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Food manufacturing is not only one of the largest industries, but it is one of the most time-sensitive ones. Food must be prepared, packaged, and available to consumers quickly to avoid spoilage. Because of this, automation is incredibly important in food manufacturing.

Technology in Food Automation

As of the end of 2017, about 33% of food processing companies used robotic automation, and 94% of food packaging operations use automation. Half of food companies plan to increase their automation use in the next three to five years.

Every year, automation becomes more flexible and efficient. Technology has advanced the capabilities of programming and sensors. This not only can increase the speed and efficiency of food automation, but can allow food manufacturers to diversify their products more easily, often even introducing new products on assembly lines already used for other products.

Many food automation companies plan to spend more on capital equipment in the coming months, and that includes both processing and packaging equipment. The industry as a whole looks to machinery to do the following:

  • Comply with food safety regulations.
  • Selectively sort food, reducing waste.
  • Reduce and conserve energy use.
  • Combine several operations into one through the use of automation.
  • Allow flexibility, with easier changeover.

With different needs in each company, over half of food manufacturers use customized equipment, and all of that equipment needs to use the most current technology. At Auto Control Systems, we work with you to provide the top efficiency, safety, and productivity in the industry.

Automated Storage and Retrieval

An automated storage and retrieval solution uses automatic vehicles and robotic loading and unloading of pallets. This automated system allows food manufacturers to rapidly break down pallets and acquire inventory. There is less product handling, better quality control, and most food ends up with a longer shelf life.

Flexibility in Packaging

Because of a vast range in order quantity, food manufacturers and packagers need more flexibility in packaging types and sizes. Automated technology handles this more efficiently than ever, allowing greater control for different package types and sizes. Even fragile products are handled more efficiently with better grippers and tooling in robotics systems, which allow the robotics to gently move and position the products as needed.

Automatic Vehicles

Food manufacturers can use automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) are used for outbound loads and transporting. While driverless vehicles were once seen as a hazard, they are now more effective and safer than ever. AGVS are used in a variety of industries, but are well suited to help food manufacturers operate at peak efficiency.

With the help of Auto Control Systems, you can implement the automated equipment you need for your food manufacturing or packaging business. Our team creates innovative solutions for you, working with you every step of the way on whole factory automation, robotics, safety, and other projects.

Auto Control Systems is dedicated to providing clients with innovative automation solutions customised to suit your specific application

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