Collaborative robots, commonly referred to as cobots, have been in the market for almost two decades. However, demand for this state of the art technology has only increased in the last few years. Today, there are hundreds of cobots used for different tasks in different industries, including warehousing.
Packaging and palletizing collaborative robots are some of the most commonly used types of cobots in different industries. They are used to optimize order fulfillment processes.
A palletizing robot comes in a compact and streamlined design to deliver precision and speed when stacking bottles, boxes, cartons, and pallets in different payload capacities. On the other hand, packaging robots are used for light operations that include placing products or objects in trays of cases.
Packaging and palletizing robots are created to meet strict packaging guidelines while delivering error-free solutions for performing repetitive tasks. With these robots, industries can minimize employee injuries since they are left to do the heavy lifting.
Benefits of using collaborative palletizers
There are numerous benefits associated with the use of palletizing robots.
Saving on space
Collaborative robots can be used as palletizing robots in spaces that are up to 60% smaller compared to the size a traditional industrial robot would take up. This is an important benefit to businesses with limited production floor space but still want to optimize their processes with robotics.
This space-saving benefit ensures quick integration of palletizing robots into existing packing and palletizing systems to streamline processes while improving production efficiency.
When it comes to using collaborative palletizers, there are a few things to include in your ROI calculations. Apart from capital costs, it is also important to consider the effects of employee injury on your bottom line. The compensation claims and payouts can cost a company thousands of dollars annually, which can be avoided when you incorporate cobots in your processes.
When all costs are factors when calculating your ROI, you will find that using palletizing cobot brings in a higher ROI, and you can recover the capital investment in under two years. Also, using a collaborative palletizer allows your employees to focus on more meaningful tasks as opposed to simple stacking processes.
Reduces work-related injuries
When it comes to using collaborative robots for packaging and palletizing process, the benefits reach far beyond the efficiency delivered and the extra hours of productivity robots put in.
Collaborative robots are production assistants in manufacturing processes with the ability to perform repetitive tasks without the need for breaks or injury.
Employing robots in palletizing processes is the best way to reduce work-related injury, common amongst human workers. What’s more, collaborative robots are safer than traditional robots, ensuring they can safely work alongside human workers without risk of injury. These robots feature safety sensors that slow it down whenever there is a human employee close by.
Palletizing cobots deliver speed.
While collaborative robots cannot be as fast as traditional industrial robots, they are faster than human effort. The smart system in the cobot is designed to pick multiple cases for each round, with the speed of moving up to 12 cases every minute. When working on a 24-count small carton case, a collaborative palletizing robot has a 288-carton minute line speed.
The strength and speed offered by cobots in lifting and moving heavy payloads lead to reduced cycle times while increasing the stacking rate in the warehouse. This is an ideal way of achieving a higher dynamic performance.
Collaborative palletizing robots are equipped with low-wear parts. The streamlined designs of collaborative robots guarantee long maintenance intervals without affecting the performance of the robot.
They are versatile
It is possible to program a palletizing robot to perform other payload requirements. Because of its compact size and design, this robotic arm can be programmed for new constellations when palletizing workflow decreases.
There are many benefits associated with the use of packaging and palletizing collaborative robots. They are safe, exceptionally useful, and very easy to deploy.