Production using serialised code based sorting by robots

Dennis Verhoeven, European Industrial Market Manager, Life Science at Omron, reviews how product personalisation is increasingly important in the food and beverage industry.

Traditionally, we view automation as a means of making high volume manufacturing processes more efficient. We visualise production lines running fast and efficiently with minimal human intervention.

But automation also enables a processing system to be adjusted with a quick change of menu options on a control panel, making viable smaller and smaller batch numbers. Such flexibility is essential in the face of evolving consumer preferences - new tastes are arising due to health consciousness and cost.