In the current world, which has an estimated 7.8 billion population, the need for food manufacturers is very high. It is important that they embrace automation to keep pace with demand is humungous and growing. Traditional automation works to an extent in the automotive manufacturing and metal, leather, and plastic industries. But it fails and is often difficult to cope with some of the food sector's unique demands.
In the food industry, the products often require a soft touch, and it requires special care and is destined for human consumption. While traditional robotics systems have successfully served the food sector for many years in palletizing applications, it is only in recent years that it has become possible for robots to handle delicate food items directly. The arrival of new and improved gripper technology accompanied by innovative vision systems changed everything.
The advancements in gripper technology that mimic human touch make it possible for robots to pack fruits and vegetables. The vacuum grippers enable robots to successfully perform packaging tasks with a delicacy beyond the capabilities of traditional grippers. And soft grippers allow the direct handling of foods with a finesse that ensures the product is not damaged or bruised during the automation process.