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New innovation for automatic rick-rack palletizing of tires

Feb 27, 2007 Cimcorp Headquarter

Tire pallets can now be loaded automatically in a rick-rack pattern by a robot.

Cimcorp offers this new innovation integrated into its storage and order picking systems. Tires are loaded onto storage pallets and cages at tire plants in three different ways. They may be stacked horizontally, or palletized in a rick-rack pattern or vertically. The rick-rack pattern is the most economic way, because the pallet space can be utilized optimally. In Cimcorp’s solution the optimal palletizing pattern for each tire type is created automatically based on a 3D-model of the tire.

Automated tire pallet and cage loading is an integral part of the Cimcorp TyrePick sorting and buffering system. The TyrePick robot sorts the tires arriving from the inspection area into stacks under the buffer robot, according to type and grade. Tire identification is made e.g. via bar codes. When there are tires enough for one full pallet, the TyrePick robot moves the tire stacks onto a conveyor or turn table for transfer to the pallet loading station. There are two ways to start up pallet loading. It can be done automatically whenever a pallet-load of the same type and grade of tire is ready or the operator can order tires required from the buffer storage.

Automatic pallet loading is more ergonomic than manual loading. It saves costs and streamlines the internal logistics in tire handling. Automation also facilitates product traceability and real-time warehouse management, so the end customers receive flawless deliveries.

Each sorting, buffering and palletizing cell consisting of two TyrePick robots and one universal robot reaches a capacity of 10,000 tires per day. Additional cells can be added flexibly according to the customer’s capacity needs.