The 5 Principles
We all know that automation is going to impact the future of manufacturing massively. It already is helping businesses all over the world redesign their processes, maximize their output and grow in the face of a global shortage of labor. But knowing how beneficial automation can be is not the same as knowing how to implement a robotic palletizing solution effectively.
For production and technical managers, there is a lot to juggle. Commodity prices, supply chains, shortening delivery times, changing customer expectations, and a lack of skilled workers are ongoing challenges that automation can potentially help with. Creating the time and space needed to prepare and implement robot-based automation can seem like a tall order. Cobots are designed to be deployed into existing production lines quickly. They are versatile, affordable and easier to use than traditional industrial robots.
Getting the most value out of your cobot as quickly as possible requires preparation and sticking to some basic principles. Here are our top five rules for robotic palletizing:
1. Understand your payload
It may sound simplistic, but you need to make sure your chosen cobot model can carry out the palletizing tasks you want it to. When it comes to payload, this means thinking carefully about the weight of the packages and products being moved as well as the throughput of the conveyor. You might need your cobot to handle multiple boxes at the same time, which can, in turn, require a higher payload.
in your calculations the weight of the grippers you will be using. It will help ensure you get the best performance possible.
It is also important to understand the limitations of cobot-based solutions. If you need your robot to handle payloads of 6kg at a time, you will likely need to start looking at traditional industrial robots. These will require more user training and additional safety infrastructure, but will be able to meet your needs. But for most palletizing functions, a cobot’s reach and payload capabilities should be more than enough.