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Choosing multi-site implementations has a number of significant

  • Despite the fact that 2020 has already proven to be an unpredictable year with unprecedented commerce demands, worldwide ecommerce sales have already increased by 18% compared to the same period in 2019. According to Shopify, that is $3.5 trillion USD. Moreover, it is expected to nearly double by 2023, reaching more than $6.5 trillion in total.

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it's likely that preparations were already underway to realign processes to accommodate the anticipated growth in ecommerce. The state of the world during the pandemic, on the other hand, significantly reduced the amount of time available for updating and making changes. Organizations all over the world were scrambling to make quick decisions based on their specific circumstances.

    Is it possible to get assistance from automation?
    It is critical for any company selling products or services online to carefully consider whether automation can improve their operations, especially in light of this year's online shopping boom and higher-than-ever customer expectations. retailers who had already invested in automation found it easier to adapt to the slew of unexpected challenges that arose during the course of this year. When unexpected changes in demand and labor availability occurred, automated goods to person systems provided the flexibility and scalability to maintain service levels. Because operators are able to work in their own space and easily adhere to social distancing protocols, these systems have also improved worker safety.

    It may be too late to make significant changes for the upcoming season, but it is never too early to begin planning for the next one. This season's data and trends should be carefully monitored and analyzed in order to select the most appropriate solution.

    Container Stackers & Pallet Dispensers
    Pallet Dispensers automate the process of singulating and dispensing empty pallets from a storage facility. Bastian Solutions uses both a fork style and a lift style pallet dispenser, depending on the type of pallet and the overall quality of the pallet. With the ability to hold up to 20 pallets at a time, these dispensers free up operators' time to perform other high-value tasks while pallets are automatically dispensed and conveyed to a product placement station.

    Pallet stackers are used in opposition to pallet dispensers, and they perform the same functions as dispensers, but in a completely different manner. It is common practice to use pallet dispensers in robotic depalletizing systems, where inbound pallet loads are completely depleted of their contents before being sent to the next stage. An operator then picks up the pallets after they have been stacked and queued.

    conveyor for pallets
    In a robotic system, a pallet Overhead Monorail Conveyor is used to transport and present pallets in an automated manner. In addition to Drag Chain pallet conveyors, Bastian Solutions also manufactures Chain Driven Live Roller pallet conveyors (CDLR). It is possible to use CDLR and drag chain conveyor in different applications. According to the pallet type, the load weight, and the load's stability, CDLR is available in a variety of roller center dimensions. If the load specifications call for it, drag chain can be manufactured with two or three strands or even up to five strands of wire. Increased accumulation of pallet loads can also be achieved by incorporating additional zones into the pallet conveyor system. As a result, the frequency with which a fork truck operator must visit and tend to the system in order to pick or place a pallet load can be reduced significantly.

    When transporting full or empty pallets throughout the system, a shuttle car can be used as an alternative mode of transportation. A Overhead Monorail Conveyor top and a floor mounted linear track are used to transport pallets in shuttle cars, which have a conveyorized top. Pallet conveyor trunk lines with multiple pop-up transfers are frequently replaced by shuttle cars, which are a more cost-effective option.

    Autonomous guided vehicles, also known as AGVs, can be used to transport pallets if there is insufficient space near the robotic system. The absence of physical equipment, such as a pallet conveyor or shuttle cars, means that AGVs do not create a hazard for neighboring systems or aisles. Both empty pallets and complete loads can be transported by automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to and from the robotic system. Because AGVs can be programmed to transport pallets to any location within a facility, they are also not restricted in terms of distance traveled by them.