Unit of product s passed f rom st at ion
t o st at ion manually
Sit uat ion where operat or has complet ed
t he assigned t ask on current work unit ,
but t he next unit has not arrived at
st at ion..
The worker is t hus st arved f or work
Sit uat ion where operat or has complet ed t he
assigned t ask on current work unit but
cannot pass t he unit t o downst ream st at ion
coz operat or over t here is not ready t o
receive it ..
The operat or is t hus blocked f rom working
St orage buf f ers
Work unit s made in a st at ion are collect ed in
bat ches t hen moved t o nxt st at ion
I n ot her case, work unit s are moved along non-
powered conveyor. When t ask’s f inished at
st at ion, worker pushes t he unit downst ream..
Simple n convenient .
Suit able f or light weight mat erials involving
manual operat ion.
Here conveyor moving at slow speed is used.
Conveyor syst em is eit her f rom st art t o end, or
if f low line is long, conveyor syst em can be
Depending on need t he work part is eit her f ixed
or removable on conveyor.
Used where work part be unloaded f rom
conveyor syst em, held f or some t ime bef ore
put back on conveyor.
Met hod is a discont inuous t ype.
Suit able f or aut omat ic f low lines.
Manual operat ion not suit able coz work part be
loaded back on conveyor wit hin f ixed t ime.
Here work part is loaded at work st at ion,
while conveyor syst em wait s t ill operat ion is
complet ed at each work cell.
Conveyor moves t o nxt cell only af t er
complet ion of work at processing cell.
This met hod is more f lexible
I t s essent ial t hat work part be held on
conveyor in proper locat ion n orient at ion while
being t ransport ed. These are achieved by use
of pallet f ixt ure.
Designed t o suit work part geomet ry, holding
posit ion, orient at ion, saf e t ransport n t ransf er
t o workst at ion.
Have become a part of aut omat ion syst em, n
are essent ial component of aut omat ed f low line.