Palletizers: Putting product in its place

From manual devices to robotic arms, there’s more than one way to build a pallet. Here’s a look at how palletizing equipment improved productivity at these five operations.

By ·

Building a pallet, especially a mixed SKU, or rainbow pallet, can be a challenge, but it’s a vital link in the supply chain. 

While the palletizing needs of a manufacturer with limited SKUs may differ from a DC with hundreds, both can see the bottom line impacted by the palletizing process.  “In all cases, companies today are working from a continuous improvement perspective,” explains Tom Eagan, vice president of industry relations for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI). 

Here’s a look at how five companies took proactive steps to solve their palletizing problems and how those solutions have contributed to successful process improvements.

Pallet positioners reduce strain, increase control
HVAC industry leader, Belimo invests in pallet positioners to safeguard workers from fatigue and injury.

Palletizing system increases throughput, cuts labor costs
Graphic Packaging International installs a complete palletizing solution to meet throughput goals and reassign workers to more skilled positions.

Palletizer offers flexible patterns and eliminates hand stacking
High-infeed palletizers at Producers Rice Mill increase production and uptime while reducing expenses.

Robotic layer picker increases safety, quality and productivity
Nestlé turns to an integrated robotic layer picking solution to transform workplace safety and significantly improved the productivity of mixed case palletizing.

Articulated arm robotic palletizer picks up 220 pounds at one time
In its new DC, Dunn-Edwards uses a specially designed robotic system to handle today’s palletizing needs and accommodate future company growth.


About the Author

Lorie King Rogers
Lorie King Rogers, associate editor, joined Modern in 2009 after working as a freelance writer for the Casebook issue and show daily at tradeshows. A graduate of Emerson College, she has also worked as an editor on Stock Car Racing Magazine.

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

Equipment Report · Ergonomics · July 2012 · Packaging · PMMI · Robotics · · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Evaluating Goods-to-Person Technologies
This white paper overviews the various, self-contained, goods-to-person AS/RS systems available for handling the totes, cases and eaches most frequently faced by e-commerce order fulfillment operations, and the typical applications for each.
Download Today!
From the May 2017 MMH Issue
Every company considers itself an innovator. It’s time to include materials handling leaders in that category.
Top 20 Worldwide Materials Handling Systems Suppliers 2017
ERP Suppliers’ Changing Role
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
2016 Warehouse/DC Operations Webcast: Confronting omni-channel complexity
During this webcast we’ll examine the current activities, trends, and best practices in warehouse and DC operations management and how companies plan to address complex issues associate with omni-channel fulfillment.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
Materials Handling Innovation (and why it matters)
Every company considers itself an innovator. It’s time to include materials handling leaders in...
Thrive Market’s Startup Distribution Network
How does a fastgrowing, e-commerce startup company build out order fulfillment capabilities? Thrive...

U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 released today
On Tuesday, the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 will be released on...
2017 Productivity Achievement Awards
Modern’s annual Productivity Achievement Awards honor companies that have made exceptional...