Insiders claim the take up of robotic technology in the food sector is set to steadily increase as processors are forced to seek further efficiency gains and demand could challenge that of the automotive industry within a decade. In this series, we examine why the sector has been slow to embrace the technology and forecast what future take up trends could be.
Adept Technology has landed an award for its SoftPIC food gripper, designed to handle delicate edibles and tricky packaging.
Thanks to labor efficiency, boosted productivity, and greater flexibility, robotics play a larger role in processing and packaging lines than ever.
The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.
Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.
Private-label packaging, kids' products, odorous hot-sauce emissions—2013 was a fascinating year for anyone following the food industry. Here are some of the most interesting stories from the perspective of a FoodProductionDaily editor.
In the face of the ever-growing number of edible items and pack configurations, packaging equipment must keep up with the rapid evolution of the industry.
Rockwell Automation has launched an online tool to help managers assess the exposure to their workers and optimize their safety programs.
Harnessing automation technology can give food processors and packaging operations a broad range of advantages, according to Adept Technology.
Automation firm Novafill has patented a machine which fills several moving pots at once, unlike traditional static systems. The machine was shown for the first time at Europack Euromanut CFIA tradeshow in Lyon, France.
Engineers from Bosch Rexroth said “Open Core Engineering”, a software which connects automated machinery and IT, is “generation 4.0” in food production technology.
This year's PROCESS EXPO event has treated attendees to a broad array of processing technologies, packaging equipment, educational programming, and other features. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.
Processing professionals from all over the world are gathered at the event, and sharing the sights, sounds and technology via Twitter.
Automating a food operation works best when you put people first, according to one GE executive.
Irish scientists developing automated $177,000 milking machines claim to have cracked the problem of pasture-based farms – a breakthrough that could free up farm labour and allow greater production of grass-fed milk.
Molex is showing its automation components at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013.
A specialized education center is training the next generation of food processing talent, helping manufacturers keep up evolving technology.
A recent study shows that 80% of dairy processors are looking to upgrade their equipment to help keep pace with growing demand.
Adept Technology Inc. has opened an application and demo center, giving food firms hands-on access to its range of robotics and automation products.
Students headed toward a career in packaging will put their skills to the test in a hands-on competition at PACK EXPO.
A growing hunger for frozen food, prepared meals and other convenience items is driving a surge in processing equipment sales.
PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013, scheduled September 23-25, is showcasing packaging and processing technology from more than 1,700 exhibitors
Adept Technology are marking their 30th year in business and took FoodProductionDaily.com through the timeline of their robots working with food products.
A new packaging line engineering firm can make an “immediate impact” on the market, according to the firm’s president and managing director.
Adept has said food packing has continued to be one of the strongest markets for its robotic components, as part of its Q2 2013 results.
Cermex has introduced a robot palletizer which it claims offers fluidity, efficiency at the operator level and security in the cell.
Adept Technology has reached a deal to sell 14% of its business for $8m and said it believes it can tap into significant robotic automation markets.
Epson Robots has unveiled a range of washdown robots for the automation of unwrapped food transportation lines.
Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a robot that can debone chicken and are trialing a first attempt to integrate all components into a single test to determine the yield of the cut this month.
Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.
UK food manufacturers have between just five to 10 years to adopt robotic technology or face terminal decline.
Greater hygiene, improved consistency of operation and greater productivity are all key advantages to be realised from using robotics in meat processing and packaging, said the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL).
In the third part of our special edition on robotics in the food industry we explore how robots are becoming a more common sight in the dairy and beverage sectors.
Robot-based product packaging and palletizing remain the areas for quick wins in the confectionery sector but robots, albeit in the leading EU based confectioners, are gradually taking on more tasks a step earlier at the processing stage.
Take up of robotic technology in the food sector is set to steadily increase as processors are forced to seek further efficiency gains and demand could challenge that of the automotive industry within a decade, said the head of a leading trade body.