The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, is serving as a test site for PepsiCo’s Snackbots delivering better-for-you snack and beverage brands from Hello Goodness via an app.
ABCO Automation, which designs and builds factory automation systems, has signed a Value Provider Program (VPP) agreement with ABB robotics.
OAL proved manufacturers don’t need to have ‘robots in cages’ on the factory floor by introducing visitors to its APRIL Robotic Weighing Station at Interpack.
OAL’s APRIL (Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading) Robotic Weighing Station created a buzz at Interpack this week (May 4-10) signing autographs for guests.
Matrix Design, which develops, builds and installs robotic automation systems, will open a factory in South Elgin, Illinois.
Newtech has partnered with Mitsubishi Electric to install an ultrasonic cutting machine for cake.
Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai
‘In the food industry we have seen considerable adoption of robots on the packing line but as yet there has been limited use for robots in the processing of raw materials,’ says Jake Norman, business development manager, OAL (Olympus Automation Ltd) Group.
Pack Expo 2015
Pack Expo Las Vegas had more than 2,000 exhibiting companies – here we take a look at what some of them had to offer the packaging and processing industry.
DISPATCHES FROM IDFA INTERNATIONAL DAIRY SHOW
Universal Robots has reached out to dairy manufacturers at this year’s International Dairy Show in Chicago with its line of collaborative robots.
Adept Technology has launched a parallel robot, the Hornet 565, for fast, precise pick and place and conveyor tracking.
Bosch Packaging Technology has redesigned its Delta robotic (D3) packaging portfolio to give food producers a more simplified platform design, faster changeovers and ease of use.
Automation and controls special newsletter
Food and beverage companies are increasingly turning to automation technology as they transition to Industry 4.0, according to B&R Automation.
Anuga FoodTec 2015 review
ABB Automation has seen increased demand in its robots from food manufacturers from 2011-2013, significantly in automation for packaged meat.
Systems integrator, Pacepacker Services has expanded its engineering team to meet an increasing demand for automated machines tailored to customer requirements.
A third of British jobs will be automated by 2030 and the food sector has seen a 60% increase in automation adoption since 2000 according to the British Automation and Robotics Association (BARA).
60-second interview: The day job
As part of FoodProductionDaily’s ongoing series of 60-second interviews with the movers and shakers of the food and beverage industry, we caught up with Chris Sumner, managing director of FANUC UK.
FANUC is realigning all its company divisions under one brand name and will officially launch FANUC UK on April 1.
Adept Technology will host two New Product and Technology Demo Days at its Application and Demo Center in Amherst, New Hampshire, on March 5 and March 6.
Thanks to labor efficiency, boosted productivity, and greater flexibility, robotics play a larger role in processing and packaging lines than ever.
Baked goods often lack consistency which poses problems when using robotics in the production line, Arr-Tech Automation Technology says.
Adept Technology Inc. has opened an application and demo center, giving food firms hands-on access to its range of robotics and automation products.
Negri Bossi will be showcasing eight integrated production centers featuring machines with two-platen and toggle-clamp injection technology at K 2013.
In honour of Saturday’s Global Star Wars Day (“May the fourth be with you”), CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has highlighted advances in robotic technology that can increase efficiency and safety of food processing and other fields.
Dispatches from Emballage 2012
Bosch Packaging Technology's new Gemini 4 robot control system for packaging machinery could boost performance and increase production efficiency, according to the firm.
dispatches from Emballage 2012
Cermex has introduced a robot palletizer which it claims offers fluidity, efficiency at the operator level and security in the cell.
Food and drink manufacturers with restricted space issues can turn to the latest generation automation FANUC M-710iC robot palletiser from Pacepacker Services for help.
Robotics session aims to boost UK take up
Industry bodies are to stage a workshop in a bid to encourage greater take up of robotics in the UK food and drink processing sectors.
Faster throughput and space savings, as well as hygienic handling and precision loading are benefits claimed by Multivac for its new robotic handling system.
Baker aims to cut employee injuries with new robotic palletising system
Bakery ingredients supplier British Bakels has invested around €225,000 on a new robot palletising system which it claims will cut costs and improve the level of safety at its UK plant.
Abar uses robot to load shelf ready packaging
Abar Automation has launched a new robotic loading system for shelf ready food packaging lines that the company claims offers greater flexibility.
Multiple pack format demands sees biscuit maker switch to robots
Growing retailer demand for multiple pack formats prompted biscuit maker Arnott’s to switch from manual to automatic packing on its speciality biscuit lines, with Cermex adapting case packing equipment and integrating robotics to meet the new speed requirements.
Retail pressure spurs confectioners and bakers to invest in robots, says Tek Pak
Downward price pressure from the leading retailers is spurring investment by bakery and confectionery manufacturers in robotic packaging systems, said Tek Pak as it releases a new pick and place system designed to give throughput a veritable shot in the...
Adept eyes processing expansion with InMoTx acquisition
Adept Technology announced yesterday it is to acquire robotics company InMoTx in a bid to expand its product range in the “fast-growing” food packaging and processing industries.
SPECIAL EDITION: ROBOTICS
Greater hygiene, improved consistency of operation and greater productivity are all key advantages to be realised from using robotics in meat processing and packaging, said the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL).
Robots establish themselves in beverage and dairy industries
Special edition: Robotics
In the third part of our special edition on robotics in the food industry we explore how robots are becoming a more common sight in the dairy and beverage sectors.
Special edition: Robotics
Robot-based product packaging and palletizing remain the areas for quick wins in the confectionery sector but robots, albeit in the leading EU based confectioners, are gradually taking on more tasks a step earlier at the processing stage.
Speed record smashed by “world’s fastest robot”
Claimed to be globe’s fastest robot, the Adept Quattro recently broke the industry’s standard speed benchmark of 300 cycles per minute.
Six axis robot performs tricky pick and place jobs
Toshiba Machine Europe has launched its first ever six axis robot to help manufacturers perform complex pick and place tasks.
FoodProductionDaily.com caught up with Ryan Guthrie of TM Robotics to discuss the specific applications for the food industry of the company's next generation line of pick and place robot systems.
Robotic technology, which featured largely at the recent Anuga FoodTec trade show, has untapped potential to improve productivity, increase product yield and bring greater flexibility to the food manufacturing production line, claims TM Robotics.
Greater efficiencies for the UK bakery industry can be gained by investing in robotic systems for oven loading and unloading, packing line automation and the centralization of palletizing, claims the Centre for Food Robotics and Automation (CenFRA).
New food packaging robots at Pack Expo
New robots, customized for the food industry, are being launched this week at leading industry packaging show, Pack Expo in Chicago.
Adept calls its Quatro robot 'world's fastest'
Adept Technology said yesterday it has shipped the first of what it
is calling the world's fastest light payload packaging and handling
robot targeted at the food industry.
Robotic egg picker speeds up packing lines
A new robotic egg picker and sorter can reduce labour costs by
about 83 per cent and improves packing quality, claims its
Robot picker sets new speed bar
A new robot picker for the food industry is the fastest in its
class, its manufacturer claims.
Picking robot achieves new speed records, manufacturer claims
A new high-speed picking robot for packaging foods is designed to
withstand thefrequent washing downs and harsh cleaning chemicals
used in the industry, its manufacturer claims.
Robot picker stacks mixed pallets
A new stacking robot can create custom pallets of mixed products
using order building software.
Tasting robot could be next generation quality and safety tool
A "tasting" robot that can identify foods, drinks and their
ingredients through the packaging provides a glimpse into the
future direction of safety and quality control in manufacturing
Robot cuts price of automating process
A robot maker is offering processors a cheaper way to automate
their production lines in a small space.
Automation: Processors concerned about investment return
UK processors fail to exploit automation and robotics handling,
mainly due to concerns about the costs, return on investment and a
shortage of trained engineers, according to an industry survey.