Palletizing Systems is essential tools utilized for the safe loading, transporting and storing of pallets during storage and before shipping. They have been in use for quite a long time now. The most common type of these systems is the direct drive Rotary Table. They are used for smooth flow of products through the chute or by gravity.
Most industrial and warehousing establishments employ automated palletizing systems, either robotic palletizing systems, semi-automatic or robotic palletizing systems for fast, safe and smooth unloading and pallet packing. These are very beneficial because of their ability to reduce labor cost, including operating expense. It also increases productivity, thereby ensuring improved bottom line profit margin. This, in turn, helps build strong relationship between the customers and manufacturers, and it facilitates a smooth transition from one level to another.
Palletizing Systems uses two types of gear couplings: drum and gear drives. The term ‘gear’ in this context refers to the rotating shaft and ‘coil’ refers to the gear wheel. The former is conventionally employed for the unloading of pallets from the back, and the latter is conventionally employed for the lifting and placing of the pallets on the platform. Drum drive is conventionally used for table top rack systems such as that seen in supermarkets, while gear couplings applied to the pallet jack system drive electric and manual power transmission into the drive. The latter, particularly the electric drive, is usually utilized for table top loading systems and for automated goods transportation. Both of these drive types are applicable for both vertical and horizontal movement, with the former having the ability to easily transfer the weight of a given product from one location to another.
Due to the aforementioned versatility, many companies are incorporating automated systems within their operations, which can be either operated by humans or by automated systems. This is primarily due to the fact that the effectiveness of automated material handling systems, especially in the areas of automation and robotic tooling, has grown tremendously, which makes it imperative for companies to focus on the design of automated palletizing systems. In this regard, the increasing trend of integrating robotic tooling into materials handling operations can be traced back to the advent of automatic material handling equipment, specifically the rotary tables.
Rotary tables (or floor rollers in other names) are generally used in conjunction with robotic palletizing equipment to facilitate the quick placement of pallets on the receiving dock of a production plant. This enables the production plants to handle large volume of inventory without the need for labor-intensive movements. Rotary tables are generally incorporated into production plants as a fully automated system by utilizing computer numerical control (CNC) programming and robotic material handling equipment. Automated production plants utilize their floor rollers to smoothly place the pallets of raw materials on the receiving dock, where the receiving equipment will then feed the materials into the machines for cutting and packaging. This method has made the palletizing of material handling equipment in an extremely cost-effective operation for companies looking to improve production efficiency and at the same time reduce waste and protect the environment.
The efficiency of automated material handling equipment like the rotary table is enhanced by the use of power transmission and automated system like the rotary palletizing systems. The power transmission provides an automated transfer of power from the input rollers to the required cutters and machinery for the purpose of cutting and packaging material. Automated systems such as the rotary palletizing systems also help to protect the incoming finished product, as it reduces the possibility of mechanical breakdown due to improper power transfer. The reduced risk of machine breakdown due to power transmission can also be translated directly into improved customer satisfaction and employee productivity levels.