Palletizing is one of the final processes that products go through before they are shipped off to the market. It is a major material handling process that requires care, speed, precision and accuracy. These are characteristics of an industrial process that can be streamlined with automation.
As the costs of manufacturing have risen over the years, manufacturers have sought solutions to overcome these problems. Automation is one of the most prominent solutions that has been accepted by manufacturers and different industries worldwide.
Robots are the major tool of automation in industry. They focus on specific tasks in the factory that are essential for the proper running of the business. A palletizing robot is one such robot that is a common feature in manufacturing entities.
Errors made at the palletizing stage, impact on the quality of the product that is shipped out to the market.
Advantages that companies enjoy by using palletizing robots
1. Proper product handling
A manufacturing entity that acquires a palletizing robot ensures that its product reaches the end customer in good condition.
Without a robot, palletizing involves a team of employees who get the cartons of goods from the conveyor belt and place them on the pallets. Carried out continuously, this process is tedious and boring. As a result, the boxes of products may fall and their contents break into pieces.
A palletizing robot ensures that products are properly handled. When palletizing with a robot, all that is required is the setting up of the robot. It is situated at the end of the conveyer belt and picks products one at a time and places on the pallet.
The robot grips the products firmly eliminating the risk of dropping, thus ensuring that goods leave the factory in proper condition. It also arranges them properly in a pattern programmed into it.
2. Speed of palletizing
Palletizing with a robot saves the organization valuable time. Robots work faster and longer than human beings.
This frees up the human workers who were carrying out the process to perform other high level tasks within the organization.
Faster palletizing ensures that the production process is complete faster thus enabling the company to sell more products.
3. Enables factories efficient use of space
Palletizing with human employees may sometimes require more space than you will need when using a robot.
A palletizing robot has a small footprint and requires very little space to work from. Pallets are placed next to the robot and it picks finished products from the conveyor belt onto the pallet that is right next to it.
Space that was previously saved up for the palletizing process is now free for the organization to use as they see fit.
Modern palletizing robots are highly collaborative and therefore do not require caging. This increases the space the factory needs for the rest of the production process.
4. Enhance safety in the organization
The use of palletizing robots in the organization enhance safety. Human employees will no longer be required to keep on lifting products from one level to another.
Robots can easily lift products of any weight. Repetitive lifting of heavy products affects the health of the employees. As a result, there will be high rates of absenteeism for health related reasons. Palletizing robots eliminate this problem and enhance workers morale as they are involved in other less physically demanding tasks.
5. Reduce labor costs
The use of a palletizing robot lowers the cost of labor in the organization. It reduces the number of people required to perform this task.
As a result, the amount of wages and other employee costs allocated to this task reduces significantly.
Palletizing robots like all other collaborative robots are highly flexible. They can quickly and easily be repurposed to perform different tasks. This is because collaborative robots only need you to change the end of arm effectors and program the new task to perform into them.
They therefore help the organization generate more and more cost savings in different aspects of the manufacturing process.