Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 7 2016 - Page 33

The art of creating stable stacks Whether you are palletising bags, pouches, cartons, boxes, pails, buckets or drums, the ultimate stability of your stack is paramount. Of course, you want to be an efficient operation and getting as much product onto the pallet as possible within the appropriate weight and height limits plays a part in this, but not at the detriment of other people’s safety. Outside of these primary aims, other factors to consider are bar code scanning or the ease of picking or de-packing the stack by the customer. Leaving gaps between boxes can help to create a stable stack, and an automated programme can do this repetitive task consistently. Retailers are also calling for more mixed pallet loads in an effort to pare down stockroom inventories. A robot can be configured to differentiate light from heavy packages, which means they can palletise a variety of case sizes of products on one pallet without compromising the stability. base pallet load being sufficiently strong to carry the load of the pallet above. The weight of the upper pallet must be evenly shared by all sides of the bottom stack, which articulated robotic arms can successfully accomplish. Pacepacker Services contact: Paul Wilkinson, Business Development Manager T+44 (0)1371 811544, F +44 (0)1371 811621, E paul.wilkinson@pacepackerservices.com There’s also an emerging trend for the double stacking of palletised loads. Although this technique increases your storage capacity, to do double stacking successfully depends upon the www.pacepacker.com The Pacepacker brand has a rich history spanning 40 years in the design and manufacture of automatic packing systems. This includes pick and place solutions, sack placers, weighing machines, bagging systems, stitchers, heat sealers and robot palletising systems for companies working in materials handling (animal feed, aggregates, potatoes, grain etc.) and the food industry. For over 15 years, Pacepacker has worked as a system integrator, supplying FANUC robots as part of an integrated