Highly-automated shuttle storage systems are currently "in", as demonstrated by the numerous ongoing implementation projects in collaboration with well-known German and international corporations. Nevertheless, experts in the sector disagree on how to concretely assess the advantages and disadvantages of shuttles in comparison with stacker cranes with regard to operating efficiency and performance.
The notion that proprietary material flow systems are required for the control of shuttles because of specific control strategies – as some plant system providers still argue – has long been refuted:
IGZ | The SAP Project House for logistics and production and certified SAP Special Expertise Partner has developed several successful implementations of designs and solutions for shuttle control with SAP EWM/MFS (SAP Extended Warehouse Management/SAP Material Flow System) as part of actual projects. All strategies for the required optimisations to lifters and shuttle units are integrated into the SAP EWM Material Flow System (SAP MFS) within the SAP software suite.
This, in turn, creates significant advantages for shuttle users:
- Complete inventory and order visibility in SAP ERP/EWM/MFS (SAP Entreprise Resource Planing/SAP Extended Warehouse Management/SAP Material Flow System)
- No proprietary, extra shuttle material flow controller from the warehouse manufacturer required
- Number and capacity of required shuttles and lifters with SAP EWM/MFS (SAP Extended Warehouse Management/SAP Material Flow System) is scalable as required
In order to quickly demonstrate the required performance of SAP EWM, IGZ undertakes performance assessment evaluations with the SAP EWM/MFS software suite for the customer in the planning phase. Recent implementation experience and project references are now available in a wide variety of industries such as retail, electronics, fashion, etc. with very large shuttle storage systems featuring up to 400,000 bays and 600 shuttle vehicles.
Simply get in touch with IGZ if you are also planning a shuttle project with SAP EWM (SAP Extended Warehouse Management), or if you'd like to take a closer look at possible applications of SAP EWM/MFS (SAP Extended Warehouse Management/SAP Material Flow System) for your shuttle warehouse project.
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