Oct 08, 2023
Motors In Automated Warehouse Operations
Although at present robotic automation forms only a small part of warehouse spending it is predicted that it could grow from $3.6bn in 2021 to $18bn in 2025. As technology and AI’s improve, automation
Although at present robotic automation forms only a small part of warehouse spending it is predicted that it could grow from $3.6bn in 2021 to $18bn in 2025. As technology and AI’s improve, automation systems will grow even faster.
Article from | Parvalux
The key to modern warehouse success is the implementation of motorized automated material handling equipment, which not only improves employee safety but is also fundamental to increased efficiency within the business.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been exponential growth in online shopping, with an increase of 43% in 2020 alone. Most of this additional shopping is being fulfilled via large, complex warehousing and distribution hub facilities. In 2021 the orders for new warehousing units in the UK was the highest since 1985 and was worth £5.6bn.
The increase in online shopping and warehouse requirements has unfortunately arrived at the same time as a global labor shortage meaning it can be difficult to fill staff vacancies quickly. This is where automation systems can easily fill the gap. Although at present robotic automation forms only a small part of warehouse spending it is predicted that it could grow from $3.6bn in 2021 to $18bn in 2025. As technology and AI’s improve, automation systems will grow even faster and efficiencies and cost savings will increase at the same time.
There are a number of ways that automation can improve the functionality of the warehouse space.
Automation will also include inventory robots which record stock as it is removed and placed ensuring there is an up-to-date inventory at all times, keeping supply chains moving and that all trading partners and clients know what stock is available, and use that data to predict demand, avoid delays and ensure the correct products are delivered every time.
One of the main benefits of automated robot systems in the warehousing industry is that they can work repetitive tasks 24/7 which can save money on labor costs. They can also free up valuable personnel to work on more skilled tasks elsewhere. There are fewer injuries amongst the staff as they are generally kept away from the more dangerous repetitive tasks, there is increased accuracy and of course they work out in the long run to be cheaper. However, the efficiency of an automated system is all down to the motor and how reliable it is. A machine which is constantly breaking down and being offline for repairs does no one any good.
Parvalux has been leading the way with standard and custom gear motor designs for conveyor belt systems, picking systems, parcel sorting equipment, pallet shuttles and automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), ensuring that warehouses globally are working to capacity. Our motors are reliable and therefore require minimum maintenance ensuring very little downtime.
The key to ensuring effective, reliable and efficient drive systems is to utilize the most appropriate motor for the equipment, and Parvalux designs and manufactures an exciting range of AC, DC brushless and brushed motors which are highly praised globally.
Parvalux has significant experience supporting some of the largest and most innovative intralogistics equipment manufacturers. This support will be made easier due to the introduction of the new BLx60 brushless motor which is designed with warehouse applications in mind. This motor has a number of key features including:
The BLx60 is compatible with Parvalux encoders and brakes, Parvalux and maxon controllers and gearheads. There are also special windings available and shaft designs can be customized according to your specifications.
To find out more about the BLx60 brushless motor and how it can help with your automated material handling equipment go to the BLx60 range.
maxon is a leading supplier of high-precision DC brush and brushless servo motors and drives. These motors range in size from 4 - 90 mm and are available up to 500 watts. We combine electric motors, gears and DC motor controls into high-precision, intelligent drive systems that can be custom-made to fit the specific needs of customer applications.
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