Graphic Packaging

Optimized Workforce By More Than 50%

Graphic Packaging International is the leading provider of paperboard packaging solutions, including folding cartons and specialty bag packaging. The company serves a widely-recognized customer base from Kellogg’s and Betty Crocker to Kimberly-Clark and MillerCoors. Bastian was tasked with designing and implementing a unique palletizing solution that optimized the company’s manual palletizing process


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Business Challenges

  • Optimize work force required to hand palletize five production lines and relocate those workers to various skilled positions
  • Utilize reverse fold case handling and pallet-less palletizing
  • Incorporate 44 unique palletizing patterns and up to 10 different pallet sizes

Key Technologies

  • Hytrol low pressure infeed conveyor
  • Safe conveyor slide gate table top chain conveyor
  • 90 degree rotation conveyor
  • Row forming conveyor
  • Pallet conveyor
  • Layer building table
  • Shuttle car system
  • Series 4000 and series 4002 palletizers
  • Bastian gantry palletizing system with a specialized End of Arm Tool (EoAT)
  • Wulftec stretch wrapper
  • Rockwell Automation controls

See The Results

Optimized work force by reducing manual palletizing labor by more than 50%

End design resulted in a traditional palletizing system handling 8 cases/min. in 50 unique stacking patterns