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 packaging system that could increase production efficiency, reduce labor costs, and improve bagging accuracy. In this case study, we’ll examine how the company successfully implemented the system, resulting in significant time and cost savings.
Robotic Bag Palletizing
These robotic bag palletizing systems use robotic arms to stack bags on shipping pallets. Automatic palletizers for new and existing packaging lines are available. We can provide new, reconditioned, or gantry-style palletizers to fit your existing space and budget.
Robotic bag palletizing systems provide one of the fastest returns on investment. They can be lined up in any direction to accept bags, boxes, or pouches 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 robotic bag palletizing system at this time, we also offer a set of conveyors and a pneumatic pallet lift for manually stacking bags at the end of a packaging line.
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Palletizing robots are usually placed at the end of a packaging line. Robots, such as the Fanuc robotic bag palletizer, have revolutionized the packaging industry and have proven to be one of the best returns on investment for upgrading an existing bag filling system. These types of robots can also be used to depalletize or automatically unstack bags to be fed into downstream bulk processing equipment.
One of our manufacturers recently designed and implemented an automated robot depalletizer and bag dump station for a customer in the chemical industry. The system involves a robot 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 robotic depalletizer system works using a vision system, and outline the features and benefits of the system.
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Automating the stacking, or palletizing, of bags at the end of a packaging line with a used robotic palletizer can provide a fast return on investment. Robotic palletizers 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.
These valve bag filling machines are used to fill 50 Lb. paper valve bags with different types of high-quality silica sand. After filling, bags are conveyed to an automatic palletizer that stacks the bags on a 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
- glass sand for large quantity glass production
- oil and gas hydraulic fracturing sand
The video below shows a pallet stacking 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.
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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.
This bagging plant fills 40KG open mouth plastic bags with different types of livestock feed for poultry, pigs, dairy cows, sheep, and horses. It includes a high-speed bagging machine, bag handling conveyors, and a palletizing robot with automatic pallet dispenser and automated pallet wrapper.
This packaging and palletizing line 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 bag 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.
A contract packaging company recently added an end-of-line robot to their existing valve bag filling system. The new robotic palletizing 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 entire 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.
One or more operators can use manual palletizing equipment to stack open mouth bags 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.
This automated packaging and palletizing system is designed to fill 20-110 lb. open mouth poly bags at a rate of 10 bags per minute or more. Free-flowing and dry bulk material flows from the 80 cu. ft. hopper into a net weigh gravity flow bagging scale that includes a vibrating feeder with a gravity gate. The feeder doses a set amount of product into the internal weigh hopper of the bagging scale.
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The high-speed bag palletizer shown in the video below stacks fifty 50 lb. bags of sugar on shipping pallets.
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 to make them more uniform for stacking.
A robot palletiser can automatically stack bags at rates up to 22 bags per minute. The system is also capable of placing empty pallets, as well as slip sheets on to the pallets. It is ideal for handling multiple packaging lines at the same time and can yield a fast return on investment. It can be designed around your existing bagging plant layout with our bag filling machines.
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The robot palletiser has real-time bag input and output monitoring with collision detection. It also has an instant and automatic lubrication schedule. It operates quietly and safely, while having the highest cycle rate of any robot worldwide at 1,800 cycles per hour palletising capacity (30 cycles per packages per minute).
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This semi-automatic pallet loading system quickly loads and stacks filled valve bags and open mouth bags on standard wooden shipping pallets at speeds up to 18 bags per minute.