Across all sectors of the packaging industry, the use of robotics has increased significantly according to statistics from a Robotic Industries Association (RIA) survey. The survey revealed a 30 percent year-over-year increase in orders of robots in the first half of 2014 with a record of 14,135.
Food/beverage and consumer goods companies represented 22 percent of that growth.
A report called “2014 Trends in Robotics” from The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) states that CPG companies are accelerating adoption of robotics in packaging to reduce costs and based on recent technology improvements. Some of these include: advances in vision sensor technology and end-of-arm tooling; integrated robot controls; improved sanitary design; faster operating speeds; increased lifting capabilities; safety autonomy; and decreased cost.
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