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A range of cobot palletising solutions has been expanded with new gripper and software options

RARUK Automation is now offering enhanced collaborative robot palletising solutions thanks to the latest PowerPick and Multipick advances.

The range of applications that can benefit from automated palletising is now greater than ever with the introduction of Robotiq’s new PowerPick gripper and Multipick software feature. And, as a Robotiq Expert Partner, the two new releases will enable RARUK Automation to meet the needs of UK businesses that need higher payload and throughput palletising requirements.

PowerPick is a gripper designed for robust tasks. Robotiq’s latest development in end of arm tooling is, it says, the only standard vacuum gripper capable of lifting 11.5 kg on a UR10e collaborative robot from Universal Robots (UR). It offers users more flexibility through its 46 different handling options. This means that the palletising solution can be used for a wide range of box sizes, shapes and materials while the new gripper remains reliable in less controlled conditions, such as humidity and fine dust.

There is also the potential for multiple gripper modes: single, dual or even quadruple. This enables users to mount multiple PowerPick units onto a single robot arm, increasing throughput for applications involving small, lightweight boxes.

Meanwhile, Multipick is a new software feature that unlocks higher throughput at the end of the line. It enables a UR cobot to pick up multiple boxes at the same time while also picking from a wider range of palletising patterns. Label orientation is also supported.

Combining PowerPick and Multipick can help businesses speed up production lines. For instance, users could install four PowerPick grippers onto the end of a robot arm and each gripper would be capable of lifting two small, equal payload boxes. In this way, it would be possible to palletise eight boxes at once.

The complete robotic palletising solution requires little-to-no customisation. Set up is straightforward and parts assembly requires just an Allen key.

RARUK believes the two new releases will make it easier for businesses to manage various production line requirements and futureproof their factories to meet tomorrow’s needs.

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