Depalletizers: A Brief Selection Guide

Depalletizers: A Brief Selection Guide
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Negosentro | Depalletizers: A Brief Selection Guide | If you are looking for an economical and efficient logistical solution for unloading lightweight containers from bulk layered pallets it makes sense to take a look at what lightweight depalletizers can do.

You want a solution that delivers a reliable solution and is easy to operate. Automatic depalletizers meet those demands. Here is an overview of what you need to know when selecting which one to use. 

In simple terms, palletizers place goods and packages onto pallets. Depalletizers are designed to remove these packages from the pallets. What you have to decide is which one is best for the job you have in mind. 

A range of applications

It is important to understand that the majority of palletizing devices available are designed with a degree of flexibility. That means they can be configured to handle a variety of different packaging styles.

It could be that you are loading drums or kegs with liquid. You might be dealing with a large number of cases or boxes. Or you might have a need to depalletize bags or pouches, for instance.

All of these packages come with their own specific challenges. That’s why you want a depalletizer that offers a number of alternative function configurations and applications.

 You will find that there are three configurations that tend to be the most widely used.

Low-level depalletizers are designed to be fed at ground level. A high-level configuration means the device will be designed to receive the product via a hopper above.

 One of the challenges you will need to address is the packing and shipping speed that is required to maintain a good flow. The third solution is a robotic depalletizer.

These are intended to be more precise and could be useful when the product is fragile. Robotic versions are usually slower, but this means that they tend to apply a lower level of stress to the materials because accuracy is more important than speed in this instance.

You can configure a depalletizer to operate manually, semi-automatically, automatically, or by way of robotic automation. 

Full height or half height?

Another question to address when looking for the perfect depalletization solution would be whether you want a full height or half height manual or automatic depalletizer. 

You might use a full height depalletizer if you were looking to discharge full height pallets containing plastic containers, jars, or cans, for example.

Options such as discharge, decline, and roller chain are usually a feature of all depalletizer units, regardless of height.

A half-height automatic depalletizer is designed to accommodate half-height pallets. A typical feature of this type of unit would be an electrically driven lift and sweep assembly motors. This will enhance the continuity, smoothness, and reliability of the depalletization operation.

An example of when you would use a half-height depalletizer would be if you needed to process half pallets of plastic containers or empty glasses.

Investing in the right depalletization solution for your business will deliver a greater level of efficiency and provide the logistical answer you are looking for in a cost-effective way. 

It would be a good idea to discuss your depalletization needs in detail with your supplier so that they can guide you towards the right solution.

Photo by Arno Senoner on Unsplash

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