Automation: Fascinating foodies

Posted on 20 Feb 2014 by Callum Bentley

Stäubli Robotics was an early entrant into the market supplying robots to the food industry and its range of SCARA and six-axis kinematics is now popular for a wide range of food manufacturing applications. Here’s why.

For many years, Stäubli robots have served as a benchmark for operations in which, not only the speed and precision of the robot are considered crucial, but also factors such as particle emission, easy-to-clean surfaces and uninterrupted availability.

Typical food applications for applications Stäubli robots are diverse. The company has installed solutions for baking, pastry making, confectionery, meat and fish, dairy products, frozen foods, fruits and vegetables, filling jars or tins, dispensing, cutting, handling, labeling, packaging and palletizing.

In short, whatever the product or process might be, Stäubli has a robot to offer.

Furthermore, once the appropriate robot model has been selected, customeers can choose to opt, either for a standard design, or for one of the many variants available to suit the prevailing hygiene requirements.

About Stäubli: Textile machinery, connectors and robotics

Stäubli is a mechatronics solution provider with three dedicated divisions: textile machinery, connectors and robotics.

Employing more than 4,000 people, Stäubli is an international group based in Pfäffikon, Switzerland with offices in 25 countries and agency representation in 50 more.

Fit for you

These special designs include cleanroom, super cleanroom, food-grade oil and easy-to-clean HE variants.

The big advantage of the Stäubli range is that the SCARA models in the TS series, as well as the articulated kinematics of the TX and RX series, are already suitable for cleanroom environments in their standard form.

The speedy SCARAs of the TS series, comply with cleanroom class 6 (ISO 14644-1) standards and these precision machines score excellent marks for their repeatability of ±0.01mm. They are ideally suited for a variety of applications in the food industry.

Stӓubli’s six-axis robots of the TX and RX series, have taken cleanroom compatibility to a new level by virtue of their fully encapsulated design with internal cabling and integrated drive technology.

This makes them easy to clean, and even the standard model complies with cleanroom class ISO 5.

Meeting the highest standards

Stӓubli’s HE versions of the six-axis TX series, which are suitable for payloads up to 130 kg, are particularly popular with food manufactures with extra rigorous health and safety requirements for production in humid environments.

Stӓubli Humid Eniveronements (HE) robots are specially modified for use in damp areas or where they are constantly being sprayed with water.

They are ideal for applications subject to ultra-stringent hygiene standards. This range of robots have a strong track record in withstanding cleaning processes that may have to be repeated several times per day.

Such a punishing regime would damage conventional robots.

New horizons

Stӓubli’s series of advanced robots are opening up completely new horizons in the food industry, taking on difficult and unpopular tasks, and achieving the highest hygiene standards in the sector.