Recent years have highlighted the importance of automation technologies in food processing. First, COVID-19 disrupted the industry and its workforce. Fast forward to October 2022, when food inflation reached its highest level over a 12-month period since 1979, shining a bright light on the need to expand the food and agricultural workforce.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the largest number of job increases in September 2022 came in accommodation and food services (215,000). BLS figures also show 103,000 total separations — including quits, layoffs, and discharges — in September, highlighting the struggle that food processing companies have had in retaining workers.
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Food manufacturers have weathered unprecedented challenges over the past two years, exacerbated in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. Production disruptions from lockdown mandates early in the pandemic soon gave way to labor shortages and supply chain issues that still linger today.
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There’s no question that automating your operations allows you to ensure production quality and increase throughput. The overall adoption of robotics—especially in the bakery industry—has been increasing. According to a recent report from The American Bakers Association, the baking industry is a dynamic part of the U.S. economy, accounting for nearly $425 billion in total economic output. Imagine the significant increase in production output we would see if the majority of commercial bakeries integrate robotic automation in their businesses.
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Food safety is a critical factor for the food and beverage industry. Whether you are a food producer or packager, you not only need to manufacture product quickly while maintaining quality, but you need to ensure that your product is safe for consumption. So how do you optimize your current automation setup for success?
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In truth, not all automation solutions are suitable for meeting the unique needs of the food processing and handling industry. This white paper examines the challenges and opportunities in applying robots in food processing and packaging environments. It discusses:
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Without the proper end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), robotics adds little value to a production process. In fact, choosing the wrong EOAT can increase downtime and drive down productivity. So how do you choose the right end-of-arm tool and set yourself up for success?
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