ABB launches new robotic depalletizer to “reduce complexity and improve efficiency”

ABB has launched the “ABB Robotic Depalletizer”, a solution for handling complex depalletizing tasks in the logistics, e-commerce, healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries.

Using machine vision software, ABB’s new solution can quickly assess a wide variety of box types, allowing customers to efficiently process varied loads with very little engineering effort and time. configuration short.

Marc Segura, President of ABB’s Robotics Division, said: “Changes in consumer behavior are driving the rise of new sales channels such as omnichannel, direct-to-consumer and e-commerce.

“These, in turn, drive the need for more flexible and efficient order fulfillment and distribution infrastructure.

“With the ability to depalletize boxes stacked in a variety of configurations from single and mixed pallets, ABB’s robotic depalletizer helps meet this need, enabling faster and more precise handling of a wide range of goods. ready for the next stage of the distribution process.”

Not only are depalletizing tasks becoming more complex as the composition and configuration of pallets become more varied, but these previously manual sorting tasks are typically characterized by high staff turnover and increased hiring costs.

ABB’s robot depalletizer solves these problems by using advanced machine vision and learning algorithms to quickly and efficiently process pallets up to 2.8 meters high, the only solution currently capable of operating at these heights.

ABB’s Robotic Depalletizer software uses the information collected by the vision sensor to provide the robot with an appropriate gripping point for each box.

The robot then picks up the box – weighing up to 30 kg – and places it either on another pallet or on an outfeed conveyor. The speed and accuracy of the system allow it to operate at a maximum rate of 650 cycles per hour, 24 hours a day.

The vision sensor allows the robot to detect specific cardboard boxes on pallets, enabling reliable depalletizing of several different types of loads.

These include pallets made up of a single type of crate in defined layers; “rainbow” pallets containing several different types of crates; and mixed pallets, which offer a wide range of boxes of various weights, shapes and materials.

The solution can be supplied with a range of four and six axis robots to provide the flexibility required to perform simple or more complex depalletizing tasks.

ABB’s RobotStudio digital twin software is also available, allowing customers to create bespoke application simulations with their own dimensions, weights and pallet designs.

Modular collaborative layouts can be tailored to customer needs and incorporate advanced laser and radar scanner and light curtain systems to scan the robot’s environment, ensuring worker safety.

To further enhance flexibility, ABB’s robotic depalletizer can also be integrated with autonomous mobile robots to produce a high performance and flexible goods handling system for warehouses and dispatch centers, with set-up times as low as short as three weeks.

Sharon D. Cole