Schneider Packaging System Combines Palletizing and Stretch Wrapping

Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) and Lantech have launched a palletizing/stretch wrapping cell that combines two or more lines into a centralized automated palletizing stretch wrapping station. The unique solution builds the unit load on the stretch wrapper.

Engineered by Schneider, the Stack and Wrap Palletizing/Stretch Wrapping Cell centers a FANUC robot arm between two Lantech Q-600 stretch wrappers. The configurable cell has the ability to simultaneously palletize uniquely different lines with different size and type of product, with pallet loading and exchange operating automatically for continuous production.

While an automatic pallet dispenser and conveyor system delivers an empty pallet to each stretch wrapper, product is delivered from two production lines to the palletizing cell. The robotic arm builds layers of product on each of the wrappers. Once a predetermined number of cases are loaded onto the first pallet, the first wrapper stabilizes the load layers by applying stretch film.

Then the robotic arm begins building a load on the second stretch wrapper. The process repeats as the wrapper and robotic arm alternate building and wrapping the load in predetermined increments until the load is complete and product is discharged to a conveyor transfer system.

xpedx, a Lantech distributor, worked with Lantech to identify how the machines should interface, and provided technical services in system integration and for the startup and training phase.
The system employs Schneider-customized end-of-arm robotic tooling. The Lantech Q-600 includes special logic and hardware, with Lantech’s Pallet Grip load containment system to lock the load to the pallet for safe transport.

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