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The advantages of warehouse controls

The advantages of warehouse controls

Fulfiling online orders profitably has a significant impact on retail customer satisfaction - and the latest developments in warehouse technology provide significant efficiency gains and a good ROI, according to Conveyor Networks.

Warehouse controls are a key element in an automated system as they integrate the different components in the system and streamline it with the following advantages.

Safety is improved 

  • Less people are involved in the operation, human error is minimised as is the likelihood of accidents
  • Designing a system in line with machine safety directives ensures the safety of operatives is central to the operation

Flexibility and onsite control

  • The latest range of PLCs and Controls are more standardised, more commonly used and work well with new technology
  • Good Control philosophy means bespoke requirements can be added in so that different settings can be used as required giving a greater degree of onsite control

Increased productivity

  • Controls mean the operation runs consistently and much more predictably
  • Changes can be anticipated and don’t require manual intervention to implement, saving time and costs
  • Reduced error rates mean less downtime


  • Smart controls systems also monitor running time and the lifecycles of parts showing mean time to repair and improving efficiency and forward planning
  • Similarly an unexpected operating problem will be communicated before it escalates into a more serious problem

Energy efficiency

  • A smart system will only run when product needs to be moved rather than constantly running.  For example eco modes built in to optimise efficiencies


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