Crown Cork & Seal

Robotic Scrap Metal Palletizing System

Business Objectives

  • Handle variable length, bright scarp aluminum bales, ranging from +1” to -4” and a baseline length of 12”
  • Variable bale length meant producing a unique pallet pattern for every load
  • Reduce operational costs and improve ergonomic conditions
  • System located in existing baler scrap room with dimensional constraint

Scrap Metal Bales Easily Handled with Robotic Palletizer

Crown Cork and Seal turned to Bastian Solutions to find a robotic arm capable of assisting with palletizing scrap briquettes at the company’s facility in Mankato, Minnesota. Bastian was able to meet system throughput while also maintaining 50 percent over-speed for future expansion.


Key Technologies

  • FANUC R-2000iB 165kg Robot with Aux Axis Package
  • Bastian Robotics servo-driven robotic End of Arm Tool (EoAT) with integrated Schunk linear ball screw and FANUC servo motor
  • Bastian Robotics 3-strand drag chain pallet conveyors and pallet bin
  • Hytrol infeed conveyor
  • MicroLogix PLC integrated into the FANUC robot control panel with PanelView 600 HMI

Scrap Metal Palletizing Robot


See the results

Met system throughput while maintaining 50% over-speed for future expansion

Removed operator handling of aluminum bales during normal production

Provided additional functionality of a robotic cell bypass for scheduled preventative maintenance and downtime

ROI based on reduced manpower and work-related injuries

Received a follow-up order for the Cheraw, SC facility and letter of recommendation


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