Load Transfer Stations Information
Load transfer stations are material handling machines designed to transfer palletized loads to other pallets, slipsheets or floor loads. Applications include food and beverage, chemical, paper and tissue, and other warehousing applications. They are sometimes used with conveyors, packaging systems, sortation systems and pallets.
The primary function of a load transfer station is removing loads from pallets and transferring to another location. These machines are loaded from a forklift or conveyor. The system holds the load and transfers it to another pallet, slipsheet or floor load. Generally these systems are used to transfer the load from an in-house pallet to a less expensive shipping pallet.
Load transfer stations are commonly made of a metal frame, receiving deck and transfer plate. Systems that are within a conveyor line will be automatic and include an automatic infeed and outfeed conveyor. Systems that are not a part of a conveyor system will be loaded and unloaded with a forklift.
The follow specifications determine the functionality of a load transfer station.
- Pallet Size: The maximum size of the pallet the system can operate with
- Load Capacity: The maximum load the system can transfer without causing damage to the system
- Electrical Supply: The number of phases, voltage and current the system is required for operation
- Number of Pallets: The maximum number of pallets the system can store for transfer