Ergonomics in intralogistic

Background

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

So far, however, planning models for intralogistics and order picking have been based almost exclusively on economic objectives. Human parameters 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].

Aims

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

Methodic

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