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Food and Beverages | Saturday, October 30, 2021

As technology advances and robots become more affordable, more robotics are being implemented for automation applications in food manufacturing firms.

Fremont, CA:Food production has evolved into a series of more complicated procedures that include preparation, cooking, sorting, packaging, and palletizing. Industrial robots are being more widely integrated to save time and space while also boosting hygiene standards. Dispensing, feed placement, cutting, packing or wrapping of food, pick-and-place items into containers, and sorting are all popular uses for food industry robots. Newer advances also enable order picking, in which an employee or consumer can electronically place an order, and the food robot will automatically fill it.

Types of robots that are used in food manufacturing:

Clean room robots

Some items necessitate the use of clean room robots in automated procedures. A manufacturing cleanroom is a controlled environment that limits the amount of dust, gases, and moisture in the air. Cleanroom robots, which must fulfil certain cleanroom requirements, are routinely utilized in these locations to reduce any additional contamination.

Pick and place robots

Robotic pick and place technology increases production rates by speeding up the process of picking up items and setting them in various destinations. Pick and place robots can be adjusted to meet unique production needs thanks to a variety of end-of-arm tooling options. Moving huge, compact, heavy, or difficult-to-handle objects along a factory line can be a simple process to automate. Using a pick and place system also provides consistency. If necessary, the robots may be simply programmed and tooled to perform a variety of tasks.

Dispensing robots

The term robotic dispensing can be used to describe a wide range of applications. Dispensing includes a variety of tasks such as pouring liquids, dispensing small objects to be numbered and sorted, and filling containers. Using industrial robots for dispensing increases not just the speed with which products are discharged or poured, but also the accuracy with which accurate amounts are calculated. Robots can be outfitted with specialized end-of-arm tooling to meet the product's unique handling requirements.

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