How Long Will Your Investment Serve You?
The process of palletising and the robots associated with the process have never been safer. Palletising equipment has evolved to become almost foolproof and these models rarely fail on the job. However, introducing people to the equation changes matters. People sometimes make mistakes and it’s the responsibility of the business to do what it can to reduce the risk of accidents occurring.
According to research, pallet-related incidents send over 30,000 people to the emergency rooms in a five year period — in the USA alone. Not only does it cause injury and distress, but it also results in lost work hours, reduced productivity and occasionally even fines for your business.
To ensure your setup is as safe as possible without sacrificing productivity, you’ll need a compact palletising cell and the right machine guarding.
Why Is Machine Guarding Important?
Machine guards can be installed around your palletising cells to keep unauthorised and unnecessary personnel out.
They’re built to protect the machine operator and other staff members from injury and can cover everything from the palletising cell’s point of operation to its point of power transmission — or its moving parts in general.
The right machine guard will keep the machine secure from all angles. It’s exact size and dimensions will depend on how compact your palletising cells are — as well as if you’re using a single or multi-line setup.
Warehouse and factory space can be scarce, which is why you’ll need a palletising cell that’s as compact as possible.
Here’s how you can further extend its lifespan...
1. Stick To Your Palletiser’s Limits
When selecting a robot palletiser, you should pick one that doesn’t under-serve your needs. This means you should have a good idea of the weight range of each packaged product and how many packages must be filled hourly. You’ll also need to consider inertia.
This means that certain weights might be within your machine’s capacity but place a larger movement load on it by being extra long, wide or deep.
When this happens it can cause the motor to oscillate, impacting the accuracy of its motion. You can prevent this by selecting a palletiser that accounts for inertia as it operates.
2. Limit Unnecessary Movements
Your robot palletiser will move quicker and experience less wear and tear if you optimise its movements. Positioning your robot as close as possible to its pick up and drop off points will reduce its motion.
Even just a few extra inches back and forth can amount to thousands of feet over time.Eliminating this unnecessary motion will reduce the strain placed on the robot palletiser’s drives, gears and motors.
Keeping your pallet sizes in line with your robot’s range of motion is also important as pallets that are too tall will also result in additional movements from your palletiser.
What Will It Cost To Replace My Robot Palletiser?
As mentioned, how you treat your robot palletiser will impact its lifespan. The easiest and most effective way to extend it is by entrusting the team that sold you the palletiser with its routine maintenance.
They’ll be able to source any original parts required and use the required tools and expertise to keep it running as it should. Webster Griffin are adept in providing businesses with robot palletisers and can assist you with sourcing and maintaining one for years to come so contact our team today.
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