Power and free conveyor systems are often used for larger or more complex assemblies that require products to be transported between manufacturing processes or stations. With a power and free conveyor system, products are mounted on pallets, which ride on belt conveyors (either on a continuous loop or separate track offshoots). Pallets stop at work stations to perform various assembly or test operations.
The benefits of power and free conveyor systems include:
- High productivity
- Increased accuracy due to consistent assembly positioning and product orientation
- Ability to create multiple stations per pallet for higher production rates
- Ability to add modules to reduce component cycle time
- The flexibility to add, remove, or rearrange track sections as required