Industrial intralogistics is material handling in factories and production plants. It refers to the organisation and management of an uninterrupted flow of materials/components/goods between the components warehouse, the production line and the warehouse of finished products. The use of loading optimization software allows you to carefully plan the optimal capacity of transport equipment (forklifts, logistics trains) and storage space. Find out what the benefits of automating your packing planning processes are.
The basic aims of industrial intralogistics are the reduction of stocks, the smooth flow of components and the receipt of finished products (delivery to the finished goods warehouse). The key issues are also to reduce inventories and limit the size of buffers in production cells. Excessive stocks generate serious costs related to the storage process – investment in the construction of new warehouses or rental fees, investment in equipment, increase in labour costs (due to the need to hire more staff). Inflexible deliveries within the factory almost automatically result in an increased risk of production disruptions. Well-designed intralogistics allows you to effectively optimise production costs and at the same time improve significantly the safety of production processes and employee safety. The efficiency of intralogistics processes depends directly on their proper scaling and the reduction of “empty” runs, as, in any type of transport, air is one of the most expensive loads.
Packing planning algorithms support the optimisation of intralogistics
The packing planning algorithms we offer allow you to determine the load capacity of handling equipment, container capacity at production stations and the warehouse capacity for raw materials, components and finished products. Determining the sizes of transport containers or pallets, as well as optimising the arrangement of goods in or on them, allows you to use your means of transport to its maximum. In practice, this means, for example, that one forklift operator always transports full containers in a shuttle movement and does not make trips without an optimal load.
The benefits of using loading optimization software are obvious. First of all, they allow you to scale precisely both transport equipment and storage facilities, which translates into cost optimisation and a fleet infrastructure tailored to the actual needs of the company. The latter results in almost immediate optimisation of labour costs, maintenance costs, as well as electricity or fuel consumption (LPG, diesel).
Support for order picking
Regardless of whether you use carrier companies or you have your own transport fleet, packing planning algorithms are perfect for completing orders. For example, the Try Out Box Sizes tool quickly answers the question of which products and how many of them can be placed in the transport packaging (crates, baskets, containers) at your disposal. In turn, the Find a Box Size tool will determine the optimal packaging sizes for a specific order. You need only to enter the dimensions of products and the tool will return the result: dimensions of the optimal collective packaging. Thanks to this, you may avoid errors when ordering and/or producing packaging.
All the tools we offer generate not only numerical data, but also visualizations of how the goods are to be arranged in a container or cargo space. This is a great help in manual packing processes. Order pickers receive ready-made instructions that are clear and easy to follow, even for an inexperienced employee.