Harpak Ulma Automated Tote System

Automated Tote Management System

April 29, 2020
Harpak ULMA has introduced automated tote management systems which employ reusable containers made of plastic or cardboard to transfer products.

Harpak ULMA has introduced automated tote management systems for food producers which employ reusable containers made of plastic or cardboard to transfer products, accommodating a wide range of products and primary packaging types.

The system uses a closed-loop process to drive cost savings. In the initial automated operation, stacked foldable totes are de-palletized, de-stacked, opened using a multiformat opener (or rejected as unopened), distributed, and delivered to the packaging process. In the return phase, totes are collected, prepared/cleaned, and conveyed for set up again.

While tote systems can leverage traditional material handling equipment, stacking and de-stacking often requires manual intervention. This automated system is designed to help increase reliability and throughput, and provides ergonomic features that enhance workplace safety. Since totes are available in a variety of types and open/stackable configurations, these tote loading robots feature flexible, customizable end-of-arm tooling that can be tailored to handle unique tote requirements.

The solution employs a 4-axis tote-packing robot that operates at up to 80 trays per minute. The specific palletizing system employed for secondary packaging will be guided by a combination of product versatility and production volume requirements.

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