Food & Drink

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 →
Food factory cobots are coming… or are they?

Food factory cobots are coming… or are they?

Advancements in collaborative robots, or cobots, are creating a bit of a buzz in manufacturing and the way humans and robots interact safely alongside each other. Yet, food processing, packaging and palletising lines remain largely cobot-free zones. Paul Wilkinson, commercial and information systems manager at Pacepacker Services explains why cobots, which currently account for an […]

By July 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Repeatable testing with UR3 robot and Robotiq gripper

Repeatable testing with UR3 robot and Robotiq gripper

As part of its continued investment in product development, Edinburgh-headquartered Zonal Retail Data Systems has introduced a robotic arm to aid R&D and ensure the company meets the highest demands in product testing. Selected for its nimble movement and adaptable configuration, Zonal opted for a Universal Robot UR3 table-top robotic arm and Robotiq 2-finger adaptive […]

By June 30, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Robots get a better grip on bottles

Robots get a better grip on bottles

Bottling is an important stage in many manufacturing processes where liquid products are packaged as part of the final stage of production, for example in the brewing, distilling and beverage industries. The physical ‘bottle lifting’ process is a key part of this process and a new combination of an air gripper tool and sophisticated robot […]

By June 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
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