Palletizer for Product Layers and Rows

The ideal end of arm tooling for palletizing and depalletizing in warehouse and intralogistics

Benefits of Schmalz Palletizers

  • High-performance palletizers for warehousing and intralogistics
  • Universal solutions for individual products, product rows or product layers
  • Ready-to-connect tooling
  • One gripping solution for varying goods

  • Designed and mounted in the US

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Odintsovo district, Novoivanovskoe
Mozhaiskoe highway, property 165
office no. 57, 62
143026, Moscow region

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Palletizers from Schmalz are ready to connect end of arm toolings. They are used in all kinds of robot applications, such as on gantry robots and palletizing robots. The palletizers are tailored to the customers’ needs and come perfectly adapted to the application and workpiece. Configurable standard elements enable a cost-effective, yet individual gripping solution. Customers benefit from the extensive experience and know-how of the Schmalz experts.

Typically, palletizers are used in front-of-line as well as end-of-line processes. They take care of palletizing and depalletizing tasks, such as loading or unloading of conveyors. Even layers with gaps, mixed layers, intermediate layers, pallets, cardboard packaging and film packaging are handled securely and reliably. There is no need to changeover the gripper, when performing job changes.

The universal palletizers can handle varying workpieces with different surfaces and geometries, such as cans, jars, trays or cardboard boxes. Schmalz offers both, solutions to handle complete product layers and solutions for handling of product rows. A row gripper consists of different suction zones, which can be triggered individually. Thus the row gripper can create layer patterns by handling workpiece by workpiece.

What is a palletizer?

A palletizer or a palletizer robot is used in warehouse and intralogistics. A palletizer is an automated system, that picks goods on or of load carriers, such as pallets. A palletizer is connected to a gantry robot or palletizing robot and either handles individual products, product rows or full product layers.


What is robotic palletizing?

Robotic palletizing means automated handling goods. The goods are taken from (depalletizing) or picked to pallets (palletizing). The palletizer is attached to a robot application.


What does a palletizer do?

A palletizer handles product layers or product rows. Front-of-line the palletizer typically picks empty packaging from load carriers and adds them to the conveyor. End-of-line the palletizer picks the final products from the conveyor and puts them on the pallet. In warehouse and intralogistics, a palletizer picks layers from different pallets and thus combines them to mixed pallets.


What is the difference between product layer and product rows?

On a pallet a layer most likely consists of several product rows. When palletizing or depalletizing the gripping system either handles the layer in one go or grips it row by row. Row grippers can be divided in different suction zones. Each zone grips one workpiece. Thus, the gripper itself creates the layer pattern by releasing workpieces one by one.


What are the greatest challenges of a palletizer?

The palletizer often needs to handle changing products and layers with gaps. Changing the gripper and additional setup times need to be avoided. The universal palletizers of Schmalz handle varying products, of different materials and geometries. Even product layers and product rows with gaps so not challenge Schmalz palletizers.


What is the benefit of a palletizer?

Customers benefit from a secure and damage-free handling of various layer sizes, layer patterns and product rows. Thus they can succeed higher throughput due to the acceleration of the process. There is no gripper changeover required, when performing job changes. This reduces set-up times. At Schmalz, skilled system designers create grippers, according to individual requirements.


Why a palletizer from Schmalz?

Schmalz is the market leader in vacuum automation and ergonomic handling systems. With its own locations and its sales partners, Schmalz is represented in more than 80 countries and in all important markets. Schmalz Inc. is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Due to its presence all over the world, Schmalz can provide excellent service and support.

How does a palletizer look like?

At Schmalz, row grippers are called Area Gripping System FXP/FMP. The row gripper is available with an integrated vacuum generator (FXP) or with a connection for external vacuum supply (FMP).

Additionally Schmalz offers palletizers for handling of complete layers; at Schmalz called Layer Gripping System SPZ. These palletizers are available in three basis configurations with a different gripping technology.

SPZ with vacuum suction area

  • Sealing foam for homogenous and intrinsically stable product layers, such as jars and cans
  • Suction cups for flexible workpieces

SPZ-M with mechanical gripping support

  • Additional stabilization of instable and porous product layers, such as cardboard boxes and beverage trays

SPZ-M-C with global vacuum

  • Maximum holding force for product layers that cannot be applied from the top (e.g. mixed layers and layers with gaps)

What sealing element is used on a row gripper or a palletizer?

Both, the row gripper and the palletizer can either be equipped with a sealing foam or with suction cups.

Sealing Foam with Quick-Change Adhesive Film

  • Optimal adjustment capabilities
  • Quick rebound for short cycle times
  • Replaceable without adhesive residue and without the need to clean the sheet
  • Intended for workpieces wider than 20 mm (in the design with 5 suction rows, on request)
  • With optional filter mat
  • Available as an option with SU protective layer for mark-free handling of sensitive workpieces

How to video on the replacement of realing foams

Suction Cups with Push-in Function

  • Optimal height compensation and damping effect
  • Quick replacement due to the push-in mechanism
  • Diameters 20 mm and 40 mm
  • Made from FDA-compliant silicone
  • With optional insert filter

Selection Aid

Application features Sealing foam Suction cups
Rigid workpieces such as sheets, metal sheets, boards, sections and pallets
Flexible workpieces such as cardboard boxes, sacks, bags and trays
Elongated workpieces such as strips, sections, boards
Workpieces with rough and structured surface
Handling of smaller product layers such as jars (open or closed) and cans with a continuous edge

What products does a palletizer handle?

The universal palletizers can handle varying workpieces with different surfaces and geometries, such as cans, jars, trays or cardboard boxes. The workpieces can be handled, one by one in rows or in full layers.