Intralogistics

Intralogistic chain

Goods receipt

Receiving and unloading of goods

After registration of the truck drivers in the goods receiving area and checking the transport documents, the allocation of an unloading gate with subsequent unloading of the goods to the defined goods receiving aisle takes place. Unloading is carried out by means of double-decker pallet trucks, high-speed trucks (on the ramp) or forklifts (side unloading on the open area). Our 16-ton crane is used for unloading particularly heavy materials or finished products. Using illustrated packaging instructions, we check the goods and loading aids for their external condition.

 

Systemic booking

The systemic booking of the delivered goods in the customer system (e.g. SAP or MFG Pro from QAD) or in the ELSEN-Warehouse Management System (Infor SCE) is done with specially developed mobile scanning stations. These enable the direct receipt of the goods by scanner without the need for manual booking at a central workstation.

Alternatively, we also use mobile data acquistion devices. Especially in the area of food logistics, a comparison of each Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) with the shipping notification is important to ensure the traceability of food. The shipping notification is transferred via interface from the customer's system (e.g. SAP) to our Infor WMS.

Storage

When putting goods into storage, we follow the specifications of the warehouse management system, taking into account the respectively defined putaway strategy: random storage, fixed bin storage, block storage sorted according to article, batch, best before date (BBD) or according to several of these parameters. A wide variety of storage types are available for this purpose, such as block storage, shelf storage, cantilever arm storage or high rack storage (HRL). In addition, we store in automated storage systems such as paternoster (carousel), lift/shuttle systems (goods-to-man system) and miniload (automated small parts warehouse).

Yard Management

Within the framework of yard management (time window management), incoming shipments are digitally recorded in a database and compared with the reserved time windows. The application developed in the ELSEN Digital Office serves as an escalation instrument when unloading times are exceeded and thus reduces the risk of truck downtimes.
In addition, data regarding delivery date and urgency can be transmitted directly from the material planner to the operative goods receipt in real time. This ensures that critical materials are collected and sent for further use without delay. All information is presented in a particularly user-friendly way in the form of graphic representations.

 

Customs clearance

We will be happy to handle the inspection for customs and dangerous goods, the acceptance of customs shipments and their customs clearance via interface to the main customs office using the BlueJay ATLAS system. If the goods are dangerous goods, we store them in the dangerous goods container or dangerous goods refrigerator (EWM system) after the goods receipt posting or QS release.

Storage

At our various locations we store everything from raw materials, semi-finished and finished goods under special and sometimes extreme conditions, both indoors and outdoors.
Different storage systems are used, which are managed differently: Small parts racks, cantilever racks, floor storage, paternoster, automatic small parts storage, high-bay storage or manual high-bay storage.

 

We are familiar with goods of different nature and specifications: from handling heavy goods with stationary/mobile cranes, strapping (strapping), stretching, wedging, bulk goods to ESD-protected E-components.
Various means of storage and transport are used for this purpose: small load carriers (KLT), shepherd's boxes, wire mesh boxes, forged containers, pallets (standard and special shapes), standard wooden boxes, but also individually manufactured boxes and floors. By the way: We meet all storage requirements according to AEO/IFS and the corresponding certifications.

Temperature and humidity monitoring

This type of monitoring is particularly relevant for sensitive products. These can be electrical goods, electronic components, paper products or dry food.

Blocking at carrier level

Blocking at the level of individual load carriers in the event of quality problems enables us to react to customer-side blocking of goods: from complete article blocking to lot blocking right down to the individual shipping unit precisely. Due to the system-controlled blocking of pallets, it is almost impossible for goods blocked by the customer to be delivered.

System-controlled compliance with quarantine periods

For various product groups, especially in the food industry, there are specified quarantine periods after production. The customer has the possibility to transfer the products to us already during the quarantine period. The quarantine periods are continued by our system by blocking the goods. A removal from storage is only possible after the automatic release when the quarantine period expires. Here the customer has the advantage of using the quarantine period to transfer the goods to us.

Open customs warehouse

Our open customs warehouse offers customers the option of temporary storage of goods without tax or customs clearance. In addition, trade policy measures (punitive duties, embargoes or import bans) do not apply as long as the goods are in bonded storage. The customer can retrieve the goods from the OZL (beginning of the customs clearance process) or he can export or return them.

Inventory optimization and management

Targeted controlling, stock transfers, reporting and correcting inventory deviations - these measures enable us to continuously optimize our inventories as part of our inventory management. This also includes the proactive implementation of regular ABC/XYZ analyses and the implementation of the recommendations for action derived from them.

Picking

The picking of a wide variety of goods is carried out according to customer requirements - from complete units to individual pieces. Depending on their size, components are picked into customer-specific containers, which are delivered to the production line. In the field of food logistics we follow the system-controlled picking strategies according to the FEFO principle (First Expired First Out). For some customers we also pick under special conditions, for example directly on site in production (in the clean room or in the forge).
In addition to classical procedures, ELSEN also uses its own procedures to ensure the correct sequence of material calls. Thus the ELSEN Warehouse Management System guides the order picker through the order in an optimised way and under consideration of the retrieval strategy (e.g. stackability). In order to constantly optimise access times and routes, the picking zones are regularly restructured according to customer requirements (re-layout).

Internal transport

Transport

We carry out the internal transport with a wide variety of industrial trucks: forklifts, narrow-aisle order picking trucks, route trains, automated guided vehicle (AGV), shuttle trucks. It is not uncommon for a forklift control system (customer's own system) to be used, which we control and manage.

 

Supply

In production supply, too, we always adapt technology and timing to the respective customer requirements. The system integration of call-offs at the customer's premises ensures a fast exchange of information and a fine timing of demand-oriented supply within production. Of course we also organize special transports of production components and plant parts.

Line feeding

One of the central requirements of efficient inventory management is to ensure that only the inventory really needed is available at the production line. Line Feeding stands for direct belt supply (supplying an assembly or production line with parts) in order to supply materials to ongoing operations. Here, a large part of the non-value-added activities are transferred from the worker to the logistics provider. The logistician supplies and disposes of the production lines according to a to-the-minute cycle. Here, the material supply ranges from large to small parts, which are made available to the worker in the direct working environment in material shafts or handle trays.

Production Disposal

The supply and disposal of the production lines is carried out in compliance with the transport instructions and conditions (sensitive electronic components, circuit boards, sensors, etc.). We transport particularly heavy parts with a towing vehicle between the production lines as well as to the dispatch or packing department, but also handle special transports of production components and plant parts.
For some customers, we also take on small mail transports and thus offer them a parcel service within the plant. Parcels which have been brought by CEP service providers are brought directly from the goods receiving area to the respective work place with a special delivery vehicle from ELSEN (mail distribution).

Value-added services

Quality Control

During quality inspections, components are checked for external defect characteristics and condition. Here the testing spectrum ranges from air tightness tests (leakage tests) and visual inspections of larger supplier parts to microscopic inspections of small parts on μ size. In order to ensure a constant inspection quality with rotating personnel, detailed and illustrated inspection instructions are drawn up, on the basis of which we train employees accordingly for the inspection order.

Packing

For some customers we also take over the process step of packaging. We create sets or assemble sales displays (also for food) - always ensuring traceability via information.

Kit formation

In kit formation, materials are put together for a production order. We sequence parts and assemblies according to the production sequence with modern picking systems into part-specific racks. We ensure that part variants or assemblies are delivered to the customer's assembly line at the right time in the right sequence and position.

Assembly activities

The assumption of pre-assembly activities is playing an increasingly important role in the logistics process chain. This allows pre-assembly steps to be saved in production and makes production more efficient. For some of our customers, we assemble individual parts to form complete modules.

Repacking activities

For repacking orders, components are packed from disposable to reusable packaging. To ensure consistent quality, employees are trained using illustrated packaging instructions.

Lasers

For one of our customers, we took over the engraving of a stamp image by laser, consisting of the technical data and the customer logo.

Shipping

Our services within the scope of shipping include

  • Creation of all shipping documents according to customer requirements
  • System-side management of the shipping process
  • Application for necessary customs documents, as well as clarification of queries
  • Coordination with dispatchers/forwarders
  • Determination of weight and size of the packages and decision on the type of transport (CEP, groupage cargo, long goods transport)

Outgoing goods

Loading, transport, unloading

The dispatched goods are made available on virtual areas/zones in the goods issue area. These zones have the dimensions of a semi-trailer. This allows an initial pre-sorting and assessment of the later loading and ensures a fast and uncomplicated execution of the loading process.

The loading is carried out by

  • special types of forklift truck Front loader (5to, 6to, 8to, 16to)
  • Crane loading: Loading & unloading by crane (16to-crane)
  • There are two variants for crane loading: 1. truck roof is opened, goods are attached to the crane and lifted, the truck is manoeuvred underneath, goods are lowered or loaded precisely; 2. open truck trailer is placed under the crane, goods are attached to the crane and lowered or loaded in the correct position on the trailer
  • Use of the following industrial trucks: walkie jacks, double-decker pallet trucks, long pallet trucks, pallet trucks, front stackers, side stackers

Packaging ­ management

Packaging Development

Within the framework of packaging development, we always make a cost-optimised selection of packaging materials and load carriers, carry out cost/benefit assessments and proactively search for alternative packaging materials (new products/trade fairs/further developments). On the basis of the developed packaging we create new process instructions and train our employees accordingly. The packaging standards are audited once a year. Here it is necessary to check whether all relevant packaging standards, legal requirements, norms, etc. have been complied with. Any associated deviations are also to be identified and ultimately corrected.

Packaging Engineer

We work closely together with a packaging engineer. Together we create digital 2D or 3D models and simulations of the most diverse packaging variants. In the course of this we also develop new packaging concepts (one-way and reusable packaging as well as protective packaging for sensitive goods, long-term preservation).

Packing department

No matter whether by land, sea or air: we create individual and series packaging in accordance with current standards and legal regulations, optimised for the respective transport route and material or project-specific. In addition, we document the packaged materials and sealed packages by means of photographs to support any complaints processing. Depending on the specifications, we provide the goods with tilt indicators, data loggers, QR codes or colour coding.

Container Management

Every supply of a production line requires a well thought-out container management. The aim is to provide the required containers in the right quantity, at the right time, to the right quality at the right production location.
Our specially developed database makes it possible to precisely determine existing container quantities and requirements. Ensuring consistent quality for our customers is always our top priority. Defective containers are rejected and sent for repair and contaminated containers are sent for cleaning.
Within the framework of container development, we take over the continuous development and implementation of customer-specific container variants for our customers within the framework of a New-Product-Introduction-Process (NPI) and thus ensure that we are integrated into the customer's product development process with the packaging and loading equipment right at the beginning of a project.

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