Columbia/Okura has introduced the miniPAL+, a collaborative solution utilizing Universal Robots’ UR20 cobot arm, providing a 44 lbs. (20kg) lifting capacity. This new palletizing solution enables handling heavy payloads and with flexible tooling that allows for multi-pick options.
The design features a 10’ x 11’ footprint, and an intuitive pattern building software by Rocketfarm for ease of use.
Cobots are designed to interact directly with human operators, keeping users safe through limited force and speeds. The miniPAL+ safety features include area scanners and radar, both of which monitor the palletizing cell and slow the robot to ‘collaborative speeds’ should a person enter. Additionally, it includes guarding to create a physical barrier while also optimizing the footprint of 10’ x 11’.
The dual pallet building locations allow for reduced downtime when one pallet load is completed and needs to be removed from the cell. The system uses 110V AC power, which is achieved through a standard power outlet.