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When your products are large or processes require greater separation than easily accommodated by traditional indexing solutions, a conveyor based system may be the solution. While these require more floor space and are typically used for slower production rates, there are a number of distinct advantages

  • Accommodate larger and heavier products
  • Allow parallel process flow where duplicate stations are required to achieve overall production rate
  • Allow introduction of buffering zones to improve isolation between work cells, often improving overall production efficiency
  • Easily accommodate the introduction of manual labor, making conveyors well suited to a lean assembly approach
    Facilitate system modifications, and accommodate expansion and evolution of the line due to their modular construction
  • Are relatively easy to reconfigure, thereby accommodating changing product and process designs more easily

Often the best answer is a hybrid approach, which combines a synchronous, indexing system with an asynchronous conveyor-based solution. Whatever the case may be, Jewett Automation is extremely well suited to help you evaluate your particular needs and suggest the best approach to fit your manufacturing challenge.