Ball Transfer Stations


WSI has the inside edge when it comes to progressive assembly workstations. Whether your ball transfer application requires the basic workbench, (left) or a more sophisticated in-line modular interconnecting system, (right) or a pop-up ball and pad drop-in strip, (lower left) which inserts into a gravity roller or power conveyor line, WSI offers the right application to fit your specific needs.

When designing your ball transfer layout, your imagination is your only limitation, (bottom of page). WSI can assist in laying out the best workstation cell to suit your specific application and budget.

All Ball Transfer stations are designed with ergonomics, safety and productive values as the prevailing factors. Ergonomic value is appreciated when designing the work surface layout to best fit the operator and the task. Radius cutout work surfaces can help minimize excessive reaching with the workstation, thus increasing productivity by reducing body fatigue and back injuries.

Each ball (Left) has a load bearing capacity of 16 lbs. static weight. This is governed by the type of material used on the pallet. Soft plywood pallet, less weight per ball, hard plastic cafeteria style pallet more weight per ball. For normal electronic applications with weight loads under 100 lbs + can be achieved by using a dense ball pattern, 3" - 4" spacing in between balls.

Integrating any type of conveyor and/or flow-rack into the ball transfer workstation is not a problem. Just give us the layout, and your wish list, and let us do the rest.

WSI offers several different types of ball transfers (Left) to help move products.

  • Pop Up Balls are positioned typically in the center of the workbench where the product will be worked on. Lower the balls and the product is held steady on the flat work surface so it can be worked on. Raise the balls and either rotate the product or pass the product on.
  • Fixed Balls are positioned either left or right of the pop up balls. This allows the product to be transferred from one station to another or to be rotated and put back on or off the roller conveyor. Depending on the application, guards may be required.
  • Pop Up Pads are integrated into the pattern of either the pop up balls or the fixed balls. This holds the product in the upward position allowing the operator to work on the product. Lower the pads and either rotate or pass the product on. The pop up pads are slightly higher than both the pop up and fixed balls.
  • Rollers are used to transport the product to the next station as would a gravity feed roller conveyor. The rollers are bi-directional, the pop up or fixed balls are rotational and will require side guards for transporting product. Rollers do not require side guards.

Call Wolfco Associates at 714-377-9739 to get the ball rolling!

Ball transfer station layout