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Large Board and Pallet Handling System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059879D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robinson, JJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This arrangement provides for heavy object movement and lifting on a manufacturing line. Products and pallets are moved today on conveyor-type systems that are expensive, space-consuming and give one the ability to work only on the top side of a product. The improvement consists of a low-cost handling system for a product or pallet in a manufacturing environment that enables a greater utilization of square footage. The work stations cover the different orientation of a product for easy accessibility, and the product can be worked on or tested from the top or bottom because of the open rail concept. Rails can be adopted to testers and other unique equipment for rough locating prior to an operation where there is minimal operator intervention. Fig.

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Large Board and Pallet Handling System

This arrangement provides for heavy object movement and lifting on a manufacturing line. Products and pallets are moved today on conveyor-type systems that are expensive, space-consuming and give one the ability to work only on the top side of a product. The improvement consists of a low-cost handling system for a product or pallet in a manufacturing environment that enables a greater utilization of square footage. The work stations cover the different orientation of a product for easy accessibility, and the product can be worked on or tested from the top or bottom because of the open rail concept. Rails can be adopted to testers and other unique equipment for rough locating prior to an operation where there is minimal operator intervention. Fig. 1 is a schematic view of a typical work sector showing the angle iron rails for carrying the pallets and the various work stations on either side of the rails with turntable means in between. It can be seen that the product or pallet can be worked on from either work station and then turned on the turntable so that the other two sides can be worked on. Fig. 2 shows a more detailed view of the typical work sector wherein the turntable connects to a flip station or a upright work station at the adjacent work benches. The sector load and unload buffer consists of a buffer and transport cart 10 which contains the boards or pallets 12 to be placed on the rails for transport. The cart 10 is located on a lift 14 for ra...