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Robotically Palletizing Bags of Chocolate


Based on the specific customer order, the operator uses the FANUC Robotics iPendant and PalletTool software to select the appropriate pallet pattern, bag size/type and number of layers to be palletized. The operator positions the appropriate empty pallet on the load end of the pallet accumulation conveyor and attaches a corrugated base to the pallet.

Once the pallet is prepared, the operator pushes a button on the interface panel to indicate that the pallet is ready for transfer into the robot work envelope. The FANUC M-410iB robot, powered by the R-J3iB Controller, signals the conveyor to transfer the pallet to the palletizing position where it is clamped to ensure consistent positioning for the palletizing process. After passing through an upstream labeling operation, filled bags enter the robot work envelope.

When in position on the in-feed conveyor, the robot picks up a bag and places it onto the pallet. The robot, which relies on operator input through the iPendant, continues the palletizing operation until the unit load is completed. When the load is complete, the robot controller initiates the transfer of the pallet out of the robot work envelope where it is removed with a forklift. The multiple zones on the pallet conveyor allow the robot system to transfer in a staged pallet and continue palletizing after the completed pallet is transferred out of the work envelope.

Learn more about FANUC Robotics' full line of Palletizing Robots.

Key Technology Demonstrated

M-410iB/160 Robot
  • 160kg payload provides the ability to handle heavy loads and tooling.
  • High performance motion yields fast cycle times and high throughput.
  • Small footprint and integrated controller reduce required floor space.
  • Large work envelope provides the ability to service multiple production lines.
  • Proven, reliable FANUC servo drives provide highest uptime and productivity.
  • Longer maintenance intervals equate to lower operating costs .
  • Fewer mechanical components reduce down time, increase mean time between failure (MTBF) and minimize spare part requirements.
  • High-performance motion yields fast cycle times and high throughput.
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