Software support in any warehouse, or other logistics procedure is very important nowadays. Almost every industrial company uses some kind of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, and mobile applications, that help the employees in production, warehouse processes, or in shipping. Also these mobile applications create connection between the workers and the system.
The main subject of my thesis is a certain logistic process, the comissioning. Comissioning process basically contains collecting items from the warehouse according to orders coming in continously. Order picking has long been identified as the most labour-intensive and costly activity for almost every warehouse; the cost of order picking is estimated to be as much as 55% of the total warehouse operating expense. Any underperformance in order picking can lead to unsatisfactory service and high operational cost for its warehouse, and consequently for the whole supply chain. In order to operate efficiently, the orderpicking process needs to be robustly designed and optimally controlled.
The most obvious optimising method is minimising the rout that the worker (or sometimes robot) has to walk to collect the necessary items.
I am writing my final thesis at L-Mobile Solutions Gmbh & Co. KG. The company’s main profile is making business processes mobile in the warehouse, logistics, in production, in customer service and field sales or in project management. The aim of my thesis is to create and implement a warehouse comissioning support algorithm, that tries optimising the time of order picking. I will have to create a sofware that is able to work with many ERP systems companies might use. I will use this software in one of the company’s partners to test it in real life.