DUOBOT vs COBOT: Which is the best option for palletizing?

Feb 25, 2024

The automation of palletizing in the industry has witnessed significant advances in recent years, especially with the emergence of collaborative robots, known as cobots. These devices have been an attractive option for various tasks within the industrial environment. However, the specific limitations faced by palletizing with collaborative robots have led to a growing interest in more specialized and efficient alternatives to cobots.

What is a cobot or collaborative robot?

A cobot, also known as a collaborative robot, is designed to directly collaborate with human operators. Its main function lies in assisting in various tasks, such as transporting or holding products, in support of the tasks performed by machine operators.

Unlike industrial robots, cobots rely on human action as an essential component in their work process. While collaborative robots can be a suitable option for certain tasks, they have limitations in activities that require greater power and autonomy.

DUOBOT: The industrial alternative to collaborative robots

In response to this growing need, IPLA has developed an innovative solution: the DUOBOT robotic palletizing cell. This alternative has been specifically designed to address the challenges of industrial palletizing, offering a robust and efficient option compared to collaborative robots.

The DUOBOT offers maximum productivity and robustness in a compact space of just 18m², barely 1m² more than a standard collaborative robot. Cobots, equipped with safety sensors, may experience reductions in speed and force when detecting human presence, which affects the efficiency of the palletizing process.

DUOBOT features


The use of the comb gripper in DUOBOT ensures exceptional efficiency of 99% in terms of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), improving the quality and safety of palletizing.


The software integrated into DUOBOT allows for excellent autonomy by generating palletizing patterns in less than 2 minutes, offering unparalleled flexibility in programming and adaptation to different types of loads.


The palletizing cell comes pre-assembled on a metal platform, reducing installation time by up to 80% compared to conventional robots.


The gripper used by DUOBOT can palletize boxes of various sizes and formats, from 120 x 120 x 100 mm to 600 x 400 x 400 mm, providing a versatile solution for changing business needs.


How does DUOBOT work?

The DUOBOT palletizing cell has 3 safety zones and a CE-certified software system that ensures its safe operation. By dividing the workspace into clearly defined zones, the DUOBOT allows controlled access for the operator to handle pallets without interrupting the palletizing process.

You can see how this process works in the following video:

Differences between the DUOBOT and a COBOT

In conclusion, cobots are a suitable option for companies looking to start implementing small automation processes or with tight budgets, but industrial companies tend to prefer industrial robots designed and optimized specifically for this process, thus improving their efficiency.

At IPLA, we have over three decades of experience in manufacturing palletizing systems. If you need advice to determine which system best suits your project, feel free to contact us.

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