A recent Food Processing report reveals developments in industrial robotics that could prove profitable to food manufacturers–but they’ve still got a long way to go.
New methods involving air pressure instead of traditional vacuum techniques may help end-of-arm (EOA) tools handle food with greater sensitivity and efficiency in pick, inspect, and place operations.
Developments in vision and touch sensing provide the most possibilities for bakery, poultry, and produce operations. Old robots can be updated and repurposed with EOA attachments and apps. System integrators and tool suppliers must work in close collaboration to combat product obsolescence.