Food & Drink

Robotics is the future for the food and drink industry

Robotics is the future for the food and drink industry

According to a market research report by Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies entitled Trends in Food Processing Operations, half of the companies surveyed will be increasing their level of automation over the next three to five years. Despite this, many manufacturers admit they don’t know where to start. Here, Nigel Smith, CEO of industrial […]

By June 4, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Food and beverage solutions at Automatica 2018

Food and beverage solutions at Automatica 2018

In September 2017, VDMA increased its growth forecast for the current year for German robotics and automation from 7% to 11%. The industry is also booming internationally. With this positive outlook and numerous innovations ready to be shown, the world’s leading companies are going to meet at Automatica in Munich from June 19 to 22, […]

By April 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Brillopak and Omron highlight smarter factories

Brillopak and Omron highlight smarter factories

In food produce environments and packhouses, the benefits of automation when it comes to workforce health and safety are uncontended. From eliminating arduous and repetitive tasks to working uninterrupted within inhospitable chilled settings, robots are most certainly the future. Case loading specialist Brillopak and industrial automation pioneer Omron explore how smart robots, hardware and software […]

By March 26, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Fanuc launches food-friendly robot

Fanuc launches food-friendly robot

Fanuc UK has launched a new robot for cleanroom and food-handling environments. The M20iB/25C has been specifically designed to ISO Class 5 standards, bringing automated picking, packing and handling to applications for which hygiene and cleanliness are paramount. As well as incorporating Fanuc’s drives and controls, including advanced servo technology – which can increase cycles […]

By December 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Brillopak robot solution yields 15 month ROI for McVities

Brillopak robot solution yields 15 month ROI for McVities

Highly commended at the 2017 PPMA Group Industry Awards for robotic innovation, an automated turnkey installation from end-of-line automation specialist Brillopak has provided McVities with a flexible, small footprint, multi-line palletising solution that has paid for itself within 15 months through reduced labour costs. The seven Brillopak C2 KT400 robotic palletisers, located on a mezzanine […]

By December 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Ocado reveals robotic system for picking groceries

Ocado reveals robotic system for picking groceries

Ocado Technology, a division of online supermarket Ocado, has revealed a new robotic system capable of picking a wide range of grocery products from the 50,000 different items available on Ocado.com. The new system uses a proprietary computer vision system designed by the Ocado Technology robotics research team to calculate grasping points for a given […]

By December 1, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Yaskawa launches compact robots for food applications

Yaskawa launches compact robots for food applications

The new MOTOMAN GP7 and GP8 food grade robots from Yaskawa are a good example of the drive to apply the benefits of increasingly sophisticated automated handling and robotics solutions to the widest possible range of applications, including the food industry. The GP7 and GP8 robots are designed to meet the specific requirements of food, […]

By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Automation can soften the impact of a hard Brexit

Automation can soften the impact of a hard Brexit

Brillopak director David Jahn has highlighted the potential crisis farmers, produce and soft fruit packers and meat packhouses face with a hard Brexit and how automated case loading can help to counteract the loss of EU seasonal labour and curb rising costs. Between May to September each year, more than 28,000 EU workers come to […]

By October 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Brillopak punnet loading line features Omron delta robot

Brillopak punnet loading line features Omron delta robot

Brillopak has chosen PPMA 2017 as the setting for the UK premiere of its new fresh produce punnet loading line, Meteor. It is the first food packing end-of-line system in the UK to integrate Omron’s new four-arm Delta robot, Quattro – said to be the fastest and most dexterous robot in the world. OEM Brillopak […]

By August 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Pacepacker encourages food industry robot adoption

Pacepacker encourages food industry robot adoption

There’s never been a better time for food and drink SMEs to invest in robots for the workplace. Sales and exports are booming, and robots are more powerful than ever. Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services, examines the current challenges of the food and drink industry and details how robots can […]

By July 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
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