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OUTPUT CRANE STATION Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040047D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

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Caraballo, JF Collins, WM Kemmerer, TR Mariano, MH Todd, RL [+details]


This article describes a technique for providing an efficient and fast automatic delivery of pallets to the kitting lanes in an automatic crane system. The output crane controls and monitors the output side of the flowrack system. Based on the information available in the common database and the photo-eye information collected by the programmable controller station, the crane station delivers pallets of the specified part type to the kitting lanes. The output crane control program may also elect to return a pallet of parts to the input side of the dense storage area for various reasons. These parts are returned using the return flow lane. A Parts Return message will be sent to the input crane control program for each pallet placed in the return flow lane.