Robotic Palletizing -- the Ergonomic Solution

Sep 14, 2023

Palletizing robots are able to reduce the back breaking labor that manual palletizing can cause. Automated your palletizing application will not only help to decrease the risk of injury of your workers but also increase the productivity on your production line.


Ergonom­ics” – peo­ple hear that word thrown around the work­place all the time. There are ergonom­ic chairs, ergonom­ic exer­cis­es for those sit­ting at desks, etc. So what exact­ly is ergonom­ics”? Ergonom­ics is an applied sci­ence that cen­ters on equip­ment design that intends to max­i­mize pro­duc­tiv­i­ty by reduc­ing oper­a­tor fatigue and discomfort.

What does that have to do with indus­tri­al robot­ics, or more specif­i­cal­ly robot­ic pal­letiz­ers, you ask? Well, I’m here to tell you.

When human work­ers per­form pal­letiz­ing func­tions man­u­al­ly, they are forc­ing their bod­ies to lift, bend, and twist sev­er­al times per hour. This can cause severe back, neck and leg injuries over time. These injuries dri­ve up labor costs for the man­u­fac­tur­er and are dan­ger­ous to the employee.

These injuries can also decrease pro­duc­tiv­i­ty as work­ers get slow­er due to aches and pains, or when a new per­son has to train in an area due to a work­er who is out of work due to injury.

This sit­u­a­tion can cause a huge prob­lem with the ergonom­ics for man­u­al pal­letiz­ing. No mat­ter how sci­en­tists slice it, humans have their lim­its, and over time, their bod­ies will break down due to strained, repet­i­tive tasks. 

Enter the pal­letiz­ing robot. This machine does not need breaks. It does not take sick leave or vaca­tion. It does not even need a cou­ple of days off here and there. It could, in the­o­ry, run 24 hours a day, sev­en days a week, 365 days a year.

The robot is stronger and faster than a human – even a human using a lift assist. Some robot pal­letiz­ers from Fanuc, Motoman, and KUKA can lift as much as 1350kg at a time with an increased accu­ra­cy and repeata­bil­i­ty over man­u­al applications.

The improved pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and cycle times are a plus for man­u­fac­tur­ers. These robot­ic pal­letiz­ing sys­tems not only decrease the cycle times for pro­duc­tion lines, they save on labor and pro­duc­tion costs while increas­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ return on investment.

Switch­ing to auto­mat­ed robot­ic pal­letiz­ing may be the only ergonom­ic solu­tion for pal­letiz­ing in the work­place. It keeps work­ers away from heavy lift­ing and trains them on how to run the robot. This gives work­ers a new set of skills and saves them from painful and dan­ger­ous back-break­ing labor, which ulti­mate­ly cre­ates a win-win sit­u­a­tion for man­u­fac­tur­er and employee.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for Fanuc, ABB, Motoman, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA robot­ics, has sev­er­al pal­letiz­ing robots that can cov­er sev­er­al dif­fer­ent pal­letiz­ing needs. There are robots that can be mount­ed from the floor, wall, shelf or ceil­ing, lend­ing to diverse lay­outs and work­space availability.

If you in the mar­ket to switch to auto­mat­ed pal­letiz­ing to decrease labor costs, increase pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, and pro­tect your employ­ees, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881. Our engi­neers will work with you to find the right robot pal­letiz­ing sys­tem to fit your facility’s needs.

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