Columbia/Okura Showcases New Cobot Powered Solutions for Palletizing at ATX West


Attendees at the largest automation technology trade show in the Western U.S. will experience how collaborative robots from Columbia/Okura now automate some of the most sought-after tasks in a manufacturing industry facing severe labor shortages.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

When manufacturers can't staff tasks on their production lines it severely affects the bottom line resulting in drastic increases in overtime, cycle time and downtime. With the U.S. unemployment rate remaining at 3.5 percent, the lowest in 50 years, companies are increasingly looking at automation to solve production challenges due to 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day and few millennials interested in joining the manufacturing industry.  At ATX West in Anaheim, CA, Feb 11-13, the pioneer and market leader of collaborative robots, Universal Robots (UR), will show attendees how cobots now power ergonomically unfavorable, repetitive and even technically complex tasks that manufacturers can’t staff.
 
Fast and Cost-Efficient Palletizing with miniPAL™
UR’s ATX booth 4815 is the launch pad for OEM partner Columbia/Okura’s new miniPAL™, a mobile palletizer product powered by the UR10e cobot arm. The flexible miniPAL™ with a footprint of 11’x13’ can palletize at two pallet locations for optimized operation. The latest design showcased at ATX includes two safety mats and two area scanners that detect when people enter the work envelope, allowing the system to meet even higher speeds when not in collaborative mode. The system plugs into 110V AC wall power, can be set up in less than a day, and delivers an average payback between 8-10 months, depending on application and industry.  
 
“The partnership between Columbia/Okura and UR allows the two companies to provide a safe and economical palletizing solution to clients who are facing labor shortages, many of whom may also be new to factory automation,” says Brian Hutton, president of Columbia/Okura LLC.  “With the introduction of a collaborative palletizer, employees can be reassigned to work on higher value, less strenuous tasks where their time and skills are better served.”
 
With almost 25 years of robotic palletizing experience, Columbia/Okura is ready to assist in providing the best automated solution for our client’s needs.  Stop by and see our system in action at ATX Anaheim, CA, booth # 4815.
 
About Columbia/Okura
Columbia/Okura LLC designs, integrates, and commissions end of line robotic palletizing solutions for most major industries.  For over 20 years, Columbia/Okura has been a leading provider of robotic palletizing systems by delivering custom engineered solutions meeting demanding customer requirements.  Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia/Okura is a joint venture of material handling leaders Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura Yusoki, Co., Ltd.  For more information, visit www.columbiaokura.com.
 
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Natalie Parsons
Columbia/Okura LLC
301 Grove Street
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: 360-735-1952 
 
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