ESS Technologies: Robotic palletizer

The Dual Cell-E robotic palletizer from ESS Technologies integrates a Fanuc M-710iC/50H five-axis robot, which offers a payload capacity of up to 50 kg (110.2 lb), with custom-designed end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to create a cost-effective end-of-line solution for palletizing in a small footprint.

Dual Cell-E
Dual Cell-E

Other robot models with higher payloads can also be designed into the system. The ergonomic, compact pallet cell fits easily into existing packaging lines to replace manual palletizing processes, reducing the potential for worker injury.

Floor-mounted pallet guides with pallet presence sensors offer a cost-effective alternative to heavier integral pallet bases. The Dual Cell-E comes complete with the Fanuc robot, robot controller with Teach Pendant, EOAT, zero-back pressure case infeed conveyor, and interlocked wire mesh PLe-rated safety guarding. The EOAT may be ordered to pick one, two, or three cases with each cycle, and Fanuc’s PalletTool Turbo software comes pre-installed on the robot to simplify operation. Size changeover typically occurs in 10 min or less.

The dual cell, one-in, two-out configuration all but eliminates the need to stop the palletizer cell. The robot automatically begins palletizing the second pallet position after the first pallet load is complete. Optional light curtains with independent zone controls allow the operator to deactivate the safety sensors and remove the loaded pallet without stopping the robot. Additional system options include Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC with Allen Bradley PanelView Plus color, touchscreen HMI, deck sheet/tier sheet placement, and a safety guarding upgrade to interlocked polycarbonate panels. ESS can also integrate the robotic pallet cell with off-the-shelf serialization systems from industry OEMs.

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