Depalletizing, box opening and decanting combined in one system

March 11, 2024
DAC Robotics three-step robotic system, including Osaro depalletizer, on display at MODEX

Osaro’s robotic depalletization system, designed specifically for warehouse and fulfillment applications that involve unloading pallets of various-sized boxes, was selected by DAC Robotics for inclusion in its three-step robotics system that handles depalletization, box opening, and decanting. The system uses Osaro's SightWorks Perception software to run the depall robot, which then hands off boxes to DAC’s automatic box opening technology (ABOT) and its decant robot. The system handles everything from pallet to tote, from receiving to replenishment.

The fully integrated system is being demonstrated at MODEX. It includes:

  • a DAC Robotics mixed-case depalletizing system, powered by OSARO SightWorks Perception
  • DAC Robotics ABOT
  • DAC Robotics precision decanting system.

While many other tasks downstream from the loading dock have been automated, unstacking, sorting, scanning, opening and transferring/decanting master pack box contents into standard totes are often done manually.

To automate the entire process, DAC Robotics needed a high-performance depalletizing system capable of unloading a wide variety of box sizes and shapes from a pallet and then handing off each box to an automated box-opening robot in preparation for decant.

The system can depalletize mixed-case pallets. “Today’s technology announcement is the culmination of more than three years of development, engineering and testing to integrate all automated work cells in the receiving and decanting process for warehouse intralogistics automation,” said Mark Ganninger, president of DAC Robotics. “With Osaro’s SightWorks Perception Software, we were able to design and deploy a system that met our exacting specifications.”