Continuous Flow Assembly System
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
The assembly system consists of two parallel tracks joined at one end by a link conveyor forming a U around which components and sub-assemblies may be moved in either direction and storage racks entered along the parallel arms of the U adjacent to one side of each track. Adjacent the other side of each track is a number of robot assembly stations. A programmable vehicle runs along each track to load the storage bins and to transfer components to any assembly station via the link conveyor if necessary. The continuous flow assembly system is designed for assembling various products without major reconfiguration. There are three component parts (a Material Handling System, a Programmable Transport Vehicle (PTV), and Assembly and Test Stations) which integrate to give a flexible assembly system.