In Focus: Intralogistics
Intralogistics, also known as in-plant logistics, is the key to seamlessly linking internal flows of goods and materials that ensure the smooth supply of production machinery and lines. These value-added tasks optimize the internal movement of goods and contribute to efficient warehouse management. In addition, precise control and monitoring of intralogistics processes enables more efficient use of resources such as time and energy. Large elements can be placed and transported accurately, minimizing waste and increasing production quality on the shop floor.
The basics of Intralogistics
In the world of metal construction, especially in the production of aluminum and steel elements, the optimization of processes is not only a question of cost efficiency, but also of the ability to deliver high-quality products on time, despite stress factors such as the shortage of skilled workers. Intralogistics plays a crucial role in this, but with regard to its concrete application in practice, questions keep popping up: What exactly is intralogistics and how does it influence the flow of goods in the warehouse?
At the pulse of time
Intralogistics is primarily concerned with the efficient internal flow of materials and goods in the warehouse as well as in production. Internal logistics must be optimized by intralogistics processes to meet the requirements of just-in-time production and minimum inventory levels. At a time when the industry is facing a significant shortage of skilled workers, intralogistics solutions can help reduce the need for manual labor hours while shortening production times.
Schüco CC 800 - Corner crimping in throughfeed
With the new CC 800, we are laying the groundwork for automated assembly, securing the future of the workshop and taking the first step towards intralogistics in production. It punches a frame every 70 seconds, whether large or small, and sets a new standard in frame assembly.
Levels of automation to be designed individually
Automation in intralogistics presents itself in different facets: fully automated, semi-automated and manual. These levels of automation are of essential importance, especially for metal construction companies operating in an environment characterized by a shortage of skilled workers. Fully automated intralogistics focus on an almost human-independent process, while semi-automated systems still require some human interaction. Manual systems are particularly flexible and can be especially useful in small-batch manufacturing environments. The choice of the appropriate level of automation is always based on the specific needs and framework conditions of your company.
Flow of goods in the warehouse
The flow of goods in the warehouse, or in other words, the effective design and control of the material flow within the warehouse, is crucial to ensure productive processes and on-time production. Especially in metal construction companies that produce windows made of aluminum and steel, precisely defined and well thought-out warehouse logistics form the foundation for the entire manufacturing process. Here, it is essential to align intralogistics processes so that the right materials are available at the right place at the right time.
Intralogistics is an extremely important component of future production halls and workshops. Together with our partners, we develop essential intralogistics building components for your production to ensure an ideal set-up for the future.
"Soon we will be able to plan the ideal workshop equipment together with our customers and offer comprehensive consulting and individual intralogistics solutions. The state-of-the-art technologies will allow us to further improve internal manufacturing processes through intelligent automation," says Alexander von Bobart, Head of Customer Development.
So, "stay tuned" for more on the topic of intralogistics solutions for manufacturing.