Business processes in intralogistics

  • Set-up time in production and intralogistics

    If a machine or a production site, i.e. individual facilities or entire production lines, is set up for a special processing operation and equipped with the necessary tools, the duration...

  • Order processing

    Order processing includes all formal processes such as order transmission, data processing and order control; measured from the time the order is placed to the receipt of the so-called shipment...

  • Single-stage picking – basics

    During picking, a certain quantity of articles is picked from an assortment and put together. Picking in a warehouse can be single-stage or multi-stage. In single-stage picking, the picker always...

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and logistics

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be defined as intelligence that originates exclusively from machines, robots and cyber-physical systems. The research area AI tries to understand, emulate and mimic human perception and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • articles are identified and first checked visually for completeness and damage. Articles are then recorded and re-labelled if necessary. After a successful incoming goods inspection, the goods are posted and forwarded for storage. The goods receipt of a warehouse usually consists of the following components:
    • Ramps
    • Gates
    • Staging areas
    • Functional surfaces (e.g. for checks and load securing)

    Tasks of Goods Receipt

    Typical tasks taken over from goods receipt are, for example:
    • Checking the goods for identity, quantity and quality
    • Intermediate storage until completion of incoming goods inspection
    • Unloading delivery vehicles
    • Unpacking and sorting the packages
    • Marking of the goods
    • Booking the goods
    The goals of a successful goods receipt phase are to create short lead times, to keep space requirements and employee retention as low as possible and to achieve high process quality.

    Goods Receipt - Identification and status processing

    When goods are delivered, various preparatory work must be carried out during goods receipt. This takes place in the process steps Identification and Status Processing.

    Identification via the goods receipt notification

    At goods receipt, the goods are identified in a multi-step process. As a rule, it is possible to set up an article master (coming from the commercial system) so that the basic data of the article is already known to the system. As a result of the close interaction between the logistics computer and a superimposed commercial level, there is usually preliminary information about the incoming goods - an advice note. [caption id="attachment_31235" align="aligncenter" width="556"]

    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...

  • Single-stage order picking – order-oriented, serial picking

    With order-oriented, serial picking, order items are successively processed according to orders. Either an order picker passes through all warehouse zones or an order is transferred from an order picker...

  • Picking – definition and picking methods

    Picking stands for the assembly of goods and merchandise according to specified orders from an available overall assortment. Depending on the customer in question, the order can be compiled on...

  • 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...

  • SAIL – the system architecture for intralogistics from VDI /

    “Innovation and Standardization” is the title of a working group of the Intralogistics Forum of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), which brings together renowned machine and facility manufacturers, IT companies,...

  • The Jidoka principle in production and logistics

    The Jidoka principle describes the ability of a machine, a plant or an entire system to switch itself off in case of errors, quality and production problems. Jidoka forms the...

  • Logistics management and the supply chain

    The integrated planning, organization, management, processing and control of the entire flow of materials and goods and the corresponding information flow is called logistics management. This is not a tangible...

  • CPFR – Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment

    CPFR stands for Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment and is a further development of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), known from supply chain management. CPFR requires that all information along the...

  • The Supply Chain Management (SCM)

    Supply chain management (SCM) stands for the monitoring process as well as the coordination and control of the supply chain (value chain). This involves the allocation of all materials, information...

  • Lean management: the 5S-method

    The 5S method originates from Japanese production and was first used by the car manufacturer Toyota. The Japanese Taiichi Ono, who also invented the Kaizen management concept, wanted to simultaneously...

  • Inventory costs

    Inventory costs are costs that arise from the movement of product goods in the warehouse or distribution center. They are a key figure from business management. Inventory costs in general...

  • Specifications and requirement documents in intralogistics

    The specification sheet generally contains the project requirements predefined and described in detail by the client, which in his or her view are necessary to successfully implement all requirements of...

  • Information in intralogistics

    Information describes the meaningful content of a message, which is of value for the recipient. The receiver can be either a human or a machine. The sent or received information...

  • Returns processing

    Returns handling describes several processes in the return of goodsordered – mostly – online. They are processed and handled by the distribution centeraccording to the client’s specifications. Looking at returns...

  • Lean Production

    Lean Production describes a method with the goal to react quickly to outside influences on production systems. This is a concept that affects the efficiency increase of all company activities...

  • Order throughput time

    When an order is received in a logistics centre, it passes through various processes until it is completed. For each of these individual processes, the lead time is measured. If...

  • Production management

    According to business economist Werner Kern, production management is an operational service provision. “Production is any kind of internal transformation of goods into higher-value goods”. In his opinion, terms such...

  • Batch formation in picking

    Batch formation during picking, also known as batch picking or multi-order picking, is a form of two-step picking and is used in picking forms such as series-oriented, parallel picking. Requirements...

  • Sorter (Packing) – Basics

    After the picking business process, the product is passed on to the sorter (packing department). However, the sorter and the downstream packing department are only available for two-stage picking. It...

  • picking business process, goods are often replenished. Managing and allocating replenishment is one of the tasks of supply chain management. By using a warehouse management system, it can be ensured before starting a picking process that there is sufficient stock in the picking area. The supply of goods may be necessary as a precaution, on-demand or due to a shortage in the warehouse. The different variants of replenishment can also be partially combined with each other in order to achieve an even system utilization with maximum readiness for delivery.

    Replenishment – Basics

    Before, during or even after the picking business process, goods are often replenished. Managing and allocating replenishment is one of the tasks of supply chain management. By using a warehouse...

  • Material throughput time

    The material throughput time is the time required to run through all business processes, for example, in a warehouse or distribution centre. The calculation of the lead time begins with...

  • Basic warehouse planning – actual state analysis and target concept

    Once the target has been set, an actual state analysis including the identification of weak points is carried out during warehouse planning. On this basis, first in the rough planning,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...