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Case studies, articles, white papers, and posts provide information to better understand palletizing. Find specific applications by industry and discussions of current technology.


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Manufacturing

Packer & Palletizer Meet New Demand

Packaging World Magazine | Jan 18th, 2021

"It was one thing when this Tennessee producer of fertilizer products was focused on one niche market. But when it broadened it's marketing message, automation was required. “The TopTier machine was the best option available that could handle the weight,” said Director of Operations Justin Eason. “We’re close to a thousand pounds per layer. Plus, because we ship to 31 countries, we need to use more than one pallet format, and it accepts all three formats that we need to use.”" [...]

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Beverage

Craft beer end-of-line automation

Packaging World Magazine | Nov 18th, 2020

"Craft brewer grows into two-in-one Palletizer, stretch wrapper. Automation often begets more automation. That was certainly the case with Pelican Brewing Co., whose fast filling operations soon necessitated end-of-line palletization. The palletizers are capable of handling line speeds of upwards of 400 cans per minute, or 1.5 to 1.75 layers per minute in palletizing parlance, so Pelican has room to grow into them or speed up if need be." [...]

canned wine palletizing

Beverage

Co-packer expands wine canning capacity

Packaging World Magazine | Feb 19th, 2020

"In just two years, Free Flow Wines increases its wine-canning capabilities from one semi-automated line to three, adds a fully automated 300-can/min line, and triples its production space." [...]

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Beverage

Craft beer and distilled spirits palletizing

Craft brewers and distillers are (were) small businesses that have typically grown from a basement operation to gaining local and national notoriety. Along the way most of their budget is consumed with the cost of all of the stainless steel components required for the brewing process, but at some point their business matures to where packaging automation is required. [...]

conventional vs robotic palletizing

Technology

A comparison of row-forming and robotic palletizing

"Since their introduction in the 1980's, general purpose robots have proved essential to achieve productivity goals in a wide variety of manufacturing applications. Robots were a natural fit for slow to moderate speed palletizing. Bottom support offers a significant improvement over typical robot product handling methods such as vacuum top picking that is less flexible and secure, and clamping systems that necessitate looser loads." [...]

Technology

Palletizer safety

SICK white paper series addressing the primary milestones to a safe machine

"When embarking on a path to implement machine safeguarding (protective) measures, one cannot dismiss the influence and importance of documented safety requirements – whether they are mandatory versus voluntary; normative opposed to informative; and regardless of their designation as a law, directive, regulation, harmonized standard, consensus standard, technical guideline, or merely best practice." [...]

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Consumer Packaged Goods

A review of Costco's in-house production of tubed snacks

Packaging World Magazine | Jan 7th, 2009 | Video

"Costco’s in-house production for tubed snacks relies on three f/f/s units and four pick-and-place robots to produce a 24-count variety pack. The boxes are conveyed from the packaging room to a dedicated palletizer, which integrates palletizing and stretch wrapping in a compact footprint. The line produces about five pallets/hr." [...]

Consumer Packaged Goods

Cheese tray-pack palletizing

Packaging World Magazine | Mar 8th, 2011 | Video

"The C-Pak, a three-piece package for sliced, shingled cheese, is helping Great Lakes Cheese Co. win new packaging business, most of which consists of private-label work for retailers who have their own store brands. An incline conveyor takes cases to a palletizer/stretch wrapper. Each time it forms a layer, that layer is lowered onto a stretch wrapper turntable and a stretch film is applied. The palletizer builds pallet layers immediately above the space where stretch wrap is applied because it eliminates the need to have a separate stretch wrapper occupy valuable floor space." [...]

Technology

Reducing the occurrence of collapsing pallet loads

Packaging World Magazine | May 8th, 2017

"A pallet load, by virtue of its size, weight, and quantity, constitutes an automatic hazard, were it to collapse. It would be bad enough were consequences limited to product damage or loss; but worse is the human toll in the forms of injury or death. Palletizing is the linchpin of efficient and cost-effective supply chain operations. Because a pallet load might collapse anywhere in a supply chain, each member should commit to policies and practices that maximize the chances that, once assembled, a pallet load will remain assembled until intentionally taken apart." [...]

row forming palletizer white paper

Technology

Row-Forming palletizers

"Low and moderate speed conventional palletizers create space between products when building rows for non-column stacked loads. The spacing of products is referred to as row gapping. The three methods for creating gaps are hard automation row stops, electronic apping, and positive indexing row building. This discussion provides an overview of row gapping as well as a review of the three methods and the advantages and disadvantages of each." [...]

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Beverage & CPG

Palletizers and small packaging for eCommerce loads

Beverage Industry Magazine| 2019

"Rather than the large mixed and single-SKU pallets typically used for retail and warehouse fulfillment, eCommerce orders require smaller quantities, which, in turn, results in smaller cases, product dimensions and pallet sizes. Plus, to keep up with demand, palletizers need to operate at faster rates to palletize smaller loads. " [...]