Demand for robots rises within the dairy sector

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Robots demanded by dairy

Related tags: Milk, Butter, Food

Robot supplier Fanuc has reported increased demand from the dairy sector for its pick-and-place robot handling systems, which it puts down to a rising demand for small dairy snack foods and a large number of pack variants, such as different flavoured yogurts in shelf-ready multi-packs.

“Until recently, there has been an overriding belief that robotics are more suited to industries that require a higher payload, rather than the more delicate nature of many dairy products, such as yogurts, fine cheeses or individual tubs of dips,”​ said Fanuc’s regional sales manager John Rainer.

“What was once deemed a task best performed by hand can now be picked up by the more flexible robots on the market today.”

With hygiene and food safety in mind, the Fanuc LR Mate 200 series has proved a popular choice for dairy manufacturers, claims Rainer. It is suitable for picking up yogurts, butter and cheese and collating in boxes or trays. It is a servo-driven robot which is IP67 rated as standard, with an optional upgrade to IP69K to withstand harsh pressure washing.

Contact: Fanuc Robotics

Related topics: Dairy, Processing equipment

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