Pallet Automation & Conveyor Systems
What Are Pallet Automation & Conveyor Systems?
Pallet Conveyor Systems are built to streamline pallet movement and management. Our automation ensures pallets, whether empty or bearing loads of up to 2 tons, move seamlessly throughout facilities.
Their primary function is not just transportation; they efficiently direct goods. This could be between production, finishing zones, storage areas, and more. Often they can eliminate the need for manual handling.
They can be installed with complementary equipment like wrappers, strappers, and labellers. All of which are pivotal in progressing towards a fully automated and efficient facility. Trust in the power of automation; it’s not just about moving goods, it’s about enhancing operational excellence.
The Benefits of Automating Pallet Movement
- Hybrid & Full Automation: Seamless integration options, whether partial or fully automated, to work effectively with AGVs.
- Smart System Integration: Our advanced control systems (WCS) work with the client’s WMS, promoting an intelligent operational approach.
- Increased Safety: Reduction in forklift movements for an enhanced safety profile for your facility.
- Optimal Labour Utilisation: With automated pallet transit, harness the full potential of your workforce, directing labour resources more strategically.
- Consistent Pallet Movement: Ensure uninterrupted pallet transit and feeds.
- Flexible Pallet Accumulation: Options for both live and offline pallet accumulation.
- Versatility in Handling: Our systems accommodate various pallet and cage weights and sizes.
- Economical Maintenance: In the long term, our automated systems are more cost-effective, requiring less upkeep than forklift trucks.
Our Pallet Conveyor Solutions
Accumulation Roller Conveyors
These systems allow for the temporary storage of pallets by halting or accumulating them in designated zones. This is done without interrupting the flow or requiring a stop in the conveyor line. It ensures a smoother workflow, beneficial in areas with different pallet processing speeds.
Whether integrating into production zones, finishing areas, or automated storage/retrieval systems, these conveyors excel in harmonising transitions. Our designs ensure compatibility with both single empty pallets and heavier 2-ton loads. This can offer flexible solutions for modern warehousing needs.
Pallet Dispensers and Stackers
These devices dispense single pallets for conveying or accumulating and stack them for storage. Our designs are primed for various applications – whether initiating feeds to production areas, supporting palletising tasks, or integrating within storage systems.
Their prime function is to enhance efficiency and ensure pallets are readily available or stored. By integrating with our bespoke conveyor systems, these units provide a truly automated environment, driving both safety and operational excellence.
Pick and Deposit Stations
Pick and Deposit Stations are precisely designed to ensure fluidity in automated environments. These key points ease both the collection (pick) and placement (deposit) of pallets within the conveying system.
Our expertise ensures these stations are seamlessly incorporated. Aiding in swift transitions from production lines to storage or finishing zones. Their integration works alongside conveyor systems, enabling precise pallet handling, reducing manual interventions, and optimising workflow.
Elevators and Lowerators
Elevators and Lowerators optimise vertical space and ensure smooth movement across different levels. These systems elevate or lower pallets, granting access to various floors or storage heights.
With our innovative design, they integrate within our conveyor solutions, ensuring pallets transition smoothly, even in height-restricted environments. Their primary role is not just about vertical movement; it’s about optimising space, reducing manual pallet transfers between floors, and ensuring consistent flow in multi-tiered setups.
Palletisers arrange goods onto pallets in predefined patterns, readying them for distribution or storage. We understand the details of product movement, and we design our Palletisers to integrate with conveyor systems. Ensuring a harmonious transition from production lines to pallet loads.
Beyond stacking, they can maximise storage, increasing throughput, and reducing manual handling risks.
Pallet Condition Checks
Pallet Condition Checks are systematic evaluations that detect any damages or irregularities in pallets before they enter the automation flow. Our integrated systems ensure that only pallets in prime condition progress through the conveyor system. This proactive approach safeguards the goods and prevents potential system disruptions.
By automatically assessing and filtering out compromised pallets, we enhance operational efficiency, reduce manual oversight, and ensure the longevity of both products and the automated system itself.
Chain Conveyors are powered chains set in tracks. They are engineered to transport heavier loads, like substantial pallets, with ease and precision.
Whether directing goods between production zones or streamlining pathways to storage areas, they exemplify versatility. Working harmoniously with other equipment, like palletisers and wrappers, they’re not just about motion; they’re about redefining efficient and uninterrupted material flow.
Pallet Automation & Conveyor Systems FAQs
How versatile are conveyor solutions for different pallet sizes?
Highly versatile! We cater to most pallet and cage sizes and weights, ensuring consistent and smooth operations irrespective of the load.
What's the advantage of opting for automated storage/retrieval alongside conveyors?
Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) combined with our conveyors provide a fully integrated solution, maximising storage space, ensuring quicker retrieval times, and streamlining the entire logistics process.
Do you provide maintenance services for installed conveyor systems?
Yes, in addition to our state-of-the-art systems having lower maintenance requirements, we also offer maintenance services to ensure your conveyors run optimally.
How do pallet condition checks enhance the conveyor system?
By automatically assessing and filtering out compromised pallets, we prevent potential disruptions and damages, ensuring a smoother flow and longer lifespan for the system and the products.
Can I get a customised solution for my specific needs?
Certainly. We pride ourselves on offering modular solutions for general needs and bespoke designs tailor-made for specific requirements.
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We are proud to have completed installations over more than 25 years for many major organisations. We have forged strong relationships and continue to provide automation solutions through ongoing maintenance or follow-on projects. Constantly working with our customers to meet and exceed their needs.
“I have found working with CSL the ideal partnership, they understood the brief and worked closely with CEF to ensure the design met all of the criteria. The support from start to finish was excellent. The project ran smoothly from start to finish. The system has made our new warehouse very efficient and allowed us to increase the throughput”
“As this was a new facility it was difficult to visualise the conveyor system prior to the mezzanine floor installation, but CSL provided a detailed 3D drawing which included both the mezzanine and the conveyors which brought clarity to this. The install process was smooth and the end results have allowed us to increase control, flexibility & volumes”
“We have worked with CSL previously and after many years of reliable operation we decided to use CSL again to design, supply and carry out the installation. As with the last system the benefits became almost immediately evident”