Warehouse innovation is a continuous processthat changes and evolves together with the company, which must be able to gradually adopt the tools, technologies and processes of Industry 4.0 according to the needs. On the other hand, a company that wants to remain competitive today mustopt forinnovative warehouse solutionsthat enable it to overcome the daily challenges of the supply chain, such as:
- Disruptions in the supply chain itself
- Labour shortages
Improving the logistical infrastructure of their warehouseand adopting the latest technological innovations enables companies to successfully deal with emerging problems, andalso brings other internal benefits to the warehouseitself, such as:
- Lower operating costs
- Higher profitability
- More efficient warehouse processes
- Higher productivity
- More safety in the workplace
- Ability to handle peaks and troughs in demand.
Warehouse upgrade through automation is the best way to manage the volatility and variability of the different components of the supply chain.Innovation, in fact, allows possible future problems to be anticipated, strengtheningsupply chainresiliencein advance, and avoiding unplanned changes made necessary by contingent events.
For many years now, Modula has helped companiesimprove their warehouse management with itsautomated vertical storage systemsand other innovative technological solutions developed to meet the needs of every industry and adapt to any kind of issue.
1. Modula solutions are designed to adapt to any type of SKU
The automatic storage systems developed by Modulacan store any type of SKU, since different types of bay (external, internal, overhead, single or double loading level) can be supplied according to the product or material stored.
Automatic vertical storage systems such asModula LiftorModula Slimoffer maximum flexibility. It is possible to organize storage activities and operate based on single SKUs: products can even be stored loose directly in the tray of the Modula system, without using containers or boxes.
Thestorage systemitself measures the containers at the entrance of the bay andcalculates how to position the trays within the structure,making the most of every available inch. After each picking operation, the storage system reorganizes the internal distribution of the trays through the dynamic management of loading heights, actually ensuring the maximum exploitation of the vertical space.
2. Modula solutions are modular
An undoubted advantage offered by theModula solutionsfor warehouse innovation is the possibility ofgradually approaching automation, which today is accessible to every sector and company. In fact, the installation of the Modula systems is agile and fast: they fit immediately into the operational flow of the warehouse, without any interruptions, and they are so simple and intuitive to use that no extensive operator training is needed.
Modula’s storage solutions are very easy to install,meaning that the client company can also add new and different storage systems at a later date, creating more complex and efficient work processes while maintaining a high degree of user-friendliness.
3. Modula’s solutions can be easily moved and reconfigured
Theease of installation of the Modula solutionsis also an advantage when it is necessary to move VLM machines in the event of transfer to other premises or other departments, or when they must be used for different applications. For all these situations, Modula offersadedicated service for changes and movesoperating worldwide, organized so that activities such as maintenance and repairs can be carried out quickly and safely.
Modula has also developedautomated horizontal storage systemsto meet logistical needs in the cases where the use of vertical solutions is technically not possible or not cost-effective (e.g. picking-intensive applications).
Have a new customer and need to store new types of goods?Modula’s storage systems can be easily reconfiguredin a few steps, as the internal structure of the trays can be reorganized to accommodate new SKUs.
4. The solutions provided by Modula stand out for their ergonomic and safety-oriented design
Modula’s solutions are carefully developed with aneye on design while also focusing on ergonomics and on the need to simplify picking activities.The application of the goods-to-man concept is at the heart of Modula’s products: from the ergonomic height of bays, which is perfect when handling goods, to the various safety systems designed to protect the operator while the machine is in use.
Safety is guaranteed not only for personnel but also for the stored goods. For this reason, where necessary,Modula offersaccess control systemsbased on the use of badges, RFID or EKS. In this way, it is possible to manage authorizations even down to the individual tray, and to track the movements of each product.
For locations that are inaccessible and unsafe for the operator or for the storage of particularly valuable goods, Modula has developed several fully automated solutionsto handle goods automatically.These include the innovativeModula One Pickor robotic equipment such as the Cobot or AMRs.
5. Modula solutions enable real-time inventory monitoring
The Modula automated storage systems are equipped with aWMS (Warehouse Management System)that acts as the brain of the entire warehouse, providing areal-time overviewof all storage-related activities such as picking, access, handling and more.
The Modula WMS facilitates warehouse inventory operationsby providing a database for its management. For example, it is possible to call the trays to the bay and know the position and contents of each of them, or to call up the stock of a specific SKU from the management system, as the Modula storage system identifies the trays with the specific items required and conveys them to the bay.
3 ways Modula simplifies communication between information systems
The warehouse management software developed by Modula offersendlesspossibilities forconfiguration and customisation, allowing each company to achieve the desired level of automation.
1. Modula solutions are easy to integrate with AMRs and other technologies
Modula WMS Premiumis the software package for those who want to achieve a higher warehouse automation level: the management software is not simply a tool to facilitate warehouse operations, itis also able tointerface with other automated systems such asanthropomorphic robots, MiRs,automated guided vehicles (AGV), autonomous mobile robots (AMR),or automated conveyors.
2. Modula solutions integrate into corporate ERP and DMS
The WMS Premium developed by Modula can be easily and quicklyinterfaced with other enterprise software systems, such as ERP and DMS. After the installation of the application on a dedicated machine and the subsequent system configuration, communication with the most widespread corporate systems can be set upthanks toModula Integrations.
No risk of communication interruptions: on the contrary, more efficient exchange of information between all corporate systems.
3. Modula solutions are Plug&Play
Quick commissioning– as well as the easy installation, configuration, and integration of the WMS software into other existing management or robot systems – make theModula automated storage systems a perfect example of Plug&Play technology.
The warehouse reorganization process involving the installation of a Modula solution is therefore easily assimilated by any type of organization, precisely because it takes a very short time and has a minimal impact on workflows.
5 reasons why you should choose Modula solutions to innovate your warehouse
Are there otherreasons to choose Modulaover other solutions when it comes to innovating your warehouse? Yes, as many as five.
1. Modula solutions are cost-effective
Modula’s storage systems are among themost cost-effective solutions on the marketfor warehouse innovation and automation. The ROI is, in fact, only 12 to 18 months against anunmistakably lean process that includes:
- Consulting, inspection and configuration
- Basic staff training.
Thecost-effectiveness of the Modula solution, compared to the technological offer, is confirmed by the fact that these storage systems are used in the most diverse business sectors, including hardware distribution, shops, and large industrial plants.
2. Modula solutions are scalable
Modula solutions can be adopted gradually without impacting the management process, and arescalable over timeaccording to warehousing needs.
Modula’s sales staff willstudy the bestwarehouse configuration, also with a view to future scalability,evaluating additional placements and solutions. Thanks to this predictive approach, many customers have exponentially increased the number of Modula storage systems included in their operational flow without repercussions and slowdowns in daily operations.
3. Modula solutions are easy to use
Modula solutions are easy to useand do not require any specific expertise.However, the purchase package includes basic training in the use of tools such as theCopilot Console, which features an intuitive touch screen interface from which all operations can be performed.
Many technologically advanced features are linked to the use of the Modula WMS software, which was completely designed and created in the company’s software department. To implement customized solutions, which are also created according to customer requirements,training courses and on-site trainingareofferedto familiarize the customer with the full potential of the Modula WMS. The new Modula system will be operational and efficient, and the personnel trained, in no time at all.
4. Modula solutions meet the needs of every customer
Thanks to their flexibility, ease of operation, and scalability, Modula’s solutions are used and valued by more than20,000 companies worldwide, withsuccess storiesfrom every sector. Over the years, this has also led us to deal with special and complex requirements for whichwe have developedspecial solutions.
The companyconstantly invests in R&Dto be always ready to meet new demands and requirements.