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Kevin Lobo, FB Tech Review | Monday, September 28, 2020
With the evolution in technology, robotics and automation impact the food and beverage industry as well.
Fremont, CA: Implementing robotics and automation in the food sector offers great potential for improved safety, quality, and profitability by optimizing process monitoring and control. Robotics and automation in the food industry provide a comprehensive overview of current and emerging technologies and their applications in different industry sectors.
Robotics and automation in agriculture
A robot that is used to perform specific agricultural purposes is known as an agricultural robot. The agricultural industry’s main application would be regarded within the harvesting stage, monitoring the environment, and soil analysis.
Agricultural robots, sometimes known as agribots, are seen as key trends that will profoundly influence agriculture.
Over the last two years, food manufacturing has become difficult within the intricate processes needed to carry out specific tasks. These processes include; preparing ingredients, various cooking methods, picking and packing, and improving the food manufacturing environment’s overall safety.
As there is a high demand for lean manufacturing within the food industry, robots have been seamlessly integrated within the industry over the past couple of years for this reason. The autonomous solutions that robots bring means that they can make high precision movements within the workplace, with the regulated safety measured in place – mitigating workplace accident levels as much as possible.
Robotics and automation in food packaging
According to a survey conducted, it was said that 70 percent of food and beverage manufacturing companies were suffering from a shortage of low and unskilled labor. So it’s no wonder that machines are being brought in to do monotonous jobs; with the bonus, there is minimal room for human error and no chance of fatigue from a robot.
Contemporary robotics allows for order picking and packaging to be much more efficient. For example, once an order has been placed online, the robot will detect the specific product’s location, package aptly, and provide the customer with real-time information and status of the product being delivered.
Packaging robots are able, but not limited to, carry out the following tasks: open, fill, pack, seal, and correctly label the package to be sent to the end-user.
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