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Logistics buildings lay down several requirements based on their use profile, such as opened doors, high storage shelves, different use areas, etc. Although a part of the stored goods requires only a minimum of heat, effective warehouse heating is indispensable in the storage and retrieval process and in the logistical concept of man-to-goods. However, warehouse or distribution centre heating also has other functions to serve. For instance, it must ensure that the sprinkler systems are kept free of frost and, in case there are oxidation-susceptible goods such as bright steel, it must ensure that the rooms are kept free of condensation. The intake of cold mainly takes place in loading and unloading areas. Even the general cargo to be stored conveys cooling in the room, depending on its own mass. Experience matters. As the market leader in innovative infrared technology [luminous heaters and tube heaters], Schwank has already heated logistics areas of 10 million m2 in an energy-efficient manner. For our customers, economic and ecological reasons, energy saving, and low operating costs are the most significant decision-making criteria. Logistics halls lay down several requirements based on their use profile, for example:
  • Heating zones in the loading and unloading areas
  • Ensuring basic warehouse heating requirements in the storage and commissioning area
  • Separated workstation heating of selected areas [workplace clusters]
  • Energy-efficient heating for reduction of operating costs of logistics and distribution centre heating
  • Flexibility in the arrangement of units, e.g. for alternating profile of requirements

The Schwank heating concept for logistics halls

  • In spite of opened building doors, the indoor space remains pleasantly temperate. Since the heat is transferred in the form of infrared radiation, which means that even the floor and the walls store the heat, the heat is not lost in case of frequent door movements and draughts.
  • Achieving a uniform temperature level and pleasant heat in various hall zones.
  • As opposed to conventional heating systems, where large amounts of air move inside the room, the stored goods are prevented from becoming dusty.
  • Should a change in the logistics concept become necessary in the course of time [e.g. due to a changing usage profile], the heating system can be customised easily and flexibly.

Benefits of the infrared heating system

In infrared heating systems, since the heat is not transferred through air but through heat radiation, draughts, due to frequently opened gates, has an insignificant influence on the indoor climate. This is because infrared radiators work according to the principle of the sun. The heat is transferred in the form of electromagnetic waves. They are absorbed at the points where they fall and get converted into heat. Infrared warehouse heating systems therefore provide heat to the stored goods, the employees in the room and the floor of the room. And this saves energy!

Benefits of an infrared distribution centre heating system versus conventional systems

  • Low energy costs - savings of 30%-50% compared to conventional systems
  • Low connected load [heat output] owing to effective heat radiation
  • CO2-reducing
  • Low investment costs
  • No heat cushions beneath the building roof
  • Partial surface heating [e.g. in the commissioning area] possible
  • No limitation of the storage area due to space-saving assembly beneath the building roof
  • No dust swirls
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Modular adaptation easily possible in case of change in use

Schwank services

  • Full service, including design planning, construction management, assembly to maintenance
  • Official approvals
  • Briefing of the user
  • Heating cost comparisons
  • Detailed system documentation for each project
  • Comprehensive assembly and operating manuals for all warehouse heating devices
  • Availability of spare parts for at least 10 years

Application reports

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Superlative utilisation of residual heat

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Distribution Centre – Significant energy savings at great comfort

Distribution Centre – Significant energy savings at great comfort

Less draft and noise - but more comfort and 30% energy savings. These are the advantages of the Schwank tube heaters in logistics halls. read more

Impressions from logistics buildings