When upgrading facilities, many manufacturers turn to automation for their palletizing needs. Palletizing robots are the faster, more accurate alternative to tedious, slower manual palletizing. Some robot palletizers can move 70+ cases per minute.
Whether buying a robot to palletize your products to ship, or one to de-palletize once products get to your location, there are several options for palletizing robots, including the mounting of the robot, the payload available, and whether you want a single palletizing robot or a workcell system.
Mounting options are important when thinking about layout of your system. What will best benefit your space available – a floor or shelf mounted robot palletizer? Maybe your facility has limited floor space and a ceiling mounted robot, better known as a gantry robot, would be the best choice for you.
You also have your product to consider when deciding on your robot options. How large is the product you want to palletize? What is the shape? How heavy is it? Robot palletizers range in payload capacities from 150kg to 1350kg. Also, the shape and weight of the product may help you decide whether or not you want to go with a vacuum or claw gripper for your end-of-arm-tooling.
Finally, you need to decide whether you want to buy one single robot to install on your line, or if you would rather have an entire automated palletizing workcell system.
Palletizing workcells can have indexing tables or conveyors that position the products in the robot’s work area, or you can choose having more than one robot interacting to move products on and off pallets.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator of FANUC, Motoman and KUKA robots, will work with customers to figure out exactly what kind of palletizing options meet their needs. All robotic systems comes with the RobotWorx Value Package.