Trouble-free Control of Processes

Packaging & Pelletising

Trouble-free Control of Processes

Warehouse Management System guarantees Process Control
Whenever products are packed and stored before shipping, there is the risk of loosing track of the same. The combination of ERP and warehouse management systems allows for continuous control of the process from production through shipping.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 09/10/2014)
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Warehouse Management System for Process Control

The Beumer warehouse management system is a web server application which controls and coordinates the entire packaging process, storage and preparation for shipment of products in an optimum manner. Control of materials flow, warehouse management and also the interface to the superior ERP system of the customer are integrated to form part of the system. All information from the packaging line, labelling, storage and shipment converges here. This ensures complete and absolute transparency of all products and processes. All persons involved in production can access the system, the logistic scheduler, warehouse employees or forklift operators. The functions and graphical user interface can be configured to meet customer-specific requirements. Thus the warehouse management system ensures financially sensible processes and transparent flow of goods which leads to shorter delivery periods.

If the ERP system receives a picking order, it sends the information to a distributed control system and to the warehouse management system. The distributed control system monitors and controls the material flow from the silo, checks the product quantities, bagging, palletising and also securing of loads. The packed load units are then provided with a barcode. During this process, the warehouse management system is in continual data exchange with the ERP system.

After the load units are delivered to the conveying system, the palletising technology stacks the boxes, bags or trays onto pallets in a secure and space-saving manner. These pallets are then transported on roller conveyors towards the Beumer stretch hood high-capacity packaging system. The stretch hood system wraps the loaded pallets with a special polythene film. This extremely weather-resistant packaging ensures the safety of the products during storage and shipment. They are then provided with a barcode.

The warehouse management system includes also a main control system for fork-lifts which ensures that the palletised and packaged goods can be loaded quickly without prolonged intermediate storage. Therefore, the warehouse management system checks if the pallet is ready for collection at the belt conveyor, reads the barcode, assigns a specific storage space for the pallet and controls the corresponding fork-lift. In these processes, the warehouse management system is in continual data exchange with the ERP system.

Any errors that could occur amongst the production, storage and shipment systems are avoided with Beumers warehouse management system, as are time-consuming searches. As all processes are defined chronologically, an automatic material reservation and provision process is enabled that is timely and tailored to demand. The warehouse and supply process that is positively driven also makes the production throughput clearly faster and more efficient.

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