The digitization of value chains is in full swing. It is well on its way to transforming the material handling industry into a cutting-edge cross-sectional industry and a hotspot for digital transformation. The prospects that the global success of e-commerce as one of the driving forces behind digitization will continue for a long time to come are still excellent. Most sectors of the economy will no longer be able to do without efficient material handling solutions in the future.
In manufacturing and distribution processes, there are clear developments with the "Industrial Internet of Things", which suggest that production and goods storage and distribution will be much more closely networked in the future, right through to mergers.
However – and digitalization is no exception: customers and users of the Interroll solution must always receive a measurable return on investment. At Interroll, we are working to make the rollers smarter and thus create added value for our customers in the form of greater efficiency in material handling and even higher plant availability.
Logic and mechanics move closer together
The trend is clear: logic and mechanics are moving closer towards each other and Interroll is already playing a leading role in shaping this process in our industry.
Conveyor technology will be even more automated than before, but also more intelligent. Part of the material handling process will then be controlled at machine level. In future, layout changes can be implemented by reprogramming decentralized intelligence. This will enable conveyor technology to contribute to the development of decentralized intelligence in logistics, distribution and production.
In 2017 and 2018, Interroll therefore invested CHF 5 million each in research budget for innovations in the area of "Logistics 4.0". With our MultiControl, we already offer a certified network card that can control the RollerDrive EC310 in standards such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCat.
With the help of MultiControl, sensors and RollerDrive are integrated directly into the fieldbus level.