Manual Palletizing and Pallet Handling Conveyor System in Distribution Center

Manual Palletizing and Pallet Handling Conveyor System in Distribution Center

The Problem

  • Ergonomics: The specified system provided no means of replenishing pallets on the pallet build stations. Forklifts would be forced to deliver stacks of pallets underneath down-lines. Operators would be forced to manually lift and place 50# pallets from the stack to the pallet build stations.
  • Complexity: The (22) manual pallet build stations required inline transfers and operators to provide traffic control for incoming pallets to the trunk line. This offered the possibility for errors and jams.
  • Cost: The specified layout was more costly as an initial investment as well as ongoing costs to maintain the additional equipment.

The Solution

Manual Palletizing

Industrial Kinetics concepted a high speed low profile dual deck “Smart” transfer car system concept with remote wireless communication to the main control system. An automatic pallet dispenser feeds the “smart car”, each time it cycles home to drop off a completed pallet. The empty pallet is then discharged onto the pallet build station as the completed pallet is removed.

The Benefit

The “Smart car” concept carries onboard intelligence, significantly reducing the amount of wiring. The result is a “clean” low profile side mounted bus bar system. The “Smart car” also eliminates the need for…

  • Traffic control by operators.
  • (22) Inline transfers, reducing maintenance.
  • Empty pallet handling by operators, reducing potential injuries.

Pallet Handling Systems

The automatic pallet dispenser provides for “single point” fork truck drop for empty pallet replenishment. The change in pallet orientation through turntables allows for all pallets to be handled “the easy way,” decreasing the opportunity for jams and transitions problems. Zero Pressure pallet accumulation insures proper conveyance and accumulation of pallets when transporting and feeding the dual stretch wrappers.

Manual Palletizing

Industrial Kinetics Manufactured Products for This Project

  • Low profile Dual Deck “Smart” Transfer Car with a 9” Top of Roller, with all track and accessories
  • Custom Pick-Up and Delivery Pallet Build stations which oriented the pallets “the easy way” with a very low profile to allow for stacking of cases up to 84” tall
  • Pallet handling conveyors including Chain Driven Live Roller, Zero Pressure Zoned Pallet Accumulators, Turntables, Gravity Roller conveyor
  • Custom safety gates at the pallet build stations
  • Fork Style pallet dispenser
  • Integration of two stretch wrappers
  • Controls system

Pallet Handeling Systems

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