ABB Robotics recently launched a solution for difficult depalletizing tasks across a variety of industries, including consumer packaged goods. The solution involves a machine vision software that can quickly and efficiently process assorted loads. The issue of complex depalletizing is becoming more common, and often comes with manual jobs that have high turnover rates and high recruitment costs, the company says. ABB’s solution replaces the need for manual labor, utilizing an advanced machine vision and learning algorithms that allow for the robot to process pallets as tall as 2.8 meters high. With advanced vision, the robot is able to locate and lift boxes as much as 30 kg and place them on another pallet or conveyor. The system’s accuracy and speed works at a peak rate of up to 650 cycles an hour, 24 hours each day. “With the ability to depalletize boxes stacked in a variety of configurations from single and mixed pallets, ABB’s Robotic Depalletizer helps to meet this need, allowing faster and more accurate handling of a wide range of goods,” said Marc Segura, ABB’s Robotics division president, in a statement.

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