A report on the industry in the global market of palletizing robots has reflected an increase in demand thanks to technological developments in the field of safety for the operator and optimization of palletization processes. The market is forecasted to grow at an annual composite rate of close to 14%.

For some time now, companies have considered the automated palletizing system via robots to be an optimal solution for tasks where heavy products are handled and placed on pallets; performing this activity in a repetitive manner, guaranteeing greater efficiency and greater productivity. The companies that benefit the most are those that have a work environment that is aggressive, dangerous and contaminated.

Some of the advantages that the current palletizer robot offers are the following:

Motion sensors with the ability to detect the operator or objects and thus automatically stop the operation and avoid collisions. They are equipped with brakes and safety axes in the event that operations need to be interrupted. This features prevents unforeseen movements while maintaining or replenishing load trays.

Palletizing robots can reach high speeds during the process. The advances made in these years mean it is possible for them to collect and analyze data on speed, maintenance, faults, interruptions, etc. They even have the ability to receive two-way feedback, as they are connected to the production area network through virtual private network (VPN) routers. As a result, the human-to-machine interface (HMI) data is obtained. Remote access to the palletizer robot allows us to solve faults and carry out maintenance work. This robotic automation system reaches high speeds depending on the production lines and the available space, providing a return on investment in less time, together with increased productivity.

Currently, palletizing robots have a simple interface that allow for changes in production to be configured in real time, such as freely modifying and adding palletizing schemes. This allows for an increase in the flexibility of the system.

According to the previous benefits and to the research work carried out by specialists in the palletizing robot market, the year-on-year growth rate for 2018 is estimated at 8.70%. The greatest demand is generated by the following sectors: food and beverage, pharmaceutical, electronics and semiconductors, with the food and beverages sector being the most important last year, representing more than 57% of the shares.

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