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Integration of the Hänel storage lifts into customer-specific software systems

The demands in manufacturing and shipping are on the rise, which makes digitized and networked intralogistics infrastructures crucial to business success.

Hänel Office and Industrial Storage Systems has been developing solutions to address these demands for many years now – and long before the wave of digitization known as “Industry 4.0” began to change our world.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

The live presentation of order picking with augmented reality (AR) devices and the Hänel Lean-Lift® drew a lot of attention at CeMAT.

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Smart Picking

Smart Picking

With web devices that make order picking easy and flexible

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SAP / SOAP

SAP / SOAP

The latest generation of the MP12N-H/HostWeb controller has now become an SAP user terminal. Synchronization problems, such as duplication of data storage, are avoided.

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Visual Operation

Visual Operation

Hänel PictureControl, HänelSoft® and the new MP 14 N controller for innovative visual system operation!

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Augmented Reality

AR devices and storage systems – now a reality with Hänel technology

The live presentation of order picking with augmented reality (AR) devices and the Hänel Lean-Lift® drew a lot of attention at CeMAT.

Visitors to the Hänel stand were able to use “data eyeglasses” to operate a Hänel lift system remotely – without having to use the system’s controller or keyboard. 

The Hänel Lean-Lift® is connected to an SAP server via the integrated SOAP interface so that no additional middleware is required. Data input and item selection is accomplished through voice commands in conjunction with the optical AR device. All data and information of relevance to the item, including a photograph of the item, are visible on the AR display worn by the system operator. Users can thus focus their full attention on the picking process without having to handle lists or paper notes. 

Once an item is requested via voice command, the storage system automatically brings the item to the access point for retrieval, and the item position on the container is identified by Hänel Pick-o-Light®. This minimizes the risk of human picking errors. 

This technology has been successfully tried and tested in industrial environments - for example, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE in Oberhausen, Germany, has been using this concept for more than a year. More information about this solution is available in a video on our website. Hänel storage systems and AR glasses can be linked to various ERP systems thanks to the SOAP interface. 

Hänel offers innovative solutions that address the demands of tomorrow!

Smart Picking

Optimized order picking with the Hänel Lean-Lift® and Hänel Rotomat®

With web devices that make order picking easy and flexible
This future-centric and affordable order picking solution concept is based on HänelSoft® warehouse management software in conjunction with the aggregated order module. This approach means that several orders can be combined in one aggregated picking transaction.

The picking process conducted at the Hänel lifts and in the rack area typically involves the use of a transport cart which carries a bin for each individual order.

The bins are fitted with web devices that show employees which bins are to be used for each pick operation.

The allocation of bins and web devices is quite easy and fast thanks to the use of barcode scanners or direct data input via the web device. Aggregated picking is conducted in parallel at the lift controller supported by the web device – this saves time and keeps routing short.

The Put-to-Light display also shows the item number, order number, quantities on inventory, etc. directly on the bins positioned on the picking transport cart.

All data and transactions are managed and booked by the HänelSoft® WMS. The use of commercially available web devices in this system application makes this solution very convenient, efficient and affordable.

Intelligent systems for high-speed picking!

Direct integration of Hänel storage systems in SAP

Hänel attaches great importance to enabling its storage lifts to interface directly with customer ERP software.

For many years Hänel’s MP 100 D and MP 12 N-HostData control systems have been supporting data exchange without the need for additional middleware. An FTP server, a Windows drive release or a web service interface is all that is required for data exchange between the Hänel controller and the customer’s ERP system.

The multifunctional controller from Hänel

The latest generation MP 12 N-H/HostWeb controller also doubles as a terminal for a wide range of ERP systems. Synchronization problems, such as those stemming from redundant data storage, are prevented.

All SAP user dialogs are displayed directly on the touch screen of the Hänel control unit. The input data is booked in the ERP system in real time – then the storage system is actuated. The booking is executed directly in the ERP server. There is no data buffering or data conversion in the control system. This means that the storage overview and inventory status control are always updated – worldwide, regardless of the client used.

Thus Hänel storage systems can be integrated in nearly every kind of ERP environment.

Thanks to its close cooperation with Prismat, a leading provider of warehouse management systems and SAP logistics solutions, Hänel was able to realize the middleware-free link joining the Hänel controller and an SAP warehouse management system.

A storage management template created in advance for SAP Business Suite (SAP ERP and SAP SCM) and containing standard dialogs can be included in the delivery.

The individual programming and configuration in the SAP environment can be done by our cooperation partner Prismat or by customers themselves. The user interface can be adjusted on the control unit according to specific individual needs.

A large number of installations have already proven their worth in real-world environments. With the wide range of connectivity options offered by Hänel, it has been possible to set up installations having ERP systems from SAP, Navision, proAlpha®, Sage, PSI Penta, INFOR, ABAS and many others – with great success.

By integrating the SOAP interface in its controllers, Hänel has succeeded in making the visions of its customers a reality!

Visual Operation

The new system operation concept from Hänel – the MP 14 N controller

Hänel PictureControl, HänelSoft® and the new MP 14 N controller for innovative visual system operation!

You always see what you have on inventory thanks to Hänel PictureControl. A camera integrated in the storage system photographs all transactions.

In addition to inventory data, HänelSoft® Picture also manages the container photos. A specified number of pictures per container is archived so that inventory changes on the container can be tracked and allocated to specific users. The MP 14 N is perfect for displaying item pictures at the control terminal.

The 12-inch touch screen of the high-performance MP 14 N controller sets standards for ease of use.

Both item and container images are displayed in optimized high-resolution and in great detail. Based on this photographic information, items on each container can be identified directly on the control unit and automatically brought to the access point.

The container photo also shows the system operator where each item should be “put or picked.”

This innovative concept helps optimize warehouse operations and dramatically boost efficiency!