Uptake increases as robots get tough for safer food

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The uptake of robotics is becoming more widespread, as firms switch on their food safety benefits
The uptake of robotics is becoming more widespread, as firms switch on their food safety benefits

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Increasing demand for food safety is boosting the uptake of robots, according to Fanuc. The company has developed its new four axis M-2iA pick-and-place delta style robot to withstand high pressure and temperature washdown.

“Robot uptake in the food industry has grown considerably within the past five years, with producers looking to enhance their competitive edge using high speed, accurate and agile systems the key benefits of a pick-and-place robot,”​ says Fanuc UK md, Chris Sumner. ​Yet producers’ most recent demands relate to food safety and using robots to improve hygiene, by removing the human element during the process.

“Although IP67K certified robots have been commonplace for many years, the very nature of a robot arm, with its many crevices and less durable construction materials, has prevented it from working in harsh environments. Our current focus is on hardening our robots for sanitation, making them able to withstand the harshest of environments and high-pressure water hose cleaning, which is often used during food manufacture.”

 

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