Materials management in Industry 4.0

In materials management, precise organisation of stock, requirements, orders and deliveries is part of what decides the success or failure of a business. That is why systems have been developed and processes changed, over the course of many years, to avoid errors and unnecessary steps.

However, with Industry 4.0, the requirements are achieving a dynamism that pushes even these fully developed aids and process planning methods to their limits. To be able to fulfil Amazon orders, for examples, within a few hours, you not only need to know precisely what stock you have at all times, but also be able to forecast future requirements.

A good example of efficient materials management is the combination of a tried and tested Kanban system with RFID-controlled processes: This innovative system can tell as soon as stock falls below a minimum level. Further orders that are either approved in a workflow or immediately forwarded to the supplier, are now triggered fully automatically.

However, this is just one of many examples. The entire process can be professionalised to such an extent that manual entries are no longer required. What is when, where and why? This is all visible fully automatically and errors are effectively avoided. Incorrectly placed items are detected immediately. A mobile app makes tracing lost items easy. Notification is given if an item is missing from a package for the customer.

The benefits of process digitalisation in the sphere of materials management are highly diverse, and can be individually adjusted and used according to your business’ needs.

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