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SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
What to look for when selecting palletizing
By Marty Weil, Contributing Editor
Tips and trends to consider when choosing palletizing equipment:

1. Look for more hybrid solutions and simultaneous operations. The effort to reduce secondary packaging is accelerating, which is having a significant impact on the design of palletizing equipment. The trend is driving hybrid palletizing solutions involving both conventional and robotics technology. Simultaneous operations are also becoming more prevalent, such as palletizing and stretch wrapping in a single integrated piece of equipment. Increasing numbers of package applications are better suited to fully automated equipment; as a result, the need for package handling flexibility involving quick "tool-less" or fully automated technology continues to play a bigger role.

2. While the newest palletizing equipment is robotic, it is not always required. Sometimes a robot is not nearly the most cost-effective solution overall. If a plant is running a lot of pallets with similar products, consider staying conventional, as opposed to going robotic. Or at most see about a hybrid option, where a conventional system forms the layers and then uses a robot to place layers and build the pallet. For example, if you have two conventional layer formers, one robot can build two pallets. If you're moving more than 16 or 20 cases per minute, robotics may not be the best solution.

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Pallet operations upgrade pumps up production by 30%
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