Pallet Conveyor (also referred to as pallet handling conveyor or unit load conveyor) offers a highly efficient means of transporting, accumulating, lifting, and sorting heavy loads as an alternative to manual handling with forklifts.

A key element of warehouse automation operations, as well as automated palletizing systems, where a continuous feed of work is desirable to optimize the equipment, a pallet conveyor system has the capacity to automate the movement of  unit loads weighing thousands of pounds under demanding conditions.

Multi-Strand Chain Pallet Conveyor

Multi-Strand Chain Pallet Conveyor transports pallets to forklift pick up.

Some common applications in distribution and fulfillment centers for Pallet Conveyor Systems and individual pallet conveyor units include:

Multi-Strand Chain Pallet Conveyor

Multi-Strand Chain Pallet Conveyor uses positive conveyance chain strands for pallet transportation.

  • Receiving, unloading, and segregation
  • Transport over short distances
  • Accumulation and buffering between functions
  • Horizontal and vertical change in direction
  • Part of an Automated Storage and Retrieval System
  • Work in process handling and staging

Pallet Conveyor Types

Pallet conveyors are used for routing, accumulation, elevating, and sorting large unit loads. Specific types of these unit load handling conveyors include:

  • Pallet accumulation Conveyor
  • Pallet transportation conveyor
  • Pallet Elevators aka Pallet lifts
  • Pallet shuttle cars
  • Pallet transfers

Pallet Conveyor - Pallet Shuttle Car

The pallet shuttle car enables pallet transfer between various pallet transportation conveyor lines.

Pallet Conveyor Integration Considerations

Pallet Conveyor - Pallet Elevator aka Pallet Lift

Pallet elevators, aka pallet lifts, provide vertical access to mezzanines, balconies, basements, and varying levels where pallet conveyors may run.

Pallet Conveyor Systems are used when load sizes are too large or too heavy for parcel conveyors. The frequency and rate of speed at which pallets need to be handled within a facility are key factors in choosing pallet conveyor over manual unit load handling. Space considerations also play a significant role in any design decision.

In facilities where pallet handling conveyor is used, both roller conveyors and multi-strand chain conveyors are used for horizontal movement. When vertical movement is required, pallet elevators, also known as pallet lifts, are employed.

Speed, availability, accuracy, longevity, and 24/7/365 support are of the utmost importance when it comes to choosing a Pallet Conveyor system for a particular operation. In an automated material handling system, it is important to have visibility into all the devices relating to a conveyor. By having this visibility it enables a high degree of support, while providing the basis of the routing decisions that eliminate back ups in the material handling system.

Pallet Conveyor - Pallet Transfer

Parallel line pallet transfers enable 90 degree exchanges between pallet conveyors.

Of equal importance is the warehouse management system and warehouse control system software used to integrate a conveyor system into an intralogistics system. Invata’s own FastTrak® warehouse execution software is a key asset to achieving optimal performance for sorters of all types.

To learn more about what an Invata Pallet Conveyor system can do for your operation, contact us, and we’ll be happy to share more about our rich history of employing unit load conveyor technology to enhance operational productivity.

Multi-Strand Chain Pallet Conveyor

Multi-Strand Chain Pallet Conveyor at work in Invata-built warehouse automation system.

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