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What type of robots do they use in the food and beverage industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

Most types of robots are being put to use in the food and beverage industry.

Take SCARA (Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm) robots for example. Not the best named robot out there, but food manufacturers like because they are reliable, have a clean action, have smooth services which help with sanitation (they are not so affected by corrosive cleaning chemicals) and have a small footprint. Add in that they are effectively cheap compared to many robots and you can see why they are so popular with food and beverage companies. 

Delta robots are also in widespread use, especially those which come with a wide range of end-of-arm tools, including vacuum grippers and clamps. Again, these robots are reliable, not too expensive and are able to handle large volumes. They are employed in pick and place areas, and also used widely on secondary packaging duties.  

SCARA and Delta robots are well suited to high volumes, but collaborative robots are increasingly being used in the industry, often employed at a tactical place in the production line, or where they can excel, working alongside human workers. Cobots, although slower, and can be comparatively expensive, but are popular with SMEs, because they can make a huge difference to a smaller production line. For this reason they are especially popular with artisan food producers.

This is definitely one industry which has warmly embraced robotics and automation. 

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