In interconnected transport an automated transport system (conveyor line) is installed between the ring spinning installation and the winders. The transport system accepts the cop crates – coded according to their contents – at the ring spinning machine and conveys them to a distribution station. This station directs the crates by microprocessor control to their correct destination, a cop preparation unit on the relevant winder. The resulting empty tubes are laid in other crates and return to the ring spinning installation via a second conveyor system. Interconnected transport systems:
- are very flexible
- permit operations with small batches
- can quickly be adapted
- are less dependent on the building.
However, they can be rather complicated, liable to malfunction and obstructive due to the conveyor lines.