The potential presence of pathogens and contaminants in the workplace is always something to take seriously. With this in mind, food manufacturers and suppliers in today’s Covid-19 landscape are often focused on addressing two key questions: 1) How do we keep our population safe from food borne illnesses? and 2) How do we keep food production workers safe in times of social distancing?
Many times, issues that fall under the blanket of these questions are easily addressed with robotic automation. From reducing contamination to minimizing human contact, highly-efficient and reliable robots are well-equipped to tackle tough food and beverage processing challenges. Moreover, unexpected benefits like optimized throughput, enhanced quality and increased profitability often accompany robot implementation, maximizing return on investment (ROI).
Realizing the Value of Robotic Automation
More affordable and capable technologies, including an increased range of easily integrated sanitary robots and cobots, is facilitating the flexible production needed to address pressing market requirements. In fact, nearly 20% of all consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are accelerating their timelines for advanced technologies as a result of Covid-191. Subsequently, robots are being implemented with existing automation to expertly handle tasks like picking, packing and palletizing. Shorter batch runs requiring faster equipment changeover and setup are also easily achieved.
Protecting the Food and Beverage Supply Chain
To dive deeper into what it takes to successfully add robotic automation to your current operations, listen to our webinar, “Protecting Food and Workers”, with Yaskawa Motoman expert, Dean Elkins (Segment Leader of Material Handling). This insightful session offers easy-to-understand and applicable knowledge on:
– Adhering to current food and safety regulations
– Dealing with market fluctuations
– Bolstering your current workforce
– Creating a robot implementation strategy
– Understanding food-grade lubricants
– Knowing when washdown is required
– Selecting robots for use in sanitary environments
1 Automation Timeline: Drive Toward 4.0 Connectivity in Packaging and Processing, PMMI, 2021
Sarah Mellish is a Marketing Content Specialist