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Flexible Automation Through Palletized Materials Handling System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050590D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Heald, RW: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The palletized materials handling system includes parts which are oriented at a source manually or by a robot and placed into pallet liners 10 designed specifically for the application. The liners 10 (Fig. 1) are vacuum formed, and are reusable and stackable. The liners 10 fit into transportation pallets 12 for transporting to storage facilities. The liners containing the parts are pulled from storage on demand and placed into transport pallets 12. The transport pallet 12 is then dispatched to the flexible automation assembly area 14 (Fig. 2) by means of conveyers 16, auto truck 18, or elevator/stacker 20. The pallets 12 are pulled or positioned into the robot system work area 14 by means of a powered pallet shuttle mechanism 19.

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Flexible Automation Through Palletized Materials Handling System

The palletized materials handling system includes parts which are oriented at a source manually or by a robot and placed into pallet liners 10 designed specifically for the application. The liners 10 (Fig. 1) are vacuum formed, and are reusable and stackable. The liners 10 fit into transportation pallets 12 for transporting to storage facilities. The liners containing the parts are pulled from storage on demand and placed into transport pallets 12. The transport pallet 12 is then dispatched to the flexible automation assembly area 14 (Fig. 2) by means of conveyers 16, auto truck 18, or elevator/stacker 20. The pallets 12 are pulled or positioned into the robot system work area 14 by means of a powered pallet shuttle mechanism 19. The pallets 12 can also be loaded into the robot work space 14 by utilizing a powered multi-position over/under, load/unload carousel
22. The pallets 12, filled with the assembled parts or empty pallets, can be dispatched from the area 14 by reversing the process. The empty pallets 12 are dispatched to the original parts storage area where the empty liner 10 is removed and returned to parts source and a full liner of parts is placed in the now-empty pallet for return to the robot work area 14 to complete a continuous cycle.

The pallet liners 10 may have readable coding thereon, by means of which the entire processing control can be established and monitored by a host comput...