Mechanical handling and robotic palletising
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Archive for August 2012

Out with the old in with the new

The used robots with their inability to keep up with today’s hardware/software methods and their lack of reliability, made it a good time for us to move up to the new robot market.

With a new Motoman robot you can eliminate down time increase efficiency and throughput and has the ability with off line maintenance.

PACE now supply brand new Motoman robots

Robotic palletising of wood shaving bales

The requirement

A producer of quality rotary dried pine shavings for equine bedding, which is compacted into bales for palletising, required a new system for better efficiency. The Managing Director commented “Stacking pallets with these bales to a height of over two metres is a challenge for anyone, and with limited space I need the reliability of a new robot palletiser to run my business efficiently”.

The solution

The New Motoman Robot with its three metre reach was more than able to do the job. The system put in place consists of a New Motoman ES165D-100 Robot 100kg capacity with 3010mm of reach, with a twin cell system of a pallet positioned to the left and right of the robot. Empty pallets are positioned inside the cells and once a pallet is completely loaded the robot will switch to the other empty pallet to start loading.

An operator will then remove the loaded pallet and replace it with another empty pallet. A HMI hand machine interface touch screen is used for starting, and stopping the system. A menu provides the available programs, diagnostics and service information is also on the screen. Modem and off-site monitoring is standard equipment on all of our systems. The robot is able to produce up to 12 bales per minute subject to the available speed of the baling machine. This robot system is an efficient way of saving space, labour and handling, addressing health and safety and increasing output.

Photo gallery


Robot palletising system with two pallet layout

The MOTOMAN-ES165D is a versatile, high-speed 6-axis robot offering superior performance in material handling, machine tending and press tending.

Robot palletising system with two pallet layout

Compact, slim design

The MOTOMAN ES165D palletising robot offers a large work envelope of 2,651 mm and a high moment of inertia ratings. Fast axial speeds and acceleration reduce cycle times and increase production output. The compact, slim design allows the robot to reach into confined spaces, improving system productivity.

Internal cabel wiring

The internal cabel wiring through the robot’s upper arm increases the durability of the hose package.

Watch the MOTOMAN ES165D palletising robot handling woodchip bales

Watch the MOTOMAN ES165D palletising robot with slip sheet handler

Technical data

Controlled axes 6
Payload 165 kg
Maximum reach P-point 2651 mm
Repeatability ±0.2 mm
Weight 1100 kg
Power requirements 5.0 kVA
Mounting positions Floor
Suitable for Assembly
Machine tending
Material handling
Press brake tending
Spot welding
Maximum speed S-axis 110 º /sec
L-axis 110 º /sec
U-axis 110 º /sec
R-axis 175 º /sec
B-axis 150 º /sec
T-axis 240 º /sec