Accumulating Pallet Conveyor

Also called over/under conveyors, accumulating pallet conveyors are an ideal solution for managing the flow of products in and out of work cells. They can transfer pallets of goods from one station to another and return the pallet after unloading, creating a closed circuit. Accumulating pallet conveyors reduce the operator’s workload by allowing the pallets of conveyed parts to collect at the end of a line and wait to be further processed. This allows an operator to service multiple cells or conveyors as the units do not need to be unloaded immediately.

At MC3 Manufacturing, we design and engineer custom conveyor systems for numerous industrial applications. Our heavy-duty pallet conveyor systems are tailor-made to suit your specifications.

What Are Accumulating Pallet Conveyors?

Accumulating pallet conveyors are an excellent piece of equipment for material handling. They are sometimes called over/under conveyors because they transport the loaded pallet on the top half of the pallet conveyor and return the unloaded pallet—upside down—on the bottom half, eventually returning to the original position. The ability to return the pallet eliminates the need for an additional pallet return conveyor and creates a more streamlined, closed-loop system. These conveyors can be configured to be constantly driven or accumulating depending on the needs of the facility.

Accumulation conveyors leverage a chain system to pull pallets in one direction and allow the pallets to wait at the end of the system until the parts are unloaded. Within facilities, these conveyors are often used for buffering, positioning, and as in-feed and outfeed applications, and are ideal for interfacing between manual and automatic workstations.

Functions & Features of Accumulating Pallet Conveyors

Accumulating pallet conveyors can seamlessly transfer inbound and outbound products. They are ideal for manual and automated stations where products can accumulate on the conveyor before being transferred between loading and unloading stations. Accumulating pallet conveyors reduce the number of operators required, lowering labor time and costs. These systems are ideal for manufacturing, stamping, and automation operations.

Over/under pallet conveyor systems are used to accurately place products for pick-and-place robots or manual operations. They are versatile and can be used to convey products of various shapes and sizes, including overhanging long and narrow parts.

Features include:

  • Configurable length and width
  • Pneumatic pallet stops
  • Lift & locates
  • Customizable controls
  • Machined aluminum or laser-cut & formed mild steel pallets
  • Part fixtures
  • Chain lube
  • Pallets can be connected to convey long parts
  • In narrow applications, pallets can convey overhanging parts
  • In inverted applications, pallets can convey parts on the top or bottom of the conveyor

Working With MC3

Over/under conveyors combine technology from three different material handling solutions to create an efficient, versatile chain-driven pallet conveyor system. Accumulating pallet conveyors carry pallets from one manual or automated station to another and return the empty pallet to the original station, ready for reloading.

MC3 Manufacturing designs and builds machine enclosures, wash housings, material handling conveyors, and other industrial material handling solutions. Our processes and technology continuously improve alongside our quality management system. By reducing waste, we strive to create products that deliver maximum value to our clients. We also provide high-quality products with fast lead times to our upstream departments and clients.

MC3 Manufacturing can customize your heavy-duty pallet conveyor system to meet the needs of your application. Our customizable material handling systems feature custom dimensions, fixtures, pallet stops, and other options. Request a quote today to learn more about our custom material handling solutions.