Automatic depalletisation can be used for a wide range of products across various industries to streamline warehouse and manufacturing operations. The suitability of a product for automatic depalletisation depends on factors such as its size, shape, weight, fragility, and packaging. Here are some common types of products that can be automatically depalletised:
- Cartons and Boxes: Automated systems can handle depalletising of cartons and boxes of different sizes and weights. This is commonly used in retail, distribution centres, and e-commerce warehouses. A vacuum gripper us typically used for depalletising cartons and boxes.
- Bags and Sacks: Products packaged in bags or sacks, such as grains, flour, or pet food, can be automatically depalletised. A vacuum bag gripper is typically used for this, but it does depend on the bag types and product inside the bag. A hook type system which actually puncture the bag can be used for some situation, eg. Hessian or polypropylene sacks, where a vacuum gripper will not work and the bag integrity does not matter. Not all sacks and bags can be depalletised satisfactorily, it is very application specific.
- Bottles and Containers: Automated systems can be used to depalletise bottles, jars, cans, and containers in the food and beverage industry, as well as pharmaceuticals. A bespoke gripper will typically be used for this, and it will be designed to specifically suit the type of bottle/container being depalletised.
- Palletised Drums: Industries like chemicals and oil may use automatic depalletisation for handling palletised drums. A barrel gripper is usually used for this, which has two arms that clamp around the barrel or drum.
It’s important to note that the specific equipment and technology used for automatic depalletisation can vary widely depending on the type of product and the desired level of automation. Automated depalletisation systems may use robotic arms, conveyors, vacuum grippers, suction cups, or a combination of these technologies to handle products effectively and safely.
The choice of depalletisation solution should be carefully considered based on the product characteristics, production volume, and operational requirements of the facility.
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