A lot of people don't seem to realize that wooden pallets aren't actually just for making DIY furniture with that sought-after vintage look - they can also be rather useful when it comes to transporting goods. The only problem is, even the most commonly used pallets come in a wide range of sizes. As a result, goods often have to be transferred from larger pallets to smaller ones – and vice versa. In the past, this process involved a great deal of heavy-duty manual labor, but mechanical procedures have now been developed to reduce the physical nature of the task. New innovations are still being developed to make things even easier - as the Copal bag-gripper robot on display at CeMAT 2016 goes to show.
As the name suggests, the robot is primarily designed for goods stored in bags - up to a weight of 85 kilograms, incidentally. The Copal bag-gripper robot is equipped to restack entire pallet cargoes of this kind independently and fully automatically - whether from a smaller pallet to a larger one or the other way round. But that’s not all. It can also sort bags according to quality and even empty them if required, so that they can be reused - thus helping to create a sustainable cycle. The robot itself can be transported to wherever it is needed using a forklift or pallet truck.
Copal Development B.V. (7041 DS ’s-Heerenberg, the Netherlands), Hall 27, Stand H02