The solution presents a new warehouse automation solution that aims to decrease logistics costs by increasing efficiency both in footprint and in the handling process of goods.
The entire system will be supported by the development of a logistics management software to optimize the storage and picking process of products in their position, ensuring increased efficiency / effectiveness of logistics warehousing and pushing an extra degree the potential of the solution.
The innovation of this project is based in two main points: the first is the concept of stacking. This is a new paradigm in the storage drive. It is an unprecedented standard in the market with huge potential to be explored. Considering that virtually every product carries logistics costs, a solution that will increase efficiency in the storage process can represent a great opportunity due to potential scalability.
There are some already established automated warehouse solutions, that do not go beyond the proposition of automatic movement, keeping the same warehouse handling standard used conventionally.
So our value proposition is not based solely on automation, but also the second concept proposed, that deals with the development of a system for managing logistics warehouse based on operational research, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The process of storing and picking approached with the system in question is a scientific evolution of the academic literature of dynamic routing problems, scheduling of activities/processes and reshuffling. Based on optimizing method (exact and heuristic optimization) the management software system will place the boxes so as to reduce the number of total movements of handling and picking. The system works by incorporating elements of machine learning, which will allow the software itself to "learn", during the operation, and for the particular operating system, the more potential location for its allocation (depending on SKU allocated to the box).
Some advantages of the proposed system are:
Entire warehouse will have an occupancy rate of 100% of the volumetric storage space. This has two positive consequences: a significant increase in warehouse capacity, compared to conventional models and a narrowing of displacement of the boxes, also resulting in time saving. Another important feature is the ability to manage a floating capacity system, i.e. boxes can be added to the system as demand increases warehouse.
Increased Efficiency and Effectiveness of Picking/Handling Process
The proposed system, associated with a optimization logistics management software for boxes handling, also ensure maximum efficiency in picking/handling processes of goods (eliminating errors from manual collection) and also significantly increasing efficiency, reducing searching times of products. This will ensure greater speed storage logistics operation, and significantly increase the productivity of the logistics warehouse.
Decreased Labor Cost
Once all drives and sequencing processes are controlled by computer software, the work performed by employees will be restricted to adding and removing items from the boxes at some point of the system, resulting in a reduced need for employees.
The operation of the system is based on a simple principle that allows many different combinations of movement of the boxes creating a wide range of options of operations. This fact enables the augmentation of resources of computational intelligence in a continuous rearrangement of the positions of the boxes.
Installation is relatively simple since all fixed installation shall be composed of the bases of the piles arranged in ground area. Thus, all the boxes will be placed on the equipment by the previously installed exterior bases and the system will take care of stacking them first.