Robotic Palletizing Solutions

Palletizing in industries means loading and unloading items or materials to or from the pallets. A palletizing robot performs this function automatically with great efficiency and effectiveness. Palletizing robots are of different types depending on their range of payload, reach, speed and axis. However, the various styles of end-of-arm tooling increases the flexibility of the various types of robot palletization. To increase the consistency of the loading and unloading process in your production line, automate the process by using a palletizing robot.

Below are some of the major palletizing solutions provided by palletizing robots.

  • Inline palletizing

The achievable throughput, the required floor space, rate of utilization in the whole production line and the system availability are some of the factors that determine the cost effectiveness of a palletizing robot. Due to the high demand of speedy throughput (cases per hour) in many industries, for instance; in the beverage industries, palletizing robots set high standards in inline palletizing.

The incoming items are moved precisely into the desired position on the conveyor belt. The motion of the palletizing robot is harmonized with the speed of the conveyor therefore, a reliable layer forming process is produced.  Moreover, the process does not rely on packaging characteristics and friction since the packages are gripped actively.

High palletizing performance of the robot means increased productivity hence increased profitability.

  • Mixed case palletizing

Products and wide variety of containers require to be picked and palletized on pushcarts or pallets within the required timeline and with minimum errors. This therefore calls for use of a palletizing robot to increase the efficiency of mixed case palletizing. The automation of this process improves the inventory accuracy, eliminates picking errors and reduces the damages of the products. This effectiveness is increased by the well-developed integrated vision system. At the end of the day the process reduces labor requirements hence cost saving. The profits of the company also improve significantly.

  • Layer palletizing and DE palletizing

A high quality palletizing robot should allow for its optimal utilization for economical automation to be achieved. Since the palletizing robots used to provide the above solution are used as layer picking systems, the control of the whole process is made easier. The technology of the palletizing robot is able to handle the highest proportion of all your packaging types and range of products.

Automated order picking and de-palletizing is at times difficult due to the different range of products and packaging types in place. Nevertheless, most of the packaging types have flat bottoms. The palletizing robots have therefore been incorporated with a universal gripping system that have been designed to use a roll-up principle. The principle allows one to handle the products’ layers in situations where other technologies fail. This principle also supports a multiple layer pick cycle thereby increasing the picking performance of the robot. The maximum payload height and weight limits the maximum layer number to be picked.

  • Layer palletizing in the freezer

The demand of deep frozen food products has increased continuously in this Era.  These products are supposed to be picked in an orderly manner in an extremely cold distribution center. Performing this task manually increases the fluctuation of the employees due to health concerns. Moreover, the viscosity of the lubricants is lost and plastics harden and become brittle.

To address these challenges, a palletizing robot is put in place. These robots can cope with the very cold conditions. To provide the solution, two in-feeding chain conveyors are in place where the source pallets are alternatively placed. The required number of layers are de-palletized from the source pallet and are transferred to the desired pallet which is moved on the third conveyor. A pre-defined order has to be used to supply the source pallets since the picking sequence of the palletizing robot is defined by the order lines of the customers and the acceptable stacking rules.

The benefits of utilizing palletizing robots to provide the above solutions makes them an irresistible offer. In almost every manufacturing industry, palletizing products is unavoidable. To reap the best out of the process, automating it, will be very relevant.

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