The MACControl is a highly functional and flexible robot cell controller with standard features and component specifications that rival today’s best industrial control systems.
Better use of labor is driving robotic innovation into new territories. This need coupled with new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 3d vision sensors have brought robotic depalletizing from a fringe solution to mainstream.
At MESH we have leveraged our robotic system expertise and have partnered with AI software and sensor suppliers to offer our customers robotic depalletizing solutions in their many forms. Bag depalletizing for raw material feeding or single SKU depalletizing at a return center or full layer/decanting depalletizing as a feed system for a rainbow pallet or mixed case pallet are all in our solution pack plus more.
Benefits of MESH Industrial Depalletizing Systems
With hundreds of robots deployed, MESH has the experience you need to understand the issues involved with depalletizing. Meeting cycle rate requirements is a challenge with depalletizing solutions. Multizone end effectors coupled with sensor output tuning leveraged by artificial intelligence are needed to optimize the robot moves and determine if multiple items can be picked. Feed systems that keep the robot moving help with cycle rate but must be weighed against the system ROI. Tool changers so the robot can go from one end effector designed for bags to one end effector designed for cases. End effectors that can do multiple duty such as totes and cases or cases and dunnage.
All of these factors are considered at MESH, and we can grab from a handful of pre-engineered and proven hardware to provide the one with the best value. Robotic depalletizing systems are typically deployed with “doner” pallet handling systems either through traditional conveyor or via AGV or AMR. These systems typically include empty pallet stackers by MESH to consolidate pallets thus reducing forklift traffic and floor space.
Capabilities of a MESH Designed Depalletizing System:
- One Robotic depalletizer by MESH can handle up to four “donor” pallet locations serviced by an AMR or AGV. Similarly, the “donor” pallets can also be conveyed into a destackable position.
- Cases per minute speed is usually forefront of most specifications. It is best to consult with MESH sales and applications engineers to understand the productivity needs and options available. Robotic depalletizing systems can typically depalletize in the range of 450 – 900 cases per hour.
- Pallet stack height – Most modern depalletizing robots if configured correctly can destack “doner pallets” up to 108” tall.
- Pallet or stack envelope (length and width) – Most destacking configurations are designed to fit into a 48” x 40” envelope, but robots are very flexible and can easily accommodate most requirements within reason.
- Dunnage – MESH can accommodate and depalletize the most common dunnage requirements.
- Safety – MESH designs our robotic case depalletizers to RIA standards and will complete a risk assessment of the entire system. Our MAC control system uses a safety PLC and high-quality guarding and interlock switches that match the risk assessment’s requirements for modern equipment needs in North America, Asia, or Europe.