The first robot which was called Unimate was introduced into the assembly line of production in 1961 at the General Motor’s plant. Robots have continued to revolutionize the industrial environment globally ever since. Universal Robots is at the forefront of modernizing robotic automation by coming up with new generation of robots.

These game changing robots are known as collaborative robots or cobots, they are easy to program and operate harmoniously with human workers thus the name collaborative. Unlike the traditional robots that were only restricted to a specific working area by placing them at a specially designated place, the collaborative robot arms are very flexible, portable, and safe to handle and operate.

Benefits of Collaborative Robots in Packaging and Palletizing Tasks

Universal Robots enables companies to streamline their packaging and palletizing operation making them more simple, much faster, and efficient when using collaborative robots.

These lightweight robot arms help to relieve workers from repetitive paintings and heavy lifting when one automates their packaging and palletizing operations. Robotic automation is helping industries to combat the rising costs of new product packaging and reducing the time spent on product lifestyles cycles.

The intuitive and easy to program interface makes collaborative robot ideal for small volume productions and the highly repetitive operations. Workers can easily reprogram and redeploy the cobot when necessary throughout production operations. If the production work flow changes, the palletizing robotic arm can be deployed quick, without any difficulty in new constellations due to its portable size and lightweight design.

The cobots also help packaging and palletizing industries to lower their operation costs. The robot arms when assimilated into the work place present plenty of advantages associated with robotic automation without any added costs that were common with the traditional robots such as hiring professional robot programmers, setting them up and the dedicated shielded work cells. The average payback period of the palletizing robot is 195 days; this is in fact the fastest payback in the robot industry.

Case Study of a Company Using the Palletizing Robots

Cascina Italia

Cascina Italia is a company that processes millions of eggs per day in Italy’s food and agriculture industry.

The challenge they were facing

The extreme competitive nature present in the fresh food market requires Cascina Italia to react speedy to diverse market needs. In order to do this successfully the company had to optimize their internal production processes so as to free up the available resources.

The first option they had was acquiring the common traditional robot solutions. After conducting a research they found out that this is an expensive investment. Safety was also a major concern.  The company has limited working space for this additional equipment since the traditional robots require a specific designated place to be put. However, any solution that they chose had to be installed in close proximity to the workers.

The solution

Cascina Italia finally decided to work closely with Universal Robots so as to design and specify an ideal collaborative robot solution that prepares containers at their facility production line. The UR5 robot was installed on one of their 24 production line output stations and currently handles round 1.5 million eggs per day.

This pilot installation achieved its purpose of relieving the operators from one of the most busy production process of preparing the bulky packages for large-scale distribution.

The UR5 collaborative robot now prepares packing containers containing 144 cartons of 10 eggs each. The small compact size of the cobot enables the unit to be installed directly at the production line without the need to sacrifice precious working space. Since the UR cobot can operate without need for protective fencing, it works harmoniously alongside the employees relieving them of repetitive tasks.

Conclusion

The continuous advancement of robotic technology enables companies and industries all over the world to automate packaging and palletizing tasks thereby increasing their overall productivity and profitability

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