Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

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


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…


The Internet of Things (IoT) and intralogistics

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the networking of physical objects…


SAIL - the system architecture for intralogistics from VDI / VDMA

"Innovation and Standardization" is the title of a working group of the…


AutoStore: Storage technology from Norway

AutoStore is a Norwegian storage technology and, according to the company of…


The packaging logistics

Packaging logistics is a sub-area of logistics; it is a link between production…


Two-dimensional codes: stacked codes, matrix codes, QR code, DataMatrix code

The one-dimensional bar code is commonly used to label goods and services.…


Advantages and disadvantages: centralized and decentralized warehouse

In distribution logistics, the determination of warehouse locations represents…


The production cycle

In a broader sense, a production cycle is the production process that begins…


Inventory in companies and in logistics

In the inventory, the assets of a company are determined on a key date; in this…


Uses of Blockchain technology in logistics / intralogistics

Blockchain is an enabling technology. Just like the Internet, it harbors…


The Jidoka principle in production and logistics

The Jidoka principle describes the ability of a machine, a plant or an entire…


Set-up time in production and intralogistics

If a machine or a production site, i.e. individual facilities or entire…


Vogel's approximation method

The approximation method according to Vogel is a heuristic procedure that is…


CPFR – Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment

CPFR stands for Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment and is a…


The picking time in intralogistics

The picking process itself and the associated picking time are usually a…


Picking method Pick-by-robot

The picking type Pick-by-Robot means the picking of goods, carried out by…


Mensch-Maschine-Schnittstelle

Human-machine interfaces in the industry

The human-machine interface represents the analog or digital interaction…


The picking method Pick-by-Vision

Pick-by-Vision is a picking process in which a picker uses data glasses and…


Augmented Reality in logistics and service

Augmented Reality (AR) describes the computer-aided extension of human…


Key figure system in intralogistics

Although a complete bundling of all key figures arising in warehouse and…


The (hanging) bag sorter

The Pouch sorter / Bag sorter belongs to the category of logistic sorting and…


The picking travel time

The order-picking way time is the sum of the time required for picking a single…


The storage location management

The storage location management ensures that a storage location is recorded or…


The process-oriented warehouse planning

The process-oriented warehouse planning already takes into account in detail…


Swarm intelligence - What we logisticians can learn from ants - Part I

Surely you use a navigation system. So then you are already relying on the…


Optimization through process chain management

Process chain management serves to organize business processes in…


Ergonomics in the warehouse

Ergonomics in the warehouse aims at the adaptation and creation of workstations…


Definition - WMS - The Warehouse Management System

The Warehouse Management System (WMS) is an indispensable software for the…


Material flow control as a service for a distribution center

Material flow control, also known as material flow computer or material flow…


Automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

From the technical committee of the VDI (Association of German Engineers),…


Cut-off time in intralogistics

In intralogistics, the cut-off time describes the time at which an order must…


Ant algorithm

Function and advantages of the ant algorithm

The Ant Algorithm, also often called Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) in the…


Ship to Line / the direct provision of goods

Ship to Line / the direct provision of goods

In the case of ship to line or direct provision of inventory, the…


Buffer line

A buffer section is used to intercept jams within the material flow, to avoid…


Information in intralogistics

Information describes the meaningful content of a message, which is of value…


Heijunka lean method

The Japanese lean method Heijunka pushes a production where the production flow…


The distribution center

A distribution center is an interface in the form of a building complex that…


Storage and retrieval machine

A storage and retrieval machine (SRM) is a storage device with which load units…


Continuous conveyor / discontinuous conveyor

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


The importance of material flow

According to VDI, "material flow" is the interlinking of all processes…