In this article, we will respond to the most common questions about this system — increasingly used in all types of warehouses and presently implemented in 500 installations around the globe — with the aim of showing their full potential and their contribution to more efficient logistics.
A warehouse management system (WMS) is responsible for optimising all operations that take place in an installation. The supply chain is subject to constant transformation, the purpose of which is to cope with market changes. In this vein, the functionalities of a WMS must also be enhanced with a view to tackling increasingly complex processes and scenarios.
Compact storage systems feature a higher storage density by optimising available warehouse space. Of all these, the Pallet Shuttle system is the one that best enhances an installation’s productivity because an electric shuttle moves goods through the channel automatically.
Mecalux Software Solutions offers companies efficient omnichannel management solutions. Easy WMS, as well as the WMS for e-commerce and Multi Carrier Shipping Software functionalities, aim to satisfy the end consumer with on-time deliveries and quality customer service.
Gartner, the world's leading IT research and advisory company, predicts that digital twins will be one of 2018s industry-shaping trends and that, by 2021, 50% of large-scale companies will use them. A ‘digital twin’ is a simulation, a digital replica of a process, product or service through information gathered by built-in sensors on equipment inside manufacturing centres. How does simulation work and why use it? How can simulation be applied to a supply chain or in my warehouse?
Electrified monorails substitute or are combined with conveyors to span medium to very long distances.
Reverse logistics is defined as the practices and processes set up for organising product returns from points-of-sales to the manufacturer in order to repair, recycle or dispose of these articles in the most cost-effective way.
Fire safety in a warehouse is a particularly big challenge since, usually, these types of buildings have a high fire load. In addition to the merchandise, installations contain elements that spur on the spread of flames, like plastic materials, cardboard or wood, among others. To minimise this risk, warehouses must have fire prevention, detection and suppression systems.
Even though conveyors are generally associated with highly automated installations, in reality, they are more and more common in standard warehouses. The reason is they boost warehouse productivity by optimising the flow of goods, reduce loading, unloading and transport times, as well as ensure a constant stream of products.
This article explains how the thermal insulation of low-temperature warehouses is achieved and emphasises the importance of a rigorous design to guarantee the optimal operations of cold storage.