T E S T I N G from different disciplines. Under the motto ‘Digital Robotics’, the automatic line with a capacity of 80 strokes a minute will take over the complete packing process on-site - from primary to secondary packing, through to the palletisation - including an inline leakage test and contaminant inspection. The Anuga FoodTec event from March 20 to 23 next year will showcase the opportunities the interaction between humans and machines will bring to production and logistics, both in the form of new products as well as events. From super-fast carton packing machines with an integrated Delta picker, through to the articulated arm robot with a load capacity of one tonne…solutions will offer everything needed to increase productivity and further push the automation. www.anugafoodtec.com/events YASAWA Robot assistant serves ice-cream in CIROS in Shanghai, China ROBOTICS TAKING OVER FOOD INDUSTRY If you think the food trade is currently accounting for 11% of the UAE’s GDP (gross domestic product), you’ll see that this is an enormous market that people want to tap into,” show director Mark Napier says. “When you look at automation and things like food robotics, this is where you can produce things more quickly, more reliably and at a higher quality. The global food robotics market is due to grow to about US$2.5 billion by 2022, so this is a fast-growing market.” The fourth edition of the event brought together around 1600 exhibitors from nearly 60 countries. The food industry is one of the most dynamic and rapidly changing industries in the region, Napier says, and as new trends emerge in the food industry and consumer demands shift, manufacturers will have to address those changes to grow their market share and grow their exports. “Consumers are looking at healthier food, healthier ingredients, we’re looking at dietary trends, and how we can purchase, as consumers, better food for lower price. So manufacturers are always looking for things that can help them drive improvement both in their product line and in their product range, and this is why you see such things as automation.” This year’s show also featured sectors for ingredients, processing, packaging, supply chain solutions and an automation sector specifically to highlight how automation and robotics are revolutionising the industry. www.foodtechnology.co.nz 39 “ If you think it’s warehouses and cars where robots are taking over, think again. The world-famous Gulfood Manufacturing event at the Dubai World Trade Centre is proof that robots are enveloping food manufacturing, where companies are increasingly moving towards automation.
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