BME KJK | Department of Material Handling and Logistics System

BME | Logistics FB | HU

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Planning and development of logistics processes, consulting and training by engineers of Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

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About Us

In our professional research center with decades of history, we support the research and development activities in the wide range of logistics field. We respect, develop and pass on the knowledge of our professional mentors. Our expertise over many years covers the complete spectrum of logistics. Our goal is to shape the present and the future of our professional field. Creating value is important for us, and the continuous improvement is the essence of our life. Throughout our research and development activities we see, know, and apply solutions that can be useful and can create value for the companies. We work in accordance with the strategy of our Department and our goal is to bring our knowledge directly to the economy, not only through the education and research, but also through the cooperation with the companies. Our enthusiastic and proactive team follows this way in every project work. Become our partner in this exciting journey and work together with us to find the answers to the challenges of the present and the future!

Our Services

Warehouse Planning

Network Optimization

Inventory Optimization

Trainings

Process Development

Demand Planning

Production Logistics

Expert Examinations

Site Planning

Logistics Informatics

Automatization

Audit

Warehouse Planning

Does your company have a warehouse or are you planning to build one? Current storage processes are inadequate, storage capacity is low?

We have a long professional background in the field of warehouse planning, which covers the planning of the entire storage and material handling system. The most important task is to perform the sizing accurately, which requires a detailed overview of the served subsystems and their processes. This is followed by the concept-level planning and evaluation of the subsystems, and then the preparation of a detailed logistics system plan for the selected variant. Such a system plan includes, for example, the internal layout of the warehouse, the positioning of the storage racks, the selection of material handling machines, material handling routes, service processes, facilities for connection to the entry and exit side, and other areas. We even undertake the design of the entire site. We do all this in close cooperation with other professional designers, from design to construction.

Network Optimization

Do you want to improve or possibly reorganize the operation of your company’s external and internal logistics network? Wondering how the logistics network could be operated more efficiently?

One of the general problems of logistics networks is the familiarity-based operation, which has developed over time along different endowments. In our experience, this, and many other reasons that can be listed, make the operation of logistics networks generally not optimal, with various losses occurring in them. Based on the parameters of the networks, we can show what indicators can be used to characterize the current logistics network, both in terms of static and dynamic structure. After that, we can propose logistics network variants that are built and operating along more favorable indicators. Depending on the purpose, these solutions also answer strategic (eg. site selection) and operational (eg. flight planning) questions.

Inventory Optimization

Do you want to reduce your storage costs? Is the inventory level too high? Want to know the level of optimal safety stock? Would you simplify inventory planning? Wondering what inventory control solution can be used to ensure continuous and uninterrupted operation?

An incorrectly defined safety stock, for example only an estimated one, can result in over-stocking, which can lead to additional costs. An even more serious problem can be the shortage of stocks and, as a consequence, the endangerment and shutdown of continuous operation. In order to avoid such problems, it is necessary to carefully plan the operation of the company, to determine the relevant indicators, and then to optimize the inventory management system using appropriate mathematical models, which leads to a significant reduction in operating costs.

Trainings

Do you want to train yourself and your employees in the field of logistics? Do you require your company’s employees to develop with the help of the most up-to-date educational materials and methodologies?

In addition to project work for companies, we have significant experience in the field of education for various target groups. For companies, the trainings can take place in selected topics, in different group sizes. An important aspect of the trainings is the active involvement of the participants, joint work and learning, continuous cooperation and feedback on what has been learned. The materials used to conduct the trainings include various e-learning solutions that can also be used on demand. In each case, the focus is on developing the designated area of competence and the skills of the target group.

Process Development

Do you feel that your company’s processes are not working properly? Are there losses in terms of time, money and other resources during the processes?

One of our comprehensive professional competence is process development, during which we assess the processes of your company, characterize them with numerical parameters and give a complete picture of their current state. We show you the detected process errors and make suggestions for improvement. The proposals address minor quality issues, but may also aim to replan the entire process from scratch (BPR). In process planning, we use standard process description languages (EPC and BPMN) to create transparent flowcharts of the current state of the process (As-Is) and the planned future state (To-Be).

Demand Planning

Do you want to know your customer needs more precisely? Is there often a shortage of inventory in the company’s logistics system, preventing processes from running smoothly? Or is overproduction just regular, causing serious losses?

We also have significant professional experience in the field of demand planning and forecasting. We determine what data you need for demand planning and to analyze the entire demand process. We also determine the real seasonality of the products and the trends. After the mathematical identification, we will create a model that fits your company, with which you can forecast the expected demand with a certain reliability. Properly parameterized models allow your company to make logistics process operations more efficient, thereby reducing costs. We use well-proven identification tests and mathematical models in demand forecasting projects, which have already proven their suitability in many projects.

Production Logistics

Do you want to improve the layout of your manufacturing plant, or are you planning to create a new facility layout? Do you want to operate a material and information flow system that serves your production efficiently?

Based on our professional experience in facility layout planning, it can be said that the planning and operation of the material and information flow system significantly contributes to the quality of the product and the development of the costs incurred. The ideal layout of production plants is important not only from a production technology point of view, but also from a logistical point of view. During the planning task, we strive to develop a logistics system with short material handling routes and the lowest possible material handling performance (taking into account safety and occupational safety aspects). During the planning, we determine the minimum number of manpower required for continuous product flow and the number of material handling machines. In addition, we provide assistance in the selection of material handling machines, preparation for implementation and even the execution of the construction.

Expert Examinations

Does your company need the opinion of a logistics expert on a specific issue or problem? Do you want to be sure that you are making a well-informed decision about an unexpected case from a logistical point of view?

Thanks to our project work dating back several years, our educational experience and our certified logistics expert competence, we have the opportunity to carry out various inspections, form expert opinions and give opinions. Experience has shown that warehousing and freight transport processes can often involve cases which may require expert examination. In the course of such investigations, we prepare the most accurate, professionally and scientifically based expert opinion that can be expected, which provides a starting point for decisions following the case.

Site Planning

Are there several buildings on your company’s premises that can perform different functions (eg. production, warehouse)? Do you feel that the current logistics processes for these functions are inadequate? Are you planning to set up a new site as a greenfield investment?

The key topic of optimizing the logistics network structure is the planning, review and improvement of the logistics processes of a given corporate site. This can affect several areas, such as the location of each function within the site and the required floor area dimensions, the material flow structure that creates the connection system between the functions, the road network connection system, and the localization of the necessary additional site facilities. When solving this task, we can make a site plans proposal that meets the needs and is professionally correct, based on several scenarios. At this point, as a logistics specialist, we carry out our work in close cooperation with other specialists, if necessary, even through the execution of the construction.

Logistics Informatics

Don’t know with complete certainty what’s in your warehouse and plant? Do you have inaccurate information about your inventory, location and quantity? Are you lost between papers, Excel based spreadsheets and reports?

There are a number of technologies for identifying repositories and products, the best known of which are the use of barcode and radio frequency (RFID) solutions. If these are combined with a well-specified warehouse management system (WMS), the flows of each product in the warehouse or plant can be traced and their quantity, location and current status can be retrieved from the database immediately. They can provide an excellent basis for producing accurate reports, characterizing the company’s operational efficiency and identifying directions for development. Combined with mobile data acquisition devices (PDAs), in-house operations (e.g., warehousing, inventory) can be digitized, increasing efficiency, reducing time, and reducing the potential for error. We can help you achieve your goals: we assess your current operation, compile a list of functions for the warehouse management system that best fits it, plan your digital processes and, if necessary, support the implementation of the system until the project is completed.

Automatization

Is there no manpower available for material handling and warehouse operation? Do you want indoor material handling to be better planned? Do you want to use the latest technologies in your company? Do you want to automate your processes?

There are already countless solutions on the market. We help you navigate the maze of automation. Whether it is a greenfield investment or an existing production plant or warehouse, we will select the optimal solution for you. As with any major investment, the expected payback time must be taken into account here, which requires thorough calculations. The most important task is to perform the sizing accurately, which requires a detailed overview of the served subsystems and their processes. Only then can a material handling or storage process be automated. If necessary, we prepare a complete system plan.

Audit

Wondering what is your logistics operation like? Do you want to identify your company’s weaknesses and possible directions for development? Would you like to get action plans ready to make improvements?

During a system development audit, we fully examine your company with the help of interviews, live observations and the received data. In the first phase of the project, we will assess what data we need, for which we will provide you with detailed data requesters. Information is collected and analyzed in all areas of logistics, be it manufacturing, freight, warehousing or procurement. During the analysis, we reflect on industry standards, best practices, company internal regulations, and ISO 9001 if relevant. We will document the results and present them to you. In areas where there is a lot of room for improvement, we draw your attention to it and formulate concrete directions. If required, we prepare project proposals and action plans.

References

The Team

Krisztián Bóna, PhD

Head of Department

Founder of the ALRT Engineering, Head of the ALRT, associate professor, senior instructor of the topics related to the logistics planning and modelling. He is obsessed with numbers, models and logistics innovations. Permanent speaker of many logistics conferences, furthermore senior trainer of trainings and workshops. Determinant member of the workgroups of Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management, moreover the member of the Standing Committee of the Logistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Ádám Kiss

Head of Engineering

In 2006 he graduated at the Faculty of Traffic Engineering of the university, specialized for Industry and Transportation Logistics, and later for Intralogistics. He made his diplom thesis at the Technical University of Munich. Until end of 2019 he had worked at the logistics systems departement of a leading multinational inralogistics company and plenty of Hungarian warehouses got equiped under his lead. His main focus is practical use of new logistic technologies and sciences.

Gábor Kovács, PhD

Deputy Head of Department

Senior lecturer in the ALRT, his main research areas are the electronic freight and warehouse exchanges, the logistics process modelling, and the supply chain network optimization. He also received his scientific degree (PhD) in this subject in 2012. In addition, he has been involved in several projects since 2006, among others in the field of industrial logistics site development.

András Bakos

Logistics Engineer

Since 2013, he has been involved in ALRT and has participated in several inventory management, network optimization, route planning and process development projects. He likes to evaluate possibilities based on numbers, he always starts with an Excel file. Later, it becomes several. Or a database. He approaches problems with a statistical, probabilistic approach.

Bálint Bertalan

Computer Engineer

Until the beginning of 2022, he was a Master’s student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics at BME. During his studies he was actively involved in R&D projects of the ALRT department such as programming autonomous material handling machines, planning and developing decision support systems and implementing educational frameworks.

Marcell Bertalan

Logistics Engineer

Over the years, he has been involved in a number of projects, including revisioning the operation of nationwide logistics networks, developing inventory processes at manufacturing plants, and simulating automated warehouse systems. During his research he came into contact with artificial intelligence and the logistical use of drones.

Ádám Róka

Logistics Engineer

Until January 2019, he was an ALRT Master student and has since worked as an ALRT Department Engineer. His main areas of expertise are site and warehouse planning. In addition to the enterprise project tasks, the Department is also involved in city logistics research.

Dávid Lajos Sárdi

Logistics Engineer

He works for the ALRT Engineering since early 2019 as a PhD-student, he is the youngest member of the team. His research topic is city logistics, primarily focusing on modelling and simulation. His other specializations are demand planning and inventory management.