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Scott Automation Multi-line Palletising Systems

Scott Automation's multi-line palletising solutions are based on the centralisation and optimisation of palletising equipment. They can be installed on a limited surface area, using the available height of the building (often under utilised) to install the product accumulation tables or conveyors.

They are coupled with a shared automatic empty pallet distribution system, as well as a wrapping and labelling unit, including the transfer of full pallets to the logistics area.

The product infeed is at high level to free up the access flow between the production lines.
 
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Automatic multi-line palletising system for cases of potato products

Automatic multi-line palletising system for cases of potato products

How multiline solutions work

Many of their customers work in demanding environments. Standards for quality, hygiene and safety are becoming higher all the time. Palletisation as such has nothing to do with production – they view it as a logistics activity. In addition, palletisation requires (usually) wooden pallets as well as all kinds of other consumables such as base or layer cards and labels.

Many of their customers would rather not see any of these things anywhere near a hygienic production hall. In a multi-line concept, several production lines are connected to one or more palletisation machines, which are usually not placed in the production hall itself. The finished production is transferred automatically without mixing products to a buffer area where it accumulates before palletisation.

As soon as enough product is ready to fill a complete pallet, the system calls up the product, transports it to the palletiser(s) and completes the palletisation. This is fully automatic – to meet the needs of the manufacturer and the end user, many parameters can be adjusted accordingly: the type of pallet, the stacking pattern, separator sheets, wrapping or not, etc. Such an installation can be fully PLC-driven.

Another, even better possibility, is a combination with their Maestro+ Software. This software provides an interface with the ERP or other overlying system operated by the customer and the installation. In addition to easier and more dynamic control, this software provides a user-friendly operator interface, better error messaging, and production and maintenance reporting.
 
Multi-line palletising system handling cases from 22 production lines

Multi-line palletising system handling cases from 22 production lines

Benefits of a multi-line solution:
  • Clear separation between production and logistics.
  • Significantly enhanced line efficiency due to the buffering accumulation process.
  • Reduced upstream stoppages.
  • Ideal for temperature sensitive products.
  • Buffering and accumulation can operate in chilled or frozen environments.Utilises “free” headspace.
  • Fully automatic operation.
  • Limited number of operators.
  • None, or very limited, fork-lift truck movement.
  • Minimal & efficient footprint.
  • Remote diagnosis and monitoring by the customer and/or Scott.
  • Flexible solution, permits addition of production lines and palletisation patterns.
  • Energy efficient operation.
  • Low cost of ownership.
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