Ergonomics in intralogistic


Despite the constant progress in automation, a large proportion of warehouses in intralogistics are characterised by manual material handling [Michel 2017].

So far, however, planning models for intralogistics and order picking have been based almost exclusively on economic objectives. Human factors are largely constant or not taken into account. As a result, the planning models represent an incomplete picture of real work processes [Grosse et al. 2015; Steinebach et al. 2019].


The aim of this research project is therefore the integration of ergonomic aspects into planning concepts for order picking in order to reduce the physical load while maintaining the efficiency and quality.


By identifying factors that influence the physical strain of employees, ergonomic parameters for defined activities in intralogistics are to be derived for use in planning models. In a first step, the storage location assignment will be optimised mathematically according to ergonomic parameters and then integrated into warehouse management software. The methodology found will then be evaluated in laboratory and field tests.


Steinebach, T. (2020): Der Einfluss einer ergonomischen Lagerplatzvergabe auf die menschliche Beanspruchung und Leistung in der manuellen Kommissionierung. Bericht zum 65. Arbeitswissenschaftlichen Kongress, Berlin.

Steinebach, T.; Klaer, V.; Kremer, T. (2020): Analyse des Einflusses einer ergonomischen Lagerplatzvergabe auf die physische Belastung in der Kommissionierung mittels ema-Simulationssoftware. Bericht zum 65. Arbeitswissenschaftlichen Kongress, Berlin.