“With KIS.ME, optimisations in production and intralogistics can be easily implemented in order to save both time and money.”
- Simon Wetzel, Head of Lean Management at RAFI
In production companies, it is very important that the intralogistics are able to operate efficiently, supply production with materials as required and collect finished goods from production. A good logistics service conserves expensive production space and offers room for growth. It’s important not only that production is served optimally but also that intralogistics are used efficiently. This is especially true at remote production units that nevertheless have to be visited regularly. It’s a similar situation with waste stations that need to be emptied on-demand. Transporters should only visit such stations when there is an actual need to do so.
A clear and central representation of the shopfloor with a current display of the jobs and requirements from production for intralogistics is very helpful here. It is very advantageous to have a simple transport request sent from production to intralogistics, making phone calls and time-consuming e-mails unnecessary. The first important step towards operational intralogistics that meet the needs of internal customers is to measure the intralogistics efficiency.
You can use the KIS.MANAGER software platform to easily set up one or more shopfloor boards and display them on any device with a web browser. These can range from a large overview monitor directly in the intralogistics control centre to the logistics manager’s PC. Due to the browser application, mobile access is also very easy.
The jobs that arise can be seen everywhere and at all times on the overview of the building structure with the departure stations.
Various graphic elements such as bar graphs and pie charts are also available for graphic representation of intralogistics key performance indicators, which you can independently define and set the parameters for as required. The efficiency of intralogistics can be easily displayed and measured, allowing you to allocate the necessary personnel according to demand.
Logistics services are requested using KIS.Devices. In this case, the KIS.BOX can be used to request logistics with a simple keypress. WLAN-capable devices also allow logistics to be requested in a manner that spans both halls and plants. You can automate logistics calls using integrated digital inputs in combination with a light barrier or other sensors. This means that intralogistics are always requested as soon as a necessary quantity of finished products is ready to be collected. The transporters are also specifically sent to places that may not be visible or that are not on the main routes, reducing the number of trips that need to be made.
The WLAN-capable KIS.Light luminaire enables logistics requirements to be seen from a distance. On that basis, requesting and controlling transporters is also possible without a large shopfloor board. The luminaires themselves can be placed on a flexible basis in easily visible locations. A large range of different mounting systems helps in this situation. WLAN connections can also be established using the “guest network” (VLAN/DMZ), which is usually available without it being necessary to make additional IT investments – with the advantage that the production network cannot the negatively affected.
KIS.ME helps you implement a dynamic milkrun. This reduces the number of trips that need to be made and optimises the logistics cycle times, and it also represents an opportunity to implement modern logistics concepts.
You can thus save time and keep the transporters from being used unnecessarily. And you can increase internal customer satisfaction at the same time.
By concentrating on the primary supply routes, you can use KIS.ME to increase the supply frequency of production with the same number of personnel. This is associated with greater customer satisfaction and a reduction of storage space required in production.
Concentrating on the primary supply routes while maintaining the same supply frequency can reduce the total distance travelled by the transporters and increase efficiency by up to 10%. This extra time can then be used for alternative tasks or for scaling up as the workload grows without it being necessary to add staff. The total distance travelled per transporter can be reduced by up to 5 km per day, which has a significant impact on the health situation of the employees.