The Right Tools for the Job – 3 Ways to Know if a Conventional Palletizer is the Best Choice

Choosing the right palletizer for your warehouse operations might seem like tricky business. With so many options available – from robotic to conventional palletizer models – you can spend a tremendous amount of time trying to compare and contrast to find the right choice. It helps to remember that, just like any other type of warehouse equipment, knowing the unique requirements of your company’s operations will lead you to the best solution.

Conventional palletizers have long been a rugged work-horse for the packaging industry. They excel at moving rapidly and palletizing a variety of products with accuracy. Here are three signs that a this might be the right choice for you:

  1. Your company needs palletizing of loads that are pre-planned. Conventional methods reach completion rates of one to three layers per minute and are best for handing consistently sized and shaped products, layered in simple patterns. If the product you’re handling encompasses very few SKUs, you can maximize completion using conventional methods. A conventional system is ideal for products with sturdy packaging so that its speed can be optimized. Loads of delicate products would be better handled by the slower, but more flexible robotic palletizer.
  2. You have room for a palletizing footprint that allows for the addition of modular components. A conventional palletizer will occupy less floor space than a robotic system. You can use this space savings to your advantage by working with one vendor to provide induction, row building, stretch wrapping and other modular functions to build a palletizing system with accurate row and layer capabilities. This will increase the speed of your conventional palletizing system, moving more product out the door and contributing to your company’s bottom line.
  3. Your company needs to be poised to evolve with the market. Early incarnations of conventional palletizing were limited in scope and required significant space for operation. But that was then, and now the same innovations that drove the introduction of robotic technology is benefitting conventional methods in new and different ways. As part of a modular system, a conventional palletizer is more than a layering machine. This staple of packaging can be part of an integrated and accurate system that layers, rotates, wraps and completes repetitive loads with cost-saving speed.

If your view of conventional systems have not evolved with today’s technology, it’s time to reacquaint your company with the benefits of what they have to offer today. For the right warehouse operations, it’s worth taking the time to evaluate if a conventional palletizing system is the right choice to move your products to the marketplace.

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