What is this Thing Called Intralogistics?

Intralogistics is one of those terms people may feel unfamiliar with until they realise it has been a central part of what they do. Defined simply, intralogistics is the system of managing the flow of goods within an organisation, including its data and digitalization of processes.

Intralogistics, then, is not a fancy new word for good old warehousing. The two concepts denote completely different methods of management and strategy.

The main priority of warehousing is storing, while intralogistics is focused on circulation. In day-to-day operations, the contrasts between the two approaches are less nuanced. A company’s vision and game plan, though, is unmistakably conditioned by the choice of one or the other.

Intralogistics is not only a wider perspective on the handling, stocking, and re-distribution mechanism; it is a separate way of understanding the flow itself. Five main characteristics of intralogistics are:

Integration: Intralogistics understands the entire operation as a unified ecosystem, linking together storage, sales, delivery, and supplies;

Optimisation: It seeks significant ways for creating a more efficient, effective, and sustainable flow of work;

Adaptation: It develops an incremental system of pivoting to meet challenges and opportunities with more agility;

Multi-disciplinary: Intralogistics involves space design, structural engineering, IT development, handling technology and other departments making it the heart of long-term planning;

Automation: Digitalisation means that tasks can today be performed at a higher rate of accuracy and with minimal resources. Automation goes together with an intralogistics approach, adding value with every turn of the operations chain.

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Parting ways with cumbersome archiving systems

The archiving dilemma is a major one for many organisations today. Even in the digital age, there is little doubt within businesses and institutions that the storing of information in physical form is valuable both for day-to-day needs as well as preservation purposes. Discussion arises over whether archiving justifies the best use of space.

With office plans becoming smaller, companies are right to question whether they can afford to devote precious square meters to folders, binders and volumes when other departments are competing for more room.

Thankfully, storage expertise is developing fast to provide timely solutions that satisfy both sides of the argument. Leaders in the industry today design archiving systems to respond to space-saving needs with mobile shelving that allows units to close ranks, dramatically freeing up space that would previously have been needlessly occupied.

Mobile shelving systems have been around for many years, demanding pure muscle and effort from archivists to move around. Changes in technology and materials, however, make modern systems move literally at the touch of a finger.

Many mobile shelving structures have a flywheel installed that easily and swiftly opens an aisle between the needed units. A precisely-engineered system of gears makes ridiculously light work of moving document-laden shelves about.

Meanwhile, mobile shelving is accelerating into electronic operation; replacing the turning of the flywheel into an effortless tap of a button. Early challenges of malfunctions and maintenance requirements have rapidly been overcome as shelving systems are equipped with reliable and durable technology.

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The Revolution in Intralogistics

Analysist can’t seem to agree on whether we are going through a second, third, or even fourth industrial revolution. What they do agree on, though, is that the companies that emerged stronger from the first industrial revolution in the 18th century were those which embraced methods that boldly broke with the past ways of doing things.

Innovation is much more about the process than the technology itself; machines are not designed to replace people (or the workhorse), but to perform their same task better and more efficiently.

Automation is today bringing another revolution in warehouse management, allowing companies to keep costs down and effectiveness up. Next-generation technologies are already available for operations, whether large or small.

Innovation in automation means precise, round-the-clock work flows are now possible without disruptions. Staff can be relieved of menial, repetitive tasks while pre-programmed machines take care of the warehouse space.

One popular exemplar are automated warehouse units such as Reflex Reach Trucks and Staxio Stacker Trucks, which are equipped with state-of-the-art lasers that make them accurate and dependable workmates. Loaded with safety features, these machines operate seamlessly in an environment meant for people as they intelligently detect any obstacle or possible hazards in their path. Moreover, automated lifters eliminate risks linked to fatigue, distraction, or inattention.

The advance in technology is proving a critical disruption opportunity for organisations that want to maximise the hour-use of their warehouse floors. Smart applications trigger the action of machines to coincide harmoniously with orders, inventory software, and deliveries.

The emerging revolution promises unprecedented process efficiency with perfect time management.

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