Uncovering new and efficient ways of keeping up with demand is one of the most pressing issues facing manufacturers and industrial companies today. In the face of increased orders, skills gap shortages, and the ongoing need to maintain a competitive edge, manufacturers must examine every step of their operations to ensure they are being as efficient as possible.
Palletizing is one such area: a labor-intensive process that makes a major impact on fulfillment and inventory management efficiency, yet one that is often overlooked and completed through largely manual processes. As manufacturers seek to identify new efficiencies, more and more are investigating ways to broaden their automation functions and introduce new automation into their facilities.
Cobot palletizing — palletizing with collaborative robots to pick, place, stack, and move products and pallets — is increasingly in use in manufacturing facilities. Productive Robotics cobots — including the OB7 — are ideal for palletizing cobot applications across myriad industries.
HOW DOES A COBOT PALLETIZER BENEFIT
Collaborative palletizer robots can benefit manufacturers in a wide range of areas. These benefits include:
More efficient, precise, consistent palletizing: Palletizing is a critical process in the manufacturing facility, demanding high precision as well as speed and efficiency. Efficient palletizing yields benefits including lower shipping costs, reduced product damage and faster fulfillment. At the same time, poorly managed, inefficient palletizing can result in damaged products, lost time if pallets must be reloaded, and an overall risk to fulfillment commitments.
By introducing a collaborative robot palletizer into the process, you can be assured that products will be placed exactly where they need to go, efficiently and precisely. Furthermore, cobots are designed to work directly alongside your employees safely without guarding, allowing them to provide quality control and adjustments in real time.
Automation of repetitive tasks: The promise of automation has always been to fulfill the most undesirable manufacturing tasks — those which are dirty, dull or dangerous. A robotic palletizing system is no different. Palletizing involves repetitive tasks — placing products onto a pallet — and can be dangerous, especially where heavyweight products and pallets are involved. Palletizing automation allows the cobot to fulfill these tasks while your personnel focus on higher-impact and higher-value work.
Higher throughput in fulfillment and inventory: Palletizing cobots can stack products and move pallets more quickly and at higher efficiency than human workers. Automating these processes results in faster turnaround, less rework and damage, and an overall shorter process — whether moving product for fulfillment or inventory.
Around-the-clock operation: A major benefit of automation is the ability to operate around the clock, with minimal or no human interaction. Palletizing cobots are ready for “lights-out” operation, enabling a true 24-hour facility without the need for a full staff of workers overnight.
Easy setup and operation: Productive Robotics’ OB7 is designed for easy setup and “no programming” operation. This means anyone in the facility can “teach” the robot how to complete a given palletizing operation simply by moving the robot arm into position and adjust using a user-friendly touchscreen interface.
Palletizing cobots are found in numerous industries — including automotive manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, construction manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, and much more.
With the OB7 cobot, everything you need to begin automating your palletizing operations comes in one package. The OB7 can be assembled and set up right away — ready to improve productivity, efficiency, safety and quality the same day you receive it.
Contact Productive Robotics today to discuss your automated palletizing needs.