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.