March 10, 2021
Bartosz Sobowiec, General Manager for Face Consultants Poland, explains why warehouse floor surface regularity is essential to optimise automated equipment efficiency.
Maintaining optimal work efficiency is paramount for any warehouse owner in Poland, since it is one of the most important factors directly affecting possible profit.
Inefficient picking processes, suboptimal use of storage space, or damage to stored products are just some of the things that negatively affect work efficiency. In most cases, the human factor is responsible for problems with maintaining performance and we should focus on this when looking for the way to solve them.
Although, it cannot be completely eliminated modern solutions and technological achievements such as AMRs will allow us to reduce it as much as possible.
This is how:
Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are now being used more frequently in Polish warehouses than ever before. AMRs are unmanned mobile platforms that cooperate with each other and with people, and can be used to transport pallets from place to place. These devices do not require external infrastructure to move without collisions along a given route – a number of sensors and a 3D camera allow them to detect obstacles and adjust the path accordingly.
The same sensors will also allow the device to locate a special platform (picking and depositing station) from which they can pick up a pallet with goods using a lift installed on the robot, and then move it to a selected place. Robots perform the assigned tasks precisely, maintaining a constant pace of work, without making unnecessary movements and activities that may have a negative impact on productivity.
But that’s not the whole story…
Whilst Autonomous Mobile Robots can provide an increase in warehouse work efficiency, they also need a properly prepared environment – and that means a floor that can meet restrictive requirements of surface regularity (flatness, levelness, curvature, and step transition), as well as surface characteristics (gloss, friction, micro roughness, and abrasion resistance). To avoid problems with the operation of an AMR in the future, checking if your floor meets these requirements should be entrusted to specialists in this field.
The experience that Face Consultants has gained over the years in both Poland and around the world, and our specialized, modern, and extremely precise surveying equipment, will help to accurately determine the condition of the floor. In the event of failure to meet the requirements of the standards, we can guide you on the corrective actions needed to improve the quality of the floor.
This leads us onto…
Our surveying devices can accurately determine where the quality of the floor deviates from the norm. The graphs obtained during the surveying process, clearly and transparently show the imperfections of the surface. This means our specialists can easily find them later and mark these places for further remediation process by grinding.
To summarise, any attempt to implement Autonomous Mobile Robots on the floor that does not meet the requirements will surely end in failure. Choosing the right specialists for both industrial floor surveys and grinding your warehouse floor will let your business step into 21st century of storage solutions.
Contact Face Consultants today to create the best floor for your automated equipment.