The importance of material flow

According to VDI, "material flow" is the interlinking of all processes involved in extracting, processing and distributing goods within defined areas. Material flow includes all forms of the passage of work objects (e.g. materials, parts, data…

Transport management – The material flow computer

The material flow computer calculates the fastest route through the materials handling equipment in real-time as part of the transport management process. Taking into account the available facility resources, the material flow computer decides on…

The manual sort order fulfilment

Manual Sort Order Fulfilment (MSF) is a software-supported, manual sorting system. The basis is a multi-stage picking process, but compared to the use of an automated sorter, the subsequent sorting work is done by humans. The MSF is responsible for…

Single-stage picking without IT system support

Picking without IT system support requires a manageable assortment of articles, which is clearly structured according to product groups. Within a product group, storage by ascending article number ensures fast access. The entire stock of an item is…

Storage location management – The importance of EDP in warehouse organization

In modern warehouses with a certain amount of goods, the warehouse processes are usually computerized. Computer-aided warehouse organization enables more effective and economical processes. For example, by using a storage bin management system, it…

The evolution of warehouse management

Warehouse management has undergone a tremendous development from its beginnings until today. Whereas manual processes were once laboriously structured via analog media, today both the technology and the process view have fundamentally evolved The…

Definition of business processes

Business processes can be used to visualize business-relevant procedures of a company. A task that arises through business activities is partitioned into business processes. This in turn results in a fragmentation into sub-processes, whereupon the…

Definition – Contract logistics

Logistics includes all tasks for planning, controlling, providing and optimizing processes along the value chain. Contract logistics is a business segment of logistics services. It is geared towards long-term cooperation between manufacturers and…

Advantages and disadvantages of pick-by-voice

Pick-by-voice, also known as pick-to-voice, is an advanced form of paperless picking. A mobile data acquisition (MDT) device is also used for pick-by-voice. However, the picker's inputs and instructions are made using voice recognition and voice…

Application of a storage location management solution

With a growing warehouse, usually not only the number of articles increases, but often a dynamic in the article assortment is created. Items are regularly removed from the assortment, substitutional items are replaced and completely new products are…

The definition of the term “Storage”

The storage process can be divided into further sub-processes for better comprehension. On the first level these are the processes storage space management and inventory management. Storage location management The storage location management is…

External storage

In the case of external storage, storage takes place outside the company. The counterpart is the internal or self storage. Taking into account various costs, such as warehouse operating and inventory costs, a break-even analysis can provide…

Definition – Webshop

A web store (also online store, e-shop) can be described as a sales and communication-oriented website. The web store represents a virtual meeting place where manufacturer and customer have the possibility to get in contact with each other and…

Integration of stationary trade into the value chain of e-commerce

In recent years, the integration of stationary trade into the value chain of e-commerce has become increasingly important. On the one hand, retailers fear the increase in cannibalization of offline business due to the shift in sales to e-commerce. A…

Definition of the barcode

Encoded 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 -…

Inventory management – Order processing: Dispatching order data

When new order data is received from the commercial system, the order information (header / item data) is posted to the database and checked for completeness and plausibility. As a rule, customer data (address, shipping types, etc.) are not kept as…

Definition of transport logistics

Logistics comprises all tasks for planning, controlling, providing and optimizing processes along the value chain. Transport logistics comprises the complete approach to all processes in logistics that are necessary to conduct a transport. It deals…

The modern material flow control

The Material Flow Control System (MFCS) or the Material Flow Computer (MFC) is very often described as an order management system that is directly assigned to materials handling equipment. However, this blanket definition of material flow control no…

Transport strategies: Overview

Transport strategies are used to execute existing transport orders. Transportation strategies can…

Cycle time procedure

Goods are fed from the main warehouse to the picking area manually, as a precaution or on-demand.…

Continuous conveyor / discontinuous conveyor

Both the continuous conveyor and the discontinuous conveyor belong to the conveyor technology…

Overview of linear sorter systems

The linear sorter, or shoe sorter, is an automated sorting and distribution system on which the…

Reorder point procedure

Goods are fed from the main warehouse to the picking area manually, as a precaution or on demand.…

Decision making for discontinuous conveyors

In a transport system that does not convey continuously, the decision as to whether a transport…

Procurement logistics

Logistics encompasses all tasks for planning, controlling, providing and optimizing processes along…

Provisioning procedure

Goods are fed from the main warehouse to the picking area manually, as a precaution or on-demand.…

The Kaizen System

The Kaizen system is a Japanese management system that provides for a continuous improvement…

Kanban system

The Kanban system is a planning system for production control. the Kanban system is often split…

Definition – Automatic small parts warehouse

An "automated small parts warehouse" (AS/RS) is a storage system in which small-volume units such…

Rack zones – bending zone

A rack can be divided into vertical zones based on the scale of an adult (average size of 1.70 m).…

Rack zones – gripping zone

A rack can be divided into vertical zones based on the scale of an adult (average size of 1.70 m).…

Rack zones – viewing zone

A rack can be divided into vertical rack based on the scale of an adult (average size of 1.70 m).…

Cross-docking

There are different types of handling goods in the shipping area. One of these is called…

Just-in-time – Definition

"Just-in-time" refers to a type of delivery in which the required goods are delivered on time and…

Procurement logistics – Just in sequence

"Just in sequence" refers to a type of delivery in which the required goods are delivered to the…

man-to-goods picking

Overview of person-to-goods picking

Person-to-goods picking (also: man-to-goods picking) describes a picking method in which the…

Goods-to-person picking

Overview of goods-to-person picking

Goods-to-person picking (also: goods-to-man picking) describes a picking method in which the…

Sorter (Packing) – Process steps

The process steps that are carried out in the course of the (sorter) packing process include order…

Sorter – Packaging

Definition of Packing The packaging is the merging of storage units to form a complete unit. In the…

Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP-System)

Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP System)

As an application program, an enterprise resource planning system (ERP system) supports all task…

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