Consisting of hardware, sensors and software, material handling control systems direct and report on the status of hydraulic- and electrical-powered industrial equipment and products/inventory. Controls interface with and manage hardware through a communications network to ensure that equipment operates properly and safely. They also direct product movement and positioning for subsequent operations. Further, through a user interface, controls provide information to identify products and their locations, as well as equipment status monitoring and diagnostics. Typical devices include controllers remote or wireless controls, pendant stations, festoons, drives, motors, conductor bars, anti-collision equipment, brakes and resistors.
A control system is comprised of hardware, software and communications network, including:
Controls connect equipment and systems that support processing and picking throughout a facility:
Controls provide a variety of benefits: