The Internet of Things has come to occupy a central place at various different levels of the logistics sector. In particular the subject of sensor technology is rapidly becoming a core focus. However, the opportunities it offers bring challenges for manufacturer and user alike. The question of how new technologies can be deployed to achieve real and lasting benefits is currently a highly topical subject in the logistics world. CIM sees the solution in multi-sensor measuring systems as a key to smarter logistics processes.
“The use of intelligent sensors in conjunction with the right may cause a revolution in the intralogistics sector”, says Daniel Wöhr from CIM’s press and marketing department. These sensors can provide data that is used to evaluate processes in order to optimise the interaction between man and machine. As a leading provider of innovative warehouse management software, CIM GmbH from Fürstenfeldbruck near Munich has recognised the potential of intelligent sensors for quicker, smarter and more sustainable intralogistics processes.
“Using sensor technology, we’ve taught our Warehouse Management System how to ‘feel’ – in other words to monitor its environment and detect any changes”, explains Wöhr. The experts at CIM have achieved this by deploying modular, multi-sensor measuring cubes which can capture a wide range of measurement data such as temperature, relative humidity, light intensity, CO2 concentrations, acceleration and air pressure.
Capture, evaluate and learn from data
Captured data can be visualised and analysed in real time in the PROLAG®World dashboard. This is where the intelligence of the system comes into play: appropriate actions can be triggered manually or automatically based on the data collected. Thresholds can be defined, for instance, with appropriate error reactions such as sending an e-mail or blocking goods for quality inspection. These reactions serve as a basis for future decision-making and process adjustments.
Temperatures can be continuously monitored for cold chain management, for example. If there is a deviation from the defined temperature range, PROLAG®World can automatically block goods in order to prevent them from being delivered. The possible uses of the sensors extend far beyond temperature monitoring, however, and include storage, fleet management, transport management and scheduling.