In industrial environments, often for many different applications, pallet transfer systems is frequently used. In this operation, typically, any piece of machinery will be utilised for moving pallets around an automated system.

With the help of a pallet transfer system, it is possible to move a stack of pallets, pallets fully loaded with product, or empty single pallets too. Such a system is also available with Top Industries, which has designed and supplied many different kinds of material handling systems.

This kind of system can be useful to reduce the number of repetitive manual operations and can free your operators and forklifts to do any complex tasks.

Pallet transfer systems can particularly be quite useful to move completed pallets away from any robotic product stacking cells and also, where any operator’s presence may cause the cell to stop operation at any time.

Pallet changer

A pallet changer can be one of the most sophisticated machines for pallet transfer. This kind of pallet changer can help an operator to exchange the pallet under a load without even touching them.

This kind of pallet changer can be custom-built for any industry that is looking for any specific stack heights and their loads are quite stable while they are resting on their side.

The system of side clamping will ensure that a load will be able to maintain its integrity. This kind of pallet changer is a fully automated system and is fitted with fixed guarding.

V-changer

The “V Changer” is another handling solution available for pallet transfer equipment. It will have totally a hands-free operation. Because the loading table is available at the ground level, the V Changer can easily be loaded or unloaded by using a pallet truck.

Your stack integrity can be retained by tipping your load by using the “V” cradle method. This V-Changer has a maximum capacity of 3,000 pounds and can handle loads from 23″ to 90″.

A few more options are available for pallet transfer, which are as follows:

  1. Chain conveyor

A chain conveyor is one of the cost-effective options to move pallet.

Pros:

  • Low cost
  • Robust
  • Not weight-sensitive
  • Simple to repair

Cons:

  • “Set down” placement will be necessary
  • No accumulation
  • Less forgiving to any imperfect pallets
  • Generally unable to turn
  1. Roller conveyor

Roller conveyor operation is similar to chain conveyors, but may offer more versatility.

Pros:

  • Can easily be operated in different directions
  • Can move your pallets in a curved path
  • Allows accumulation
  • It can associate with chain conveyors
  • More forgiving with any imperfect pallets

Cons:

  • Often more complex
  • More expensive
  • Often carry less weight compared to chain conveyors
  • Higher maintenance schedule
  1. Pallet transfer cart system

A transfer cart system can be a more complex system compared to either any chain or roller conveyor. They can only be used when a conveyor system may not be feasible to complete the necessary pallet movements.

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