Palletizing and Depalletizing Robots

Palletizing Robot

With virtually innumerable stacking patterns available, fully-automated palletizing and depalletizing robots have been widely adopted by leading industries, including the food production, agriculture, pharmaceutical, logistics, packaging, and automotive industries. The expansion in responsibilities for the palletizing robot industry has enabled sustained growth opportunities. Valued at $2.37 billion in 2020, industrial futurists predict a 4.9 percent CAGR from 2020 to 2030 for this key player in the industrial automation ecosystem.

This growth is driven by the decisions that you are making today in your own organization: your vision to improve throughput, to minimize employee access to the palletizing area, to acquire flexible solutions that fit the current space, and to improve packaging process speed. These decisions all require the automation of the palletizing process.

To finalize the right palletization solution, you need to ask the right questions about your product and processes:

  • To determine the robot's reach and end-effector, “What are the size, shape, and other relevant product properties that the robot will palletize?"
  • To finalize the payload, “What will be the product’s weight?"
  • To improve current throughput, “What will be the palletizing robot type?”
  • To determine how often you need to reprogram your robot, “How modifiable are your product lines and SKUs?”

The ability to effortlessly transport materials in and out of your manufacturing unit has a profound effect on your time-to-market, labor needs, and bottom line.

Palletizing Transport Robots

Modernize your Palletizing, Depalletizing, and Packaging Processes – Benefits of Automation

Achieving cutting-edge speeds of approximately 2,000 cycles per hour and optimal palletizing benchmark cycles require expert automation engineering partners who design and deliver heavy-duty and reliable robots that can palletize from layers of bags, boxes, pails, or drums regardless of whether you depalletize at the front of your line or palletize downstream.

Our solutions address your current and future needs by providing a range of palletizing and depalletizing robots with specialized payload, size, cycle time, reach, precision variation, and other features that provide powerful throughput without overlooking the care required to handle your products.

Your automation success includes achieving goals that go beyond profits:

  • You gain a smaller physical footprint – a substantial value when every square foot in a manufacturing facility incurs significant cost.
  • Comprehensive solutions in limited spaces
  • Versatile end of arm tools offer flexibility to handle multiple shapes, SKUs, and container types.
  • The ability to multiply units, form multiple layers, and accommodate numerous pallet patterns subject to pallet configuration.
  • Handling multiple infeeds, on the same line, according to their SKUs. Vision system augmentation can send robots the necessary information to pick and place SKUs on respective pallets. In addition, visual stack inspection ensures perfection during the stacking process.
  • Improved throughput depending upon stacking patterns, requirements, and whether the palletizing robots pick a single row or complete product layer at a time.
  • Ensuring personnel safety by minimizing employee entry in the workspace, such as frozen food packaging and palletizing.
  • Improving process efficiency, accuracy, and output with minimum human intervention.
  • Packages avoid damage due to careful product handling.

Robotic palletizing and depalletizing systems provide a wide range of benefits for manufacturing units and warehouses, and target results can be further improved or customized with dress out factors like the end of arm tool weight and other related drivers.

Palletizing Robots Configurations and Constructions – Variations to Success

Palletizing and depalletizing robots are categorized according to their configurations and for how they are constructed for your needs:

  • Inline or Single Palletizing is frequently used in the beverage industry and serves as a new standard for high-speed palletizing needs. Form-fitting gripper systems facilitate the accurate and active moving of incoming packages into the target position on mesh belt conveyors.
    The synchronized robot motion in conjunction with the conveyor speed facilitates the layer-forming process. Moreover, the active gripping eliminates friction from the process – a frequent challenge for shrink-wrapped products. The process moves forward by leaving gaps between packages to avoid collisions.
  • Dual-Function Palletizers and De-palletizers are based on industry-tested, reliable designs that provide sophisticated and precise motion control with consistent performance and improved productivity. An electro servo-driven robot with an integrated mechanical and control unit drives high-speed palletizing applications for high throughput, compact footprint, and integrated controller-based system with access to multiple packaging lines through four-axis dexterity.
  • Layer Palletizer and De-Palletizer handle an optimal percentage of the entire product range and packaging types including corrugated boxes, shrink-wrapped products, open trays, and related typical and non-typical packaging types with flat bottoms. As two servo-driven rubber rollers push the pallet layer from opposite sides, the packages (through a roll-up principle) are lifted and rolled onto symmetrical carrier plates.
    Rubber rollers' contact pressure and height position are adjusted automatically to suit a package’s weight and dimensions, allowing maximum payloads in weight and height.
  • Mixed Case Palletizing allows jointed-arm robots with six degrees of freedom to turn packaging units and form a precise case sequencing on pallets. Case attributes and business rules direct the volume-optimized stability of pallets, resulting in reduced freight costs.
    This palletizing relies on functional sub-systems – pallets to cases, buffering, sequencing, and pallet building. Moreover, the mixed case palletizing's modularity, scalability, and velocity make it an industry choice for food and beverages, durable and non-durable goods, and general merchandising.
Robot Abstract Configuration

In addition to the different configurations, we offer various need-based robotic palletizer construction that covers maximum palletizing and depalletizing needs:

  • Cartesian palletizers work simultaneously with single or multiple end of arm tools for multiple layout needs with linear axes and servo-controlled, premium adaptors. The 2, 3, and 4 axes palletizers allow repetitive, predetermined pick and drop points and multiple pallet configurations.
  • Gantry palletizers' simple design provides flexibility, modularity, and maximum uptime with optimized movement and payloads.
  • SCARA palletizers perform at a relatively higher speed and maximum outreach than their counterpart constructions.
  • Articulated palletizers with rotary joints allow product rotation, tilting, flexibility during upstream and downstream operations, and more considerable working envelope utilization. Each arm benefits the palletization process with a control system that controls precise order and movement.

Which Palletizer Will You Choose?

B2E Automation will help you choose the best palletizing or depalletizing solution based on your working system and business goals. These solutions will boost your productivity, reliability, quality, compliance.

Reach out to learn more about how B2E Automation's solutions can help transform your business.