It’s taken a while to get here, but food processors are gradually picking up on the advantages of automation. Robots on the plant floor help manufacturers remain competitive by decreasing line errors, increasing production and making operations safer. According to the 2014 Trends in Robotics Market Assessment released by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, over half of companies currently using robotics expect to increase their use in their processing lines to take advantage of these benefits.
The question for food industries is not —and never really was—whether robots make sense on the manufacturing line. The question all along has been which type works best for a given application.