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Automated 3D depalletising solution with integrated image processing




Palletising is one of the most demanding applications in intralogistics. Efficiency is required when stacking cartons, sacks or packages of bottles on pallets in the last step before shipping. The same applies to depalletising in the goods receiving area of the recipient. Automated palletising solutions, whether conventional or robot-supported, offer considerable increases in productivity and efficiency. The industry is constantly on the lookout for innovations that allow maximum flexibility of pallet patterns, low cycle times and minimal space requirements. In this context, palletising robot systems are becoming increasingly important. They offer exactly this flexibility and at the same time are easily adaptable to changing needs and products. This means that they often offer considerable savings potential. Robot palletising significantly increases the throughput when handling different packs.

However, classic palletising and depalletising by robots is often rigid and time-consuming in the setup, especially since they work "blindly" and cannot cope with shifted or deformed goods. To enable these robots to operate with their eyes open, the Bangkok-based company Speed Solution Group Ltd. has developed an automated 3D palletising vision solution in cooperation with ABB Robot, Thailand. Using an Ensenso 3D camera from IDS, robots from ABB depalletise goods of different sizes and shapes fully automatically, with high accuracy and reliability.

The fully automatic depalletising robot is used in an unmanned warehouse. The most important requirement is that the robot must be able to accurately identify and precisely handle a wide variety of available product models or cartons on the pallets to be unloaded. The problem is solved with the help of an Ensenso 3D camera. The X36 model is predestined for this task. It is suitable for working distances of up to 5 meters and for the detection of standing objects with volumes of several cubic meters and quickly delivers a precise image result, which in turn enables faster operating speeds and thus a higher throughput


Ensenso X36 CP 5MP with FlexView 2 technology