Food Production

Robots Dancing with Conveyors

Pick and place delta robots on a conveyor line.

On BBC.com, Veronique Greenwood has written a great article on her Taste of Tomorrow column about delta robots. These high speed pick and place robots are use throughout the food production industry. They are highly versatile, able to handle jobs only humans could do not long ago. PHC’s food grade conveyor systems are often integrated with delta robots.

Automation in the food industry has moved far beyond the simple labelling machines and conveyor belts you may be familiar with. Now intelligent robotic arms perform dazzling movements and expert feats of coordination, getting everything from frozen fish chunks to cookies swiftly into their packaging. It's not a side of processed foods you see that much, but it is everywhere.


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Even With Automation, Food Production Still Needs Skilled Workers

A stainless steel food production table top conveyor line.

More robots doing manual labor means less humans doing manual labor. However, there is still a need for skilled workers. One industry that is looking for the right help is food production.

Jason Smathers of the Sheboygan Press Media, posted to the Post Crescent:

The industry is still growing — albeit slower than metal fabrication — and the skills required for the jobs have changed. Increased automation and robotics in the processing and packaging of food materials means new hires in production are expected to be more attuned to maintenance of the machines and a focus on a more supervisory role — especially with looming retirements in some companies. A labor shortage in the industry may make it harder to fill those roles.

The article talks about one of Wisconsin’s largest food producers, Sargento. They are using automation to increase production instead of reduce workers. That increased production means they need more skilled workers, particularly those with knowledge of sanitation, safety, and quality control.

Automation can both kill and create jobs.


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