Anuga FoodTec The fair will open its doors next March in Cologne

by Editor
Friday, October 27, 2017
Photo: Anuga FoodTec

Among other topics, Anuga FoodTec from 20 to 23 March 2018 in Cologne will inform the visitors about the opportunites of interaction between humans and machines and what it will bring in production and logistics.

A new generation of robots is on the verge of making the breakthrough in the food and beverage industry: the cobots. Equipped with collaborating arms, sensitive sensors and cutting-edge safety technology, the autonomous lightweight robots will work hand in hand with the employees in future. From super fast carton packing machines with an integrated Delta picker, through to the articulated arm robot with a load capacity of one tonne – the solutions presented on-site also offer everything needed to increase productivity and further push the automation in the direction of Industry 4.0.

Among other things, special guided tours and the forum on Resource Efficiency will also pick up on the themes automation and robotics.

Robots are a key component of the fourth industrial revolution and as a central element of automation indispensable today. Up until 2020, the global stock of industry robots will increase from around 1.8 mill. pieces in the year 2016 to over three million, with an upwards trend according to the latest forecast of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

Many of the companies exhibiting at Anuga FoodTec are working on the Human/Robot Collaboration (HRC). Here, agile lightweight robots with up to seven axes that can move loads of up to 15 kg are implemented. They are less dangerous due to their low net weight and often slower motion sequences. The aim is for them to relieve their human colleagues by carrying out monotonous and ergonomically unfavourable tasks, by which no mistakes are allowed to be made. Typical fields of application are pick and place applications, the handling between different production steps or follow-the-line applications, where the robot has to precisely carry out a predefined path of motion, for example when cutting and portioning meat or decorating cakes.