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Order picking in the timber industry: what companies should watch out for

In the timber industry there are numerous different systems for handling long, heavy and bulky loads. The transport requirements vary greatly depending on whether you are a manufacturer, dealer or processing company. Therefore, there is no single solution for wood handling. In the new whitepaper "Order picking in the wood industry" HUBTEX gives an overview of the most important picking systems as well as their advantages and disadvantages. The specialist for the handling of long, heavy and bulky goods uses a checklist to inform handlers which criteria they should pay attention to to select the right solution.


The removal of heavy and bulky wooden panels from the shelves and their transport to loading areas poses numerous challenges for logisticians. The material has to be protected and the goods have to be brought from A to B precisely and quickly. Depending on the budget, handling and storage capacity there are different approaches. Whether manual, semi-automated or fully automated - it is important to find the right solution for the individual application in order to ensure high process quality. In addition, the optimal order picking solution should reduce the physical strain of employees whilst increasing energy efficiency, reducing operating costs and being fail-safe. The introduction of a new picking solution is preceded by a detailed analysis, taking into account the overall warehouse processes and topology, as well as other critical factors. In the new white paper, HUBTEX explains what companies should pay attention to in detail. The manufacturer of industrial trucks, sideloaders and special vehicles describes the most important transport systems in the wood industry - from manual order picking to completely automated systems. The transitions between the different variants are often fluid. As the degree of automation increases, the requirements placed on the transport system change. Among other things, a simple connection to the warehouse management system, intelligent warehouse management and the creation of common interfaces are of great importance to enhance production processes.