Robotic Palletising and Depalletising

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.

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What is a Palletizing Robot?

A robot palletiser is a mechanized system for automatically loading goods onto a pallet for shipping. This usually consists of a 4- or 5- axis robotic arm with an end effector designed to pick the type(s) of products to be palletised.

  • 4-, 5-, or 6-axis palletiser robots with payload capacities from 50 kg to 800 kg.
  • PalletSolver palletizing software for pattern generation and offline robot programming.
  • MotoSight 2D and 3D robot vision systems to enable palletizing and depalletising in structured or unstructured environments.
  • MotoSimĀ®, a comprehensive software package that provides accurate 3D simulation of robot cells, reach modeling, cycle calculations and off-line programming of complex systems.

Certified food grade lubricants are standard on most of our palletizing robots, making them applicable in a wide variety of industries and environments including food and beverage, warehouse and distribution, and industrial products.



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