PALLETIZING ROBOTS

Increase Productivity, Lower Operating Costs and Create a Safer Work Environment with Palletizing Robots

Efficiency matters now more than ever. And a highly productive line is key to your success. That’s why palletizing robots are a smart investment for any company that manufactures, handles, distributes, or packages products.

RMH Systems is your single-source partner for custom robotics system integration. Because we leverage in-house engineering, implementation and aftermarket service expertise, you won’t have to coordinate with multiple vendors. That’s why working with RMH is as efficient and seamless as the systems we’ll customize for your company.

For more than 80 years, RMH has been helping companies like you work more safely and efficiently. Contact us today about how our turnkey robotic palletizer solutions can help you work smarter and grow your business, regardless of scale or complexity.

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8 Benefits of Installing Palletizing Robots

Robotic palletizing systems have the capability to palletize more than 300 pounds, as well as handle finished loads of more than 4,000 pounds. This can greatly reduce lifting injuries, which account for a third of workplace-related injuries.

These automation systems can also decrease repetitive motion injuries, including shoulder and lower back pain. Lower back injuries are the leading cause of disability and account for nearly 20% of all worker compensation claims, according to FMP Global. Nearly 500,000 claims are filed each year with an average compensation of $24,000.

Nationwide, lower back pain accounts for 264 million lost workdays each year. And it costs Americans at least $50 billion in healthcare costs each year. Add in lost wages and decreased productivity, and that figure easily rises to more than $100 billion.

Robotic programming increases quality and repeatability while reducing waste and damage to products. Because products are put down consistently every time, there isn’t any jarring, shifting or shaking. You won’t have to worry about whether stack patterns were done incorrectly or if slip sheets were forgotten. With full system automation, you’ll be rewarded with consistency each time.

With e-commerce expected to increase to $893 billion in 2022, today’s consumers are wanting more products at even faster speeds. Don’t get left behind.

Palletizer machines can work 24/7/365 and are immune from pandemic shutdowns. If your lines allow for it, they can continue to work without downtime, keeping up with seasonal peaks and increased consumer expectations. This allows you to increase production while reducing labor and operating costs. In fact, FANUC America says a palletizing robot can increase productivity by up to 1,900 palletizing cycles per hour. While your exact savings will vary, you’ll be able to make better use of your employees and boost productivity.

Palletizing robots reduce recruitment costs and labor rates, which often range from $15/hour to $60,000/year or more for a single employee. Depending on your labor rates, a high-volume system can generally pay itself back in one to two years. Plus, by taking on laborious tasks, robots can improve retention, saving costs associated with employee turnover and training.

Nearly one-fourth of the manufacturing workforce is 55 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As these baby boomers age and retire, factories are becoming more desperate for workers.

The industry as a whole may have a staggering 2.4 million jobs to fill between now and 2028, according to the Manufacturing Institute. Many of those jobs may go unfilled due to changing skillsets, younger workers having misperceptions about manufacturing jobs and baby boomer retirements. And, not to mention, retaining quality workers is another top challenge. With palletizing robots, you’ll be prepared for having fewer people on the floor.

Palletizing robots are low maintenance, needing service every one to three years or so. How often they need maintenance depends on the environment they are used in. Some of these variables include how clean the workspace is, if there’s moisture and if it’s a refrigerated area. As your single-source integration partner, RMH handles all your maintenance and support needs.
There are fewer errors, less damage and greater stack integrity with automation, which will help improve your customers’ satisfaction.

RMH can design and integrate a custom robotic palletizing system that fits your unique needs.

Industries Where Palletizing Robots Are Used

Agriculture
Chemicals
Recycling
Food and Beverage
  • Cheese and dairy
  • Cold storage
  • General production and distribution
  • Primary meat and poultry
Medical
  • Chemical pharmaceuticals
  • Life sciences
  • Medical equipment and precision mechanics
Manufacturing and Distribution Centers
  • Consumer goods
  • E-commerce
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Textiles and clothing
Materials
  • Ceramic mineral products
  • Composite
  • Construction material, including concrete, brick and pavers
  • Glass
  • Metal products
  • Paper and printing
  • Rubber and plastics
  • Wood

This is just a sample of the industries where our palletizing robots are used. Don’t see yours listed?

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Applications and Configurations for Palletizing Robots

A palletizing robot moves materials in a facility.

There is a broad range of applications and configurations where pallet robot systems can be utilized. In addition to cases, they can be designed to handle most products of varying materials, shapes, sizes and weights. Some of these applications include:

  • Plastic carton palletizing
  • Bag palletizing
  • Beverage palletizing, including cans, glass and plastic bottles
  • Corrugated box palletizing, case palletizing and box palletizing
  • Drum palletizing for all sizes, including 5, 30 and 55 gallons
  • Pail palletizing
  • Layer palletizing for freezers, harsh temperatures and environments
  • Mixed case palletizing

We offer a wide range of configurations from single pallet to custom system layouts. Ask our engineers for more information about how we can design a solution for your unique needs.

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Capabilities of Palletizing Robots

  • Handles any material with a stable base. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Bags
    • Bales
    • Barrels
    • Bottles
    • Bundles
    • Cartons
    • Cases
    • Jugs
    • Parts
    • Pails
    • Totes
    • Trays
  • Common palletizing applications pick up more than 300 pounds and handle finished loads of more than 4,000 pounds.
  • Completes up to 20 cycles per minute for common palletizing and up to 30 per minute for bags.
  • Compatible with harsh environments and temperatures, including blast freezers and refrigeration used in food production. Can be used with freezer boards, which allows airflow during the freezing process, and then palletized into a tighter pattern when freezing is complete.
  • Can be integrated with automatic stretch wrapping.
  • Vision and scanning capabilities for barcodes and other identifying marks.
  • Other capabilities include upstream vision, product labeling, case sealing and forming and sortation.

These are just a few of the capabilities of palletizing robots. Ask our engineers about how we can customize a system that meets your needs.

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Our Robotic Palletizing Solutions

RMH designs automation systems to meet the unique needs and goals of your business. Learn more about the robotic palletizing solutions we offer.

A robotic bag palletizer removes items from a conveyor and stacks them on a pallet.

Robotic Bag Palletizers

Whether your company makes pet food or produces supplies the agricultural, chemical and building industries depend on, robotic bag palletizers handle industrial-sized bags with ease.

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A robotic bottle depalletizer removes bottles from a pallet.

Robotic Bottle Palletizers

Using robotic bottle palletizers rewards you with consistency every time. You’ll enjoy a competitive edge on fulfillment speed while reducing damage from crushed, broken or damaged bottles.

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Robotic Can Palletizers

Put your employees to better use with robotic can palletizers. They effortlessly handle repetitive and potentially dangerous tasks, like stacking heavy pallets of aluminum or glass cans.

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Robotic Case Palletizers

Increase productivity with robotic case palletizers. These systems integrate with other equipment that makes your operation more efficient, including product marking, case forming and sealing and stretch wrapping.

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Slip Sheet Dispensers

Completely automate the pallet building process by integrating a slip sheet dispenser. These pneumatic or electrically driven dispensers integrate with the palletizer to provide your slip sheets automatically.

End-of-Arm Tooling (EoAT)

Custom robotic tooling to provide the right solution for your application. Mechanical/pneumatic grippers, suction cups, or vacuum gripping systems.

Conventional Palletizer

Low or high level palletizers. Perfect for applications with limited SKUs or products to be handled. Conventional Palletizers are more economical and easier to troubleshoot.

A Columbia palletizer is shown with a full stack of pallets.

Pallet Dispensers

Eliminate the manual handling of pallets. Dispensers are an important piece to any palletizing operation – a pallet is always ready. Reduce manual labor, improve productivity, and lengthen the life of your pallet.

Robotic Palletizing Projects Capabilities

More leading manufacturers, producers and companies are choosing RMH as their single-source robotics integration partner. Learn more about the palletizing projects we’ve completed across North America.

Major Food and Beverage Companies

Multiple liquid and dry fill plants across North America

Projects

Environment: Hot and dusty | Cool, damp and wet | Temperature controlled

A robotic bottle depalletizer removes bottles from a pallet.

Major Ag Chemical Producers

Sites in Iowa, Georgia, Missouri and Nebraska

Projects

Environment: Hot and cold | Dusty

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Experts in System Integration

RMH Systems creates solutions that make it even easier for you to automate and grow.

FANUC America Authorized

Our team includes robotics, software, mechanical and electrical engineers. Let us be your FANUC America Authorized Systems Integrators.

Turnkey Supplier

As a turnkey supplier, we provide all the hardware, software and integration engineering you need. We’re here when you need us for local service and software support.

Conveniently Located

We’re conveniently located in the Midwest and work with companies across the country. Our repeat customers include Fortune 50 manufacturing, food, distribution and pharma companies.

Broad Expertise

From system design to robotic controls, end-of-arm tooling and human machine interface programming, our experienced team handles your project in-house. This includes implementation, training and aftermarket service.

Solutions Oriented

As a leading distributor, we have access to many product lines in each of our areas. We can design a custom solution that fits your needs and provide simulations to show functionality and system flow.

Right Size

We’re just the right size to take on large projects without the bureaucracy.

LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBOTICS AUTOMATION

We’ve completed projects of varying sizes across the country. No job is too big or too small for us. Ready to learn more about maximizing your ROI? Speak with one of our engineers today! We’ll help you design a solution that solves problems and meets your goals.