The modern logistics software tool E•MAT is the basis for optimised and cost-efficient complete solutions in intralogistics. The software library covers all control tasks regarding in-plant material flow and allows connectivity to any ERP and production planning and monitoring system.

Software for intralogistics

Visualisation of a newspaper printer's paper reel warehouse
Visualisation of a newspaper printer's paper reel warehouse

Intralogistics is an interdisciplinary matter. In large-scale projects, mechanical and plant engineers, IT companies, warehouse logisticians, sorter specialists as well as equipment and components manufacturers must come together.
Standardised software provides valuable mediation activities if it manages to define all core functions of an intralogistics application in a functional and application-oriented manner. Under the direction of an experienced  systems integrator, automation technology proves itself again as an interdisciplinary turntable and enabler of integrated solutions.

Intralogistics in functions

Eckelmann’s E•MAT software library is capable of representing all tasks and functions in intralogistics, from the control of simple conveyor and labelling systems to warehouse management and complex production logistics with production control systems (MES) and comprehensive conveyor technology.

E•MAT modules

The E•MAT software modules
The E•MAT software modules
  • E•MAT LV warehouse management
  • E•MAT TS transport control
  • E•MAT WE goods receipt
  • E•MAT KOM order picking control
  • E•MAT VS shipping
  • E•MAT TT tracking and tracing for product traceability
  • E•MAT LT carrier management
  • E•MAT IV stock-taking
  • E•MAT SLS forklift control system
  • E•MAT HS connection of ERP/PPC
  • E•MAT ID connection of identification systems (barcode, data matrix or RFID)
  • E•MAT ES connection of labelling systems

Intralogistics standards

The concept of component-based automation has turned out to be a success factor in different sectors. Behind this is the experience that re-using standardised components leads to improved quality and reduced costs – throughout the entire plant life cycle.

Eckelmann took an active part in designing the SAIL component model for intralogistics. The model is supported by the German Engineering Federation VDMA and the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and was presented as VDI/VDMA guideline 5100. SAIL stands for “system architecture for intralogistics”.

Rudolf Schäfer