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A recipe for success?

14 September 2020

Recent outbreaks of the Covid-19 virus within meat processing facilities has shone a spotlight on the need to protect operators through the introduction of increased levels of automation. 

One of the traditional perceived barriers to automation in high-case food processing areas has been the read availability of low-cost labour and the flexibility of humans. More recently, this argument has lost its validity as manual labour resource is becoming harder to obtain. Add to this the effects of Covid-19 on the health, safety and availability of workers, and the necessary social distancing requirements and it is easy to see why robots and automation look set to play an increasingly important role in food processing within the UK.

Taking positive steps to address these issues, Stäubli has worked with system integrator CME to provide the TS2-80 HE and TS2-100 HE robot arms that are at the heart of the company’s HFPC120 fully automated meat processing system. 

This automated cell has been designed and manufactured, using  European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines, to suit the specific requirements of the primary meat processing sector. 

Applications include orientating and placing food products such as chicken portions, steaks, burgers, or pancakes, baps and other bakery and confectionary products into primary packaging, with short cycle times and high repeatability. 

The combination of CME’s modular design approach and the flexibility and performance of the Stäubli HE Robots allows the cell to be customised to exactly match individual application requirements. 

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