Case History: automated warehouse handling systems
Automated warehouse handling systems.
The customer asked Automate Srl for help to intervene on laser-guided AGVs with the aim of reducing maintenance costs but without being able to act on the layout of the warehouse spaces.
The intervention was not limited to the technological adaptation of the machines but extended to the optimization of handling procedures with the aim of increasing the efficiency of flows.
While with the technological refresh we were able to significantly reduce maintenance costs by adapting the electronics and software to the technologies of the market, through the optimization of flows we were able to increase the benefits thanks to a more linear use of the devices so as to significantly reduce the criticality of the mechanical and electrical systems.
We have therefore worked on different aspects to be able to complete the project of renewal and optimization of the automated systems of the warehouse.
In particular, the intervention was based on:
- Reconfiguration of routes;
- Optimization of routes;
- • Replacement (for each AVG) of the connection control electronics (networks to which the door status signals are connected) and the interface (systems for interfacing the AGVs and the access doors to the various rooms via optical messages);
- Redesign of the IT architecture for managing the AGVs and the traffic map;
- Replacement of the navigation system with standard products;
- Mechanical modification of the forks interaxis in order to be able to handle specific Load Units (UDC);
- Development of AGV software and relative NDC navigation system.
While maintaining the same layout and the same machines, the customer has obtained an updated system from a technological point of view, easier and cheaper to maintain, but above all a handling system with high energy and mechanical efficiency able to ensure optimized operating costs.
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Italian Automation Fair: Automate present
Italian Automation Fair: Automate this!
Also this year our company has participated in forces to SPS Italia, the Italian innovation fair, held in Parma.
The fair was a great opportunity to discuss and discuss issues related to Industry 4.0 and the digitalisation of companies with various stakeholders in the sector.
The increase in terms of exhibitors (+6%) and visitors (+18%) compared to the previous year testify to the strong growth that is characterizing the world of automation.
The potentialities of different technologies have been shown, the competences and skills needed by companies to implement the most innovative applications have been highlighted. In addition, we discussed the technical characteristics of the most experimental products. In this way, we analyzed the technological opportunities and, at the same time, we were able to identify false positives.
The Automate experience
Automate's solutions, and the approach with which they are customized around the needs of its customers, perfectly matches current and upcoming industry trends. Our value proposition is to offer services and products that can generate a clear competitive advantage in the short to medium term.
SPS Italy was an opportunity to consolidate our relationships with the largest providers and operators in the industry, partners and friends with whom we have been sharing experience and success for many years!
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Industry 4.0: Automate intermediary in technology transfer
The term Industry 4.0 indicates a trend in industrial automation that integrates some new production technologies to improve working conditions, create new business models and increase productivity and production quality of the plants.
An interesting investigation carried out by Shell Italia on a sample of 400 companies in the production sector, he highlighted how companies are increasingly acquiring digital awareness in an industry 4.0 perspective.
94% of the interviewed actors said they use at least one enabling technology of the new technological paradigm, against a European average of 86%.
Innovation yes or no?
There are still lags innovation process of many companies.
One of the greatest difficulties for the companies surveyed appears to be the training of staff in the use of new technologies, as well as the lack of trusted experts from whom to seek support.
In accordance with the literature in this sector, the study highlights how the determinants of technology purchases are changing, no longer concerning mere technological products, but rather projects and processes aimed at satisfying specific needs.
The role of Automate
Automate is aware of its role as an intermediary in technology transfer.
Our offer, as well as including a highly personalized service, includes a training activity calibrated on the needs of our customers, aimed at an ongoing collaboration through which to share knowledge and core competences. With a strong spirit of innovation we always adapt our proposals to the current and future needs of our customers with the aim of offering solutions that are constantly updated and in line with the evolution of the sector.
It is a challenge that we carry on with the awareness that industrial automation integrating new technologies is essential to make companies perform in any sector of activity.Read More