Tulip Removes Work Injury Hazards Using The Palomat®
The manual lifting of pallets has been eliminated at the Shipping Department of the Tulip retail packing centre in Herning (DK). Pallet handling is now automated with a PALOMAT® Greenline. This has created better workflow, which has also ended related work injuries.
The employees at Tulip’s Shipping Department were sceptical at first when Factory Manager Dennis Harder Sørensen introduced a new Greenline pallet magazine from PALOMAT®. However, after a short period of time, the employees were very happy with the automated pallet stacker/ de-stacker.
The department handles up to six tonnes of pallets a day, which previously had to be lifted manually and it was taking a physical toll on employees.
Previously the pallets had to be tipped manually from a stack of 12–13 pallets, which was physically strenuous for our employees. Fortunately, that’s now a thing of the past, because now have a fully automated palletising system that has removed the heavy lifting."
The factory manager says that the new palletising system has of course changed the employees’ workflow but we have retained the same volume as before. The Greenline pallet magazine is actually a cheap solution, and it is a valuable investment for our employees, who now have a better working environment, where they are exposed to fewer work injuries.
No more work injuries
Greenline is a fully automated pallet magazine that handles all pallets at floor level. All employees need to do is insert or remove the empty pallets using a forklift truck or hand pallet truck, and the palletising system does the stacking and destacking.
The employees in Tulip’s Shipping Department had previously experienced back injuries. This included production employee Jonas Christensen, who was forced to stay at home at the beginning of 2018 because of an injured back. He is already back working in the department, where he is benefiting from the new pallet magazine:
Before I would get tired after a long working day but this here – it just works. I don’t have a sore back anymore and I don’t even feel any discomfort after my accident. I’m really satisfied with the new pallet magazine here on the site. It‘s not very often you see a new machine being well received, but this one was". Says Jonas Christensen.
Dennis Harder Sørensen thinks the automated palletising system has eliminated the risk of back injuries at Tulip’s Shipping Department and has resulted in employees who are more satisfied.
The pallet magazine minimises inconvenience and prevents potential injuries among our employees, who also tell us that they are less tired when they return home from work. So overall, the automation of pallet handling has created a better working environment at our factory and given us happier employees", says Dennis Harder Sørensen.
Solution: PALOMAT® Greenline
- Space for 15 EUR-pallets
- All stacking/de-stacking takes place at floor level
- 100 % electric – 230 W plug and play solution
PALOMAT® Greenline benefits at Tulip:
- An improved working environment
- Employees who are more satisfied
- Reduced number of work injuries