Formic launches turnkey palletizers that make automation faster and more accessible for small and medium-sized factories

To accelerate the adoption of automation across American manufacturing, Formic has released the SL20 palletizer – the first product in a new catalog of certified, turnkey robotics-as-a-service solutions available at a low hourly cost .

Developed by Sourcelink Solutions, Formic’s new offering underscores Formic’s commitment to removing the barriers to automation so small and medium-sized businesses can adopt technology and thrive amid today’s challenges.

Buying a robot is largely unaffordable for most manufacturers due to the risk, complexity, upfront capital and expertise required. Additionally, amid an ongoing labor crisis, U.S. factories depend on workers to manually palletize — an activity that’s injury-prone, unergonomic and heavily reliant on workers showing up and consistently performing at a high level. In a tight job market with rising wages and employee turnover, many companies operate on tighter margins and delayed order fulfillment, resulting in lower customer satisfaction.

The SL20 is believed to be the only palletizer on the market available with all the benefits of Formic’s pay-for-productivity model, including guaranteed uptime and 24/7 service. It eliminates a packer’s reliance on human labor to fulfill orders and reduces retraining overhead and injuries, increases the quality and consistency of production, and enables automation without major changes to the physical factory layout or the introduction of new complex processes.

The 58-year-old co-manufacturer Compact Industries was able to automate with this solution for the first time at the beginning of the year without any upfront investment. Deployed within three hours of delivery, the system reduced hiring costs and promoted employees to safer tasks. Compact ordered a second system within a month of deployment and unlocked new scalable potential.

“US manufacturing cannot survive without automation – and at Formic, we are focused on finding ways to make using a robot 10 times faster, easier, cheaper and more productive,” says Formic co-founder and VP of Product and Partnerships Misa Ilchechi.

“Today there are 1.5 million unfilled manufacturing jobs in America, which means companies are losing production, missing deadlines, losing business and turning down new business. Many of our customers have been trying to automate for years, and our already proven, first off-the-shelf product, available with our pay-for-productivity model, provides factories with an optimal way to start their automation journey.”

SL20 palletizer – key features:

  • Robotized palletizing system for final packaging processes
  • Small footprint (10×12′)
  • Palletizes up to 20 cases per minute
  • Lifts up to 20 kg per cycle
  • Proven safe dealing with people
  • Ready to use in less than 8 weeks
  • Developed by Sourcelink Solutions LLC based on the Yaskawa HC series collaborative robot

Formic is offering a no-obligation 6-month trial of the SL20 palletizer to first-time customers.

Leveraging best-in-class engineering expertise and funding, Formic’s Robotics-as-a-Service offering helps factories begin automating without the risk and complexity typically required to adopt the technology by enabling it Delivers full-featured solutions to customers who pay for usage by the hour. Formic owns, programs, installs and maintains all of its systems at its own expense, meaning manufacturers only pay for operational performance with performance guarantees and unlimited 24/7 service.

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