Food and beverage industry

Technological progress enables robots to grasp even delicate objects

In recent years, the food industry has increasingly become a technology-driven industry. This can also be seen from the latest figures published by the IFR: although the number of robots is still small compared to the automotive industry, it has grown steadily over the last few years: in 2019, 81,000 robots were in use in the food industry.

One reason for this increase is likely the sharp rise in demand for food, which is associated with a growing world population. As the UN estimates that the global population will grow to over 9 billion people by 2050, this pressure will only increase.

Against this background, the possibilities of increasing the yield of existing agricultural land through the use of robots is very tempting. However, it has long been a problem that food is much more sensitive than, say, metal parts. But solutions are now available for this problem too: In Japan, for example, a harvesting robot has been developed that can even harvest strawberries without damaging them.

However, it should be noted that hygiene regulations in the food industry are high, and not every robot meets them.


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