Glass palletizing

Implementation context

The process of palletizing such an unstable, susceptible to mechanical damage material as glass is extremely dangerous. Both the risk of damage to the element and damage to the health of the employee in the event of breaking the glass pane is very high. In addition, this process is extremely demanding – each layer must be properly laid and secured for transport.

In order to minimize the risk of material damage and increase the rate of palletizing glass panes, the use of a robot seems to be an extremely cost-effective solution, and additionally it will completely exclude the risk of injury to employees when the glass pane is damaged.

Cooperation and implementation

Due to the nature of the transported objects, the glass palletizing process requires precision and delicacy. In addition, for the product to reach the target point successfully during palletizing, it is required to add fillers to protect the product. At present, the station is served by 4 people, so as to ensure uninterrupted operation of the production line and not to cause a bottleneck in the factory.

As a result of the automation of this station, the palletizing machine is supervised by an industrial robot that is able to handle up to several conveyors, thanks to which it is able to not only lay glass panes on a pallet, but also to use materials protecting them against mechanical damage during transport or at later stages of production. The machine not only ensures the speed of performed actions, but also precision.

Benefits

  • The palletizer is able to work without interruption, thanks to which it does not cause production stoppages and is not subject to the norms of the determined working time.
  • Palletizing robots with improved gears are characterized by higher resistance to impacts and other mechanical damage, which translates into minimizing the costs of maintaining and servicing machines.
  • Thanks to the automation of a relatively dangerous process, the risk of injury to employees serving this sector has been reduced.
  • Simple to use simulation software allows you to model the arrangement of elements based on virtualization. After completion, the new configuration can be sent to the selected industrial robot ensuring minimal downtime in its work.
  • The previously defined scheme with which the elements are stacked on pallets increases the repeatability and filling level of pallets compared to manual palletization