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May 12, 2022

Ever wondered how robotics and automation can be used for end of line services within the Food and Beverage industries? POMO Robotics essential guide below can show you just how versatile and reliable robotic automation in Food and Beverage industries can bring about productivity improvements, reduce the requirement for manual labour and reduce waste.

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General Outlook for Robotics in Food and Beverage Industries

With governments taking initiatives to strengthen the regulations, the retailers of the food & beverage industry emphasize quality. It’s the time when the need for robots is been seen as imperative to the food industry. The use of Robots in the Food and Beverage industry has been observed in several instances.  They include automated picking solutions, artificial intelligence, and machine perception. These robotic inclusions in the industry are revolutionising food processing and packing. They allow businesses to resolve the issue of piece-picking while serving several other applications. In this blog, you can see several applications of robots in the food and beverage industry

Automation in the Food and Beverage Industry

Automation in the food and beverage industry is been viewed as strategic integration of technology in several processes. With robotic automation, food companies are now able to organize and add efficacy to their production and packaging processing. They incorporate the use of automated guided vehicles, robotic arms, advanced systems of inspection, and delta robots to achieve greater food safety with superior standards of quality. It also helps in securing the labour costs and effectively reaching the high-demand levels. In the present modern world, food processing factories undergo a major challenge. They are supposed to produce standard products while ensuring the right volume and costs. Automation is there to save the day. It helps the companies to achieve the scale and goals. Food & Beverage companies have been using robots in primarily Primary Packaging and Secondary Packaging. Some of the processes under these include case packing, case erecting etc. All such aspects add to the overall value of the food processing company.

Core Applications

Case Packing Robots

The automated case packing system using robots allows the products to be automatically transferred in a robotic cell. It uses either sorters or conveyors to queue products for packaging. Then the cartons are erected and placed in the right positions to let the system begin the process of packing. It uses custom EoAT to pick products and position the robot at the right package at a high pace. After a carton gets filled, they will seal it, label it and leave the system. The robot will perform the process again with a new container.

Case Erecting

This process is done by a robot in a sequence. Some of the critical features include auto height sensing, erection of new and recycled cases at a rapid pace, one size for all systems among others.  The case erecting is done by a robot to make your food or beverage packaging extremely smooth. Some of the exclusive benefits of using case erecting in your food processing industry include greater productivity using similar machinery, ease in integrating automation caters to the ability to adopt dynamic market changes and demand patterns, and improvising uptime. The case erectors are operated using air cylinder operability, which makes them inexpensive. Moreover, the case erector consists of a robotic arm that can add efficiency to the repeatability of the machine action and reduce the overall maintenance. Hence, the work on the production floor becomes easy

Palletising

Once the packaging is done, the food and beverage industry uses robots to ensure products are transportation ready. As per a 2014 PMMI report, out of every 3 manufacturing units, 2 have palletizing robots. Several ends of arm tools can take care of single products as well as complete rows. They also handle complete layers of products as per the need of the consumers. They add efficiency at the end of the line packaging process making production cost-effective and dynamic

End of Line Packaging

EOLP is also known as End of Line Packaging. It is the ability to utilize robots for packing several items in crates, cartons, boxes. With the rise in consumer demand, delivery and production require more hands to perform quick operations. They help in adding products at the end of line tasks. Some of the examples of end of line packaging robots include pick-and-pack robots.

Pick and Place Robots

These days, Pick and Place robots are taken into application more times than ever. Their ability to enhance the level of production and reduce the cost of labour makes them more suitable. In the food and beverage industry, they have multi-purpose applications. Several pick and place robots deploy vision systems to make sure that robots will choose the right item and position it in right place. It further eliminates all the errors made by human workers. Hence, no food is wrongly placed on the assembly line or the conveyor belt. It also reduces the number of customer complaints in terms of packaging errors. The Pick and Place robots have a repetitive mode of action that if done manually by workers could have resulted in the neck, back and other injuries.

Conclusion

Automation is the future and the Industry 4.0 has already made it explicit. Using robotic hands and other packaging robots in the application is surely increasing the threshold of production. If you have a food processing business, well, then it’s time to add some automation to it.  

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