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In-line case palletizers get robotic retrofit


Intelligrated’s robotic arm retrofits to existing Alvey in-line palletizers.

Photo: Intelligrated

CINCINNATI: Intelligrated has launched the Alvey Robotic Retrofit Program for its family of Alvey in-line case palletizers.

It includes installation of one or more jointed-arm robots to create a hybrid palletizer that combines robotic flexibility and repeatability with the speed and reliability of conventional palletizer layer deposition.

Intelligrated, a Cincinnati-based supplier of automated material handling systems, says the Alvey retrofits provide gentler positioning and rotation of products, automatic line changeovers, pattern changing flexibility and extended operational life.

Retrofits are completed on-site. Existing slat dividers and case turners are removed from the Alvey in-line case palletizer and one or two robotic arms are installed for pattern forming. You get a choice of OEM for the robotic arm, and operating software.

Every robotic retrofit includes design and manufacturing of end-of-arm tooling, OIT (operator interface terminal) screens, infeed conveyor and PLC programming.