Say Cheese! – Robotic Palletizing for Cheese Manufacturers

Say Cheese! – Robotic Palletizing for Cheese Manufacturers

At Zeta Group, nestled in the heart of America's Dairyland, we're immersed in the rich heritage and expertise of Wisconsin's dairy production legacy.

With cheese manufacturing as a cornerstone of our local industry, our focus on end-of-line applications, especially in palletizing, aligns seamlessly with the needs of cheese producers.

In this blog post, we're excited to shine a spotlight on two of our recent projects tailored specifically for cheese manufacturers.

These cases exemplify the diverse robotic palletizing solutions we offer to streamline end-of-line cheese production.

Palletizing 40lb Cases with FANUC M-410

For one cheese manufacturer, grappling with larger and weightier cases posed a challenge.

Tackling 40lb cases and the necessity to handle 3 to 4 cases simultaneously demanded a robust solution.

Our Poseidon Automation Solution, featuring the FANUC M-410 industrial robot renowned for its formidable payload capabilities, provided to be the perfect fit.

Key Features of this Project

  • Seamless handling of both slip sheets and cases by the robot tool, eliminating the need for frequent tool changes.
  • Comprehensive system integration comprising a depalletizing robot, “smart" conveyor, pallet accumulator/dispenser, and a stretch wrapper.
  • Designed to operate flawlessly in a cold room environment maintained at a chilly 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

Palletizing 7lb Cases with FANUC CRX-25iA

In another scenario, a cheese manufacturer sought a palletizing solution with different priorities: optimizing floor space while accommodating smaller, 7lb cases.

Our solution?

The Hermes Mobile Cobot solution, featuring the FANUC CRX-25iA collaborative robot (cobot).

By leveraging a cobot, we eliminated the need for bulky fencing or safety scanners, ensuring a compact footprint ideal for space-constrained environments.

Key Features of this Project

  • Zeta's Hermes Cobot, mounted on a mobile cart, facilitates easy redeployment and adaptability.
  • Tooling designed to handle two cases simultaneously, striking the perfect balance between efficiency and throughput rate.

At Zeta Group, our commitment to tailoring solutions to meet the unique needs of cheese manufacturers underscores our dedication to innovation and customer satisfaction.

Whether it's handling hefty 40lb cases or optimizing floor space with nimble cobots, we're here to elevate your end-of-line cheese production experience.

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