Critically, the automated solution was required to palletise
potato sacks at two separate potato stores located at either end of the farm.
The operating protocol will allow the robot to pick and palletise
bags whenever they are available from each packing line.
The system is also used to palletise
25kg boxes of butter.
The challenging brief was to provide an automatic palletising system which could palletise
both 25kg and 50kg paper sacks containing starch products, but with a variation in both bulk density and pallet size.
A visit by Red Mill's manufacturing director and his team to Calypso Soft Drinks, Wrexham, where three turnkey robotic packing and palletising cells from Motoman place drinks into boxes and palletise
56 different product and pack size combinations onto shipping pallets in three different stacking patterns, indicated that the supplier's solution would work well at the Wednesbury factory.
If a palletiser is to alternately palletise
different types of products called up from various packing lines then integration of a shuttle car solution in the palletising concept is indispensable.