This week’s Simple Solutions features Precision Food Positioning and Cutting Solutions
Robots reach for food processing
Article courtesy of Food Engineering Magazine
By Kristen Kazarian
Due to variables in the food industry, such as product size and shape, the final frontier in robotics is food processing.
The processing of food at high volumes has traditionally posed many problems for robots and cobots, and has lagged behind other industries. Foods have a variety of shapes and sizes and can be delicate in nature. These variables can be challenging when a robot tries to grasp an item. The delicate often has strict requirements for quality, making them even harder to grasp (think: strawberries).
Non-automotive robot orders now represent 58% of the North American total. Unit sales to the food and consumer goods sector alone increased 29% in 2021 over 2020, according to Association for Advancing Automation (A3).
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