Depalletizing System with Vision

The Challenge

MIdwest Engineered Systems was challenged to design and build a fully automated robotic depalletizing cell for boxed spray heads that reduces need for human operators while increasing throughput.

Requirements:

  • Automation System must supply parts to two (2) lines

  • Convey full or partial pallet loads to the depalletizing robot

  • Dynamically pick full boxes from pallets

  • Automatically cut top of box tape

  • Empty box contents into production line feed hoppers

  • Break down corrugated boxes for reuse

  • Automatically stack pallets and send out full stacks for pickup

The Solution

The following methods, components, and technologies were implemented and integrated to provide a comprehensive solution:

 

  • MWES developed a custom, compliant end-of-robotic-arm tool with integrated robotic vision system to recognize individual shipping boxes and their configuration

  • The automation system can also dynamically detect partial pallets and various pallet patterns using integrated robotic vision

  • Custom integrated chain driven live roller (CDLR) conveyor system

  • Dynamic box pallet picking and orientation was achieved using robotic automation system combined with machine vision

  • MWES developed a custom box tape cutting system that could be integrated into the automated production system

  • Custom corrugated box breakdown and stacking machine was designed to facilitate reuse of packaging materials

  • Integrated pallet handling with MWES Model PS1200 pallet stacking machine

Impact to the Customer

The MWES developed and installed automated production system offered a number of benefits to the customer that had a large impact on overall production efficiency including: 

  • The applied robotic integration achieves a depalletize rate of 1 box every 30 seconds

  • The Robotic depalletizer feeds two bottling lines

  • Complete “lights out” automation system operation requiring far less operations staff

  • Used boxes are broken down and stacked for reuse, supporting customer's Green manufacturing initiatives

For more information on this equipment or other web handling needs please contact MWES.

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