The Warehouse of the Future: Robots, Automation and Warehouse Fans

September 19, 2018 by Patrick Munar

The warehouse of the future will utilize both ground-breaking technology and reimagined tech like large warehouse fans. In fact, there are already industrial facilities like Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in Kent, Washington, which utilizes bots, drones and building management systems to enhance the work environment. This blog post will take a look at the latest in warehouse technology that will help warehouses become more comfortable and productive.

The Robotic Warehouse   

Robotics is probably the answer to many automation constraints that exist in industrial facilities. Robotic warehouse machinery is able to operate in any industrial space, without expensive structural modifications. They are also becoming increasingly mobile and capable of multitasking. This means companies will need less machinery to perform more activities.

Robots and autonomous vehicles are continuing to have a vital role in industrial facilities:

Rise of the Building Management System

A building management system (BMS), is a computer-based system designed to monitor and control building mechanical and electrical equipment and network them into a cohesive system. The biggest benefit of the BMS for industrial facilities is that it optimizes equipment performance to minimize energy consumption. It also provides facility managers with a visualization of sometimes large and complex networks of assets and building technology with modifiable data for more strategic decision making.

Building management systems can be accessed remotely or locally. A BMS can manage facility equipment such as lighting, security, power, HVAC and warehouse fans based on programmable user input.  A BMS can even help capture and analyze real-time equipment data, which helps facility managers develop strategies that drive energy costs down.

The Big Warehouse Fan

One simple yet effective solution for lowering energy costs in industrial facilities is the large warehouse fan, which uses less energy to cool (reducing cooling cost by 20%) or heat (reducing heating costs by 30%) warehouses. Other benefits of the large warehouse fan include optimal air movement, increased comfort and better indoor air quality by aiding ventilation designs and strategies.

Similar to the advance robotics for warehouses, large warehouse fans can be installed in most industrial spaces without major restructuring and can even supplement an existing HVAC system. In combination with a BMS, warehouse facility managers have much greater control over the way warehouse fans and HVAC systems work together providing a tremendous reduction in the amount of energy used to heat or cool an industrial space.

AirEffect is an optional control system for the MacroAir Fan Controller that senses and automatically maintains the desired room temperature. AirEffect gauges the heat index by measuring the temperature and humidity at the ceiling and floor. To achieve the desired temperature, AirEffect takes the heat index and calculates each fan’s ideal operating speed and direction and runs the fans accordingly.

Robotics, building management systems and warehouse fans will increasingly be used in industrial spaces as a means to help automate tasks, increase productivity and improve efficiencies. The scalability and quick implementation of modern advancements and reimagined technology means that the cost reduction benefit can be seen quickly and at a fraction of the initial investment of traditional warehouse operating costs.

Click the link below to learn more about how MacroAir Fans can help make your warehouses become more efficient, comfortable, productive and sustainable.

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