The complete guide to end-of-line packaging and palletizing with robots.

Over the past 50 years, the manufacturing industry has undergone a complete transformation with the introduction of automation and industrial robotics. Factories that had previously relied on manual operations are now increasingly turning to intelligent robots to drive efficiencies, increase safety, and reduce costs throughout the entire production process.  For companies that are considering semi-automation or end-to-end automation, it is worth exploring new end-of-line (EOL) robotics technologies that can significantly increase production rates and cost effectiveness. In this guide, we deep dive into two specific areas of industrial robotics – end-of line packaging and palletizing.

What is Robotic End-of-Line Packaging?

Robotic end-of-line packaging (EOLP) refers to the ability to use robots to package a variety of items into boxes, cartons, cases or crates. With consumer demand growing for faster production and delivery times, packagers are deploying more robotic tools to automate end-of-line tasks and drive more productivity. 

“Pick and pack robots” are commonly used for end-of-line packaging applications. These are robots that can identify, sort and select specific objects on a conveyor belt using integrated vision systems, and then place them into a box. Packing robots often have a ‘robotic arm’, known as an End-of-Arm Tool (EOAT), that enables them to pick and pack items so precisely that even delicate products like eggs are not damaged.
According to a 2017 report published by Allied Market Research, the global packaging robots industry is expected to reach $4,649 million by 2023.

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