Columbia Okura - History - Robotic Palletizing Systems
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Columbia / Okura, LLC is jointly owned by two seasoned and successful material-handling companies: Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura Yusoki Co., Ltd.. Each and every machine we produce is the result of decades of robotic palletizer manufacturing expertise and a century of combined material-handling experience.

Based in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia Machine pioneered the floor-level palletizer in 1962, and we’ve continued to build on that success. Columbia’s Palletizer Division are industry leaders. Our powerful palletizing solutions can handle almost every type of product. Columbia Machine is respected and admired across the globe for our long tradition of excellence in customer service, our unsurpassed attention to detail and our world-class solutions that are built to last.

In 1983, Okura Yusoki developed the first multi-articulated palletizing robot. Based in Kakogawa, Japan, Okura was also the first to manufacture, integrate and install a multi-articulated robotic palletizing system. Over the past three decades, Okura has integrated and installed more than 4000 state-of-the-art robotic palletizing systems. Okura is known throughout Asia and around the world for flexible automation solutions and industry-leading end-of-arm palletizer tooling. Okura’s global network currently manufactures, integrates, installs and services at least 20 robotic palletizers every month.

In 1996, Columbia Machine and Okura Yusoki came together to create Columbia / Okura LLC. Our ground-breaking joint effort merges Columbia Machine's extensive knowledge of material handling with Okura's comprehensive technology and engineering resources. We are now the premier manufacturer of robotic palletizing systems in North America. We design, manufacture, integrate, install and service our outstanding robotic palletizers for satisfied clients throughout the continent.

We provide hard-working, sophisticated robotic palletizing solutions for a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, consumer products, building products, chemical products and agricultural products. With more than 500 robotic palletizers installed in North America, Columbia / Okura is unparalleled in the industry. Whatever your palletizing needs may be, have confidence that we will fulfill them.

Contact us today or call to speak with one of our representatives at (360) 735-1952. We are happy to answer any questions and we look forward to serving you.