Multi-towers warehouses are the evolution of single tower warehouses and the ideal tool for production companies of significant size that link to a rationalization and integration of the production department to:
- make flexible the production, allowing optimal changes in production and materials
- reduce investment in facilities, drastically reducing the occupied area on the ground
- manage at computer level all production stages of sheet details
- reduce the time and risks of sheets handling
- work in automatic on multi-shift also unattended
You can start with a reduced system (one or two towers) to assess the benefits and then expand it to adapt to the production needs. The capacity characteristics and size of drawers and towers are the same as those given in the section concerning single towers.
The central element of these complex systems is the elevator, which operates all the movements of the drawers between all different warehouse position: the double traction on the wheels on the ground, the use of high reliability engines controlled by digital drives with energy recovery constitute the top of the technology and reliability available on the market. Different models of traslo-elevator allow to move drawers of 3m x 1.5m, 2m x 4m, 2.5m x 6m or combinations of the above. All traslo-elevators are equipped with weighing system with loading cells that allow you to verify the correctness of data entered at the time of the insertion of material in the warehouse.
The additional devices for multi-towers warehouses are:
- Shuttles with fixed or variable height for input and output of materials, which can be connected to any tower of the warehouse:shuttles stations can be equipped with barcode reader to check materials in and out of the warehouse, allowing the real time material inventory.
- Loading-unloading systems for laser cutting machines and punching machines: the design of these systems involves the removal of the new sheet to be machined directly from the drawer in tower, reducing the overall dimensions and above all allowing the replacement of the loading drawer in a very short time, normally less than the processing time of a single sheet by the laser.
- Robotic bending cells.
In order to properly size your warehouse, you need to collect a set of core data:
- Maximum quantity of sheet to be stored (ex: 2000 q.)
- Maximum dimension of the sheet (ex: 3000mm x 1500mm)
- Maximum height of the objects that you want to place in the warehouse
- Maximum transportable weight with internal transport systems, forklift or overhead crane (es: 30 q.)
- Systems to be served (ex: n. 1 laser cutting machine, n. 1 punching machine, n. 1 automatic bending cell)
- Manual work areas to be served (ex: n. 1 welding station)
- Area or layout available for the warehouse
On the basis of these data, Antil technicians can can define a proposal that includes an indication respect to the loads which fall on the floor already existing or to be built. For existing buildings, the most restrictive constraints are usually dictated by the building itself and therefore they should be considered from the beginning of the project.
Concerning the type of machines which can be interfaced to your warehouses, Antil can boast several hundred systems installed in the field of sheet, where we interfaced to different kind of press brakes, laser cutting machines, punching and shearing machines on the market.