Stacking milk crates on pallets in cold storage warehouse
How a KUKA robot takes the strain off humans working in icy conditions
For more than two decades, IPM has been manufacturing and integrating packaging solutions for customers in the U.S. and abroad, and as a KUKA Systems Partner, combines continuous innovation with years of experience to deliver systems that work. "KUKA is proud to count IPM as a member of its system partner network," said XY at KUKA, who has worked with the West Michigan company for many years.
It’s very cold in the refrigerator, and the work is back-breaking and the cases are just too heavy for someone to be in there palletizing all day long.
Fast palletizing in a little place
Malstrom says, "KUKA robots are specifically designed for demanding palletizing and depalletizing tasks that require very short cycle times. They also require very little space, so Albertsons was able to maintain production within its existing production area." IPM opted for a KR QUANTEC PA Arctic robot, which palletizes accurately and quickly even at temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius, and does not require a protective cover or mechanical heating.
Strong partnership between KUKA and its system partner IPM
With more than 100 employees tackling more than 75 projects annually, IPM sees itself as much more than a supplier of packaging equipment. The company takes a fresh approach to providing packaging machinery solutions, working closely with its customers for "installations that work." IPM offers palletizing robots, pallet conveyors, inspection and integration systems, and case packing solutions.
By cultivating long-standing relationships with industry-leading companies such as KUKA, IPM has established itself as both an expert integrator and manufacturer of packaging equipment. The company also offers turnkey project services that include equipment layout and design, technical consulting, project management and installation of custom packaging systems. And one of these projects, which IPM's Vice President of Operations Kendal Malstrom highlighted in particular, is precisely that of the Albertsons grocery chain.