Latest food and beverage robot news
Reports on the state of robotics in the food and beverage industry are pointing to particular significant growth of SCARA robots. This type of robot will play a significant role within the industry until at least 2026, with several manufacturers taking a lead in their supply.
Companies such as Epson Robots, Staubli Robotics, Toshiba Machine, Yamaha Robotics, FANUC, ABB, Asic Robotics, Comau, Wittman, Hirat, Janome and Motoman are also playing a leading role.
The word SCARA stands for Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm. It is a robot which operates horizontally and is only capable of horizontal movements. They do not have rotary joints. You can have a single-arm SCARA and a dual-arm SCARA.
Their use is particularly widespread in the Asia-Pacific region where they account for almost half of the market share. This is being driven by the increase in the consumption of packaged and ready-to-eat food in such countries as China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Australia and South Korea.
The value of the global food robotics market is expected to reach US$2.5bn by 2020, up from US$1.23bn in 2016. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.80% from 2017.
The SCARA robot will continue to dominate the industry, even though other robot types are in widespread use and there is greater use of cobots (collaborative robots which work alongside humans).