Machine controls for material handling applications

Controls for material handling and logistics systems in factories and distribution centres must offer high levels of availability and unmatched flexibility. With products that are modular in design and can be installed quickly, you can be sure that your products will reliably move through your process.

Modular material handling systems

Regardless of whether material handling or conveyor systems are used in airports, warehouses, production lines or gravel plants, they are often the lifeline of your daily operations. Material handling systems are increasingly complex and subject to frequent changes. We can help you design and build intelligent, modular systems that are easy to operate and service, so that you can keep your promises on product lead times.

Modular systems for baggage handling and high profile warehouses

A modular design of the mechanical elements of the conveyor - the motor, the gearbox and the motor starter or drive - has become standard in material handling systems. Working with leading baggage handling and warehouse companies, our distributed drive and protection technologies deliver luggage and material on-time all over the world. Fast and easy implementation, smart communication and easy serviceability help operators around the world keep their systems available.

Delivering baggage on time at Warsaw Chopin Airport

In Terminal 1 of the Warsaw airport, Eaton’s Rapid Link modular starter system delivers up to 1,800 bags per hour, just in time for your next flight.

Modularity in production logistics and small warehouses

The unmatched advantages of modular material handling systems with distributed control units also apply in smaller installations. The easyE4 controller is ideally suited for this task. In combination with the smart PKE motor starter and a PowerXL DG1 drive, it allows for efficient motor control and the processing of data to reduce system downtime. With the support of our application engineering team and global channel network, the creation of customised systems for your application is an easy task.

How to create conveyor modules

This application support document describes how to create conveyor systems with distributed control based on the easyE4. Customised application modules enable a modular hardware and program design.  

Load-dependent control of bulk conveyors

Conveying bulk material is a highly variable task. Transported loads can vary enormously depending on the environment. In open space installations, even weather conditions like heavy rain or frost can influence the system load. The PKE motor starter and PowerXL drives with integrated sensors allow system integrators to build bulk conveyor systems that are optimised for performance. Our SmartWire-DT intelligent wiring system not only provides valuable data for automated process control, but also reduces installation costs and enables system integrators to deliver projects with the lowest total cost of ownership.

Load-optimised bulk handling system

When a gravel plant in Germany decided to update its installations, it gave the job to Eaton’s Solution Partner Weingärtner who delivered a load-optimised system that performs even under harsh weather conditions.

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