Robotics is becoming more common in production houses and warehouses throughout all industries. Sales for robotics have particularly increased for automotive and electronic products. However, one of the most notable industries that robotics is helping is manufacturing. New production technology has led to an increased need for automation to increase the rate that goods are assembled. 

Luckily, the city of Montreal has become a hotspot for those looking to take advantage of automated packaging equipment. Learn more about this cutting edge tech and how we use it at HS Automation to help businesses boost production.

Conventional Vs Robotic Packaging Equipment

Robotic palletizers were originally introduced in the 1980s and have recently taken the lead as the best way to assemble products. Today, a palletizer is one of the essential machines used in manufacturing, especially in the Montreal area. They are utilized by companies as a means for stacking goods and products onto a pallet. Businesses have two choices when it comes to automating their stacking process: 
  • Conventional 
  • Robotic
The key difference between the two? Robots are machines that are operated through electronic programming or a computer, so they can perform tasks on their own.

When it comes to palletizing applications, these machines often consist of a 2-axis, 3-axis, and maybe even 4-axis gantry machine. There are some cases where a device with a 5- or 6-axis articulated arms are needed. These cases often involve products that need to be rotated or tilted.

The Components of Robotic Palletizing Systems

There are a few common components that you can find in any box robotic palletizer:
  • In-feed conveyors are manufactured in these machines to deliver products to the machine. 
  • Out-feed conveyors are utilized to take completed stack pallets away from the robot.
  • Machines are equipped with pallet dispensers that deliver each pallet to the device.
  • Automatic tier sheet dispensers or a slip sheet.
  • A key component of the system is the End of Arm Tool (EoAT), which is custom-designed to handle the particular product that is being stacked on the pallet.
  • Devices are built-in to provide safety, such as light curtains and fencing. 

Key Advantages of Robotic Palletizers 

  • They tend to take up less space than conventional stacking systems.
  • Automated packaging equipment adapts easily to accommodate different product types and pallet patterns.
  • Stacking bots can typically handle up to 1000 kg (2,200 lbs).
  • The variety of products a palletizing machine can handle include bags, bottles, pails, cases, cubes of scrap metal, batteries, and plastic containers.
  • Mixed case stacking can be done with automated palletizing equipment.
  • The price of using a stacking robot in Montreal can be less sometimes, especially for those looking for four or more simultaneous in-feeds.
  • The rate at which these machines work usually varies between eight to thirty cases per minute. Their palletizing rate depends upon requirements, stacking patterns, and if the device is picking up a full layer of products, a single product, or rows of product.  
  • A box robotic palletizer can simultaneously handle multiple in-feeds of different SKUs. A robotic arm with a single articulation typically is able to handle up to four different SKUs. If a gantry type of bot is utilized or the articulated arm is attached to a moving track, a single stacking robot can handle between eight to twelve SKUs simultaneously. The amount of SKUs it can handle depends on criteria like stacking pattern and case rates. 

Types of Palletizing Robots in Montreal

Single Cell

The single-cell robotic palletizing system that can be found in Montreal is the most cost-effective and simplest robot cell available. Single-cell machines are easy to run and perfect for industries looking for a system in the 8-10 bag per minute range. Most operators can exchange the filled pallet with an empty one in a minute or less, ensuring that the robot continues to stack. 

Advantages: 
  • It is flexible in that it is able to stack a range of pallet sizes
  • It has the smallest footprint compared to other machines
  • There are fewer parts, meaning less can go wrong 

Dual Cell

A dual cell unit is a popular layout among industry professionals. This type of automated packaging system allows for continuous stacking while keeping the call very simple to operate.  
 
Many manufacturers put a safety system in place to ensure the machinery operate efficiently. Once a pallet is full at the first station, the robot automatically switches to working at the second station. The safety system then allows the forklift to enter the first station to remove the first pallet, while the robot continues its work at the second station. 

Advantages:
  • A smaller footprint with continuous operation
  • Less expensive than an auto cell

Auto Cell

If you expect to operate high production rates, then an auto cell is a good fit. These types of systems are equipped with pallet conveyors, auto wrapping stations, a slip-sheet dispenser, and a pallet dispenser.

Advantages: 
  • It operates continuously
  • It requires less pallet handling with the auto wrapper
  • It operates at a high speed of up to 24 cycles per minute
  • The forklift operator is not bound to the machine

Custom Cell

Sometimes you need a unique application or conveyors that run from one building to the next. You may need to pick up products from three locations and stack them in two. When these special circumstances arise, there are customizable palletizing robots available in Montreal. Stacking solutions can be found no matter what purpose they serve. 

Where to Get a Robotic Palletizing System in Montreal

Those looking for a robotic palletizing system in Montreal can find top-quality solutions at HS Automation. We specialize in robotic palletizing for stacking both boxes and bags. We integrate Fuji Robots because their control system is the best in the business. 

We are Canada‚Äôs largest integrator of Fuji products and have sold their systems all throughout Montreal, Canada, and beyond. HS Automation ensures their systems can be quickly package, palletize, shrink-wrap, and ensure it is ready for shipment. 

Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can increase your production today.