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Different cycle times, varying delivery quantities, last-minute orders, one-piece-flow production (small batch sizes) or even product idle times are the daily challenges for optimally flowing production logistics.
A masterpiece of networked thinking is needed to turn complicated problems into simple solutions. The workshop is clearly the right tool for this. In this blog post you can find out how a workshop with Servus Intralogistics works and what lies behind our neutral consulting concept.
A workshop with Servus Intralogistigs:
There were times when the two areas of warehouse and production were strictly separated like two kingdoms. Both worked side by side. Instead of the pull principle, the push principle was practised, warehouses were seen as isolated solutions. Although this is still often the case, it is no longer keeping with the times. Nowadays, an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) should be fully integrated into the flow processes and serve as a production buffer. The ASRS should supply production areas directly and at the right time with the right material. This brings several advantages - and thus future security. As a result, the company remains competitive in the age of Industry 4.0:
Better, faster AND more cost-efficient sounds impossible? – It’s not! The solution: Lean Management in combination with just-in-time. While in the past the strategic decision was either in the direction of speed with a loss of quality, or accuracy and high quality with the aftertaste of slow processes, nowadays the entire process is taking on new forms. Lean consolidates the overall strategy of successful companies and we at Servus Intralogistics in Dornbirn support you on this path. With the Servus System, we facilitate your development into a Smart Factory.
Servus promised to serve its customers and eliminate waste when it started to develop the Servus System. Nothing has changed about this. This is why Servus now enables its customers to perform “hands-free” picking.
The autonomous robotic carriers from Servus Intralogistics are able to use the tracks on which they run for storage at the same time. This way, customers can have an “invisible” warehouse. Swiss wholesaler Hasler in Winterthur saved precious floor space that could be used much more sensibly.
Smart management of the automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) starts with initial filling. Goods in the ASRS are mostly stored chaotically. Even for chaotic storage, the WMS (Warehouse Management System) will make sure that one and the same article is stored evenly distributed across all aisles of an ASRS during placement in storage.
A new logistics system essentially improved Erwin Halder KG's material flows and drastically shortened throughput times. Halder remains highly flexible for the future with its new system, built around autonomous robotic carriers.
Changing consumer behaviour makes products smaller and smaller, more customised and specific for individual customers. Batch sizes in production reduce and product variations increase as a consequence. In order to meet these requirements, production and processes need to adjust and become more efficient. In the best case, production would be just-in-time. This can only work if the warehouse and production are optimally coordinated with each other. The automated storage and retrieval system must be fully integrated into the material flow. This way, the necessary materials can be supplied to production just-in-time after the order is received, inventories in stock can be reduced and available areas can be used for value-added operations.