Expansion stage II
The customer was so satisfied that – after having invested about € 250,000 in this project – he extended the conveyor system only nine months after commissioning. The reason for this was that after the small-format gypsum fibre boards, the company now wanted to fully automate the palletising of large formats – with one and the same system. The ALFOTEC solution: We supplemented it with two gantry systems.
Grippers equipped with suction cups lift the boards (which are located on the roller conveyor already existing since expansion stage I) at an angle in order to release the vacuum between the boards lying flat. They then lift the panels vertically and transport them horizontally to the newly added lifting table opposite. A special wooden pallet is positioned on top of this, on which the panels are stacked with a tolerance of 0.1 mm up to the desired filling height or number of pieces. As you can see in the video, modern barrier techniques such as lifting gates and barriers ensure the safety of the employees.
With the expansion stage II, several goals were successfully implemented: The full automation of the palletizing, which was previously carried out manually in 3-shift operation, saves enormous personnel costs – with a noticeably higher capacity. In addition, the stacking quality has been significantly improved and is now – as desired – reproducible.