In the age of digitalisation the days of hand-drawn and computer generated drawings are numbered. With inconsoCLASS, the logistics software specialist inconso presents an innovative warehouse design and simulation solution for the simplified 3D layout planning of warehouses and yards.
One of its standout features is the intuitive menu and user assistance, which makes simulation scenarios possible without detailed prior knowledge. Users have access to object libraries with basic elements, e.g. for building envelopes, truck docks, floors and storage systems. The processes commonly used in manual warehouses are predefined and only need to be parameterised and modified for the particular environment. Afterwards, various views of 2D and 3D models become available. Planning finishes with the creation of dynamic videos of the storage process.
The planning result consists of statistics and various key performance indicators (KPIs), which are used to simulate continuous optimisation measures in the model. Heat maps provide information about hot spots in the warehouse, enabling inconsoCLASS to comprehensively analyse and verify process efficiency, as well as exactly calculate the costs of the simulated measures. The profound level of detail improves and increases the information available on which to base decisions concerning warehouse and yard management. When the measures are implemented in productive operation, the results can be traced and further optimised by including the actual data in the model.
With inconsoCLASS, inconso has expanded its existing product portfolio with another add-on of the inconso Logistics Suite. The solution can also be seamlessly integrated with existing warehouse management systems (such as inconsoWMS) via standardised interfaces.
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