Smart Factory: Networking of warehouse and production in the sense of Industry 4.0

One of the goals of Industry 4.0 is to increase transparency and efficiency in logistics and production – for example through the functional integration of both areas. Processes in logistics and production are nowadays considered to be “integrated”, but in many companies they are still in fact worlds apart, and only come into contact at the transfer points of materials and goods. This results in non-transparent and cumbersome processes, excessive warehouse and WIP stocks, and time and quality losses. Efficient production down to batch size 1 remains wishful thinking.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

The integrative connection of warehouse management (WMS), transport control (WES) and production control system (MES) enables a higher level of transparency and efficiently interlinked processes to be achieved. The viadat warehouse management system (WMS) and the HYDRA manufacturing execution system (MES) enable an efficient combination of logistics and production. This results in a high level of customer satisfaction and releases tied-up capital for important investments.

The merging of logistics and production generates a holistic increase in transparency and efficiency

The merging of logistics and production generates a holistic increase in transparency and efficiency

Combining logistics and production efficiently using viadat 9.0 and MES HYDRA from MPDV

Production machines can be linked to the WES (Warehouse Execution System) via the MES (Manufacturing Execution System). Material transports are thus synchronized with the production processes. That way, demand-driven material supply to machines and supermarkets with the precise parts needed at a given point in time, and goods collection, by means of cranes, forklifts, tugger trains, conveyor systems, AGVs, etc. can be secured.

The benefits:

More transparency and planning security

  • True traceability enables real-time tracking of parts along the entire material flow chain in logistics and production
  • Visualization of material buffers in- between operations
  • Precise forecast of expected buffer stock development
  • Automatically updated ONLINE monitoring of production equipment
  • Complete batch traceability

Transport optimization

  • Event-controlled alternative transport sequences
  • Variable transport units per operation
  • Expiry date as a trigger for transport
  • No unnecessary forklift trips (without load)

Process optimization

  • Inventory control for short-term production requirements
  • Management of minimum storage times as well as best-before and expiry dates
  • Calculating the range of coverage of materials, intermediate products and semi-finished products
  • Control of eKanban and transports
  • Order-based assessment of transport requirements for the next shift

Reduced inventory

  • Precise forecast of expected buffer stocks
  • Better use of resources
  • Improved production planning
  • High efficiency even with small batch sizes

Webinar: Towards the Smart Factory

Prepare to make your way to the Smart Factory and in a german webinar recording (from Sept. 12, 2017) find out how you can accelerate your production and logistics processes, reduce warehouse and WIP stocks and produce even small batch sizes economically.

Main topics covered by the webinar:

  • Logistics and Production: Separate Worlds? - Logistical challenges in production today
  • More transparency and efficiency in production through MES
  • More transparency and efficiency in intralogistics with WMS
  •  Together on the way to the Smart Factory: Efficient networking of intralogistics and production

Get a head start and ask for the german webinar recording (free of charge).

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