The argument for adopting cobots for palletizing applications is compelling. In the United States alone, overexertion and repetitive motion account for 24% and 8% of workplace injuries. Manual palletizing is not just unergonomic though. It is costly. And it limits palletizing throughput and quality.
Palletizing remains one of the most popular applications for Universal Robots’ collaborative robots due to ergonomics and performance. The ‘cobots’ are perfectly suited to these tasks due to their flexibility, ease of use and attractive total installed cost. They also address concerns around worker health and safety by taking over the laborious and repetitive aspects of the palletizing process.
Combine that with palletizing software and application kits from the UR+ ecosystem and there are numerous and ever-expanding ways to deploy collaborative palletizing automation. The recently unveiled UR10e with 12.5kg (27.55lb) payload adds even more palletizing possibilities.
Traditional palletizing automation has several drawbacks. It is rigid, difficult to program and lacks the flexibility required for modern production. Traditional palletizing robot deployments also require extensive safety guarding to protect humans from harm, which adds to cost and footprint. And without even factoring in ongoing maintenance and programming costs, the initial capital outlay alone is beyond the budget of most small-to-medium sized businesses.
The good news is that palletizing can be made painless –and profitable-- with UR-powered palletizing automation. Proven in production facilities worldwide, collaborative robots from Universal Robots combine power and intelligence to help production facilities improve ergonomics, increase quality and throughput and raise profits. And with labor shortages hitting palletizing operations, cobots offer an affordable way to tackle the challenges.