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Jungheinrich WMS Validated by Fraunhofer IML

For the second time in succession, the Jungheinrich WMS has received the Fraunhofer IML certificate of quality validation. The Warehouse Management System (WMS) from the Hamburg-based company was unveiled to the public at the beginning of 2010.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund has officially validated the Jungheinrich WMS 5.1b software system. This means Jungheinrich is able to showcase its Warehouse Management System, which was first unveiled to the public at LogiMAT 2010, on the www.warehouse-logistics.com web platform.

In cooperation with IPL Consultants, Fraunhofer IML operates the WMS database, which contains more than 3,000 relevant aspects. The validation is certified after intensive testing by IML’s WMS specialists.

The results of the validation tests for all participating companies are compiled and published on the Internet platform. “This objective information make it easy to select a suitable warehouse management system,” explains Tim Geissen, intralogistics and IT planner in the Fraunhofer IML Warehouse Team.

The Jungheinrich WMS can be used to manage all warehouse configurations with manual as well as fully automated racking systems. Standard interfaces allow for linking with a range of higher level (e.g. ERP or PPS) and lower level (e.g. warehouse navigation, tracking or RFID) systems.

The standard system already includes many functionalities covering all warehouse aspects — from incoming goods, stacking and retrieving, order picking to dispatch. Operators can choose from a range of optional and proven modules: for instance, the Truck Guidance System, Material Flow Calculator, or Client Manager as well as, for example, Hazardous Goods Storage modules. In addition, Jungheinrich offers customised module programming to meet special requirements.

The Jungheinrich WMS is a flexible system. A range of parameterisation options makes it possible to adapt to changes in the operator’s processes or systems. A comprehensive reporting system as well as diverse, individually configurable analysis options ensure the highest possible level of transparency.

Profile-based management means that each workplace can only perform the jobs assigned to it. The Resource Management function constantly fine-tunes warehouse activities with available capacities. At the workplace this means the avoidance of bottlenecks and the efficient utilisation of spare capacity. The Truck Guidance System makes sure the right forklift is used at the right time, taking the fastest route to the right position.

Jungheinrich WMS: Efficiency for Large and Small Companies Alike

The Jungheinrich WMS has been on the market since the start of 2010 . “Since then, throughout Europe, more than one hundred companies have deployed the Jungheinrich WMS in more than two hundred installations,” says Dr Markus Heinecker, Head of WMS at Jungheinrich. For instance, the Jungheinrich WMS is operated at Moser Trans, a medium-sized haulage company from Plattling (Bavaria) as well as at the automated high rack warehouse in Hilpoltstein (Bavaria) of wholesalers Keller & Kalmbach. “This highlights the fact that the efficient management of logistics processes is not just the domain of major companies. Indeed, the payoff is even more attractive at smaller warehouses operating with forklift trucks,” concludes Heinecker.

Jungheinrich ranks among the world’s leading companies in the material handling equipment, warehousing and material flow engineering sectors. The company is a service provider with manufacturing operations as well as an intralogistics solution provider, which offers its customers a comprehensive range of forklift trucks, shelving systems, services and consulting. Jungheinrich shares are traded on all German stock exchanges.

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