Automatic palletizing systems

APS 1540 ERGON Series

APS 1540 - Palletizer

The APS 1540 is a single-column system based on two Cartesian axes motion for the palletization of cases, bundles, trays and other commonly used packs, composed of several modules configurable in a customized manner depending on the logistical conditions of the end-of-the line and the palletizing requirements.
The core of the APS ERGON system is the module of the vertical axis, a fixed column (liftable by crane only), along which the horizontal axis of operation made up by the beam runs on recirculating-sphere guides.

The horizontal beam, along which the picking head-holding arm runs on recirculating-sphere guides, can be combined with:

  • 90° product infeed module and layer pre-composition system;
  • Pallet module with maximum load capacity of 300 kg (max. 10 pallets with maximum height of 150 mm and maximum load capacity of 30 kg/pallet) including conveyor and empty pallet magazine (pallet modules with higher load capacity are available as optionals);
  • Pad-inserting module (optional), composed of pad magazine and the pad-inserting unit with controlled axes;
  • Protection bars.

In the pallet infeed, the product infeed conveyor forms the row, together with the translation system that with a one-way movement contributes to the formation of the layer.
The picking head picks the pack layers from a conveyor belt at operator's height. The vertical movements of the beam and the horizontal movements of the head-holding arm are activated by brushless motors, ensuring perfect trajectories during all palletizing phases.
The APS 1540 handles 800x1200 mm and 1000x1200 mm Euro pallets (other formats are available upon request).

All the operations are controlled by a user-friendly system for the machine automation and control, enabling an easy and efficient use of the palletizing system by the operator.

APS 1540
Speed (PPM)40

Compact and ergonomic structure

The compact and ergonomic structure ensures great space saving inside the bottling line and allows the operator to easily and safely carry out all the activities related to the use, cleaning and maintenance of the plant.

Operational flexibility

The use of innovative, smart and customized technical solutions ensures great advantages in terms of operational flexibility and economic competitiveness of the processes. In particular, SMI palletizers from the APS series enable to create several palletizing patterns according to the specific requirements of the customer and offer wide customization possibilities in order to adapt to the changeover, product change and/or plant layout requirements.

Quick and precise movements

The machine axes are controlled by brushless motors that ensure highly dynamic, harmonic and precise movements.

Low operating costs and reduced maintenance

The TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is optimized thanks to low operating and maintenance costs.


SMI palletizers from the APS series are an eco-friendly solution, thanks to the use of ICOS motors with built-in servo-driver, able to simplify the machine wiring and ensure greater energy efficiency, low noise level and reduced component wear.


Single-entry infeed with 90° layer-forming system

Single-entry infeed with 90° layer-forming system equipped with: 1 rubberized cadencing belt, 1 product infeed belt, in order to form the row and 1 one-way translation system that contributes to forming the layer into the basket. The layer-forming system is equipped with energy-efficient motors. Designed in accordance with FCR (Full Cost Reduction) methodologies, it is tested and supplied to the client fully assembled and cabled. Start-up time is really short, since it consists in connecting the connectored cable of signals and power of sercos fieldbus to the central module of APS palletizing system. The ergonomic and functional structure of the frame allows the operator to easily carry out all the operations related to the use and maintenance of the plant.


Row transfer device

The row transfer process is managed by a motorized bar. After a row is formed, it gets pushed straight away into the loading head (basket). The system is also equipped with a ”dead” plate (buffer), which enables to continue row push-in operations even when the head is not yet in the loading position.


Pack rotation device (optional)

This optional system allows to turn packs being fed to the palletizer by means of a contrast cylinder. If packs are getting to the machine with the short side leading, a second optional cylinder is available to ease the rotation process.


Empy pallets feeding system

The APS ERGON palletizer is equipped with an empty pallet feeding system composed of roller conveyors. Maximum storage capacity: 300 kg (pallet modules with higher capacity are available as optionals) and/or maximum total height of 1800 mm. Designed in accordance with FCR (Full Cost Reduction) methodologies, this system is tested and supplied to the client fully assembled and cabled.


Pad feeding system (optional)

The pad-inserting module is a pad feeding system adjustable in accordance with the size of the interlayer pad, that can be combined with the central column of the APS ERGON palletizer. Suction-cup gripping system from 4 up to 8 adjustable points to ensure the accurate lifting of any kind of interlayer. The interlayer pad automatic loading is available as optional and allows to load the pallet of interlayer pads without stopping the machine (through the addition of one station for loading pallets of interlayer pads and one station for unloading empty pallets)


Pallet roller conveyor

Frame in painted steel and rollers with 76 mm ø 150 mm pitch, motorised through a 5/8 inch chain. Electronically reversible central motorization. The system is tested in SMI factory and is supplied to the client fully assembled and cabled. Available in different lengths: 1500 mm, 2000 mm, 2500 mm and 3000 mm.

Images are for illustrative purposes and data are not binding, as they have to be confirmed by SMI according to the machine user's production conditions and technical specifications.