Twin Strand Work Pallet Handling System

Work Piece Pallet


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Glide-Line pallets work as a carrier for work pieces as they move around a conveyor system. Most pallets are tooled with custom fixturing components to secure work pieces as they are handled, and each pallet contains a set of precision bushings for exact pallet location at each workstation by means of our Lift and Locate Units.

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Pallet Transport Conveyor


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The foundation of the Glide-Line pallet handling system is a twin-strand conveyor designed to transport work piece pallets from workstation to workstation. Transport conveyors offer multiple connection alternatives to suit a variety of assembly system requirements and are available with multiple power input options as well, including 24VDC motors.

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Glide-Line ZP


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Glide-Line ZP, a gentler, more reliable and energy efficient conveyor solution by eliminating 100% of backpressure caused by accumulation.With traditional conveyors, there is often backpressure from upstream pallets, motors running continuously, unnecessary wear and tear on the entire system and continuously running the conveyors which wastes energy.

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Lift Transfer Unit


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Lift Transfer Units move work piece pallets from one transport conveyor to another. Each unit contains a pair of belts that lift to engage the pallet perpendicular to the direction of flow. The lift action raises the pallet up and over the guide rail so it can be conveyed onto the adjacent transport conveyor. Units are bi-directional and can be set up to manage two, three, and four-way traffic control conditions.

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Heavy Duty Lift and Locate Unit


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The Heavy Duty Lift and Locate Unit delivers repeatable, positional accuracy within ±.05mm. The vertical lift position is fixed at 1.5mm above the belt, and the unit is designed to handle heavy loads for press operations such as swaging and ultrasonic welding. This unit utilizes a pneumatic shuttle that slips between the baseplate and the lift anvil once the pallet is raised into position. Heavy Duty Units must be station-mounted on suitable structures to absorb the required loads; accuracy and repeatability are relative to the mounting structure.

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Standard Lift and Locate Unit


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The Standard Lift and Locate Unit offers fully configurable vertical lift positioning, and it is suitable for applications that require repeatable, positional accuracy within ±.05mm. The unit can be station-mounted or mounted directly to the transport conveyor; accuracy and repeatability are relative to the mounting structure.

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Servo Vertical Transfer Unit


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Vertical Transfer Units (VTUs) transfer pallets from one level to another. This unit utilizes a section of transport conveyor as an elevator platform and benefits from a vertical servo-driven actuator for positioning. The elevator platform conveyor can operate in either direction, enabling the VTU to accept and discharge pallets from both sides, and the servo allows multiple stopping positions along the stroke. The unit is supplied as a stand-alone module.

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DART Drop and Rotate Transfer Unit


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DART Drop and Rotate Transfer Unit is a revolutionary innovation for pallet and work piece handling designed to simplify layouts and reduce cost.This specialized hub has been specifically design to maximize layouts and save complexity and cost.

The DART system is a powered conveyor that can rotate from 1 degree to 360 degrees to accomplish almost any angle transfer in a system, including conventional right angle transfers. The pallet can either rotate with it (changing orientation) or stay static (maintaining orientation). With this new design in your overall layout design toolbox, Glide-Line’s DART will allow for endless opportunities and maximize assembly workspace.

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Lift and Rotate Unit


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The Lift and Rotate unit is designed to turn pallets 90° or 180° in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. The unit uses pneumatics (lift portion) and servo motors (rotating portion) for ultra-smooth rotational motion and acceleration. Servo motors are customizable for special applications that demand continuous rotational motion, such as winding operations or visual inspection requiring multiple view angles. It can also act as a lift-and-bypass unit, lifting pallets and placing them on a shelf so other pallets can pass through.

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Pneumatic Vertical Transfer Unit


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Vertical Transfer Units (VTUs) transfer pallets from one level to another. This unit utilizes a section of transport conveyor as an elevator platform and relies on a vertical pneumatic cylinder for actuation. The elevator platform conveyor can operate in either direction, enabling the VTU to accept and discharge pallets from both sides. The unit is supplied as a stand-alone module.

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Pallet Stops


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Glide line offers a wide variety of pallet stops to suit the traffic handling demands of your application. They are broken into 3 general categories:

All stops can be configured to be pneumatically single or double acting, to stop work-piece pallets so an operation can be performed. Dampened Stops offer a pneumatic cushioning force to the work piece that slows the impact of the pallet against the stop. The cushioning force can be adjusted to suit specific application needs. Larger stops and higher cushioning forces are available upon request.

Anti-Rebound pallet stops can be utilized as a unidirectional stop gate to prevent pallets from moving if the conveyor belt reverses direction in the application.

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