Palletizing Systems is essential tools used for the safe storage, handling and transportation of pallets prior to delivery and during storage. These systems can be installed by companies themselves to help manage their pallet supply. Some suppliers who offer palletizing also offer other services such as freight consolidation, as well as the packing and assembly of your pallets into your containers. There are three basic types of Palletizing Systems: Direct Drive Rotary Table, Rotary Spread and Sliding File. Each system has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Direct Drive Palletizing Systems, also known as DDS, use direct current power transmitted via a direct drive line from the source of power to the attached end. The DDS is a great option for companies that need a higher level of accuracy with their palletizing equipment. An example of this type of system is the Atlas Palletizer, which has been calibrated and tested for reliability. Direct drive palletizing systems require an initial investment in the purchase of a generator capable of operating the machinery.
Rotary Spread Palletizing Systems (RSP) uses a series of gearing devices and a fluid coupled between these gears. The fluid flow is controlled using a potentiometer which is sensitive enough to detect any gear failure. The rotary palletizing systems have many advantages over DDS systems because the power transmission is more direct and the gear couplings applied are much stronger than in the case of DDS. There are, however, some disadvantages to using RSPs.
High Speed Freight System (HSFS) is a hybrid of both DDS and RSP technology. HSFS uses a combination of two different types of palletizing methods to increase the ability of a single machine or a series of machines to lift heavy workpieces. The most traditional method used in HSFSs is counter rotating roller bearings (CCB) on the in-line interface between the workpiece and the transport medium (the drum). By using high speed electric motors to power the CCC brakes, the CCD is able to lock in and rotate, limiting the rotational speed of the workpiece making it easier to control the speed of the transport medium.
Further advancement of the palletizing system is the use of power transmission, which is achieved by means of a high-speed electric motor. This transfer of power allows workpieces to be lifted quickly and to have greater surface area available. Power couplings are used in the power transmission process to prevent gearbox damage. The use of high speed electric motors in the HSFS also makes the system very efficient.
High speed electric motors allow workpieces to be lifted rapidly and with more surface area available. As the technology of HSFS continues to advance, this technology is beginning to replace the traditional pallet system in many warehouse applications. For now, there is a limit to what the power transmission of these types of palletizing systems can accomplish, but that may soon change. With the development of new materials and methods of working with them, the future for this type of machine is looking bright indeed.