When it comes to robotic palletizing, is it better to have a dedicated palletizing robot or a typical 6-axis model? Consider what type of palletizing job you're automating as well as your company goals when making this decision.
The Dedicated Palletizing Robot Advantage
Palletizing robots have a distinctive design. Most have fewer than six axes of movement. The Kuka KR 40 PA, ABB IRB 660, Motoman SP 100 all has four axes, while the Fanuc M-430iA/2F has five. This no-nonsense structure keeps the focus on lifting and placing - there is no need for multiple wrist axes.
Dedicated palletizing robots provide the repeatability, speed, and reach you'll need for stacking, loading, and unloading. Their rigid structure leads to excellent performance.
6-Axis Flexible Palletizing
If you're looking for application versatility, consider a 6-axis robot that fits your palletizing reach and payload requirements. Outfitted with different tooling, a 6-axis robot can perform other applications in addition to palletizing. This may be an advantage for a smaller company that wants to keep its options open. However, if the robot's main task is palletizing, a dedicated robot is often the best match.
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