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Conveyor control systems – how to maximise the function of an automated solution

- By Axiom GB

Control Systems

Whether a simple ‘start/stop’ function or complex controls are required, a reliable and secure conveyor control system is the central feature of any automated solution. Sourcing the hardware equipment for a conveyor system is just the first step and needs to be coupled with the intelligent design of a smart control system.

Selecting a suitable control system will not only enable your hardware to be safer and more connected, but it will also optimise the flow of goods through the warehouse or distribution centre. This is more important now than ever before as expected delivery times continue to shorten and fast process time is therefore vital.   

To ensure that automation runs at maximum effectiveness, it is essential that the controls are designed to deliver optimum performance. If required, the controls can be connected into a warehouse management system (WMS) or, alternatively, can act as the bridge between the equipment and the WMS.

Scalability and functionality

Tailoring control systems to the level and function required for a specific automated application is of primary importance. It is the key to achieving maximum production throughput, boosting accuracy and minimising operational downtime.

Experts can be called in to assist and it is ideal to partner with a specialist materials handling company that can provide both control systems hardware and software equipment.

Axiom GB is well known as a specialist in controls and logistics automation with an in-house controls team of skilled engineers. They have the knowledge and capability to design, manufacture and test a sophisticated new controls system using the latest technology or, if applicable, they will upgrade or reconfigure an existing, outdated system.

 

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Installation, testing and commissioning

Once all the decisions regarding conveyor control system and logistics software have been made, installation can commence. Select a company which can carry out the complete electrical and mechanical installation. The system will then be tested and you will be provided with all the necessary test certificates.

Once the system is fully commissioned, selected staff within the company can be trained to use the automation; again, this training should be carried out by your automation supplier.

Support and maintenance

The confidence that comes from being able to rely on consistent, highly trained 24/7 support for an automated system cannot be underestimated.

Most reputable companies will offer comprehensive maintenance packages and the level of support will be tailored to suit your particular needs. It is important that you can establish a high level of trust with your service support provider, as you will depend on them to keep downtime in your facility to an absolute minimum.  

The ability of your chosen automation partner to offer remote support, to view, monitor, diagnose faults and even fix your system from a distance is especially beneficial. When a query occurs, this is the usual initial port of call to resolve the problem.

Optimum configuration of technology to equipment

Taking the right steps to ensure that a materials handling system has the optimum configuration of controls technology to equipment is essential to ensure maximum operational efficiency of the automated solution.

The best conveyor control systems are built using the most advanced technology. They are configured to be effective with the equipment, yet are simple and intuitive for the operator to use.  

If you are looking to invest in a conveyor control system and want to talk to an expert for advice, contact Axiom for a free consultation on 01827 61212 or email sales@axiomgb.com