Columbia/Okura announces strategic alliance with Universal Robots

Columbia/Okura LLC announces a strategic alliance with Universal Robots, which will allow Columbia/Okura to deliver a more extensive range of robotic palletizing solutions to end users, now inclusive of collaborative palletizing applications.


Columbia/Okura has been working on the development of miniPAL, a mobile, collaborative palletizing product integrating Universal Robot’s UR10e for some time. Columbia/Okura intends to launch this new product range of palletizing “cobots” immediately.

“The partnership between our two companies allows Columbia/Okura to provide a safe and economical palletizing solution to clients who are facing labor shortages, many of whom may also be new to factory automation,” said Brian Hutton, president of Columbia/Okura LLC.

With the introduction of a collaborative palletizer, employees can be re-deployed to work on higher value tasks where their time and skills are better served.

Columbia/Okura continues to evolve product offerings to meet growing customer needs for safe, reliable, and economical systems.

The new collaborative product offering has five significant client benefits:

1) efficient set-up: takes less than a full day; plugs into 110v AC wall power

2) easy operation: no previous programming experience required

3) quick payback: average payback is between 8-10 months, depending on application and industry;

4) flexible deployment: the mobile solution is easily moved and re-deployed to new processes;

5) no guarding required: A vast majority of cobot applications work next to humans without perimeter guarding requirements.

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