What is the most popular use for robots in the food and beverage industry?
Robots are crucial to the food and beverage industry and without them, it would lose its pioneering edge.
Much of this is put down to its use of hygiene conscious robots which can be used in place of humans and guarantee that products do not come with a risk of infection.
For food manufacturers, contamination of food is a very real worry. When humans come into contact with food, there is always a risk of contamination which can cause multiple claims against the producer and potentially huge financial losses. Robots are ideal for clean food environments, although they do have to be rated for such purposes. Robots which are not susceptible to corrosion, have tight seals and small footprints, are especially well equipped to work in food areas.
And although this might be one of the glamourous sides to the business, it's actually in packing that the robots really come into their ow,
Packing food saves human workers from often back-breaking and monotonous work. And bear in mind that food packing, on a global basis, involves almost two trillion units a year. Robots can handle varied packing, high volumes and in a consistent fashion.
And add to that secondary packing, where products are put into cases and then bundled for later use, in which in North America alone, a market is worth over $26bn.
In short, robots do the grunt work in the food and beverage industry.