HANDLING ROLLS OF PACKAGING FILM FROM PALLET TO DELIVERY TROLLEY OR WRAPPING MACHINE
PROBLEM: Heavy rolls of plastic film were delivered to the company on pallets in hole “eye to the sky” orientation. They needed to lift and place the rolls on a delivery trolley in “eye to the wall” orientation.
ISSUES: The two major issues were 1 . Lifting the rolls off the pallet and onto the delivery trolley and 2. Turning the roll from “eye to the sky” to “eye to the wall”.
A common practice of using a crowbar to tip the rolls was unsafe for operators and also added the risk of damaging the rolls. Using a hoist to lift and turn the heavy rolls would be too slow and cumbersome and there is always the danger of swing when using a cable for heavy objects.
SOLUTION: For this application the Armtec Rigid Articulated Arm manipulator (Armtec RA200) with a mandrel tooling was recommended. was s (RAcolumn mounted pneumatic manipulator with articulated arm manipulator with mandrel gripping tool and weight pre-selector was used. . roll handling manipulator with a gripping mandrel, weight pre-selector. This manipula was different Using a crowbar to tip the The company had many different and place it on a delivery trolley orientation company needed to rotate the in the food industry needed to move heavy rolls of plastic film from a pallet to a delivery trolley
For this company, handling from the trolley to the packaging machine was not an issue because the packaging machine was designed to lift from the delivery trolley once the roll was “eye to the wall” orientation.