Interfaced multidirectional small-scaled modules for intralogistics operations

Interfaced multidirectional small-scaled modules for intralogistics operations

Kategorien Zeitschriften/Aufsätze (reviewed)
Jahr 2010
Autoren Overmeyer, L.; Ventz, K.; Falkenberg, S.; Krühn, T.
Veröffentlicht in Logistics Research Vol. 2, S. 123-133: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg

This article examines options of an innovative design of intralogistics systems by interfacing small-scaled modules. Current intralogistics systems are usually customized for unique solutions and small production lots. In most cases, these systems feature a central main control. To offer highly individual solutions, thus meeting the demand of shorter life cycles, there is a need for more flexible material handling systems. Hence, identical small-scaled modules with integrated intelligence present a promising approach. In the research presented here, a systematic process for the analysis of requirements and options is suggested as a prerequisite for the successful development of a small-scaled module, which in turn serves as standardized building blocks for flexible intralogistics systems. Most essential for a small-sized module is functional flexibility to allow configuring individual intralogistic solutions. Thus, these modules have to combine a variety of functions to provide not only a material flow function but also sorting and distributing functions, for instance. Furthermore, an easy extension of the system in any plane direction should be possible. Approaches based on existing technology, such as roller conveyors or belt conveyors, are considered along with new solutions concerning this ambitious challenge. A further development of swivel wheel technology and some new ideas like a swivel disk present promising solutions. With a flexible mechanical solution, we can design modules that can be developed into self-controlling elements.

DOI 10.1007/s12159-010-0038-1