The nature of logistics has always reflected the basic principle of Industry 4.0 – namely, deriving maximum added value through optimized networking of all parameters involved in the process. Smart supply chain solutions – this year’s headline theme at CeMAT 2016 – highlight the growing importance of digital solutions in logistics in meeting the increasing requirements attached to delivery reliability and flexibility in smart production. This is where it’s helpful when companies such as Hänel have long been using efficient control and software technologies to optimize integration of their own storage lifts into a whole range of intralogistics environments. Hänel started developing and manufacturing its own microprocessor control units for intelligent warehouse management back in the 1980s. Today, Hänel warehousing systems can be integrated into almost any company network and interconnected at a wide variety of sites throughout the world thanks to their smart control units and open architecture. To maintain this long-established competitive edge, the company’s presentation at CeMAT 2016 in Hannover includes a redesigned version of its tried-and-tested HänelSoft warehouse management software.
Users are now guided through the software by a state-of-the-art, intuitive user interface that combines with the new touchscreen of the Hänel microprocessor control units to ensure a user-friendliness previously associated more with tablet PCs and smartphones than machine controls. Although they can be used without limitation thanks to a web server, Hänel still prefers employing control elements where they are needed – directly in the control unit. Regardless of the control panel used, all stock placements and retrievals are placed centrally on the HänelSoft server and displayed in clear lists. So too are all stored items, which are shown along with their key attributes such as item number, description and, if desired, images directly on the control unit and can be selected via the touchscreen. The storage locations for stock placements and retrievals are also displayed graphically. To minimize the risk of confusion, a flashing field indicates where items are to be retrieved or stored.
Hänel GmbH & Co. KG (74177 Bad Friedrichshall, Germany), Hall 13, Stand C19