Food Robotics is changing the dynamics of the food industry. Food robots are considered to be an integral part of the food industry due to the rising demand for enhanced productivity and need from an increasing population. It focuses on performing a monotonous, repetitive task, and massive task efficiency in the food and beverages industry. It mainly reduces the food processing time, cost, and eliminate errors during packaging, cutting, mixing, splitting, or picking to meet the growing demand of the food industry. Many restaurants and food industry companies have started adopting robots to perform a variety of tasks.
Food Robotics are of various kinds, which include Articulated, Cartesian, SCARA, Parallel, Cylindrical, Collaborative, and others.
Food robotics is growing as a complex process which involves preparing, cooking, sorting, palletizing, and packaging. The palletizing segment is the highest growing application of food robotics accounting to highest market share according to industry experts.
In the end-user segment, the beverages segment dominated the food robotics in 2018, owing to the significant rise in the consumption pattern of food by consumers and an increase in population. Food robots are expected to replace human cooks in the future as they are getting so advanced. Robots are required more in fast food restaurants to automate mass production and meet the demand of consumers. Food robots are a rising trend in the food industry. Robots apply to butchery, cake decoration, and pizza baking.
Food manufacturing categorized into primary processing and secondary processing. Primary processing involves handling food products, raw materials. Top applications of robots in primary processing involves beef butchery, pick and place of fruits and vegetables, and cutting & slicing task into uniform shapes. Secondary processing includes food handling after the primary processing stage.
According to a market research director, the global value of food robotics was valued at USD1.51 Bn in 2018 and is estimated to reach a value of approx. USD3.1 Bn by 2025 during the forecasted period 2019 to 2025 owing to increasing demand for packaging & repackaging of food products across the food industry. Increased demand for improved productivity, focus on reducing the production cost, increasing shelf life of food, increasing food safety regulations and growing investments for providing automated solutions for the food industry is driving the growth of food robotics in the market.
Increase in the functionality of robots for packaging, palletizing, and others, the emergence of advanced robotic technologies as well as growing investments in automation sector is creating lucrative growth opportunities for food robotics.
Industry Experts have also witnessed that the high installation cost, top service & maintenance cost, and lack of skilled food robotics experts in emerging economies are few factors hampering the growth and demand for food robotics globally.