Robotics is used to sort products, remove defects, and to mix. Usually, these applications are used in the secondary processing of food production as food is more standardized.
FREMONT, CA: The food supply chain is influenced by robotics, bringing in innovative ways in food processing and packaging for improved food safety, sanitation, and safety of workers.
Here are five ways on how robotics is transforming the food and beverages industry:
Using robots can reduce waste and optimize the overall yield. It is anticipated that robots can help manufacturers improve up to 3 percent in cases where precise cuts are essential to distinguish between meant and labeling products.
Robots are used to sort products, remove defects, and to mix. They are also used in the secondary processing of food production.
Robots minimize the risk of contamination by limiting human contact with food. Contamination of food could be detrimental to a company's reputation, costing millions or more in sales and production loss.
Robots can also work in environments such as at freezing temperatures where particular food needs to be kept. It can work in a harsh environment or even without oxygen, unlike humans.
The robotic applications in agriculture are weeding robots, autonomous tractors, and harvesting robots. Drones and autonomous vehicles are used to track and study crops. Robotics in non-plant agriculture are deployed in dairy, poultry, and beef farms where autonomous feeding and milking, egg collection, sorting, and autonomous cleaning are used.
Robots encourage a sterilized environment and provide accuracy in production. Therefore, a package that is tarnished can be tracked back to its origin.