Depalletizing System With Vision - Midwest Engineered Systems

The Challenge

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

  • Automation System must supply parts to two 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:

  • Pallet Dispenser SystemMWES developed a custom, compliant end-of-robotic-arm tool (EOAT) with an 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 a 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

automated robot palletizing conveyor with fanuc

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 one box every 30 seconds
  • The robotic depalletizer feeds two bottling lines
  • Complete “lights out” automation system operation requiring far fewer operations staff
  • Used boxes are broken down and stacked for reuse, supporting customer’s Green manufacturing initiatives

Midwest Engineered Systems has a wide range of experience in building depalletizing automation systems. If you’re looking to improve your depalletizing throughput, we have the knowledge and experience to make the project a success.

Contact us to learn about how Midwest Engineered Systems can automate even your most complex and challenging operations today!