When is robotic palletizing cost effective?

There are many situations when robotic palletizing is a great cost saving choice. Often times it is ideal when flexibility and quick changeover are desired. Other situations include when you have multiple case sizes & pallet configurations to palletize, when you need to palletize multiple products at the same time, and when you are palletizing multiple shifts per day. To find out if robotic palletizing is the most cost effective choice for your situation please contact us today.

What types of products can be palletized with a robot?

There are a number of products that can be palletized with robotics and are essentially anything that can be stacked stably. Some examples include:

  • Closed top RSC cases(taped or glued)
  • Trays or open top cases
  • Bags
  • Pails

Can a robotic palletizer run more than one product at a time?

Generally a single articulated arm robot palletizer can handle from 1-4 products at the same time, though gantry style robots or articulated robots on a rail can enable the palletizing system to handle 5-20+ products, as long as the total case per minute rate is within the capability of the robot being utilized.

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How does the cost of a robotic palletizer compare with other alternatives?

A robotic palletizer is more expensive than a single product hard palletizing system but it is less expensive than a large dedicated palletizer with multiple infeeds. Robotic palletizing can range from $150K in its simplest form to $1 million+ for central palletizing systems.

What types of End-of-Arm-Tooling (EOAT) are used for palletizing?

There are a number of EOAT options available each with their own specific uses. Vacuum cups or pads are generally used for closed top cases and pails. A scoop tool or a combo scoop & clamp tool is generally used for open top cases or trays. A bag tool with lifting fingers & a tamp is generally used for large bags in the 20-100 # range. Odd shaped parts are generally picked up with a clamp tool.

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