June 1, 2022
Denmark-based OnRobot has launched the OnRobot Palletizer solution, a collaborative application package designed to reduce the physical and financial pain from palletizing processes. The system can handle many different sizes of boxes, patterns, pallets and stacking heights, and is compatible with collaborative and light industrial robots from brands such as Doosan, FANUC, OMRON, Techman and Universal Robots.
“Small and midsized companies need palletizing automation that is easy to use, fast to deploy and affordable – even if the application changes over time,” said Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot. “OnRobot Palletizer combines fast deployment times with a small footprint and the best price point in the market – all using our application-focused approach that gives customers much more flexibility than traditional approaches. OnRobot Palletizer can be deployed out of the box and with minimal disruption to existing factory and warehouse layouts.”
The OnRobot Palletizing system includes four new hardware and software offerings, including:
- The OnRobot 2FGP20, an electric palletizing gripper with a 20 kg payload and customizable arms that can handle standard cardboard boxes as well as open boxes and shelf-ready products, while also handling slip sheets without changing the gripper or requiring additional handling. No external air supply is needed.
- The OnRobot Lift100, an elevator with a total payload of 100 kg that provides a seventh axis for cobot and lightweight industrial robot brands; TUV-certified stop-functionality facilitates safe and effective collaborative deployments, which also provides safe and precise positioning, even at high speeds.
- The OnRobot Pallet Station, durable floor-mounted pallet fixtures that ensure consistent positioning; each comes with a built-in sensor to detect pallet presence.
- OnRobot Palletizing software, which guides users through the entire deployment via a single intelligent interface for all components. Once the physical hardware is in place and secured, the customer or systems integrator opens OnRobot Palletizing to receive step-by-step guidance through the process of setting up a palletizing application. OnRobot said the software is designed to reduce deployment time by eliminating complexity, allowing even inexperienced end users to set up a palletizing application in a day, versus 12 or more days using conventional programming software. In addition to the software, deployment guidance is offered through a free Learn OnRobot e-learning platform.
Neobotik, an automation integrator based in Huelva, Spain, is one of the sites where OnRobot Palletizer was tested prior to its launch. The software “significantly reduces the setup time needed to have the application running,” said Adrian Perez Martinez, CTO and co-founder at Neobotik. “It is so easy to install all of the hardware and software when doing the initial setup of the cell. And the graphical user interface makes it possible even for non-expert programmers to program a full palletizer solution. [In addition,] the gripper weight is optimal, making the solution ideal for a wide range of collaborative palletizing applications, including in industries such as food and beverage, where there is a high flow of open boxes ready to be palletized and gripping the boxes using a traditional vacuum gripper is not possible.”
For more details on the palletizing solution, visit the OnRobot website here. The company will also be displaying the system at next week’s Automate show in Detroit.