Self-Maintained Machine: Tips to Make Maintenance “Transparent” for Warehouse Users


According to OSHA, the most common injury caused by warehouse accident is amputation. It is considered as the most serious workplace injuries that often occurs when workers operate unguardedly or inadequately safeguards mechanical power presses such as power press brakes, powered and non-powered conveyors, printing presses, roll-forming and roll-bending machines, food slicers, and many more. The same data showed that workers who operate machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, and abrasions each year. Additionally, fatal accidents at work lead to about 800 deaths each year.  

OSHA mentioned that prevention of those fatal injuries can be an effective safeguard. Where operation of a machine can injure operator or other workers, the hazard must be controlled or eliminated. Argon from The Future Warehouse suggested that self-maintained machine can be an efficient machine to prevent such accidents. For example, “a palletizer robot yellow warning LED has been flashing since yesterday. There is no dedicated technician in this local DC, so everyone continued to work as usual. A maintenance specialist has been automatically warned by a notification of the machine. He received the auto-diagnostic and will come to perform maintenance only if really needed.”

The example above shows that automation can be really helpful as it gives warning and can shut down any unnecessary system in no time and without any risk. It can also be said that a completely transparent maintenance system for warehouse users is now and in the future. With self-maintained automation, technicians know directly if an indicator is wrong, and would decide whether or not to come onsite for an intervention. Thus, direct data connexion with maintenance experts, automatic order of consumable supplies, predictive maintenance, and better measure of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for each equipment can be predicted before worse thing happens.

Not only that, Future Warehouse mentioned that self-maintained machine can increase productivity and reduce shutdown time. It can also be used in any industry such as fashion, cosmetics, high-tech, industry, retail, luxury, and e-Commerce. This future technology, however, only works on new machine. Therefore, before using self-maintained automation, you need to upgrade your “old” machines in your warehouse.

In summary, machine and equipment are becoming more connected to warehouse management system.  It will, now and then, be easier to follow real-time indicators of functioning and build notifications systems to alert when something is wrong with a machine. In other words, this advances can help minimise warehouse hazards that often occur.

Read also: Cobots in Logistics: Machines Specially Designed to Work Hand-in-Hand with Humans

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