Palletizing and palletizing conveyor systems place, stack, wrap and store products like filled bags, boxes, and containers on shipping pallets for storage or sale. Palletizing machines can be manual, semi-automatic, and automatic and usually are placed at the end of a packaging line. A palletizing robot, such as the Fanuc robot, have revolutionized the packaging industry and have proven to be one of the best returns on investment for upgrading an existing packaging or bagging operation.
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Palletizing robots and machines are space saving machines that can be lined up in any direction to accept bags, boxes, or pails from a conveyor system. They minimize the risk of repetitive injuries that happen from stacking filled bags all day on shipping pallets, while reducing staffing requirements at the same time. If your budget does not allow for a palletizing robot, we recommend the EZ Loader bag palletizing machine (scissor lift pallet jack) for manually stacking products at the end of a packaging line.
View of Rice Bagging Equipment and Automated Bag Closing System
Rice producers face several challenges when it comes to bagging and packaging their product. Manual bagging processes can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and prone to errors. To overcome these challenges, a USA-based rice producer sought an automated rice bagging solution that could increase production efficiency, reduce labor costs, and improve bagging accuracy. In this case study, we’ll examine how the company successfully implemented an automated rice bagging system, resulting in significant time and cost savings.
One of our manufacturers recently designed and implemented an automated robotic depalletizer and bag dump station for a customer in the chemical industry. The system involves a robotic depalletizer that unstacks 50 lb. bags of chemical powders from a shipping pallet located to the left and right side of the robot. The bags are picked up 3 at a time and placed 1 at a time on a conveyor that transports them to an inclined belt conveyor that discharges them into automatic bag dump station. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the system, explain how the automated system works using a vision system, and outline the features and benefits of the system.
Automating the stacking, or palletizing, of bags at the end of a packaging line with a used robot bag stacker can provide a fast return on investment. Palletizing robots can be oriented in any direction to accept bag inflow from a new or existing bagging system. They minimize the risk of repetitive injuries caused by stacking heavy bags on shipping pallets, while simultaneously reducing labor and staffing requirements.
This valve bag filling system is used to fill 50 Lb. paper valve bags with different types of high-quality silica sand. After filling, bags are conveyed to a robotic palletizer that automatically stacks the bags on pallet.
This type of silica sand is a high-quality round and sub-round silica sand with mesh sizes ranging between 8×16 and 100. It has many uses including:
turf sand used for infill to protect artificial turf and increase its life expectancy
roofing sand for specialty roofing tiles, flooring titles, and colored grout
building and industrial sands as an ideal base for construction, concrete, bricks, foundry, and flooring
water filtration sand used in wells, filters, and other water fixtures
This packaging and robotic palletizer system fills craft paper bags with 25, 40, or 50 Lbs. of livestock minerals and supplements. It includes a hopper, net weigh bag filling machine, high-speed sewing system, and robotic palletizer with 2 bag stack zones. It replaced an existing bag filling and packaging line at the feed service company that has been in business since 1946.
The video below shows a bag palletizing robot stacking 50 lb. paper valve bags onto a pallet located on the floor per the programmed bag placement design. This robot was added to an existing bag filling system to reduce labor costs and increase automation.
Automatic pallet dispenser, slip sheet applicator, and robot stack zone conveyor (System 1)
When speed and bagging rate is important, automating the dispensing of pallets and slip sheets helps to reduce labor requirements for feeding shipping pallets into an automated palletizing system with a robot.
Bagging system, bag sewing system, and bag handling conveyors
This 40kg bagging system fills open mouth plastic bags with different types of livestock feed for poultry, pigs, dairy cows, sheep, and horses. This semi-automated system also includes a high-speed bagger, bag handling conveyors, and a palletizing robot with automatic pallet dispenser and pallet stretch wrapper.
Fanuc robot picking up 100 lb. bag of minerals using a bag gripper tool
A contract packaging company recently added an end-of-line palletizing system to their existing valve bag filling machines. The new system includes bag handling and robotic pick conveyors, a used Fanuc robotic arm that has been reconditioned with a bag gripper tool, and an automated pallet and slip sheet dispenser.
With the added palletizing automation, the system is now able to fill and stack 100 lb. paper valve bags at a rate of 10-12 bags/minute. The company can also quickly swap out settings to fill and stack 50 lb. valve bags at a rate of 15-16 bags/minute.
Incline conveyor takes 50# bags of shelled corn up to a gravity roller accumulation table
One or more operators can use a manual palletizing systems to stack open mouth and valve bags containing a variety of agricultural products such deer corn, cottonseed hulls, oats, alfalfa pellets / cubes, soybean meal, barley, dried molasses, and mixing / stock salts. They can also stack bags filled with industrial products such as chemical powders, cement, mortar, and pigments.
Auto Bagging and Palletizing System (click for larger image)
This auto bagging and palletizing system is designed to fill 50 lb. open mouth poly bags at a rate of 10 bags per minute. Free-flowing and dry bulk material flows from the 80 cu. ft. hopper into a net weigh gravity flow bagger that includes a vibrating feeder with gravity gate. The feeder doses a set amount of product into the internal weigh hopper.
The high-speed robotic bag palletizer shown in the video below stacks 50 x 50 lb. bags of sugar on shipping pallets.
High-Speed Robotic Palletizer Stacks 50 lb. Bags Filled with Sugar
50 lb. open mouth paper bags are filled in a packaging area. From there, they are transported through a protected opening in a wall, to a decline bag transfer conveyor, and then to a powered 90 degree turning conveyor under a bag flattener that removes some of the air from each bag.
This robotic palletizer can palletize bags at rates up to 30 bags per minute. It is also capable of placing pallets, as well as slip sheets on the pallets. It is ideal for handling multiple packaging lines at the same time and can yield the highest return on investment. It can be designed around your plant layout with our standard bag filling line components.