skillet conveyor

Skillet Conveyor Systems

Skillet conveyor (derived from two systems, the Skid system and the Pallet system) is a main line conveyor used typically in General Assembly for trim and final line operations. Skillets (platforms) are conveyed end to end by friction drives called main drive unit that pushes the skillet down the assembly line through various operations.  The product is carried on a fixed set of perches or a scissor lift which is an integral part of the skillet.  The use of a scissor lift allows the operator to adjust the product to the most ergonomically desirable height for each operation.  The slow moving platforms allow the operator to travel with the product providing full universal access to the product.  The skillet system can be installed in pits to keep the skillet (platforms) level with the floor or they can be mounted to the floor and used with decking (height ~400mm high). The skillet with a scissor lift on-board receives electrification from a brush/ conductor bar system or from an inductive power system as it is transferred through the production line. The electrification system runs underneath and along the line of production skillets.

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Advantages of Skillet System Include:

  • Variable speed process capabilities
  • Modular component design
  • Multiple product capability
  • Open access to work inside and around the product
  • Improved ergonomics
  • Negligible downtime potential
  • Minimal downtime for model changeover
  • No lubrication system requirement
  • No impact accumulation
  • Quiet operation
  • Low maintenance

Standard Skillet Design:

  • Product Weight = 1360 kg (3000 lbs.) – Heavier design weights are available per job application.
  • Main Line Production Speeds = Engineered to customer specifications typical line speeds up to 9 mpm (30 fpm)
  • Transfer Speeds = up to 45 mpm (150 fpm)
  • Skillet Dimensions = Designed per customer requirements
  • Skillet Scissor Lift Stroke = 1200 mm (48) – 3000 lb. capacity (ball screw/ belt type lift)

Skillet Conveyor Products Include the Following:

  • Skillet
  • Scissor Lifts with Anti-fall Safety Device
  • Deceleration Drive Unit i.e. Docking Conveyor
  • Main Drive Unit
  • Braking (hold back) Drive Unit
  • Acceleration Drive Unit i.e. Undocking Conveyor
  • Encoder Unit
  • Longitudinal Roller Conveyor
  • Cross Roller Conveyor
  • Eccentric Lift with Roller Conveyor
  • Eccentric Lift with Cross Roller and Longitudinal Roller Conveyor
  • Aisle Transfer Conveyor (Slat Conveyor Design)
  • Aisle Transfer Conveyor (Wedge Block Cam Lift Design)
  • Vertical Drop/ Lift Unit


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