What is Palletizing ?
Palletizing or palletization most often refers to the act of placing products on a pallet for shipment or storage in logistics supply chains. Ideally, products are stacked in a pattern that maximizes the amount of product in the load by weight and volume while being stable enough to prevent products from shifting, toppling, or crushing each other. Traditionally, palletizing was accomplished by manual labor, but increasingly automated systems are taking over the task of palletizing products.
Reducing Labor Costs & Increasing Value
When you consider the challenges related to finding workers for physically demanding, repetitive jobs, the benefits to integrating a robotic palletizer become very clear. Let’s compare manual labor with robotic labor.
- Average hourly rate of $16-$24, and rising
- Requires management staff
- Third shift is paid more and overtime is extra
- Labor shortage & labor turnover
- Operating costs for robots range from $0.15 to $1.50 per hour
- Requires minor oversight
- No premium for night shift or overtime
- Smoke breaks, lunches, sick time, vacation are typically built into work schedule
- Robots don’t take vacations, lunch, or smoke breaks
- A study found that 23% of all unplanned downtime in manufacturing is the result of human error
- Properly programmed robots deliver consistent standards including stack patterns, products per load, and load integrity
- Proven quality control improvements
- 3.5 out of every 100 full-time workers are injured on the job
- Robots don’t get hurt or file insurance claims
- Typical workers get 2-3 weeks paid time off
- Hiring and recruiting costs can be quite high
- Robots require minimal maintenance and incur little cost when not in operation
- Robot supply is predictable and cost-effective
Use this calculator to determine the cost savings you can expect to receive from using a robotic palletizer over manual labor.
How Vancouver Automation can help you ?
Material Handling is an essential part of every automation system. Whether moving heavy awkward parts or small intricate precision components, efficient manipulation and control is essential. From the newest motor assembly to the most intricate surgical device, material handling and its flow ensures that components can be turned into assemblies that guarantees an assembly solution will not choke off critical up time or contribute to costly damage to parts or operators. Vancouver Automation through its experience along with its partners to provide technologically leading solutions that ensure the backbone of the custom equipment link together in support and harmony. There are many solutions that are tried and true and new flexible solutions that deal with the complexities in the market today. Material handling solutions range from linear solutions in layout and form too numerous to detail but include our partners: Robert Bosch power and free conveyor, belt driven solutions coupled with flexible feeders, bowls, hoppers with vision, and escapement devices that verify orientation and control throughout the assembly process.