Vancouver, WA, September 16, 2019:  Columbia/Okura LLC is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Universal Robots.  This relationship will allow Columbia/Okura to deliver a more extensive range of robotic palletizing solutions to end users; now inclusive of collaborative palletizing applications.

Columbia/Okura has been working on the development of miniPALTM a mobile, collaborative palletizing product integrating Universal Robot’s  UR10e for some time.  Columbia/Okura intends to launch this new product range of palletizing “cobots” immediately.    “The partnership between our two companies allows Columbia/Okura to provide a safe and economical palletizing solution to clients who are facing labor shortages, many of whom may also be new to factory automation” says Brian Hutton, President of Columbia/Okura LLC.  With the introduction of a collaborative palletizer, employees can be re-deployed to work on higher value tasks where their time and skills are better served.

Columbia/Okura continues to evolve product offerings to meet growing customer needs for safe, reliable and economical systems.   The new collaborative product offering has five significant client benefits:


  • Efficient Set-up: Takes less than a full day; plugs into 110V AC wall power

  • Easy Operation: No previous programming experience required

  • Quick Payback: Average payback is between 8-10 months, depending on application and industry

  • Flexible Deployment: Our mobile solution is easily moved and re-deployed to new processes

  • No guarding required: A vast majority of cobot applications work next to humans without perimeter guarding requirements


With almost 25 years of robotic palletizing experience, Columbia/Okura is ready to assist in providing the best automated solution for our client’s needs.  Stop by and see our system in action at Pack Expo Las Vegas, booth# C-4029