A recently installed Hamer fully automatic palletizing system for bagged salt has been exceeding expectations at a NY-based packaging operation of a multi-facility corporation producing salt and mineral products. Our customer was seeking full palletizing automation and a goal of 24 bags per minute. When faced with the challenge of consistently meeting the bag per minute requirement, Hamer engineers set out to design a system with full automation.
The robotic palletizer arm and controls are built by Yaskawa/Motoman, a leading global manufacturer of Robotics. This MPL 160 robotic arm is designed to be a palletizing “workhorse”, providing good bag per minute rates and a nice, solid pallet stack. Hamer’s proprietary software system, Easy Pic™ allows for simple operator interaction and the ability to easily format different pallet configurations based on bag size or product.
In addition to a fully automated conveyor system, Hamer incorporates components to provide automatic dispensing of pallets and slip sheets prior to the pallets entering the robot stacking cell. This Pallet Dispenser handles any grade of pallet and eliminates jamming and lift failures inherent with other manufacturers’ pallet dispensers. Consistent and accurate slip sheet placement is guaranteed by Hamer’s recently re-launched Slip Sheet Dispenser. This fully automatic salt palletizing system outputs 24 bags a minute, or 36 tons of salt in 50 lb. bag units every hour.
Hamer knows bagging and palletizing for the salt industry. From corrosive protective options on net weigh scales and Form, Fill, Seal machines; to anti-corrosive paints and “robo-suits” to protect the robot arm, these options will help to guarantee a long-life and top production efficiency in an operation packaging salts, ice melt, and other corrosive minerals.
The following video features a fully automated palletizing line for salt, along with other applications.