Case Study

Cable Reel Palletizer

Overview

Manually palletizing Reels full of cable is extremely labor intensive and can be a safety risk to employees as some weigh over 100 lbs.  Windy City Wire and RSI worked together to develop an automated robotic palletizing cell that could respond to 4 lane conveyors with mixed reel sizes and stack them on the appropriate pallet. Windy City Wire® has been leading the way in low-voltage wire innovations since 1994.

Company:
Windy City Wire
Location:
Illinois, USA
Website:
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Date:
Aug 2015

Solution

Hardware Selection

RSI assisted with the selection of the industrial robots required for the application payload and reach. RSI designed Custom end of arm tooling to handle the reels as well as pickup cardboard sheets for placement between pallet layers.

Software Development

RSI developed an intuitive user interface; enabling operators to setup a recipe for the different cable runs and automate the process of manually stacking heavy reels of cable onto pallets.

Testimonial

“Overall, it has been a good experience. From the upfront initial visits to the presentation to the final delivery, installation, and implementation into manufacturing, it has been a positive experience.”
- Windy City Wire

Technologies

  • Industrial Robot Arm
  • Custom End of Arm Tooling
  • Custom Designed Presentation Conveyors
  • Integrated Machine Vision
  • Robot Controller

Benefits

  • 25% Increase in throughput
  • Reduced risk of back injury from lifting heavy cable reels.
  • Reduced labor costs
  • Eliminated some problems associated with repetitive tasks.
  • Automation equipment made operations smoother and more organized.

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Additional

To see what Windy City Wire had to say about RSI read the application's brochure by clicking here.

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