A Pallet Handling Robot
can increase throughput, reduce bottlenecks and save money. It does so by replacing manual operators. It also reduces the risk of injury – strains, sprains, tears and overexertion are common warehouse injuries. These are caused by repetitive movement and lifting heavy items. Robotic palletizers replace humans in this labor-intensive process, thus eliminating the need for rest breaks and allowing workers to meet their quotas with fewer limitations.
Depending on the application, robotic palletizers come in many configurations. For example, a robot and EOAT may un-stack pallets on a unit basis to prepare them for loading; another configuration can use the same system to pick cases or trays and place slip sheets. In addition, some systems utilize a pallet magazine to hold empty pallets for loading and replenishment.
When evaluating a palletizing robot, be sure to consider the product mix, dimensions and weights, stacking patterns, rotation requirements and throughput speed. Then work with a systems integrator to gather all the necessary datapoints to ensure a successful integration into your operation.
Palletizing is a complicated task that can cause headaches for warehouse managers. It can be tricky to create a pallet pattern that fits all the different sizes, shapes and weights of boxes that are shipped out. That’s why it is important to work with an integrator that has deep experience in maximizing cube utilization and optimizing throughput.