Loading solutions are highly practical pieces of equipment for an automotive business. They can boost efficiency and productivity, and at the same time, they increase the safety of the operation. When considering whether to purchase a loading system, you must form a solid understanding of your requirements and the results you want the system to achieve for you. Loading systems call for a significant upfront investment, so this is crucial.

Below is a look at automation and automated loading solutions in the automotive industry. We’ll discuss why automation is necessary, look at different automated loading solutions and how to choose the right system for your automotive solution.

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why automotive businesses need automation

One of the big challenges the automotive industry faces is disruption in the supply chain. Conflicts and the pandemic have created extra barriers to the movement of goods. Automotive manufacturers not only rely on goods movement to make cars but also on the distribution of them.

When it comes to loading, automation helps businesses keep up with the pace of operations in other parts of the manufacturing facility. Loading solutions boost the efficiency of loading. When goods are ready, the manufacturer can get them into trailers and on their way to their final recipient or onto the next part of their journey sooner. A solution such as a conveyor can also help automotive businesses transfer parts from one part of the facility to another for the next stage of assembly.

Working in the automotive industry also entails some repetitive, monotonous and dangerous tasks, a category into which loading falls in some respects. Automation has helped to simplify the problem and is helping workers (and the overall business) to adapt more easily.

types of loading automation

Working on the floor of an automotive manufacturing facility means working with heavy parts. That could be tyres, engine parts or even a completely assembled engine. As well as being heavy, they could be bulky and cumbersome to lift. We offer two solutions that suit loading operations in the automotive industry and spare workers a lot of this gruelling manual work.

Moving floor conveyor

Our moving floor conveyor can help businesses to load and unload trailers in as little as two minutes or less. The automated nature of the conveyors means no one needs to conduct any manual loading. They just have to operate the conveyor, allowing for safe loading and unloading of the trailers. Even during high-volume processes, the conveyor is incredibly safe. It enjoys special use in the automotive industry, where businesses employ it widely for tyre and wheel assemblies.

Powered cargo roller being used to safely load an areoplane engine

Powered cargo roller

The powered cargo roller is widely used at airports, as it’s suitable for handling engines, air cargo bins, pallets and other heavy loads, but it’s also appropriate for use in the automotive industry. The remote control system of the roller means only one person is required to conduct loading, and there is no need for any intervention of forklift trucks in the loading, so there is less chance of damage to the car parts.

This is a robust system that can cope with containers and the transportation of pallets up to 20 000 kilos. Maintenance is simple, which makes it easy to stay on top of so the system can keep delivering for the manufacturer.

which type of automation should you choose?

When it comes to choosing a system, there are several factors to consider. Here are the main ones:

Types of materials or goods you’re loading

If you’re dealing with liquids such as oil, you’ll need a different system that enables you to handle solids. You must also consider the size of the materials or goods. Some systems are only designed to work with smaller sizes or quantities, whereas others are created for much larger, heavier cargo.

The capacity of the loading system

You don’t want to overburden your loading system, so check the capacity it can handle. Some systems can only transfer lighter loads safely and efficiently, whereas others are more heavy-duty and carry much more weight safely.

The supplier’s reputation

Buying your loading system from an experienced supplier who can understand your requirements is important. They’ll ensure the system meets your specific needs. Often, you can choose from a ready-made system or a custom-made one. It’s important to choose the type that matches your requirements.

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implementing automated systems in automotive businesses

Before implementing an automated system in your business, you should always conduct a full analysis of your current logistics operations. This ranges from inventory management through to inbound and outbound logistics. The purpose of the analysis is to identify where you can improve your logistics and how you can do so.

Using our extensive experience operating in the logistics industry, we can take a look at your business and see how a loading system could fit into your operations. We’ll also be able to help you choose the right system for your business and install it for you. To chat with one of our team about your project and how we can help, contact us using the details on our contact page, and we’ll help you get things moving.

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