Simulation is another key function of the technology, which opens new horizons in warehouse management. “Many of our customers face seasonal peaks, such as Black Friday, when there´s extreme pressure on warehouse throughput. Stress-testing their work processes helps them prepare for challenging periods,” explains Jönsson. Trying out various scenarios also supports decision-making and estimation of the ROI before an investment in an automated solution, designing a new warehouse space, or reorganizing a process.
“It is also possible to combine the simulation with WMS functions. This gives a faster and more realistic forecast of the planned changes, as it is based on actual operational data and system functionality rather than just on logic built into the simulation.”
Warehouse staff training is the third area where the Digital Twin is becoming increasingly valuable for businesses. The 3D, real-time view of the warehouse allows users to learn basic working methods and operational processes without physical constraints. This enables faster and cheaper onboarding and more effective knowledge sharing than traditional educational tools such as technical documentation and slideshows.
“Another interesting area for future development is gamification. Using the 3D view of the warehouse with a look and feel like a computer game would make it both efficient and fun to train staff in Astro WMS®,” shares the expert.
Test the Digital Twin technology in a demo environment with Claes Jönsson and the Consafe Logistics team during LogiMAT at Hall 6, Booth G78. Find more information about the company´s stand here.
Consafe Logistics is the leading European supplier of warehouse management solutions. We have been developing world-class software to create a competitive advantage for our customers since 1978. We deliver reliable, flexible, smart, and sustainable solutions that fit every level of complexity and volume in the warehouse. The Consafe Logistics Group consists of 430 employees. We support our global clients from our offices in Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden.