I would say people are not strictly looking into robotics, but automation in general. Companies are searching for ways to not be dependent on a specific type of labor, which for decades has been working on pallet nailing equipment.
Companies are searching for ways to increase the efficiency on their manufacturing equipment without adding more labor. By efficiency, it does not strictly mean to increase production with less labor, it is also to eliminate faulty pallets, reduce setup times, reduce downtime or implement better workflow processes. These seem to be the current needs of all industries. The best way to begin is to start by stages, and digitalization is probably the easiest way. NWPCA’s Pallet Design System™ and the pallet data export facility to the nailing equipment is a clear example of it.
Industry needs to have an open mind to new technologies and find the way to apply these new technologies in their own business. Not all pallet nailing equipment can be automated, and not all companies are ready for automation. Learning where and which are the current limitations for our customers and then search for the real possibilities is our obligation as pallet equipment suppliers.