Henkel settled on our high precision palletizing robot solution

Palletizing robot in the back and a box with Henkel print in the front
Henkel’s hot melt adhesive factory in Norrköping packages large quantities of glue pellets. Using Vebe’s custom-made palletizing robot with two tools enables the staff to switch rapidly between handling bags and boxes.

Henkel settled on our high precision robot solution

Henkel in Norrköping handles large quantities of glue. To meet increased requirements for exibility and precision, they asked Vebe to custom build a robot loader with double lifting tools.

Henkel is a massive group which distributes a large range of products to consumers and com- panies all around the world. Among other items, Henkel’s hot melt adhesive factory in Norrköping produces centimetre-large pellets of hot melt adhesive which are packaged and sold onward to industry in both Europe and Russia.

In 2013 Henkel contacted Vebe Teknik with an enquiry about a new palletizing machine.

”We had already good experiences of Vebe Teknik and searched for a new robot that could place both bags and boxes on EU-pallets with a high level of precision,” says Tommy Persson, project coordinator at Henkel adhesive factory in Norrköping.

Robot with two tools

The solution was a custom built ABB-robot with twin lifting functions. One fork tool moves box- es. The other is a specially designed tool which Vebe produced to handle full 20 kilo bags of pellets with high accuracy.

”We had previously problems with our bags and boxes ending up at an angle on the pallets before being transferred to lorries. We therefore placed higher requirements on precision”, Tommy Persson says.

Vebe’s palletizing robot has now been in oper- ation in Norrköping since 2013, and Tommy says that they are very pleased with the results – so pleased that in 2015 Henkel purchased another robot solution from Vebe.

”Our previous robot was old and worn out, with a great deal of downtime as a result. We have now completely resolved this problem. We solved the problems with the handling of bags and boxes since we introduced Vebe’s robot solutions. Both the machines meet our requirements for precision and speed by a good margin,” Tommy Persson says.

Changeover between the different lifting tools is fast, which means that it is simple for the oper- ators to reset the palletizing process from bag to box. An additional bonus is a monitoring function which keeps track of the height of bags and box- es on the pallets. It means that damage to tools or materials during handling can be avoided.

Do you want to know how we can help you with the most effective solution for bag filling, pallet loading and bag emptying, please feel free to contact us.

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