Intralogistics: A Definition…
Intralogistics is the art of optimizing, integrating, automating, and managing the logistical flow of information and material goods within the walls of a fulfillment or distribution center.
Intralogistics requires a multi-disciplinary expertise, encompassing a diversity of core competencies that include:
- Process engineering and analysis
- Strategic planning and logistics design
- Facilities design and automation
- Systems design, integration, and implementation
- Industrial, mechanical, and electrical engineering
- Material handling technology (storage, conveyor, and sortation)
- PLC controls
- Software engineering, design, and development
- Database design and integration
- Warehouse automation solutions
- Warehouse execution software solutions
- Information technology systems
- Project management
- Operational monitoring and analytical reporting
- Remote monitoring and technical support
Intralogistics solutions often achieve leaps in operational productivity through the integration of material handling and information processing technologies that optimize fulfillment processes and better utilize both equipment and labor resources, whether they are applied to manual, mechanized, or fully automated system configurations.
But it’s important to note that true intralogistics solutions go beyond just the implementation of tools and component technologies that guide distribution center and fulfillment center operators through specific tasks like receiving, picking, and shipping. They also go beyond the mechanization of processes such as storage and retrieval, packaging, and sorting.
True intralogistics solutions utilize sophisticated database and warehouse execution systems to ensure constant analysis of an omni-channel fulfillment operation, which in turn regulates system performance in order to achieve the efficiencies that are the hallmark of true automation.