The robotics has evolved into food industry from the first big one anthropomorphic robots which came from the environment of the automotive industry to the current ones, which are faster and bear light loads and enable the automation of other types of processes.
These technological advances have enabled the food industry to face the pandemic caused by the virus in a good way. COVID-19mainly due to automation and robotization of the processwhich were a great helpful tool.
Collaborative robotics, the mainstay of industry
The collaborative robotics and mobile robotics (AGV, RPA or drones) These are two major innovations in robotics that enable an increase in productivity in the sector, both in closed environments (food industry) and in open environments (greenhouses, precision agriculture).
Companies have taken protective measures in an environment where collaborative robots They will be an excellent tool to help, they can be placed in places with little available space, they can work together with the operator. This will increase the productivity of this type of complex process.
That’s why operations like cutting meat productshandling of fruits and vegetables that requires intensive human use in cold storage, an ideal environment for the development of viruses.
Apart from collaborative, another innovation in this area is mobile.
- Mobile robots or AGVs: These are land vehicles with self-directed precision that allows you to automate logistics and supply tasks
- RPA or drones: These are aircraft or craft, remotely piloted or not, that assist in the inspection and surveillance of large areas.
Likewise, it allows you to automate cargo transport tasks or perform inspection tasks not only in closed environments such as a production facility, but also in open environments in greenhouses or even precision agriculture so that you can monitor crops and optimize and improve productivity and help the farmer make decisions .