Single-line palletizing solution versus multi-line

May 28, 2024

When choosing the ideal solution for palletizing in multiple production lines, two main options arise: a multi-position palletizing cell or several single-line palletizing cells. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, so it is essential to understand the differences to make the best decision.

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Factors to consider when choosing between a multi-line solution or several single-line solutions


Multi-position cells can be less efficient because any breakdown affects all connected lines. This can result in significant downtime and production losses.

In contrast, single-line cells minimize the impact of breakdowns since each cell operates independently on a single line. This independence allows for maintaining higher cadence and efficiency, improving overall production performance. This solution not only ensures operational continuity but also optimizes performance.


Multi-position cells are more compact and represent a good option in limited spaces. Custom-designed, they adapt to available spaces, which is beneficial in facilities where space optimization is crucial.

However, although they take up less space, their complexity can limit flexibility regarding future changes in plant configuration.


    Single-line cells offer great scalability, allowing for increased capacity of a line and the automation of others in the future without the need for additional modifications. This provides flexibility to adapt to changes in demand and avoids additional costs. Their ability to expand and offer various configurations makes them a preferred option for companies with long-term growth plans.

    In contrast, multi-position cells are more difficult and costly to expand once installed.

      Two “SAVVY PAL” single-line palletizing cells working in parallel.


      Single-line cells are extremely versatile and adapt to most production lines due to their standardization. Unlike customized multi-position cells, single-line cells do not require significant modifications to accommodate changes in packaging, thanks to their comb clamp and case-to-case palletizing capability.

      This versatility allows companies to respond quickly to product variations without incurring significant additional expenses.


        Single-line cells are more accessible, as they allow space between them that facilitates access to the production lines without the need for additional box elevators or walkways.

        This improves staff comfort and optimizes operational efficiency by removing obstacles, which is especially beneficial in plants with high workflow and constant maintenance needs.


          Single-line cells have a reduced delivery time because they do not require custom design, unlike multi-position cells. This allows for a quicker and more efficient project execution, minimizing production downtime.

          The speed of implementation translates into a significant competitive advantage, enabling companies to quickly adapt to market demands.


            Multi-position cells typically entail additional costs due to their customized design and complex assembly. In contrast, single-line cells can offer savings of up to 80% in assembly time and costs.

            The cost of three single-line cells is similar to that of a two-position cell, considering assembly expenses. This significant difference in costs makes single-line cells a more economical and viable option for many companies.

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              In summary, single-line cells offer multiple advantages over multi-position cells in terms of efficiency, scalability, versatility, accessibility, delivery time, and costs. At IPLA, as specialists in automatic palletizing lines, we are committed to ensuring that our clients maintain maximum efficiency in their end-of-line processes.

              Feel free to reach out to us without obligation if you want to maximize the efficiency of your end-of-line processes.

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