KernPack expands with end of line automation

KernPack is expanding its offering by adding robotic palletising systems and laser guided vehicles to its portfolio from Skilled Group, which are used by Nestlé, Ferrero and Haribo. 

KernPack, which distributes specialist packaging machinery and solutions, has signed an exclusive UK and Ireland distribution deal with Skilled Group, enabling it to sell the company’s range of robotic palletising systems and automatic guided vehicles.

Part of KernPack’s strategy to widen its capabilities, by adding end of line warehouse automation to its packaging and mailing solutions, the deal also takes the company into the warehouse and logistics market.

Designed for automated warehousing and truck loading, Skilled Group’s products are used by the likes of Nestlè, Kraft, Unilever, Haribo and Ferrero.

The company’s range of robotic equipment includes articulated robotic arms, gantry and SCARA robots for the automatic palletising of products or pallet handling and AGVs (automatic guided vehicles) for situations where a traditional forklift truck is used. Key features include robot arms that have been designed specifically for the palletising sector to save space, while its LGVs (laser guided vehicles) can navigate inside a truck.

“KernPack will be targeting warehouse and distribution centres, manufacturers and food companies, which are looking to automate the end of production lines and loading bay operations to reduce operating costs, increase efficiency and reduce the risk of injury,” says Pete Jolley, general manager at KernPack.

Miriam Letter, area sales manager at Skilled Group, adds, “Our new relationship with KernPack will allow both companies to combine our experience of different industries and grow our sales in the UK.”

In addition to sales and distribution, KernPack will provide UK and Ireland customers with local servicing, technical support and training.

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