Dürkopp, the materials handling specialists, recognised these demands at a very early stage, and reacted to the growing diversification of products within the fashion business by extending its tried-and-trusted roll adapter system for hanging clothing through the addition of sorter pockets for flat articles, from shoe boxes to accessories. The RFID transponders that are integrated into the product carriers make each product type uniquely identifiable. The millions of adapters that are in daily use demonstrate how robust and flexible the system is.
Conventional materials handling systems are designed around a main panel, decentralised distributors and sensor-actuator interfaces
. When it comes to larger sorting facilities, Dürkopp decentrally combines several of these systems to create installations that can cover an area equivalent to several football pitches. In this way, each control mechanism has its own panel. In order to be able to complete these large projects in the shortest possible time for e-commerce providers for example, the materials handling specialists focus on pluggable sensor-actuator cabling that uses M23 circular connectors. Weidmüller delivers all the necessary components as pre-assembled cord sets, in the corresponding combinations and lengths, which significantly simplifies the pre-cabling at the factory for Dürkopp. Labelling is also done in a timely fashion, using the Weidmüller integrated marking system
. The bottom line is that deploying both solutions results in noticeable reductions in equipment assembly times.