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Warehouse Management And Industry 4.0

26 March, 2020

With the introduction of internet and digital media objects into our lives during the last quarter of the 20th century, Industry 4.0 and Warehouse Management quickly began to adapt to these innovations. Today, factories, warehouses and production facilities will take their place in the changing world by keeping up with the technological developments brought on by the new age.
Instant traceability in smart warehouses increases uptime and quality, while reducing running costs and total cost of ownership. Many of the advantages come from the integrated component and software platform, which enables seamless data exchange between devices and the control system. Access to this component-level data is one of the key factors in bringing the benefits of the Industry 4.0 system to life.

EFFECTIVE USE OF CAPACITIES
In smart warehouses, following warehouse occupancy rates in real time has significant effects on product purchasing, product sales and shipping strategies. Intelligent warehouses integrate with the software platform, the product movements can be tracked and software-supported warehouse optimization can be done independently from individuals, which provides great advantages in using warehouse capacities more effectively. This also makes it easier for the purchasing departments to work with real time and accurate information while creating their purchasing strategies. While warehouse optimization is performed automatically with software support, providing advantages in terms of labor, with the periodic transportation of the most outgoing products to the nearest points, the shipping times of the product are shortened, which both prevents the loss of labor and increases the rapid and accurate shipping rates in shipments.

MORE ACCURATE AND FASTER OPERATION
Since many of the Industry 4.0 equipment can be used in conjunction with each other in smart warehouses, instead of performing different operations related to the product and obtaining the information separately, obtaining a lot of information about the product in a combined system by means of a single-center analytical software and storing it in the central information system, provides advantages in terms of increase in labor, accuracy and speed, due to the departments in different locations being capable of displaying the information related to the products in the smart warehouse in real time.

WHAT DOES INDUSTRY 4.0 BRING TO SUPPLY CHAIN AND WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT?
1- More storage in less space. Therefore, up to 80 percent savings from storage spaces.
2- Warehouse management software integrated with ERPs. Therefore, minimum error rates.
3- Automated material circulation. Therefore, improved work safety, fewer work accidents.
4- Supply and waiting modules per each line. Therefore, excellent inventory management, "0" inventory loss.
5- Automated ready-made product warehouses. Therefore, unmanned warehouses that can operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fast vehicle loading and unloading systems.
6- Profit and cost optimization. Therefore, the return of investment between 18 and 48 months.

Serpil ÖĞRETMEN
Planning Manager