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TURN OPTION TO SHIFT SYSTEM FOR PRODUCTION LINES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009453D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 97K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Lim Kean Thye: AUTHOR

Abstract

Conventionally, a SMART-Q production line is multi-rail production environment and plays an laid out with all of its machines in a close loop. In important role at L-shaped corners or T-junctions of such an environment, several ninety degree transfer such an environment. modules are utilized to facilitate the close loop. It is now obvious that the trend is heading towards Referring now to Figure 1 below, various situa- machines with dual rails instead of a single rail. tions are shown in which material is transferred between two pairs of conveyors labeled Conveyor What is proposed here is a system that is capa- A, B, C and D. Material starting on Conveyor A ble of two simultaneous motions, namely, changing will normally take the route to Conveyor C. movement direction of material and shifting or Likewise, material starting on Conveyor B will nor- transferring such material from one designated rail mally take the route to Conveyor D. With TOTS, to another. Henceforth, this article will refer to this material starting on Conveyor A or B has the choice two-in-one automated system as a Tum-Option-To- to move to either Conveyor C or D.

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TURN OPTION TO SHIFT SYSTEM FOR PRODUCTION LINES

by Lim Kean Thye

  Conventionally, a SMART-Q production line is multi-rail production environment and plays an laid out with all of its machines in a close loop. In important role at L-shaped corners or T-junctions of such an environment, several ninety degree transfer such an environment.
modules are utilized to facilitate the close loop. It is
now obvious that the trend is heading towards Referring now to Figure 1 below, various situa- machines with dual rails instead of a single rail. tions are shown in which material is transferred between two pairs of conveyors labeled Conveyor What is proposed here is a system that is capa- A, B, C and D. Material starting on Conveyor A ble of two simultaneous motions, namely, changing will normally take the route to Conveyor C. movement direction of material and shifting or Likewise, material starting on Conveyor B will nor- transferring such material from one designated rail mally take the route to Conveyor D. With TOTS, to another. Henceforth, this article will refer to this material starting on Conveyor A or B has the choice two-in-one automated system as a Tum-Option-To- to move to either Conveyor C or D.

Shift (TOTS) system. TOTS is intended to serve a

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Fig. 1 TOTS material handling combinations

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