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HIGHER EDUCATION: Intralogistics 4.0 as Part of the Efficient Supply Chain

 

An important part of the logistics function is the production and warehouse activity that takes place within the four walls of a facility called intralogistics.

* By Tone Lerher, University of Padova, Italy * 

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has defined logistics as “… that part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse-flows, and the storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements.”

An important part of this logistics function is the production and warehouse activity that takes place within the four walls of a facility called intralogistics.

The Industrial Internet Consortium, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, European Factories of the Future Research Association, Industry 4.0 and Made in China 2025 emphasize the importance of intralogistics and what Intralogistics 4.0 should look like.

There are many reasons why Intralogistics 4.0, as part of the fourth industrial revolution, is essential for today’s industry. The first is the complexity of supply chains due to globalization and the high degree of interconnected logistics networks. Second is the amount and complexity of the data generated by digital supply chains. Third, the complexity of products, where demand for individuality is growing, and “batch size one” is becoming the norm. Additionally, complexity through consumer digital interaction in more open and interconnected systems.

Intralogistics 4.0 follows Industry 4.0 by implementing several technical solutions that create greater efficiencies including: auto identification systems, sensors, robotics, smart vehicles, human-centered workstations and autonomous vehicles.

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This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on the adoption of these and other digital solutions from best practices in robotics and artificial intelligence to getting your supply chain data house in order to measuring and tracking your Supply Chain Digital Consciousness Index or DCI. While implementing digital innovations into supply chains is complex, inaction is not a strategy. In fact, as the pace of supply chain innovation escalates, so does the price of inaction. In this new digital era, leaders will outpace their competitors faster than ever before

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