Traditional vs. Modern: A Comparative Study of Palletizers

We are dedicated to provide solutions that make your business grow and be more profitable

Traditional vs. Modern: A Comparative Study of Palletizers


In the world of material handling, palletizing technology has seen significant advancements. The two primary types of palletizers in use today are traditional simple layer palletizers and modern robotic palletizers. Each has its unique advantages, and the choice between the two often depends on the specific needs of a business.

Traditional simple layer palletizers

Traditional simple layer palletizers have been the backbone of the industry for decades. They are known for their robustness and reliability, capable of handling high-speed operations with ease. These machines are designed to stack products in specific patterns onto a pallet, making them ideal for businesses with high-volume, uniform product lines. They are also easier to troubleshoot, support, and operate without special training. A single unit can handle up to 2 -3 SKU’s simultaneously, and they typically cost less than a robotic palletizer with a single or dual infeed. Their speed can range up to 15 cases/min for low-level palletizers and up to 150 cases/min for high-level palletizers.

Modern robotic palletizers

On the other hand, modern robotic palletizers offer flexibility and adaptability. They are capable of handling a wide variety of product types, including cases, bags, pails, bottles, batteries, cubes of scrap metal, and plastic containers. They can adapt easier to accommodate different pallet patterns and product types, and can handle up to 1000 kg (2,200 lbs). A single articulated arm can typically handle up to 4 different SKU’s, and if the articulated arm is attached to a moving track or a gantry style robot is utilized, 8 to 12 SKU’s can be handled simultaneously by a single robot. Robotic palletizers also have the advantage of taking up less space, and their price can sometimes be less, especially when looking at four or more simultaneous infeeds. Their palletizing rates can vary anywhere from 8 to 30 cases/min for a single robot depending on stacking patterns, requirements, and if the robot is picking a single product, rows of product, or full layer of products.


In conclusion

Both traditional simple layer palletizers and modern robotic palletizers have their unique advantages. The choice between the two should be based on the specific needs of the business, considering factors such as product type, volume, space, and budget. We are here to help you get the most efficient and best fitting solution for you particular business process. If you need any assistance we can help you based on our vast experience and even create a ROI estimation on your specific situation.

Other articles that might interest you

Harnessing the Sun

How Berstron’s Harvester is Revolutionizing Melon Farms   The sun has been a constant companion to farmers since the dawn...

Read More

The Palletizer Book 2023

Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Palletizing Industry Questions, Answered (2023)   Palletizers have become a staple for many manufacturing businesses...

Read More
Check out our Social Pages
About this Blog
Traditional vs. Modern: A Comparative Study of Palletizers
Other articles that might interest you
Contact us about this blog

Share it if you like it!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email

The information contained on this blog is intended for informational and educational purposes only. The views expressed on these pages are the personal views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization they may be affiliated with.

Berstron is a company dedicated to the manufacture, development, sale and maintenance of fruit and vegetable machinery (especially in the citrus sector).


C/ Dos de Mayo, 71 Entlo

12550 Almassora

Castellón – España