Robotic Palletizing Glossary - Columbia Okura
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Glossary

Bag Palletizing – The process by which a product contained in bags is placed on a pallet in a uniform pattern repetitively. This can be done either manually or with the assistance of a robotic system.

Cap Sheet - A sheet that is placed on the top of a palletized load.

Case Palletizing - The process by which products packaged in cases that are most often boxes are loaded onto a pallet either by hand or with assistance of a robotic system.

Depalletizer - A machine that removes product from a unit load and places the product onto a conveyor.

Discharge Conveyor - A conveyor capable of receiving and transporting a pallet load or a unitized load of product from the robotic palletizing cell.

End of Arm Tooling - Otherwise known as an End Effector, A device designed to be used at the end of a robotic arm, such as to perform a process on a part or to grip something.

Infeed - Conveyor within the robotic palletizing cell that transports the product to the robot for picking.

Layer - A single level horizontal arrangement of product formed in a pre-determined pattern to allow the robot to pick an entire layer from the infeed and place onto the pallet.

Pallet Dispenser - A mechanism that can accept, hold, and discharge a pallet upon demand.

Pallet Stop - A device within the robotic cell used to position a pallet so that it will be ready for its next operation of the palletizing process.

Palletizer - A machine that assembles products in a predetermined pattern to form layers and sequentially deposits the layers on a pallet to build a unit load.

Pattern - The geometric arrangement of products to form a layer.

Robot End Effector – Otherwise known as End of Arm tooling. A device designed to be used at the end of a robotic arm, such as to perform a process on a part or to grip something. Such as: Bag, Clamp Style Tool, pallet Placement, Vacuum, Pail, Fork and Sheet Placement Tool.

Robotic Palletizer - A manufacturing or packaging system that utilizes robotics to complete a required task.

Robotic Systems – A manufacturing or packaging system that utilizes robotics to complete a required task.

Row Former - A conveyor on a palletizer used for accumulating product in a row to allow the robot to pick an entire row and place on the pallet as part of the process of forming a layer on the pallet.

Sheet Dispenser - A mechanism that contains a stack of sheets and moves a sheet from the stack for placement under the load or between layers during the palletizing process.

Slip Sheet - A sheet that is placed on a pallet prior to palletizing of product.

Systems Integration - Combines the robotic palletizer with upstream and downstream equipment.

Tie Sheet - A sheet that is placed between layers of product on a palletized load.

Unitizer - A machine that assembles products in a predetermined pattern to form layers and sequentially deposits the layers on a slip sheet.


Contact Columbia Okura to learn more about the programs and controls they offer to support their palletizing solutions. You can contact them via their contact form or by giving a representative a phone call at: (360) 735-1952.