September 17, 2019

Columbia/Okura teams with Universal Robots for palletizing cobots

Columbia/Okura and Universal Robots have announced a strategic alliance to deliver a more extensive range of robotic palletizing solutions.

Columbia/Okura has been working on the development of miniPALTM a mobile, collaborative palletizing product integrating Universal Robots’ UR10e. Columbia/Okura intends to launch this new product range of palletizing “cobots” immediately.

“The partnership between our two companies allows Columbia/Okura to provide a safe and economical palletizing solution to clients who are facing labor shortages, many of whom may also be new to factory automation,” said Brian Hutton, president of Columbia/Okura. With the introduction of a collaborative palletizer, employees can be re-deployed to work on higher value tasks where their time and skills are better served.

The company cited five primary benefits it aimed to address in a press release:

  • Efficient set-up. Takes less than a full day; plugs into 110V AC wall power
  • Easy operation. No previous programming experience required
  • Quick Payback. Average payback is between 8-10 months, depending on application and industry
  • Flexible deployment. Our mobile solution is easily moved and re-deployed to new processes
  • No guarding required. A vast majority of cobot applications work next to humans without perimeter guarding requirements

The new system will be on display at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Sept. 23-25, at booth C-4029.