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8 Reasons Our Clients Love This No-Limit Flexible Workpiece Pallet

Posted by Tom Churchill | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Glide-Line’s Workpiece Pallet may sound like a typical conveyor accessory, but it’s anything but typical. Our Workpiece Pallet is a workpiece that can be modified and machined to handle a customer’s fixture or jig configuration.

The primary purpose is to hold the work and guide the product throughout the system, providing repeatability, accuracy, and interchangeability in the manufacturing of products. We build the Workpiece Pallet from scratch, in-house, and it is completely size configurable – at no additional cost. Or, for a small additional cost we can even machine in additional features to your specifications!  Here’s why our integrator clients love this no-limits flexible workpiece platform.


1. Complete Flexibility

Dependent on our customer’s needs, we offer an array of different base materials that can be cut, machined and modified (in-house!) to offer flexibility to precisely match a client’s automation system demands. These are all configurable standards, meaning we don’t charge more for these customizations.


Most Glide-Line Workpiece 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. We can even place rollers under the pallet to create a zero-pressure pallet that would typically be used in clean room design.


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2. Configurable Sizing

Workpiece Pallets from Glide-Line are available in 1mm increment sizing in both axes. Since we’re cutting the top plate of the pallet in-house, we’re able to do any size your client’s process requires. The pallets can be configured to handle any size carrier.

 

 

3. Design Around Needs Instead of Limitations

Our competitors only offer a specific, set size of pallets – typically in 80mm increments – that forces the customer to design their systems around a base platform that’s not really the size they need. If you need to design a larger system to accommodate a larger size pallet, your client’s cost is also impacted to reflect those changes. This can result in more space, further reaches for your automation, and other compromises.  


Our flexible workpiece pallets empower designers to design to the exact specifications, instead of designing and purchasing a system around someone else’s limitations.




4. Cost-Effective Standard Options

Glide-Line Workpiece Pallets are machined in-house, and any special features we add remain  cost-effective since we don’t consider it “custom.” The aluminum tool & jig pallet material is precision ground flat to within .002” per foot. The thickness is within +/- .005”. It has no internal stress so it will resist warping due to machining and wide operating temperature variations.  

 

These  configured standards, in-house options include:

  • Material options: stainless, machine-tooled steel, or aluminum (tool and jig plate)

  • Pallet thickness: ¼”, ⅜”, and ½” are most common thicknesses, but we can tool all the way down to 3/16” thickness; if a client has a lightweight part, they can save money

 

 

5. Deliverability

We’re able to significantly reduce lead times and delivery times since we do all the work to create the pallet in-house. Check out our post on more “Factors You Control to Help Ensure A Fast Lead Time For Your Conveyor Application.”


Download: How to Cut Conveyor Lead Times in Half This Year

 

 

6. Availability

Work Piece PalletSince we’re custom machining each Workpiece Pallet in-house, availability of this device is never an issue. They can even be RFID compatible.

We can supply the pallet assembled (like the picture shows) or unassembled.

Unassembled delivery includes a machine top plate, but bushings and bumpers are shipped separately (components only). This allows the customer to do their own machining on the pallet if they want; they can have raw aluminum anodized or coat it themselves. It allows them to “customize” the top piece to their own needs if it’s more cost-effective.



7.  Customization

Since we are machining each pallet from scratch order to order, we are also very happy to customize our pallet to include features to allow fixtures for your client’s product, holes in the pallet for items that would reside below the surface, or anything else that’s needed in your client’s automation process. This will save both time and money as the pallets will arrive completely customized specifically for your clients’ applications.  There is a small extra cost for this service, but compared to building a completely custom workpiece pallet yourself, this cost is very low.



8. Cross-Compatibility

This device is cross-compatible with our leading competitor’s system. If your customer has spare pallets in their store room, they wouldn’t need to have additional inventory because their current pallet inventory will work on our system.  

 

There are virtually no limits to the flexibility of the Workpiece Pallets from Glide-Line; whatever your client needs in terms of size, tooling, materials, or design, we can make it happen.


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Topics: Reduce Conveyor Lead Time, Flexible Conveyor Solutions, Configurable Conveyor Technology

Written by Tom Churchill

In addition to having the biggest laugh and smile in the room, Tom brings a passion to the growth of our company that is unmatched. He thrives on helping customers and building long term relationships. Tom is a "go anywhere, go anytime" guy willing to do whatever it takes to help the cause. He has a fantastic family in Cleveland where he lives with his beautiful wife Linda, and is near his children and grandchildren who light up his face, which in turn, lights up the room.

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Glide-Line offers the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

We solve problems that other conveyor systems manufacturers won’t. We developed Glide-Line from the ground up with a few key, driving factors in mind. First, our conveyors had to be robust and reliable. Second, they would be simple – easy to maintain and service. Finally, we insisted on flexible configurability, creating an efficient, hassle-free customer experience. We’ve built the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

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