Robotics Meets The Sandwich Industry


Robots have been used in various industries for many years now. Walking into a car factory, you'd be hard pressed to look around and not see automation and robotic solutions helping construct the chassis or deliver parts to line. Yet within the food processing industry, the use of robots in the production line is still not common practice.

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Robotics in different industries

Some larger forward-thinking food factories are beginning to implement robotics into low care environments, for true manufacturing applications. Specifically within high care, very limited options are available within the market. With exceptionally high requirements for hygiene and clean down processes, this area of food manufacture traditionally struggles finding solutions that fit their needs. Throw into the mix the ever-changing need for recipes and product changeovers. Traditional robots just don't offer the flexibility required to keep costs low, and productivity high.


What's the solution?

With an increasing living-wage; pension requirements, training and additional costs associated with employment – 2021 seems like the ideal time to start looking into how robotics can help dramatically reduce your in-house costs. Furthermore, the wide-spread worry around viruses such as COVID-19, present a challenge to food manufacturers. Making it difficult to ensure there are no staff shortages impacting production, and no risk in contaminating the final product.


It's clear with the ever-changing and challenging environment ahead, robotics is a solution that can help overcome the upcoming hurdles food manufacturing is facing. However, it's down to machinery manufacturers, such as i-Gene, to develop effective solutions for the industry. That's why our latest robot, "igene" is designed to help overcome these challenges.

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i-Gene is a flexible, portable, and hygienic solution to sandwich manufacture. Offering wet and dry lidding, matched halving and double stacking, the robot is capable of being wheeled line to line, with quick clean-down and set up time, to mimic a human on a production line. Depending on the shift pattern of the factory, the initial investment in igene could be recovered in less than 8 months. No more sick days; lunch breaks, oversubscribed parking lots or escalating wages. Robotics is a clear solution to manpower struggles for your sandwich production line.


But robotics in high care doesn't stop there. We will continue to develop solutions to make food factories of the future as efficient as they can be. Offering in-line ingredient detection, selection and placement, high care environment delivery robots and fully autonomous production solutions. We're working closely with the largest food manufacturers to make sure their challenges are covered for the next generation of food production.