Patent Number: 6,308,815

Title: Rotatable pallet changing apparatus, system and method

Abstract: A rotatable pallet changing apparatus, a system and a method are provided in which the rotatable pallet changing system has a rotatable bed having a first pallet and a second pallet side-by-side and set on tracks. A first and a second workpiece may be set upon a first pallet and a second pallet, respectively. As the first pallet with the first workpiece is drawn into a machining center to be worked upon, the second workpiece may be added to the second pallet. When the first workpiece on the first pallet is finished being worked upon, it is withdrawn from the machining center and placed upon the rotatable bed. The rotatable bed then rotates, allowing the second pallet to be fed into the machining center and further allowing the first workpiece to be off-loaded from the first pallet.

Inventors: Keith; Malcolm E. (Algonquin, IL)

Assignee: Midaco Corporation

International Classification: B23Q 11/08 (20060101); B23Q 5/00 (20060101); B23Q 5/58 (20060101); B23Q 7/14 (20060101); B65G 47/80 (20060101); B65G 043/08 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018