Warehouse and logistics automation - linear products

Warehouse automation

In the warehousing and logistics sector, efficiency is often measured in terms of productivity, reliability, performance, and safety. Manual tasks are increasingly being by replaced automated processes. Linear motion products are found in many different applications and in a variety of forms.   

Increased e-commerce sets new demands

As the e-commerce sector grows strongly, the demands on inventory and logistics also increase. Companies want to get the most out of their warehouses, on the smallest surface possible. Warehouse automation is the word on everyone's lips. Automated warehouses can save as much as 80% floor space by expanding vertically. Flexibility increases when goods are handled by high-speed robots in modular systems that are easy to expand and modify. The increased automation paves the way for a greater need for different linear solutions.

The linear unit, an efficient employee in your warehouse

Belt-driven linear units often offer a very high performance in relation to load capacity, speed, acceleration as well as good protection against external contamination. They are an excellent solution for e.g. pallet handling and applications for loading and unloading.

Ball screw driven linear units maintain high precision and positioning. This makes them suitable for filling, printing, and marking/labelling applications. 

There are special linear units which are adapted for cleanrooms. They are designed not to emit particles that pollute the environment. Through special seals and the vacuum generated inside the unit, particles are prevented from spreading outside the linear unit. These linear units are manufactured from stainless steel with a special surface treatment to ensure low particulate emissions. Lubricants adapted for cleanrooms and vacuums are also used.

Customized telescopic rails with high load capacity

Telescopic rails can be used in all applications imaginable, from industrial warehouses where very heavy loads are managed, to warehouses for small pharmaceutical items. They occur in standard warehouse shelf systems, in so-called high bay warehouses and in automated warehouses for smaller components.

They are used, among other things, for drawers that need to be pulled in and out, and to move sliding doors sideways. The vast variety of applications creates a need for many different types of telescopic rails. It is worthwhile to look for a supplier with a wide range. Required characteristics include:

  • High load capacity
  • High precision
  • Self-adjusting system that compensates for angle and parallelism errors
  • Vibration resistance

It is a great advantage if your supplier can customize the telescopic rails exactly according to your needs. A local workshop often facilitates communication and delivery.      

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