Moving and sorting difficult product packs between conveyor system and pallets
By RBR Staff
November 20, 2012
Unilever Bestfoods approached Linkx to provide automatic palletizing for random packs of cook-in sauces from three adjacent product lines.
For this application, Linkx reused an existing robot that Unilever no longer needed to devise a compact system that is designed to do the work of three conventional palletisers.
Linkx implemented the palletizing system in conjunction with Alpha Chase Engineering, a specialist supplier of conveying systems.
Key benefits of product application
- The new palletizer deploys an industrial robot that picks up packs in random sequence from any of three production lines and accurately places each pack on the appropriate pallet.
- The robot’s flexibility enables it to cope with the variety of pack sizes and pallet patterns required at the plant.
- According to Jon Skinner from Unilever Bestfoods, the installation and commissioning of the robot palletizer went very smoothly and the system is now fully operational.
- He added that it is proving to be very efficient and reliable and is providing the company with significant cost savings.
- The palletizer produces pallets with completely consistent product stacking, which makes them easier to handle in the automated warehouse, said Skinner.