Palletizing Robots

What is a Palletizing Machine?

Palletizing is the process of stacking and arranging goods and products onto a pallet for transportation.  Depalletizing is the process of removing items from a pallet and placing them onto a conveyor belt, into a fixture, or inside a workspace for later use. Palletizing has traditionally been done by hand or by custom-built machinery, but palletizing robots are a quicker, more efficient alternative that helps protect the orthopedic health of the human workforce.

 A collaborative robot, or “cobot,” may be the logical next step from conventional palletizing machines with their compact footprint, generous reach/payload,  flexibility, and simplicity of programming.

The Advantages of Automated Palletizers

As palletizing robots have supplanted traditional palletizing machines and supplemented human workforces, their advantages have been increasingly obvious across industries. Most robotic palletizers are designed to handle heavier payloads and repetitive movements, meaning companies can mitigate the potential for human risk and injury that cause work stoppages.

Additionally, certain palletizing robots have the capability to handle multiple SKU infeeds on a single line thanks to their advanced on-board vision systems. This allows these robots to recognize the type of item in front of them and place it on the proper pallet, even if it’s working with multiple pallets at once

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Which Industries Could Benefit from Palletizing Robots?

Palletizing Robots greatly alleviate the human tedium of material handling. Industries where demand has drastically grown in recent years or where worker safety and scarcity has become a more prevalent concern will see the most immediate benefit from implementing Palletizing Robots.

Companies that rely on careful, rapid palletizing and depalletizing, like automotive, consumer goods, food and beverage, and parcel delivery companies, are some of the most common sectors where palletizing automation has been the most successful. Industries may include:

  • Agriculture
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Plastics
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

Also known as a collaborative robot, this type of robotic device is designed to assist people with a variety of tasks, sharing all or a part of its working space with human operators. While this is still an emerging robot classification, it already has its own ISO standards to meet for both safety and usability.

Cobots are able to sense the objects and humans in their vicinity using a variety of external instrumentation and internal proprioceptive force sensing, making them easy to add to virtually any application. You’ll need to consider a variety of capabilities, including size, payload, speed, and more, to ensure you find the ideal cobot to fit your needs. If you need assistance deciding which robot palletizer or depalletizer to integrate into your system to modernize your processes and save time and money, contact JHFOSTER at 855.688.0065 or email us to chat with one of our experts.

The potential cost savings of integrating collaborative robots is dramatic, but hard to calculate on your own. At JHFOSTER, we offer a basic ROI Robotic System Value Calculator so you can see for yourself the increased efficiency of robotic technology. For a more detailed and application specific ROI analysis contact JHFOSTER.


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