Applications for Food Processing

  • Richard K. Miller
Part of the VNR Competitive Manufacturing Series book series (VNRCMS)


The application of industrial robotics in food processing plants is clearly in its infancy. In Japan, where robot use has been commonplace for several years, it is estimated that only 1% of the robots installed have been in food plants (Ref. 1). If robotics have received similar emphasis in the food industry of the United States, this would indicate that about 50 robots are in operation in food plants of the United States. There is no indication, however, that even this many installations exist, and it is likely that the actual number is less than one dozen.


Food Plant Industrial Robot Product Zone Prepare Food Food Contact Surface 
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