What is Palletizing and Depalletising?
Palletizing is the act of stacking products onto a wooden (or plastic) shipping pallet for transport. Depalletising is the unloading of these products at the destination. Palletising is a relatively simple application for a robot accomplish as it involves minimal variation. Depalletising is more complex and typically involves machine vision and sophisticated end effectors.
In a robotic palletising system, products often enter the palletizing station from an infeed conveyor. The robot is programmed to stack products onto the pallet in a defined pattern. Palletising cells are sometimes configured with pallet dispensers, slipsheet insertion tools and shrink wrapping stations to completely automate the palletisation process.
Yaskawa Motoman offers manufacturers a wide range of robotic solutions for palletising and depalletising. When using flexible robotics with 2D and 3D vision systems, specialized software and tooling enable you to customize your shipping and receiving without sacrificing speed and accuracy.