Anuga FoodTec 2018: Robots in the food industry
A new generation of robots is on the verge of making the breakthrough in the food and beverage industry: the cobots. Equipped with collaborating arms, sensitive sensors and cutting-edge safety technology, the autonomous lightweight robots will work hand in hand with the employees in future.
Anuga FoodTec from 20 to 23 March 2018 in Cologne will inform the visitors about what opportunities this interaction between humans and machines will bring the production and logistics, both in the form of new products presented by the exhibitors as well as in the event programme. From super fast carton packing machines with an integrated Delta picker, through to the articulated arm robot with a load capacity of one tonne - the solutions presented on-site also offer everything needed to increase productivity and further push the automation in the direction of Industry 4.0. Among other things, special 'guided tours' and the forum on Resource Efficiency will also pick up on the themes automation and robotics.
Many of the companies exhibiting at Anuga FoodTec are working on the Human/Robot Collaboration (HRC). Here, agile lightweight robots with up to seven axes that can move loads of up to 15 kilogrammes are implemented. They are less dangerous due to their low net weight and often slower motion sequences. The aim is for them to relieve their human colleagues by carrying out monotonous and ergonomically unfavourable tasks, by which no mistakes are allowed to be made. Typical fields of application are pick and place applications, the handling between different production steps or follow-the-line applications, where the robot has to precisely carry out a predefined path of motion, for example when cutting and portioning meat or decorating cakes. The challenge for food producers particularly lies in the optimal integration of the mechanical assistants into the production processes. This is made possible by automation platforms which unite high-precision mechanics, sensors as well as complex control and measuring technology in the tightest of spaces.