Material Handling: Facilities Operations

Facilities Operations

Efficient Facility Operation and Monitoring

Modern distribution centers are fast paced environments conveying, sorting and processing product and packages to meet the needs of the customers they serve. To process these parcels as quickly and efficiently as possible, a myriad of systems, equipment and processes must be properly synchronized and managed. A single mishap in a mission critical area can disrupt the flow of items throughout the entire system.

Products and solutions from Banner Engineering help facility managers and operators keep their systems running smoothly, effectively and efficiently. Our sensors monitor the performance and health of machines, equipment, systems and system components, as well as docks and doors, loading and unloading areas, anywhere or anything that could significantly impact the flow of products and parcels through the system. If a critical condition arises, LED indicators provide a high visibility signal and an audible alert, notifying personnel to take action. Wireless products provide real-time status information from critical areas and equipment, allowing facility managers and operators to remotely monitor systems and respond quickly to any situation. 

Applications

Vehicle Presence and Absence at Loading Docks
Vehicle Presence and Absence at Loading Docks

Banner’s R-Gage QT50R senses vehicles as they approach a loading dock, sending a signal to workers inside the facility of a truck’s arrival/departure. Monitoring the arrival of trucks at loading docks is simple with the R-Gage radar sensor coupled with Banner’s quality lighting and indication solutions. The radar sensor reliably detects trucks pulling up to the loading/unloading dock from 15 meters away.

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Vehicle Detection at a Loading Dock
Vehicle Detection at a Loading Dock

The M-GAGE S18M is a magnetoresistive sensor that responds to the shift in the surrounding magnetic field when a truck approaches. The M-GAGE is set up to trigger a signal that activates a light inside the warehouse, indicating the truck's presence. This sensors is encapsulated with rugged epoxy to resist moisture damage and was designed to be installed both above ground or directly into concrete and asphalt pavements.

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Exit Chute Jam Indication
Exit Chute Jam Indication

Banner’s Q30FF600 background suppression sensor confirms when a product enters the exit chute to ensure it came off the sortation system and that there isn’t a jam in the product chute. The Q30FF600 has long range sensing up to 600 mm, which is the standard width of many chutes.

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Emergency Stop Buttons on a Conveyor
Emergency Stop Buttons on a Conveyor

Banner’s 30 mm mount E-Stop buttons work well in this type of application because they have an illuminated base that turns from yellow to flashing red when actuated. The red flashing illumination of the E-stop button visibly alerts operators which button was pressed so they can quickly and easily fix the problem to reduce down time and only reset the button that was activated.

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Emergency Indication on Conveyors
Emergency Indication on Conveyors

Banner’s RP-LS42 safety rope pulls line conveyors as a way to indicate emergencies and immediately shut down conveyors. If a rope pull is used during an emergency, it can be difficult to locate exactly where it was pulled. A K30 indicator light can be paired with the rope pulls in order to provide indication as to where the rope was pulled. This allows for quick and easy indication of where an emergency occurred, helping to return to normal operations as fast as possible.

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Facility Function Monitoring
Facility Function Monitoring

Banner’s wireless solutions can have multiple gateways tied to respective nodes, allowing for elimination of all wires and providing flexible mounting options. The wireless structure of gateways and nodes are responsible for communicating the critical I/O throughout the facility. Even with multiple wireless products, the wireless communication system is efficient and has no cross talk interference and does not interfere with the IT department.

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Performance Series Gateways and Nodes
Performance Series Gateways and Nodes

Create point-to-multi point networks that distribute I/O over large areas. Input and output types include discrete (dry contact, PNP/NPN), analog (0 to 10 V dc, 0 to 20 mA), temperature (thermocouple and RTD), and pulse counter.

TL70 Tower Lights - Wireless
TL70 Tower Lights - Wireless

TL70 Modular Tower Light is bigger, brighter and can be ordered as modular segments or pre-assembled. Wireless TL70 Tower Lights combine Banner's popular Tower Light family with its reliable, field proven, SureCross wireless architecture.

QM42 Vibration & Temperature Series - Wireless
QM42 Vibration & Temperature Series - Wireless

The QM42VT Vibration and Temperature Sensor makes it easy to monitor a machine's health. It measures RMS velocity and temperature so that problems can be detected before they become too severe and cause additional damage or result in unplanned downtime. Paired with a Banner wireless Node, it can provide local indication, wirelessly send the signal to a central location, and send the vibration and temperature data to the Gateway for collection and trending.

Barrel-Mount  Indicators: S18L Series
Barrel-Mount Indicators: S18L Series

These 18 mm general purpose indicator lights can be used on their own or as part of a panel; no enclosure necessary.

32 mm Industrial LED Light Bars: WLB32 Series
32 mm Industrial LED Light Bars: WLB32 Series

The WLB32 is a bright LED fixture that features an even light output to eliminate glare.

92 mm Industrial LED Light Bar: WLB92 Series
92 mm Industrial LED Light Bar: WLB92 Series

The WLB92 is an ultra-bright LED fixture with an even light output which provides bright task lighting, enabling increased productivity.

90 mm Domed Indicators: K90 Series
90 mm Domed Indicators: K90 Series

Large, 90 mm indicator lights provide extremely bright and uniform illumination from all directions and longer distances.

Temperature & Humidity Sensor Series
Temperature & Humidity Sensor Series

The SureCross® Temperature and Humidity Sensor works in a variety of environments to provide temperature and humidity measurements. Compatible with SureCross® wireless radios.

High Sensitivity Radar Sensors: QT50R Series
High Sensitivity Radar Sensors: QT50R Series

High sensitivity radar-based sensors ideal for collision avoidance on board mobile equipment, like reach stackers, forklifts, and mining vehicles. The range is up to 12 m, depending on target.

30 mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons
30 mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons

Patented 30 mm mounting base enables easy installation and hookup with no assembly, individual wiring or additional enclosure required.