Transformation through Digitisation in the Food and Beverage Sector to Augur Well for the Food Robotics Market
Pervasiveness of technology has transformed several industries as businesses seek process optimisation to achieve profitability. New age technology such as Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and digital twin are being leveraged to gain business process optimisation. These digital technologies have proliferated the food and beverages industry as companies offering such advancements are supporting food manufacturers to achieve high level of safety, cut down production costs, enhance traceability, and reduce risks across all stages of food packaging and processing. This is creating penetration opportunities for food robotics, driving the growth of global food robotics market.
Since the recent past, digitisation is the new buzz word facilitating automation. Artificial intelligence is being leveraged to improve operational productivity by enhancing productivity of the workforce. In addition, several regulations apropos to digitisation are being set to govern its use in F&B sector. For instance, the Food and Safety Modernization Act of US FDA has mandated food manufacturers to modernise and update their approaches and abide by the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) by leveraging ERP systems. By maintaining databases and analysis and deploying technology for HACCP process, organisations can monitor their food products on a real time basis with complete visibility, thus ensuring compliance based on food safety standards. In this backdrop, increasing digitisation of F&B industry is expected to influence the growth of food robotics market in future.
Focus on Efficient Packaging of Food to Drive Food Robotics Market Growth
Food and beverage sector has witnessed increasing demand for packaged foods owing to various aspects such as busy consumer lifestyle and inclination towards convenience food products. Moreover, key functionalities offered by food packaging is enhanced physical protection along with barrier protection, better containment to facilitate improved shelf life, provide ingredient information, brand advertising and appeal. In addition, shift towards ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook food products has further fuelled demand for packaged foods. That said, mass production of various packaged food products has paved potential avenues for use of food robotics, consequently aiding market growth. Medium to large scale food manufacturing plants are leveraging automation to ensure food safety, quality, and consistency.
That said, food robotics is deployed in the production of various frozen, processed, and dried packaged food products, in turn contributing towards value growth of the food robotics market. For instance, according to RIA (Robotic Industries Association) which is part of A3 (Association for Advancing Automation), orders for food robotics and associated systems from food and consumer goods companies reflected an increase of 56% in 2020 in North America. With automation in food packaging, contamination of food products due to environment related aspects and human contact will minimise to a great extent. In this background, increasing focus towards effective packaging of food products is poised to drive the growth of the food robotics market on the global front.
Collaborative Robots Likely to Account for Significant Share in the Food robotics Market
Among other food robotic systems, demand for collaborative robots is likely to witness high momentum in the following years. Sale of collaborative robotic systems reflected an upswing in the past years and is expected to maintain status quo going forward. Rapid growth in collaborative robotics sales can be attributed towards its effective functioning facilitating higher production efficiencies. Moreover, collaborative robotics minimises the need for human intervention to perform repetitive and strenuous tasks. Companies are using collaborative robotics owing to their better functionality, advancements, and affordability. For instance, collaborative robots are being used by Cascina Italia to efficiently process and pack millions of eggs every day. This collaborative robotic system is provided by Universal Robots A/S which supports bulky packaging of products on a large scale. In addition, it offers fenceless operation thus enabling the collaborative robot (cobot) to work alongside humans in production lines. Increasing use of cobots is likely to contribute towards growth of food robotics market in the coming years.
Asia Pacific Poised to Remain a Lucrative Region for Food Robotics
Emerging nations across Asia Pacific are expected to reflect high growth potential with regards to use of food robotics. Several macro factors such as stable growth in GDP, expanding economy and increasing industrial base of food and beverage manufacturing and processing units fuelled by deployment of automation bode well for the food robotics market. Moreover, the region is considered as a manufacturing hub owing to its business-friendly environment backed by large consumer pool. This is likely to present various opportunities for the food and beverages industry and associated sub-sectors such as packaged food industry, and convenience food. This factor remains instrumental in driving need for food robotics in Asia Pacific.
Food Robotics Market: Competitive Landscape
Major players in the food robotics market include Marel, Anko Food Machine Co. Ltd., ABB Ltd., Kuka AG, Fanuc Corporation, Universal Robots A/S, Autonox Robotics GmbH, and Seiko Epson Corporation.
The Global Food Robotics Market is Segmented as Below:
By End Use
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Food Robotics Market
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