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Application Classification Of Robots In The Food And Beverage Industry
Feb 07, 2018

At present, robotics in the food and beverage packaging industry basically belongs to the form of workstations. From sorting to packaging, palletizing and even handling are all completed by robots. Not only the technical layout of automated production lines is tested, but also the cost pressures are high. Moreover, some products Part of the process is still difficult to use robots to complete, so how to play the robot's efficiency is a topic worthy of long-term discussion.


The picking operation is carried out by the robot to sort the products. If there are many varieties and different shapes, the robot needs an image recognition system and a multi-functional manipulator. The robot can "see" the image of each item tray Article shape, using the corresponding robotic grab, and then placed on the pallet.

Currently picking and picking robots in the food and beverage industry gradually increased application, mainly in the latter part of the package, such as the small particles of chocolate, candy or boxed or bagged food and beverage quickly grab and placed in the designated sorting transmission With a box or box, this robot is not only as dexterous as human hands, but also has sufficient judgment. In the future, an empty warehouse, a Taiwan robot will be sent to the packaging station shelf, through the accurate identification of goods, sorting out the required goods, packaged on the conveyor belt. Sorting robot has formed a prototype, once the intelligent sorting robot used in the packaging industry, will greatly improve the efficiency of warehouse management, reduce labor costs. It will take a while for the sorting robot to enter the market. In the short term, packaging picking must be automated and assisted by manpower.

Currently, sorting robots are generally dominated by parallel robots, also known as spider hands, usually four-axis and six-axis parallel robots.


In food and beverage industry, the sorting action is generally efficiency as the first requirement, while the difficulty coefficient is larger is the packaging, the scattered items should be accurately placed in the bag or the box, which not only test the flexibility of the robot And accuracy, but also requires the robot with visual and computational capabilities.

Packaging products generally have many forms, according to the shape of objects, materials, weight and cleanliness requirements, the packaging process is more complicated. There are several types of robots currently packaging this process. Bagging robots: Bagging robots are fixed rotary base, the body can be rotated 360 degrees, by the robot to complete the delivery of bags, open bags, measurement, filling, sewing bags and given stacking. This is a highly intelligent packaging robot.

Packing robots: similar bagging robots, metal and glass containers in general packing rigid box robot to complete. Catch packing (items) are mechanical and gas suction two. It can move as a whole. Grab or pick up the package and drop it in the box or tray at the specified location. It has the function of automatic orientation and position adjustment, which can realize no box (tray) unloading and direction adjustment. This type of robot is a more mature robot, a wide range of applications. Such as drinks, beer and so on. Filling Robot: This is a robot that measures the filling, draining, capping (capping) and identification of a container after filling the container with liquid material. It has no bottle does not lose material, does not cover does not lose bottle, broken bottle alarm and automatic culling and other functions.

In the past, many of our filling of liquid materials was mainly carried out on the production line using the local functions of the robot. Nowadays, this robot has been directly placed at the rear of the material production host to realize its automatic filling. Filling robot has flexible packaging and hard packaging points. Here is the analysis of hard-packed (bottled) filling robot. Packaging robot: This kind of robot in the packaging industry mainly refers to the robot used for transporting plastic bottles. It uses the power and special components to transport the bottle (empty bottle), and quickly arranges the single bottles in the bottle barrel , Then give a specific (direction, size) force. So that the bottle body in the air through the parabolic route exactly to fill the workpiece. This robot has changed the traditional bottle-feeding mechanism. Makes the delivery speed, delivery space decreases.

Is a new concept of packaging robot. It uses aerodynamics and special mechanical components to achieve its delivery operations.


With the progress of technology and the needs of the market, robotic palletizing has replaced the traditional mechanical palletizing in recent years. And due to the efforts of domestic enterprises, foreign palletizing robots dominate the market in our country the situation has been broken. The robotic palletizer is a device that simulates human-operated, automatic operation, reprogramming, and completing prescribed operations in three dimensions, including picking up and placing the system, grabbing one or more face bags from one or more locations, and then Place them on a pre-set pallet. Palletizing robots have great operational flexibility and are usually located at the back end of the production line to handle the material in the production line, as opposed to manual handling palletizing, which not only greatly increases production efficiency and throughput but also saves costs.

Palletizing robot mainly rectangular Cartesian robot, articulated robot and polar robot, palletizing robot can adapt to cartons, bags, cans, boxes, bottles and other shapes of packaging products palletizing operations.
At present, Europe, the United States, Japan's palletizing robotics in the palletizing market share of more than 90%, the vast majority of digital palletizing robot palletizing operations completed. In terms of efficiency, the palletizing robot not only can bear the heavy load, but also its speed and quality are much higher than the manual ones. To Fanuc the current four-axis handling robot, for example, according to the different weight, divided into 160Kg, 300Kg, 450Kg, 700Kg and other models. Its linear motion can reach 2500mm / s maximum speed of movement; handling capacity up to 1500 times / hour. From the precision point of view, each palletizing robot has an independent control system, which greatly guarantees the accuracy of the work, and the repeatability of up to ± 0.5mm, fully meet the positioning requirements of logistics palletizing operations; from the stability of speaking At present, the most advanced palletizing robot has reached 5 axes and 6 axes. Through corresponding scientific and reasonable rigid mechanical body design, the robot body can not only adapt to high load and high frequency palletizing work, but also adapt to the food fast food industry Pick tedious, high flexibility requirements of the operation.


Handling is to transport the packaged product to a defined location, usually at a distance from the package location, so moving the handling robot becomes a good helper for shipping.

AGV robot is a kind of flexible and intelligent logistics handling robot. It has been used in warehousing industry abroad since the 1950s. At present, the food and beverage enterprises have been widely used, especially in the dairy and beverage industries. As a general rule, handling is the last link in the packaging that connects the finished product with the shipping process, thus providing the flexibility of a handling robot. For the finished product, the handling robot completed the last mile of work.

Catering robot

As a derivative and development of AGV robots, catering robots are opening up completely new markets. In 2014, catering robots became the highlights of the industry's development and reported on the news in major cities. At present, there are about 10 domestic enterprises engaged in catering robots. Some representative enterprises include Shanghai Jinghong, Shenzhen Oucao, Shenyang Xinsong, Pangolin Robots, Haohai, Zhongkonosheng, Vari, Wait. At present, the price of catering robots vary, but the average price of about 50,000 yuan or less.

In addition to the common delivery robots in hotels or restaurants, there are some special-purpose catering robots such as noodles robot, stir fry robot and welcome robot.

As a form of robot in the end of the food and beverage industry, catering robots have been widely used in recent years. Some robots are well used in restaurants all over the country and also play an important role in attracting tourists. However, some robots have some problems due to their performance And hardware reasons are not well used, or even such a problem, eventually eliminated by the market.

Robot online that: the future development of catering robots can not rely solely on gimmicks, but the need to improve the practical function and safety level, intelligent level, making the catering robot more effective in practical work.

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