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Why Use an Overhead Conveyor (Monorail) in Your Distribution Center or Warehouse Operations?

Why Use an Overhead Conveyor (Monorail) in Your Distribution Center or Warehouse Operations?

Why Use an Overhead Conveyor (Monorail) in Your Distribution Center or Warehouse Operations? In distribution centers and warehouses, where space optimization and streamlined processes are essential for peak efficiency and productivity, traditional methods of empty carton and tote movement can sometimes struggle to meet the dynamic needs of the environment. Overhead conveyor systems, often referred to as monorails, provide an effective solution to these challenges. They elevate the process quite literally, using the often under-utilized overhead space. Below is a list of seven advantages overhead monorails bring to distribution center and warehouse operations.    1. Occupies Unused Overhead Space and Frees Up Floor Space  One of the most significant advantages of integrating an overhead monorail system is its ability to utilize the often-overlooked overhead space. Unlike other carton delivery and removal methods that consume valuable floor space, overhead monorails free up the ground for more critical operations. This not only improves the flow of movement within the facility but also enhances safety by reducing clutter and potential tripping hazards.   2. Centralized Storage of Corrugate and Loading of Empty Cartons  Efficiency in distribution centers is heavily dependent on the streamlined handling of materials. Overhead conveyors facilitate the centralized storage of corrugate, simplifying the process of loading empty cartons. This centralization minimizes the time and labor required to manage these materials, leading to more efficient operations.   3. Allows for Empty Carton Delivery at an Ergonomic Height  Ergonomics plays a pivotal role in maintaining a productive and healthy workforce. Overhead conveyors are designed to deliver cartons at an ergonomic height, minimizing the need for excessive bending or stretching. This enhances...
Empty Box Monorail Delivery System for a Major Bathroom & Kitchen Fixtures Company

Empty Box Monorail Delivery System for a Major Bathroom & Kitchen Fixtures Company

Empty Box Monorail Delivery System for a Major Bathroom & Kitchen Fixtures Company The Challenge In the competitive world of distribution and warehousing, efficiency and optimization are key. A leading bathroom and kitchen fixtures company faced a significant challenge in their new Las Vegas distribution center: how to streamline the delivery of empty boxes to packing areas. The traditional manual methods were time-consuming and labor-intensive, leading to bottlenecks in the packing process. Additionally, the distribution center needed to comply with seismic equipment requirements. The goal was to find a solution that could integrate seamlessly with their AutoStore system and improve overall efficiency while considering the safety and ergonomic needs of the workforce. The Solution Pacline in collaboration with a trusted integrator known for warehouse optimization, engineered and installed a 600′ monorail system. This system was designed with the PAC-LINE™ an enclosed track with bolt-together construction, ensuring easy installation. The conveyor was strategically positioned alongside the AutoStore system, running above equipment to save floor space and descending to an ergonomic level at packing areas for easy access by workers. One of the key innovations of this project was the development of a custom double hook carrier, tailored to accommodate four different sizes of boxes used by the client. This flexibility ensured that a range of box sizes could be transported efficiently without the need for manual adjustment or intervention. The system’s variable speed control, capable of running between 12-60 feet per minute, allowed for adaptability to varying workflow demands. The Result The automated delivery of empty boxes to the packing areas significantly reduced manual labor, accelerated packing processes, and minimized...
Pacline Conveyors Supports STEM Education via Their Five-Pronged Approach for Giving Back to the Community

Pacline Conveyors Supports STEM Education via Their Five-Pronged Approach for Giving Back to the Community

Pacline Conveyors Supports STEM Education via Their Five-Pronged Approach for Giving Back to the Community Pacline Conveyors is proud to announce its continued sponsorship of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1325, Inverse Paradox. This team of high school students from Mississauga, Ontario is passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). FIRST Robotics Competition is a fun, challenging and inspiring mentor-based program that combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. The program aims to inspire and prepare young people to become the next generation of innovators and leaders in the field of robotics and automation. Inverse Paradox’s first competition of the year is set to take place March 8 – 10, 2024 and the team is excited to unveil the robot they worked tirelessly to build. Pacline Conveyors believes that sponsoring Inverse Paradox is not only a way of giving back to the community, but is also a way of investing in the future of the industry. By supporting STEM education, Pacline Conveyors hopes to foster a culture of creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving among young people who will become their future workforce and customers. Two scholarships worth $8,000 will be awarded by Pacline each year to two graduating students of the FRC Team 1325 who demonstrate exceptional dedication, contribution, leadership and team skills. At Pacline, the commitment to the industrial community is more than just a corporate obligation—it’s a mission. That is why they developed a five-pronged approach which fosters growth, collaboration, and innovation in the local community. The framework includes: Financial support and sponsorship Supply of a dedicated space for students to work Scholarships...
Pacline Robotic Carton-Loading and Automated Trash Removal Solutions for Distribution Centers and Warehouses

Pacline Robotic Carton-Loading and Automated Trash Removal Solutions for Distribution Centers and Warehouses

Pacline Robotic Carton-Loading and Automated Trash Removal Solutions for Distribution Centers and Warehouses Published on www.mheda.com, November 2023 In line with the industry’s push for heightened accuracy, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, Pacline is proud to introduce its robotic carton-loading solution, seamlessly integrating Pacline overhead conveyor systems with robotics. For distributors and integrators this new solution promises a cutting-edge technology to introduce to customers. The loading of empty cartons or totes to moving monorail conveyors automates a task that is traditionally repetitive, labor intensive and prone to inaccuracy. Pacline uses robotic loading to monorail conveyors to drive reliable rates and significantly reduce labor costs. Key Features and Benefits: Efficient Robotic Loading: With vacuum-gripping end effectors, our robots can integrate with both automated and manual carton erection processes. The inclusion of a motorized drive roller (MDR) conveyor ensures single carton delivery for fast and reliable loading. Flexible Design: Tailored to manage various carton sizes, Pacline’s robots can handle multiple pick and place points, loading onto common or specific carriers. Safety: Pacline’s robotic solutions are equipped with safety cells and access doors that uphold or surpass industry standards. Operator entry into the cell for regularly scheduled maintenance is protected by a “request to enter” feature that safely pauses robot operation. Upgrade Capabilities: Current users of Pacline empty carton or tote delivery monorails can upgrade to a robotic loading solution with potentially minimal alterations to their existing layouts. Automated Trash Removal: With our Robotics and Automation expertise, Pacline offers smart trash carton removal solutions. This add-on enables automatic identification and transfer of specific cartons from monorail carriers to a belt conveyor for either disposal or...
Unlock New Opportunities with Pacline Robotics and Automation Solutions

Unlock New Opportunities with Pacline Robotics and Automation Solutions

Unlock New Opportunities with Pacline Robotics and Automation Solutions Published on www.mhi.org, August 2023 As the material handling industry rapidly evolves, Pacline now offers distributors and integrators a competitive edge with the launch of its Robotics and Automation division. This allows distributors and integrators to enhance their product portfolios and deliver cutting-edge material handling solutions to their customers. The integration of Pacline’s robust conveyor systems with cutting-edge robotics means distributors and integrators can now: Offer Enhanced Efficiency: Enable their customers to enjoy increased reliability and uptime in their operations. Deliver Cost-Effective Solutions: With automation at the helm, distributors can provide options that control and potentially reduce labor costs. Provide Customized Solutions: Pacline’s ability to tailor-make End of Arm Tools (EOATs) and control panels ensures distributors can cater to diverse and unique customer requirements, ensuring a competitive edge. Pacline engineers work alongside distributors and integrators to pinpoint the most effective solutions, from robot selection to conveyor path layouts. This approach guarantees optimized processes, which distributors and integrators can proudly present as a value-add to their customers, ensuring they offer top-tier, space-saving, and cost-efficient solutions. Examples of Pacline’s new robotic and automation solutions include: Robotic Empty Carton Loading to meet the demands of warehouses and distribution centers for faster, more efficient processes. Automated Parts Handling Enhance offerings for the manufacturing and paint finishing sectors. Power and Free conveyor alternative robotic solutions that can create “Power and Free” functionality while using multiple synchronous conveyors. Distributors and integrators equipped with Pacline’s advanced robotic and automation solutions are better positioned to address modern customer demands, remain competitive, and secure lucrative opportunities. To learn more...