Automation in intralogistics
Intralogistics plays an important role in warehousing and material flow within companies. In order to increase efficiency and save costs, automation technologies are being used more and more frequently.
Automated systems such as driverless transport systems (DTS), picking robots and goods sorting systems can help to optimize the material flow and reduce manual sources of error in intralogistics. For example, AGVs can transport goods faster and more precisely while reducing the need for human labor. According to a study by Accenture, “An integrated and automated supply chain solution improves efficiency and reduces error rates.”
The use of warehouse management systems (WMS) can also contribute to improved efficiency. These systems make it possible to monitor and optimize the material flow and warehousing in real time.
In addition to increasing efficiency, automated systems in intralogistics also offer a number of financial advantages. This includes cost savings by reducing manual labor and reducing errors.
As quoted by Brian J. Gibson, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of San Diego:
“Automation has the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of intralogistics processes while reducing costs.”
However, it is important to note that the implementation of automation technologies in intralogistics requires a significant investment. Businesses should therefore carefully consider whether the benefits justify the costs and seek expert support if necessary.
In conclusion, automation offers a multitude of advantages in intralogistics, including increased efficiency and cost savings. Companies looking to streamline their intralogistics should consider the possibilities of automation to improve their business outcomes.