensures that all data generated is recorded and converted into information useful for the logistics manager. A module such as Supply Chain Analytics Software from Easy WMS supports logistical decision-making based on the actual performance of the warehouse. This software records all the data and supports the logistics manager in converting all the information that is generated in the warehouse, among other things, during the processes of incoming goods and placement into logistics key figures.

Intelligent logistics: the role of automation

The automation of processes is one of the most important features of intelligent logistics and a direct result of the implementation of new technologies in the warehouse, such as transport systems and automatic warehouses ( pallet conveyor systems, mini-load systems or storage and retrieval machines for pallets )

. These automated systems are used for frequently repetitive tasks to ensure an uninterrupted workflow. These are systems that not only accelerate the work in logistics systems but also optimize the storage capacity of the system, as they enable the goods to be compressed.
The introduction of robotics in warehouses goes hand in hand with intelligent logistics: AGVs, mobile robots (AMR) or collaborative robots (cobots) are increasingly being used in processes such as the transport of goods or the assembly of orders.
All of these solutions would not be feasible if they were not completely secure. The consolidation of Artificial Intelligence and IoT has made it easier for product storage, automated systems, and warehouse workers to work together while ensuring the physical integrity of everyone. Replacing warehouse workers in performing physically demanding and often repetitive tasks and reallocating them to jobs with higher added value promotes worker safety and productivity.

The way to intelligent logistics

Converting from conventional to intelligent logistics is not an easy process. The logistics planning of every company is different and requires specific solutions that usually combine manual, semi-automatic and automatic systems. To optimize logistics processes and implement new technologies in the warehouse, it is essential to determine which requirements exist, where productivity can be increased and in which processes additional costs can be reduced.
The first step is to install management software such as Easy WMS, which has more than 80  basic functionalities that can be scaled using various advanced modules. These are precisely the advantages that Jean-Noël Rivat, Operations Manager at Groupe Lorca, emphasizes: “We have completely improved the order preparation process, which means we have achieved greater efficiency and speed,” stresses Rivat.
Another common strategy on the way to intelligent logistics is to limit the presence of manual handling devices and to replace them with automatic systems such as conveyor devices and stacker cranes ─ for both pallets and containers ─. These systems are particularly useful for constant, repetitive flows of goods because they increase the warehouse’s performance considerably. This is the case, for example, with Incarlopsa, a leading company in the Spanish meat sector, which, thanks to Mecalux, has put six new logistics systems into operation. Its warehouses are among other systems with stacker cranes for pallets, shuttle cars and the automatic pallet shuttlefitted. The implementation of these automatic systems made it possible to increase the productivity of the plant: “We have achieved uninterrupted, controlled movements of goods,” explains Victorino Carabantes, Technical Director of Incarlopsa

Intelligent logistics: maximum efficiency in warehouse processes

Intelligent logistics is already a reality in many warehouses, along with new concepts such as blockchain, artificial intelligence or the industrial Internet of Things. These technologies promote process automation in order to achieve maximum warehouse performance, eliminate additional costs and guarantee work cycles around the clock.
Whether through automatic transport systems or through the implementation of warehouse management software, intelligent logistics ensure efficient inventory control, greater security for warehouse workers and products, and the avoidance of errors in tasks such as order compilation or returns management.
If you are interested in increasing productivity and efficiency in your warehouse, please feel free to contact us. As a global supplier of storage systems, Mecalux has an extensive portfolio of solutions that are tailored to your requirements. A knowledgeable advisor will analyze your needs and offer you the best solution.

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