In logistics, new areas can be developed in which conveyor technology is no longer profitable today or has become too inflexible (e.g. for seasonal businesses). In particular, processes where frequent or fast changes are required are imaginable for the future, so that the physical layout of the conveyor technology will have to be changed on short notice, e.g. to release areas or use the same station several times. One example for this would be a workplace where packaging takes place first, following by a quick conversion and then only by unpacking.
The idea of a system designed according to the principle of the FlexConveyor can be continued so that in the end, comprehensive standardization of the conveyor technology is made possible with the objective to create a continuous conveyor technology module construction kit in which all the relevant items (i.e. mechanics, sensors, actors, controls, etc. are considered. This is particularly important because today's conveyor technology landscape is characterized by a far-reaching heterogeneity and diversity due to the large number of manufacturers and control products. This often makes it more difficult to find and select suitable systems. Standardization would create better clarity and overview, which can accelerate planning and implementation processes.
The FlexConveyor-system has some pioneering approaches regarding reusability. Already-used conveyors and components can be reused when a new system is planned, so that complete reconstruction of the system (as it is typical today) can be avoided and costs can be saved. The aspect of environmental protection also plays an important role since raw materials and other materials can be reused.
The efforts arising in commissioning can be reduced by up to 90% in future using the FlexConveyor: Consistent construction of the modules permits fast assembly, connection and commissioning. The time- and cost-intensive writing and electrical installation, as well as programming or adjustment of the software, as it is often common in classic conveyor systems, are almost completely dispensed with. Problems that often occur only on site and will quickly make customers dissatisfied can be solved more quickly since the system is more flexible for conversions due to its plug & play capacity. Multi-day commissioning can thus usually be reduced to one or two days.