Efficient Control of Complex Warehouse Processes with inconsoWCS


Regardless of scope and size, coordinated control of heterogeneous technical components in logistics turns into an eminent “must-have.” Powerful software solutions are the key to success. The logistics software specialist presents a new release of inconsoWCS (Warehouse Control System) for controlling semi-automated and fully automated goods flows in the warehouse. It provides significant extensions for integrated plant modeling and visualization.

With new features, inconso specifically addresses the increasing requirements of various technical subcomponents that underlie a modern warehouse control system. The function level of inconsoWCS is designed for high levels of integration and allows for the control of systems from different manufacturers, e.g. shuttles, high bay warehouses (HBW), automatic storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), robotics and sorter systems or Pick-to-Light systems. As part of the inconso Logistics Suite, inconsoWCS can be seamlessly integrated with existing system landscapes. In addition, the solution provides a high level of flexibility for planning and controlling when connected to third-party systems. Optimization strategies, such as dynamic transport control and route creation, efficient sequencing of tasks or capacity level monitoring are included by default and ensure process efficiency and transparency in compliance with transport and arrival times.

At the operational level, the latest release of inconsoWCS supports extended functions for stock management, location management, picking/packing and clearing processes. System highlights include additional features for modeling and visualization to track the system status in real time and continuously optimize the flow of materials. An example is the internal plant route planning, which takes into account utilization, blocking and other restrictions based on information and key performance indicators for departure times, route assignments, utilization levels or workstation assignments. Users can display individual systems and define routes, communication points and conveyance times in order to simulate processes and sustainably improve them. Historical periods can be retrospectively simulated and processes analyzed. In addition, inconsoWCS supports both automated and manual warehouse areas using mobile dashboard functions in order to keep an eye on KPIs, throughputs and workloads at all times.