Palletizer Case Study

Shorr and APT Manufacturing Solutions worked together closely to integrate a MOD-PAL® palletizing robot and automate a variety of equipment, making the entire line more efficient. This project was so successful that the food customer invited Shorr and APT back to install a second, optimized line, including a second palletizing robot.

Custom Line Integration Drastically Increased Efficiency and Output for Food Customer

A food company was tasked with permanently increasing efficiency and output, a long-term solution was needed. Shorr and APT Manufacturing Solutions worked together closely to integrate a MOD-PAL® palletizing robot and automate a variety of equipment, making the entire line more efficient. This project was so successful that the food customer invited Shorr and APT back to install a second, optimized line, including a second palletizing robot.

36% labor reduction

Shorr Packaging & APT

A partnership that drives results.

The Shorr and APT teams worked closely with the food customer to identify areas of improvement:

  • Automate the packaging process to increase efficiency
  • Integrate a palletizing robot into the operation
  • Create a lean operation

Shorr helped implement the 5S’s, a five-step system for creating a more organized and productive workspace.

Sort

Straighten

Shine

Standardize

Sustain

These principles served as the foundation of the advanced and lean processes. Setting this up was crucial to bring in the palletizing robots safely and efficiently.

“APT’s relationship with the Shorr Packaging Group provides a winning formula for success. Shorr is able to intimately understand the customer packaging process, and APT can focus on the fine details of building excellent equipment.
The result – the customer wins!”

Tony Nighswander
President, APT Manufacturing Solutions

More than 125 years of combined experience

APT is ISO 9001:2015 Certified, and RIA Safety Certified for Robotic Integration.

As the result of our partnership, Shorr and APT helped the food customer significantly increase output, reallocate labor that was previously needed, and ensure the facility operates at a profit.

Packaging efficiency

Transitioning to the new lean system allowed the customer to automate their lines. This sped up packing, decreased downtime and eliminated human error.

Labor reallocation

The automated lines allowed the customer to reallocate some of the labor previously needed to run the lines manually.
This allowed the customer to reduce staff on the lines by more than 36%.

Created a model operation

Implementing the lean process, integrating the MOD-PAL® palletizing robots and automating the lines enabled the facility to operate more efficiently. Showing the improved processes inspired the customer to model other sites after this success.

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