Regulations give robots edge in food industry

Sep 15, 2023

Food material handling robots are able to create a very sterile environment that creates more consistent and higher quality results on the production line. When abiding by strict food regulations, industrial robots are able to easily maintain the standards and keep the production line squeaky clean.


Due to reg­u­la­tions passed in 2011, mate­r­i­al han­dling robot­ics now have the edge in the food and bev­er­age indus­try.

In Jan­u­ary 2011, Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma signed The Food Safe­ty Mod­ern­iza­tion Act. This act gave the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion pow­er to reg­u­late how food is grown, har­vest­ed and processed. This law was pro­posed fol­low­ing sev­er­al out­breaks of food-relat­ed ill­ness and taint­ed food dur­ing the 2000s.

Since man­u­al appli­ca­tions of food han­dling have a high­er rate of error and chance of con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, mate­r­i­al han­dling robots are being brought in so facil­i­ties can hold up to the new stan­dards and regulations.

Not only do robots pro­mote a more ster­il­ized envi­ron­ment, they also take more pre­cise counts dur­ing pro­duc­tion, which leads to the abil­i­ty to track a pack­age that might be taint­ed back to its origins.

Food mate­r­i­al han­dling robot­ic sys­tems have a pro­tec­tion rat­ing of IP 67, mean­ing that they are not only coat­ed to with­stand rust­ing and growth of bac­te­ria, but they are also dust-proof. These robots are ver­sa­tile enough to per­form sev­er­al dif­fer­ent mate­r­i­al han­dling appli­ca­tions, includ­ing pick and place and pack­ag­ing.

Along with stand­ing up to reg­u­la­tions, food mate­r­i­al han­dling robots speed up pro­duc­tion. Some robots can pick 220 food items per minute. The food mate­r­i­al han­dling sys­tems also raise safe­ty lev­els by remov­ing human work­ers from tax­ing, tedious and some­times injury-induc­ing jobs.

There are sev­er­al food-grade approved robots avail­able through Robots​.com, an inte­gra­tor of robot­ics from Fanuc, KUKA, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and Motoman.

If you are ready to start automat­ing your food and bev­er­age han­dling process­es, con­tact the Robots​.com sales depart­ment at 8777626881 to begin design­ing your food mate­r­i­al han­dling robot system.

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