The emergence of automated warehouses as the preferred option for e-commerce, fulfilment, and distribution operations, means that warehouse owners and managers must look to optimise their concrete floors for robotic systems.
When you consider the hard wearing nature of concrete, it is ideally suited for commercial and industrial areas where a high performing floor that is easy to maintain is essential.
Designed to work efficiently, independently and quickly at repetitive tasks, the floor they move on has never been more important for maintaining a consistent operation and therefore, a competitive edge.
CoGri USA have a wealth of experience in grinding automated warehouse floors to meet demanding specifications, providing the ideal platform for your operations.
In recent times we’ve seen the internet play an ever-growing part in the customer’s shopping journey, looking for convenience with a faster than ever delivery time.
The continued growth of e-commerce warehousing makes Goods to Person Robotics (G2P) very attractive to fulfilment center operations. The growth is a result of the need for increased pick rates and packing efficiency for the quicker dispatch of products.
Warehouses today need to be flexible and utilise available vertical space, which is driving the requirement for automated systems.
It may come as a surprise to many, but modern warehouse floors aren’t always designed to work well with robotic systems. Operating Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR’s), or Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) require flat floors.
As a specialist in the upgrading of concrete floors CoGri USA have the knowledge and technical understanding to deliver these requirements
The first step in remediating a warehouse floor for Goods to Person robotics such as ASRS, AMRs, AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles), and Cobots (Collaborative Robots), is to establish the working specification of the respective robotic system. The next step is to ensure the warehouse floor complies with the specification, as uneven floors will impact the performance of G2P automated systems.
Specialist floor testing consultants can identify the factors required to deliver a floor suitable for an efficient and successful automated warehouse. Including specified characteristics such as gloss, friction, surface micro-roughness, abrasion resistance, and surface resistivity.
If you’ve decided to use Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR), the floor the robots will run on needs to comply with specific criteria, which is determined by the manufacturer, and the floor needs to meet the specification to allow the robots to operate at optimum performance.
Our grinding plan will focus on Surface Regularity for Flatness, Levelness, Curvature and Step Transitions, to grind non-compliant areas into compliance.
In addition to grinding for Surface Regularity requirements, we can also offer grinding services to meet Surface Characteristics for Micro Roughness, Friction and Gloss.
The modern, state-of-the-art Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) offer the ability to significantly increase storage capacity, married with improved efficiency to enable rapid order fulfilment. Ever-increasing numbers of e-commerce providers are creating ASRS warehouses.
Whether it’s a new or existing floor ASRS can be deployed on either, but one key essential for both is that they operate on a flat floor therefore, ensuring the system operates at maximum efficiency.
Another key to the success of an automated system is the condition of the joints and surface of the floor. Damaged and joints wider than 5mm will impact the smooth running of AMR’s as they pass over the joint. Joints that have curled or have poor load transfer capability can also have an impact on the performance of ASRS, AMRs and AGVs.
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