The food and beverage industry is fast-changing than ever before in the past few decades. The food manufacturers have faced a continuous downturn in keeping up with changing markets and consumer demands. The tracking of the product lines as well as maintaining the food safety regulations had been defiance to the manufacturers. Thus, taking all the market dynamics into account, manufacturers are increasing the use of automation and robotics into the food industry to bring more flexible machinery in order to effectively run the product-lines. The manufacturing and production folks have to step up with the production games to meet the rising consumer demands.
Automation has proven to be an essential part of the food and beverages industry. The development of automated systems has now grappled with the challenges faced in the food and beverage industry. The food manufacturers operated with narrow margins and high-quality standards before the adoption of robotic systems. The advancement in the robotic systems in the food industry has not only improved the productivity, but also the food quality standards. The use of robots for various applications like palletizing and depalletizing, processing, pick and place, packaging and repacking has proven the significance of robots in food industry. Further, the rise in minimum labor wages has relatively fueled the growth for robotics in the food industry. With the advancement in technology, the launch of collaborative robots has pushed the adoption of these robots in food industry due to their greater flexibility in the human environment, and safely handles complex and dangerous tasks. Also, collaborative robots are generally cheaper, easier, and simpler to maintain as compared to other robots.
Robots are majorly used in food industry for its palletizing and depalletizing application, which includes loading and unloading of the raw foods, processed food products, and stacking at the end-line packaging system. The adoption of robotic systems for the palletizing application is mainly observed in brewery and beverage, dairy products, meat processing, frozen and chilled food, and prepared foods industry.
The widespread adoption of robotic systems in areas like quality control, improved safety, end to end traceability, and brand protection impels the market for robots in the food industry. The robotic systems mainly used in the food industry include the SCARA and delta robots. The SCARA robots are mainly used for food processing, assembling, pick and place, and dispensing application, whereas the delta robots serve applications like conveyor tracking, assembling, secondary packaging, pick and place, and material handling. The growing demand for increased productivity and low-cost food fuels the adoption of SCARA, and delta robots in this industry. Owing to these unique properties and increasing applications of robotics in food industry, food robotics market has been witnessing a rapid growth, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.5% to reach USD 2,159.3 million by 2022, according to the Meticulous Research®.
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