A palletizer is a piece of machinery that automates the process of sorting, transferring, and stacking product cases onto pallets, typically at the end of a production line.
Automated palletizing is beneficial for efficient shipping of large quantities. Palletizers ensure load stability, accuracy, and operational efficiency, allowing for the movement of multiple loads simultaneously. Conversely, manual placement of boxes on pallets can be time-consuming, costly, and physically taxing for workers.
How Palletizers Work?
The first palletizer was introduced in the mid-1900s, functioning as a machine that created rows of finished products stacked onto a pallet with precision. With technological advancements, these machines evolved to accommodate automated processing of a wider range of products, including those with unique shapes that
present significant challenges.
Modern palletizers offer precision control and stability, resulting in faster turnaround times and reduced labor costs. Additionally, they provide several benefits, including:
- Improved safety: Palletizers can manage heavy products and repetitive movements without the hazards associated with manual handling
High reliability: These systems offer consistent performance, durability, and dependability
- Innovative technology: Palletizers integrate seamlessly with various software applications, resulting in improved accuracy, output and load stability
- Versatility: Palletizers are adaptable to a range of operations and stock types, increasing their value and usefulness
Applications for a Palletizer
Palletizers are highly beneficial in various operations, including manufacturing and distribution environments.
In manufacturing, automated palletizers enable facilities to maintain high-volume production while reducing labor costs. They facilitate rapid and secure pallet loading, even when new packaging trends arise. In warehousing and fulfillment, palletizers simplify storage and shipping processes.
When selecting the most suitable palletizer for your distribution operations, it's crucial to consider your warehouse pallet racking design. The design is typically based on the types of pallets your facility employs, which determines the most appropriate pallet conveyor design for your needs. As pallet types can vary widely, it's vital to ensure compatibility with potential equipment.
Other essential selection factors include:
- Product mix
- Operating environment
- Ease of software use
Automated Pallet Handling System Types
LD Systems provides palletizer options to manage today’s most demanding facility and warehouse operations.
Load Transfer Stations (LTS)
Load Transfer Stations (LTS) are used to transfer goods from one pallet type to another, such as wooden to plastic or pallet to slip-sheet, and can be found in both receiving and shipping applications. In the receiving environment, LTS helps prevent contamination from entering production areas, while in the shipping application, it helps retain good quality pallets in-house. LTS is available as a stand-alone unit or as a fully automatic unit integrated into a larger system. It can help your plant become compliant with FSMA, HACCP, and GMP, eliminate injuries, streamline plant and warehouse operations, and reduce costs.
Floor-level palletizers feature infeed entry levels between 30” and 36”. As goods move through the infeed conveyor, a built-in device automatically turns the products before continuing into the row-forming space. Once the rows are complete, products travel to the layer-forming area where the palletizer pushes the new layer atop the existing one.
High-level palletizers may have an infeed entry level from 84” to 124”. Products go through a similar flow as the floor-level palletizers to orientate them. However, the pallet is raised and lowered to the layer stripping area to build the pallet load at a high elevation. Once the load is complete, the pallet is lowered to the discharge elevation, typically between 18” to 30”.
Robotic palletizers can be positioned as a floor-level or high-level palletizing solution and can vary greatly in complexity. They range from a simple single line with manually placed pallets to a complex system with five packaging lines feeding a single robotic palletizer that builds five different pallet loads simultaneously.
Why Work with LD Systems
LD Systems is a trusted choice for many distribution center owners and managers because we offer:
- Knowledge: Our team has extensive expertise across various industries and understands their unique challenges. We can provide industry-specific advice
and system recommendations based on our knowledge.
- Customization: We take a consultative approach that begins with a thorough analysis of your facility's needs and processes. Our team creates customized
equipment strategies based on your workflows and inventory.
- Results: LD Systems helps achieve measurable results. You can view our customer success stories to see the value we deliver.
- Value: We partner with leading material handling equipment manufacturers to offer high-quality solutions. Our extensive range of services and products provide an excellent return on investment.
- Technology: The LD Systems team stays up-to-date on industry trends and changes, enabling us to offer many advanced options for optimization and
- Experience: We've been supporting business growth since 1997. Steady growth has allowed us to expand our services across North America.
Palletizers from LD Systems
The LD Systems team is on hand to help you find the best material handling solutions to optimize storage, increase productivity, improve safety and reduce order errors.