On January 26, 2023, various participants from the intralogistics industry had the opportunity to learn about the topic “Future-proof software change of control and automation systems” at the TELOGS Campus Seminar. In a 45-minute online lecture, Jürgen Dönges, Managing Director of TELOGS GmbH, provided a well-structured overview of the topic and conveyed valuable impulses from practical experience.
Jürgen Dönges on the content of the seminar: “Systems have often grown over the years of operation, automation systems are no longer up to date, plant manufacturers are poorly available or the interfaces between the heterogeneous systems are not or poorly described. However, this does not result in an insurmountable task for a safe and usually gradual changeover of the systems.
The architecture of the future control and automation systems in connection with the warehouse management system for the users depends entirely on the initial situation and the future application purposes. The analysis phase of the initial situation is decisive for the success of the project. TELOGS offers the precise analysis of the initial situation of your existing systems and processes as well as a description of the future expectation of the overall system. This approach enables a well-founded decision to be made on the best-fit, future overall solution.
During the preparation for the changeover, in line with the basic structure of any intralogistics system, a strong know-how is required in the area of current safety regulations, automation of stacker cranes and conveyor technology, in the material flow system and in warehouse management. TELOGS will guide you through the entire process and ensure that you are informed in detail about the scope of the entire changeover.
The changeover phase is certainly the most exciting part of the entire measure. Success depends to a large extent on the preparation for the changeover and the cooperation between the plant operator and the implementation partner. Following the changeover to the new overall solution, the operator is required to operate the new systems. This happens practically “overnight”.
Not least because of this, it is advisable to have the implementation partner on site with the new system during the first few days or weeks in operation, so that they can support the logistics staff with their expertise.”