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.