Designing robotics for packaging functions in snack and bakery plants is a challenge. This market segment requires robots that are highly flexible for product changeover, yet easy to program. Robots must be sanitary in nature and offer a broad expanse of speed, payload and reach capabilities. Limited floor space is another challenge, so designing robotics solutions within a small footprint is vital.
“The bakery/snack environment is a challenge in that there is often flour, and in some cases oil, to deal with. This means the machines must be easy to clean, and be food-safe when handling primary goods. Tooling has to be hygienic, as well as gentle on the product,” says Craig Souser, president, JLS Automation, York, PA.