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Robot Uptake Increases by 60% in Food and Drink Sectors

Robot Uptake Increases by 60% in Food and Drink Sectors
February 13
12:39 2014

UK robot sales figures for 2013 from the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) reveal a 60% increase in robot uptake within the food sector, compared to 2000 results.

With an install base of 2,685,000 products worldwide, FANUC Robotics’ Managing Director Chris Sumner comments: “Our hope is that robots will improve the competitive edge of firms operating within the UK food industry.

The latest pick and place robots from FANUC – ideal for the toughest production environments.

While speed, accuracy and agility are all key benefits, recent demands from producers relate to food safety and the use of robots to improve hygiene levels during the manufacturing process.”

In direct response, FANUC has recently launched two IP69K certified assembly and handling robots for use in high pressure wash-down environments. Where high speed is the critical factor, the new M-2iA delta style pick and place robot, with four axis capability, can pick wrapped or unwrapped goods from one conveyor and place them into product trays or cartons at up to 220 cycles per minute.

Where dexterity is the main requirement, FANUC’s new six axis LR Mate 200iD/7C articulated arm can tilt, twist and rotate single or multiple products with ease.

Capable of 180 cycles per minute, this compact system can be mounted on the floor, upside down, on a wall or at an angle.

For more information on FANUC’s food-grade robots please contact T: +44(0) 24 7663 9669 E: uksales@fanuc.eu  or visit www.fanuc.co.uk.

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