Warehouse logistics in material flow
System planning includes the integrated analysis, planning and design of complex logistics systems of a company. The methods and tools of the Fraunhofer IML allow the alignment of various logistics functional areas and the development of an optimized overall system. This includes a holistic and cross-functional planning of the warehouse, the order picking system, the material handling and transportation. The planning process enfolds a process perspective as well as the consideration of appropriate logistics trades.
The tasks in context of system planning range from the analysis, the planning and the design of logistics systems, their tendering through the implementation support. Before an existing warehouse is extended or a new facility is planned, fundamental questions regarding the warehouse logistics have to be raised:
- Do all items have to be on stock in the warehouse or is it possible that suppliers deliver certain items?
- What is the space requirement for the storage of each item and what is the ideal inventory level for this item?
- Are the transport routes and the location of items with very high turnover rate in warehouse ideal?
- Is there potential for standardization regarding specific storage items considering size and weight criteria?