Packages for products coming from different production lines, different batches and respective skus varies on day-to-day basis. Managing proper truck and transport to achieve maximum loadabilty isn a big challenge for dispatch department of any company. Many robotic palletizers are being implemented to boost throughput and eliminate labourious manual handling process. However, due to profusion and variety of case sizes, treating pallet pattern programming as a set-it-and-forget-it proposition is no longer feasible for many facilities. That’s why Schneider Packaging Equipment recently added proprietary OptiStak software to all of its robotic palletizing machines, explains Mike Brewster, director of sales and marketing.
“The software allows operators to create and edit stack patterns directly on the machine’s touchscreen human machine interface (HMI). Users can create optimal recipes in one click, customize pack patterns quickly, and instantly see changes through the software’s interface. “Essentially, the software cuts the time an operator might typically spend trying to figure out the arrangement that most tightly and securely packs and palletizes a mixed load,” he adds. “Because it eliminates the guesswork and maximizes the amount of product per pallet, it saves tremendous amounts of time.”