Video shows flexible palletizing system for dairy products

TINE Meieriet Øst decided to introduce greater automation in order to achieve a significant increase in palletizing capacity. The company, a subsidiary of TINE BA, Norway’s largest producer of dairy products, thus wanted to move away from manual palletizing downstream of a TetraPak filling machine. This video from KUKA Robotics shows the flexible palletizing system for dairy products in trays and display cases.

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In addition to this, older systems were also earmarked for replacement. Another reason for greater automation was the lack of space available. The solution considered was jointed-arm robots with short cycle times, long reach, repeatability, flexibility, high payload capacity and gentle handling.

TINE invested in three KUKA KR 180 PA palletizing robots, which can load a combined total of 1,000 to 1,200 pallets a week. This corresponds to ten pallets an hour. The robot grippers can each be controlled as two additional robot axes. The resulting adjustability of the end-effectors means that all of the products in the filling lines can be handled. The jointed-arm robots palletize milk-based soft drinks, UHT and fresh milk, and desserts.

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