This transition has been underway for a long time as food and beverage companies are already lagging behind in terms of digital upgrade and productivity. One of the significant problems is meeting the criteria for sterility and food safety.
Fremont, CA: A few years ago, people were apprehensive about transitioning to automation, but now robots have made us realise their value across all industrial vertical lines. All it cost was a deadly coronavirus pandemic. The function of robots grew during the pandemic. The applications of robots are now widespread, starting from spraying disinfectants to providing food orders. Even in the food and beverage manufacturing market, though workers were forced to obey lock-up and social distancing mandates, it was the robots that kept the industries going. Robots are an important part of this industry today. According to a report by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, nine out of 10 food processing and packaging companies use robots to improve food safety, minimise injury to staff and increase productivity.
This transition has been underway for a long time as food and beverage companies are already lagging behind in terms of digital upgrade and productivity. One of the significant problems is meeting the criteria for sterility and food safety. At such low levels of engagement and being a major economic contributor, the use of robotics technology in this sector requires time and is part of the vision for the future factory and moves to Food Manufacturing 4.0.
Although food processing generally involves planning, cooking, sorting, packaging and palletizing processes, the industries which use robots for a number of such activities. Robots are widely used for the distribution, handling of delicate goods, feed placement, cutting, packing or packing of food, pick-and-paste items in containers and sorting. By means of vision-system robots, food products are sorted by colour, shape or height. In packaging, where speed, quality or high levels of repetition are concerned, food robots often beat people in terms of performance. For instance, when CMC Food, an egg producer in Fanwood, New Jersey, replaced human egg handlers with two robots, the pace and productivity of the business increased to more than 100,000 eggs per hour.