Depalletizer

Robotic depalletizer | robotic depalletizing machine

Packaging machines

Depalletizer

The robotic depalletizer machine is built to perform automatic depalletizing of a wooden pallet that carries multiple layers of containers, each layer divided by a carton, and then separating the containers into a single line for further processing.

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Operation principle:

The pallet advances towards the depalletizer machine via the input conveyor. The robot's multifunctional end-of-arm tool (gripper), serves a vital role within the system. Its primary function is to efficiently collect a predetermined number of containers, securely holding them, and precisely depositing them onto the container feed table. These containers then move forward, progressing to the end of the feed table, where they are seamlessly transferred to a single line on a transfer conveyor, ready for further processing. The depalletizer's design allows for easy integration with additional machinery, creating a seamless production line.

Depalletizer

In addition to its primary container-handling function, the robot gripper also excels at managing partition cartons (which hold containers) and pallets. After each carton depalletizing cycle, the robot retrieves the empty carton and transfers it to the partition carton accumulator. The accumulator boasts its own gripper, which moves vertically to efficiently acquire the carton from the robot gripper and neatly place it within the carton stack. Similarly, at the conclusion of each pallet depalletizing cycle, the robot efficiently manages the empty pallet's transfer to the pallet stacking area. This comprehensive system highlights the dual capabilities of the robot gripper, enhancing the overall efficiency and functionality of the depalletizer machine.

Operation steps

Robotic depalletizer | robotic depalletizing machine
Step 1: Pallet infeed

A loaded pallet travels towards the depalletizing robot on the infeed conveyor.

Robotic depalletizer | robotic depalletizing machine
Step 2: Container transfer

The gripper picks up the top layer of the containers from the pallet.

Robotic depalletizer | robotic depalletizing machine
Step 3: Container sorting

The gripper places the containers on the container feed table. The container feed table separates containers into a single line for further processing.

Robotic depalletizer | robotic depalletizing machine
Step 4: Carton handling

After a layer of containers is depalletized, the gripper picks up the carton that separates container layers. The gripper transfers the carton to the carton accumulator.

Robotic depalletizer | robotic depalletizing machine
Step 5: Pallet handling

After the whole pallet is depalletized, the gripper picks up the pallet and transfers it to the pallet stack.



Features

Kuka robot
KUKA robot

KUKA robots are versatile - suitable for a variety of different applications. These are robots with high payload and long reach, certified for North American standards. The robots are equipped with safety elements, which prevent the robot from behaving unexpectedly or dangerously during a malfunction.

Robot frame
Robot frame

The heavy-duty load dispersing frames for robot mounting are made in-house. These frames are designed according to application, allowing integration in various manufacturing plants, without any modifications to the existing concrete surface.

Customizable gripper
Customizable gripper

The robot's end-of-arm tool is customized to every customer's specific needs. The gripper can handle a variety of product packaging. Additionally, it can handle pallets and cartons.

Container feed table
Container feed table

The automatic container feed table is designed to hold and move multiple containers at once. The containers are placed on one end of the feed table and are then automatically moved forward. This type of machine is suitable for a variety of containers and can be an addition to almost any production line. The container feed table is a solution to speed up and streamline the container feeding process.

Pallet handling
Pallet handling

The robot's gripper can handle the empty pallets after the depalletizing cycle is finished. The gripper is equipped with suction cups which allow it to grip the pallet and transfer it to the specially designated area, where the pallets are stacked.

Carton handling
Carton handling

The robot's gripper can also handle the empty cartons, which separate container layers. The gripper is equipped with suction cups which allow it to grip the carton and transfer it to the carton accumulator. The carton accumulator automatically picks up the carton from the gripper and brings it down onto the carton stack.

HMI screen
HMI screen

Intuitive touch-screen HMI provides simple control over the machine and enables choosing predefined products or setting parameters for the sleeving process.

Safety features
Safety features

The machine is equipped with guards, security door locks, and light curtains to ensure operating personnel's safety in hazard areas such as infeed/outfeed.