Yaskawa Motoman industrial robots and robotics automation systems

Motoman Robot Handling and Palletizing

Motoman EPL160 robot uses custom paddle-style gripper to palletize cases and trays of powdered baby formula product onto pallets in designated patterns, adding bottom, layer and top sheets, as required. (Product not shown.)Cases and Trays of Baby Formula

Robot solution palletizes various sizes of product in cases or wrapped/ unwrapped trays onto pallets in required patterns. System also handles pallets and adds bottom, layer and top sheets, as required. Flexible system achieves required average combined production rate of 20 cpm. Usually picks cases/trays four at a time, but can pick and place asynchronously to easily create load pallets in designated patterns. Robotic palletizing solution improves productivity, reduces direct labor costs. Improves worker safety and reduces costly worker compensation claims due to lifting and repetitive motion injuries.

Project Challenges

Motoman Robotics Solution

Motoman Robotics provided a custom robotic palletizing solution, including:

Fixtures/Tooling Details

Motoman Robotics provided a custom mechanical paddle-style gripper designed with the capability to pick and place individual cases/trays asynchronously, as required. It picks four cases/trays at a time for most patterns, but picks larger product two at a time for some patterns. Four pneumatically actuated paddle grippers adjust their spacing from the centerline to accommodate larger/smaller product. Robot uses a search sensor to find pallet and slip sheet stack heights. Retractable arms handle pallets. Grippers include open/closed sensors.

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