Multiple Duplicate Stations in Series Provide Backup When Automated Multiple Identical Operations Must be Performed
Original Publication Date: 1987-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
In an automated assembly line consisting of an in line series of single function work-stations, the failure of one work-station stops the entire operation. It is expensive to provide duplicate, normally idle, parallel backup stations. The present embodiment shows however, that when each unit in production requires repetitive identical operations, or when a number of units, each requiring an identical operation, are handled in a group as a unit, an in line series of duplicate work-stations provides an economic work-sharing system with inherent backup capability.