ROLL HANDLING PACKAGING FILM FROM PALLET TO DELIVERY TROLLEY
PROBLEM: Heavy rolls of plastic film were delivered to the company on pallets in “eye to the sky” orientation. The operator was required to turn the rolls to “eye to the wall” orientation and position the rolls on a delivery trolley for loading on the wrapping machine..
ISSUES: The two major issues were 1. Turning the roll from “eye to the sky” to “eye to the wall” orientation and 2 . Lifting and positioning the heavy rolls from the pallet and positioning them on the delivery trolley.
A common practice of using a crowbar to tip the rolls is unsafe for operators and also adds the risk of damaging the rolls. Using a hoist to lift and turn the heavy rolls is slow and cumbersome and there is always the danger of injury from swinging if using a cable for heavy objects.
SOLUTION: For this application the Armtec Rigid Articulated Arm column manipulator (Armtec RA200) with a mandrel tooling resolved the problem. The mandrel tooling gripped the roll and the rigid articulating rigid arms enabled easy easy 90 degrees inclination and placement on the delivery trolley. The movement was light and easy because Armtec manipulators have dual pneumatic circuits which provide “load” and “no load” balancing.
GENERAL: Armtec roll handlers can lift, position, incline and rotate rolls weighing from 15kg to 600+ kg. This style of equipment can also be used to place rolls on a wrapping machine directly or remove rolls from a machine.
Industrial manipulators are ideal for lifting and moving all off-set loads. They are specified and designed to suit a company’s specific requirements and work area. They can be supplied as column, overhead fixed or as floor or overhead trolley mounted units. They have many options, operating features.
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