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.


  • 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.


Midwest Engineered Systems

W238N1800 Rockwood Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
Call: 414-327-0000

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