Overview of VDA 5050 – the VDA communication interface for AGVs

VDA 5050 is the definition of a communication interface for Driverless Transport Systems. Currently (as of August 2021), the interface is in version 1.1 from June 2020 and was defined in a cooperation between the German Association of the Automotive…

Regulations and labeling for the transport of dangerous goods by truck

Around the world, hazardous goods are transported every day. For Germany alone, the total volume transported in 2017 was reported to be around 310 million tons, of which road transport accounted for almost half, far ahead of rail and shipping.…

The factor Light in warehouse and logistics

The illumination of distribution centers is a rather rarely addressed aspect of warehousing. The lighting factor is not directly related to intralogistics processes and is therefore often taken for granted. Nevertheless, it can be considered an…

What is an item number? Development, areas of application and definition

An item number is used to differentiate, categorize and uniquely identify retail items. It is assigned only once for a specific article or a specific variant of the corresponding article. This distinctiveness and uniqueness refers to the underlying…

Overview and definition of the identification technology barcode

Coded information can be stored in many different ways. In addition to mechanical, magnetic and electronic storage, a conventional type of storage has also become established, not least due to the further development of optical reading systems…

Definition and overview of the logistic process shipping and the common shipping types

What is included in the business process of shipping?The transport of goods from a company’s own warehouse to its customers is referred to as shipping; it is therefore the transport of goods from one place to another. Within a value chain,…

Overview of the term logistics – definitions, specializations and job descriptions

Table of contents Introduction Logistics definition and the 6 R Areas in logistics Processes in logistics Occupations in logistics Summary Introduction The term logistics commonly refers to the planning, management and control of tangible as well…

Definition of the software principle ‘clean architecture’

Clean architecture' is an IT application implementation style. At the heart of clean architecture and similar styles such as hexagonal architecture is the ability to test and develop the business application independently of the rest of the…

Definition and advantages of context-aware frontend architecture

Reasons for context-aware frontend architecture User interfaces must meet more and more diverse requirements. As digital infrastructures undergo constant evolution and transformation, the cycles in which software must be adapted are also shortening.…

Definition – tugger train and tugger train systems

Tugger trains are means of transport that are used in intralogistics processes, primarily in manufacturing companies. Other common terms include logistics trains or tugger train systems. Like other industrial trucks, they are used for the internal…

What is Business Intelligence – structure, requirements, advantages and disadvantages

Business Intelligence - Definition Traditionally, Business Intelligence (BI) is a collective term for methods and processes for the systematic analysis of data. Companies use this instrument to make their business processes and customer and supplier…

Definition of business rules and fields of application of BRMS solutions

Business rules describe rules that are defined for automated processes or for processes whose degree of automation is to be established or increased. Business rules therefore usually have their background in the field of (business) information…

Rack zones – Overview

A storage rack, both in intralogistics and retail, can be divided into different horizontal racking zones. This usually results in four racking zones, which are named as follows from bottom to top Bending zone Gripping zone Viewing zone Stretch…

Single-stage picking – order-oriented, parallel picking

With parallel picking, an order is divided between different picking zones and processed simultaneously. Compared to order-oriented, serial picking, this means the following: Larger orders are split before the picking and carried out in different…

The Bullwhip effect

The bullwhip effect describes coordination and communication problems in multi-stage supply chains - mostly in so-called fragmented supply chains. It can be localised thanks to fluctuations in production planning and logistics planning (price…

Putaway processes in logistics

In the putaway business process, articles are picked up, transported and stored in the warehouse. The articles can be identified and assigned to a storage location using labels that were previously attached in the business process Goods Receipt.…

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology for the unambiguous and contact-free identification of objects (goods, living beings and states) of any kind. It enables fast and automatic data acquisition using electromagnetic waves with the…

The range of storage

The range of storage is a key figure which expresses the internal security of supply by own stocks of a certain article within a particular article within a certain time. The range of storage indicates how long a stock will last to fulfil existing…

Turnover rate and Rotation of goods: Fast and slow movers

The inventory turnover, also known as the inventory turnover rate or inventory turnover coefficient, expresses how often an average inventory is completely withdrawn and replaced in a given period (usually a financial year). As a key figure, it can…

Definition and overview of goods issue in intralogistics

Just as with goods receipt, goods issue is an interface between internal and external materials management. Here, goods are provided from the warehouse, quality and identity are (re-)checked, and the necessary documents are prepared. Finished…

Goods Receipt in intralogistics – definition and overview

The design and scope of the goods receipt are relevant for the performance of a warehouse. If the goods receipt is incorrectly planned or poorly organized, this can lead to disruptions in operations. In the business process of goods receipt,…

Movement strategies within warehouse operations

The aim of utilising movement strategies is to adhere to specified guidelines in warehouse operations and, at the same time, achieve the best possible throughput performance. The respective movement strategy determines in which arrangement stacker…

Allocation strategies for warehouse and picking systems/warehouse operation strategies

In a company, it is vital to set goals before developing strategies and to monitor their consistency and achievability continually. In logistics, there are strategies for planning new systems, implementing them and optimising existing systems during…

Adaptive IT in intralogistics as a tool for digital transformation

Adaptive IT describes a modular system for modelling software. Individual software components can be added or removed as required without affecting the existing system. This concept allows for a very high degree of flexibility in the planning of a…

Storage techniques in intralogistics

Depending on the nature of the stored goods and the frequency of use, different storage techniques are suitable. Different techniques can also be used in one building. Overview - dynamic and static storage systems in intralogistics Storage…

Swarm intelligence – What we logisticians can learn from ants – Part II

You may think estimating the weight of an ox, as described in Part 1 of this article, is hardly a complex task. But these mechanisms can be used to solve much more complex logistical problems. These are three categories of problems we typically face…

When risk minimization becomes a risk in logistics

Logistical decisions are ultimately economic decisions. This applies, for example, to major investments in warehouse and conveyor technology. Once all possible technical, informational and organizational questions have been clarified, managers in…

Cloud computing: IT infrastructures and logistics

Cloud computing describes the provision of IT infrastructure. These can consist of servers, storage, software, databases, network components and artificial functionalities (AI). The IT infrastructures mentioned are not installed on the respective…

The Internet of Things (IoT) and intralogistics

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the networking of physical objects (fitness bracelets, smart home, connected cars, industry 4.0) and the virtual world (software/Internet). Physical objects, in particular, are equipped with appropriate…

Point of sale / stationary trade – definition

Point of sale / stationary trade - a definition: The point of sale (PoS) is the place where the goods are offered, where the customer and the goods are brought together commercially and thus the sale or purchase or exchange can take place. The PoS…

Overview of VDA 5050 – the VDA communication interface for AGVs

VDA 5050 is the definition of a communication interface for Driverless Transport Systems. Currently…

Regulations and labeling for the transport of dangerous goods by truck

Around the world, hazardous goods are transported every day. For Germany alone, the total volume…

The factor Light in warehouse and logistics

The illumination of distribution centers is a rather rarely addressed aspect of warehousing. The…

What is an item number? Development, areas of application and definition

An item number is used to differentiate, categorize and uniquely identify retail items. It is…

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Overview and definition of the identification technology barcode

Coded information can be stored in many different ways. In addition to mechanical, magnetic and…

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Definition and overview of the logistic process shipping and the common shipping types

What is included in the business process of shipping?The transport of goods from a company’s…

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Overview of the term logistics – definitions, specializations and job descriptions

Table of contents Introduction Logistics definition and the 6 R Areas in logistics Processes in…

Definition of the software principle ‘clean architecture’

Clean architecture' is an IT application implementation style. At the heart of clean architecture…

Definition and advantages of context-aware frontend architecture

Reasons for context-aware frontend architecture User interfaces must meet more and more diverse…

Definition – tugger train and tugger train systems

Tugger trains are means of transport that are used in intralogistics processes, primarily in…

What is Business Intelligence – structure, requirements, advantages and disadvantages

Business Intelligence - Definition Traditionally, Business Intelligence (BI) is a collective term…

Definition of business rules and fields of application of BRMS solutions

Business rules describe rules that are defined for automated processes or for processes whose…

Rack zones – Overview

A storage rack, both in intralogistics and retail, can be divided into different horizontal racking…

Putaway processes in logistics

In the putaway business process, articles are picked up, transported and stored in the warehouse.…

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology for the unambiguous and contact-free…

The range of storage

The range of storage is a key figure which expresses the internal security of supply by own stocks…

Definition and overview of goods issue in intralogistics

Just as with goods receipt, goods issue is an interface between internal and external materials…

Goods Receipt in intralogistics – definition and overview

The design and scope of the goods receipt are relevant for the performance of a warehouse. If the…

Movement strategies within warehouse operations

The aim of utilising movement strategies is to adhere to specified guidelines in warehouse…

Allocation strategies for warehouse and picking systems/warehouse operation strategies

In a company, it is vital to set goals before developing strategies and to monitor their…

Adaptive IT in intralogistics as a tool for digital transformation

Adaptive IT describes a modular system for modelling software. Individual software components can…

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Storage techniques in intralogistics

Depending on the nature of the stored goods and the frequency of use, different storage techniques…

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