Palletizing Systems and the Different Types of Applications They Can Be Used For
The material handling systems which palletizing systems most frequently are being used for include packaging, warehousing and distribution in both industrial production lines and distribution. Generally appealing to most users to mid to higher range needs, palletizing systems also benefit other industries such as pharmaceutical, food processing, manufacturing, agricultural, electrical and health care. Many times referred to as a third party solution, pallets are made of either wood plastic or other composite materials that can be stacked on top of one another. There is no need to have the pallets removed once they are filled. Instead, the supply of products is packaged right on the pallets itself and moved into distribution or storage locations.
A very important characteristic of these kinds of systems is that the product can be stacked as far down the supply line as possible without any of the layers contacting the floor. Because of this ability to control the distribution of goods while keeping an eye on costs, the inline palletizing systems and the layered variety of pallets both cost less than traditional methods of material handling. Although these types of systems require less materials to use than traditional methods, they also require more manpower to install and maintain than the traditional method. Due to their direct, economical relationship to the bottom line, both types of system have an extremely broad range of applications. They are therefore most commonly found in industries that require very low manpower effort.
The traditional two main types of material handling equipment are the flatbed and the robotic palletizing systems. The flatbed system involves moving the product from location to location on a conveyor belt, where it is loaded into an automated pallet. In the case of the robotic variety, the product is loaded into a special chamber on the bottom of the conveyor belt. This chamber has a robotic arm, which is used to drop the pallets onto the receiving rollers. These types of systems tend to run on relatively old machinery and they can be very expensive to maintain.
Some of the automated palletizing systems market today combine the functions of both the first type of system, which are the flatbed, and the second type, which are the robotic type. Some manufacturers of these automated systems use the technology to automate the loading and unloading of the product from one location to another, but they still load and unload the product using manual labor. They can, however, quickly load and unload the product from one end of the plant to the other, using manual labor only during the process of transferring. The automated varieties of these pallets have made these systems a popular choice for many companies. They are, however, still a fairly expensive choice for many companies, because they are much heavier and bulkier than some of the lighter, automated varieties of pallets.
Some of the other applications for palletizing systems include the packaging of different types of products, such as in the case of pickling tools, which require that the fruits and vegetables are placed in a container before they are placed in the pickling machine, and some other similar situations. There are even instances in which the pallet itself becomes the product. For example, an individual farmer might want to sell their heirloom seeds and grain by placing them into a large drum or by using the pallets to transport them to a mill, where they would be harvested and sold.
There is no shortage of companies in the supply chain automation field who have developed completely automated systems for handling different types of products. Many times, the companies involved are those who make and supply the actual raw materials, such as wood or steel, or those who make and supply the finished product, such as plastic or glass. They can either do the entire palletizing system themselves, or they can contract out such a service. Either way, such companies can find a wide range of suppliers and manufacturers who are willing to sell their palletizing equipment to customers. The cost for such an operation will vary according to the resources that are utilized and the type of equipment that is being used. However, the result of a fully automated process, whether manually performed or by machines, is that the raw materials are more evenly distributed across the entire supply chain.