PPP Robots – Picking, Packing, and Palletizing

Jul 7, 2015

Picking, packing, and palletizing applications have all gained huge improvements on the production line in their speeds and quality through the integration of industrial robots. Companies are quickly learning that investing in a picking, packing, or palletizing system will enable more accurate and efficient performance on their production line.


When a prod­uct is made in a fac­to­ry, it has to go through sev­er­al dif­fer­ent process­es before it is shipped out on a truck to the con­sumer. First, it has to be picked, then it has to be packed into a box, and then those box­es have to be pal­letized. All of these appli­ca­tions can be auto­mat­ed with robots, but usu­al­ly they have to be auto­mat­ed by dif­fer­ent robots at dif­fer­ent parts of the line. How­ev­er, some engi­neers are devel­op­ing robots called Pick/​Pack/​Pal (PPP) robots, which are able to per­form all three functions.

Many com­pa­nies invest in pick­ing, pack­ing, or pal­letiz­ing robots because they are able to per­form these func­tions more accu­rate­ly and effi­cient­ly than pre­vi­ous­ly used man­u­al oper­a­tions. How­ev­er, if com­pa­nies are able to invest in a robot that can per­form two, or even all three, of these func­tions, then they would be able to cut down on their equip­ment costs, sav­ing upwards of $50,000 to $100,000 by not hav­ing to buy anoth­er one or two robots, while also mak­ing the process more stream­line and efficient. 

Pick­ing up indi­vid­ual parts, pack­ing them into box­es, and pal­letiz­ing them onto skids is not an easy oper­a­tion, even for the smartest robots. This type of com­plex inte­gra­tion requires an inte­gra­tor who is capa­ble of inte­grat­ing com­plex pro­duc­tion lines that do not just involve robot­ics, but vision sys­tems, PLCs, hard automa­tion, grip­pers, end-of-arm tool­ing, con­vey­ors, and more to cre­ate a ful­ly auto­mat­ed work cell that would be capa­ble of run­ning at high speeds with­out a lot of issues along the way. 

If you are look­ing for a great inte­gra­tor that is able to han­dle com­plex inte­gra­tion tasks, you should give Robots​.com a call. Robots​.com can pro­vide automa­tion solu­tions from sev­er­al dif­fer­ent robot­ics com­pa­nies, includ­ing Fanuc, ABB, KUKA, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and Motoman. Our staff will help you find the best robot sys­tem or work cell for your facility. 

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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