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The first ever Warehouse Management System with sensory capabilities was premiered by CIM GmbH at LogiMAT 2018. CIM’s logistics experts demonstrated how intelligent sensors can be deployed to make logistics processes more efficient and sustainable and how to get the maximum benefit from the measuring system.

“Achieving real and lasting benefits for warehouse processes requires intelligent solutions to collect, capture and analyse data”, says Daniel Wöhr from CIM’s press and marketing department. An essential prerequisite for process optimisation using sensors is thus that the captured data such as temperature, acceleration, light incidence and so on can be used as a basis for decision-making with regard to optimisation processes. CIM’s Warehouse Management software PROLAG®World provides a dashboard where data can be visualised and analysed. This means that actions can be triggered manually or automatically based on the data in the dashboard.

  

 

The data is evaluated and analysed in PROLAG®World in real time. This requires powerful sensors – like those used by CIM –as well as high-performance information processing in the system. Genuine added value for warehouse management is only created if data is entered in real time and a decision is taken immediately within this framework. Wöhr gives an example: “Imagine that you need to monitor frozen goods and there’s a cold chain interruption which isn’t reported by the system until hours later. Only with real-time temperature monitoring can the goods can be withdrawn from circulation immediately.”

Keen interest at the German Material Flow Congress

The topic of sensor technology in intralogistics also played a central role at the German Material Flow Congress in Garching. CIM’s talk on using sensory measuring systems in warehouse management generated keen interest, and the feedback from the audience showed that the targeted deployment of such systems may have a lasting impact on the future of intralogistics. “Users are not yet aware of all the benefits and there is still a great deal of potential to be tapped into”, says Wöhr. Besides the example mentioned above, there is a host of other possible application scenarios in the areas of storage and transport monitoring as well as scheduling and fleet Management.

Live demonstration at CeMAT in Hanover

Visitors to CeMAT in Hanover will have the opportunity to try out CIM’s products for themselves in hall 19, stand C88. They will also get a first glimpse of the completely remodelled interfaces for browsers and mobile end devices, which CIM is due to launch in the middle of the year. Key new features are the UX design and visual process guidance using icons and graphics to support and accelerate the handling of daily work Tasks.