Transportation systems

Transportation systems refers to all in-house forms of transport, both indoors and outdoors. This includes materials handling equipment inside the warehouse and delivery to all the points of assembly. Other components of transportation systems are forklifts, tugger trains, automated systems such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), order picking vehicles, and warehouse handling equipment. The analysis of source-sink relationships, goods to be conveyed, and the delivery frequency is also an important aspect of optimization.


Transportation systems are always integrated in the overall material flow. Individual system components must be the perfect match in order to achieve the best possible overall solution and to exploit synergies. An integrated approach to planning transportation systems is necessary to arrive at the best results. Interfaces, sources and sinks, and transportation routes are closely examined and taken into account during planning. It is also important that interface requirements should always be factored into transportation planning with respect to controls, handling, and ergonomics. Ingenics stands for a holistic approach, acting as a planner for all trades.

Considering many influential factors

The internal transportation network of a plant ensures a smooth production process. Since many systems build on each other, the controls are often complex and difficult to master without assistance. There are numerous factors to consider: the goods to be conveyed, the conditions of the work environment, the transportation links and frequencies, and specifications concerning the ergonomics of workstations.

Developing a lean and resource-efficient transportation network requires a great deal of expertise and experience as well as the support of a detailed analysis and plan.

Furthermore, new requirements due to land and building restrictions as well as new or different material flows can require that transportation systems be replanned or optimized. Ingenics consultants will develop the appropriate selection of material handling equipment for you, be it on ground level, elevated, or overhead. They also develop the functional technical specifications for your business.

Integrated optimization of material and information flows

When it comes to the holistic optimization of your material and information flows, the following main factors are considered:

  • Transportation routes from the transfer point of full containers to the exchange point of full and empty containers at the destination and the transfer point of empty containers
  • Handling of the conveyed goods at transfer points
  • Transportation frequencies, service requirements, and flexibility requirements
  • Consolidation of transportation and loading tools
  • Information and document flows
  • Use of resources
  • Contingency plans

 

Tailored to your individual requirements, Ingenics offers a variety of tried-and-tested services that you can call on when needed. These include, for example:

 

  • Transportation analysis
  • Technical system planning
  • System selection and recommendation
  • Procurement of the transportation system
  • Commissioning and acceptance

 

Conclusion

Ingenics actively supports you in all areas of transportation system optimization. For example, functional overall systems in any company are the best way to maximize synergies and to safeguard production. Easy, ergonomic handling also contributes to an attractive working environment. Efficient transportation systems save energy, create good working conditions, and help to protect the environment.

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