Industrial robot sales in the food and beverage processing market continue to grow and now represent the second largest growth sector behind automotive, according to the new Rapid Growth Ahead for Industrial Robots in Food and Beverage Processing infographic released by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
Industrial robot sales in the Americas are estimated at $3.5 billion, with the market for industrial robots sold into the food, beverage and personal care industry projected at $456.1 million, or 13 percent of all industrial robot sales in the Americas (second to Automotive at 34.2 percent).
Applications for industrial robots are moving into meat processing, fruit and vegetable handling and pick and place for processed foods. This expansion is due to technology advances such as end of arm tooling or gripping technology, robots being able to withstand hygienic and harsh conditions, the introduction of collaborative robots (cobots), easy programming and set-up, flexibility and the advances in artificial intelligence.
Robot selection varies upon application. Processors looking to add robots to their manufacturing lines are looking at payload, working envelope, footprint, speed, accuracy and repeatability. For full details, download the complete white paper.
About PMMI | PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 850 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. It works to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through leading trade media, as well as the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows – PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara.