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Cargill Integrates Robotic Palletizer with Existing Manual Operation

For its California, Missouri turkey facility, Cargill turned to Bastian Solutions to help them automate their case palletizing system. Bastian Solutions was asked to integrate a robotic palletizing system with an existing manual palletizing operation located in a small footprint room. To eliminate palletizing down time, Cargill requested an expedited installation schedule over a 3-day weekend.

 

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Business Objectives

  • Integrate a robotic palletizing system with an existing manual palletizing operation
  • Work within a very small footprint
  • Achieve expedited installation schedule over a 3-day weekend to eliminate downtime of palletizing operation
  • Reduce overall labor costs
 
Robotic Integration

Key Technologies

  • Two (2) ABB IRB 660 250kg Case Palletizing Robots with IRC5 Controllers
  • Hytrol ProSort MRT and 138-NSP Conveyors
  • Compression style End of Arm Tool with 3 independent zones
  • Allen Bradley PLC for conveyor and shuttle Controls
  • One (1) PanelView 1000 Plus for the Human Machine Interface
  • Sick CLV-620 Barcode Scanner for product identification and sortation
  • High speed Rach & Pinion Dual Empty Pallet Transfer Car
  • Empty Pallet Dispenser capable of handling CHEP and GMA pallets
  • Portec Gravity Chute
 
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Results

  • Successfully integrated dual-line infeed robotic palletizing
  • Packaging operator no longer required
  • Enabled 24/7 plant operation
 
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Photos

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