By Mary Del
Columbia Machine’s HL7200 High-Speed, Inline Palletizer incorporates a safety package that includes Category 3 electrical safety components — dual-channel safety interlocks and full height light curtains positioned on the full load discharge and empty pallet infeed. A dual slot automatic hoist pin latching system on the full load hoist and pallet dispenser hoist provide a redundant fail-safe protection system. Fully integrated upper and lower guarding with viewing panels and multiple access doors that incorporate a trapped key door access system provide the safety and function that meets OSHA requirements for Minor Servicing, the company says. The palletizer is also designed for flexibility by incorporating Columbia’s new programmable laner technology with its proven soft turn and configurable layer table to provide accurate and stable layer forming. Columbia provides an HMI where the operator can create new patterns or modify existing patterns via the HMI. The system can accurately palletize 72 to 120 cases per minute (depending on pattern), the company says.