Recently, Starship Technologies has rolled out its robot delivery service to one of the U.S largest universities, UW-Madison. The university has deployed 30 robots for food delivery in the campus.
Robotics has changed the way the food industry used to work. It is transforming most of the sectors of the food industry from manufacturing, packaging to delivery and tracking.
This is not the first university to deploy robot delivery service. Many universities have already experimented and results were fruitful.
These robots are the small box type tiny vehicles that can carry weight up to 20 pounds. The delivery is fast-moving depending on the item and distance.
The Gen Z population is advancing and they want services from a few taps on their smartphone. Colleges are finding ways to offer students convenient ways to order food to save time.
The recent global food robotics market research report suggests that the market is expected to grow at a substantial rate by 2023.
Robotics in the food industry has improved the efficiency of the working process. Many food processing and packaging companies are adopting robotics as well as artificial intelligence to improve food safety, reduce workers’ injuries and systematize the process.
Robotics is empowering food manufacturers to keep records of the consumers. It is assisting manufacturing companies to track the products and demand of the market. This has helped manufacturers to keep abreast of growing trends of the market and accordingly match the production. Robotics handle food safely to prevent any contamination.
Due to the growing concern for food safety and hygiene, many new companies are emerging to come up with cutting-edge robotic technologies.
KUKA Robotics, the leading manufacturing company of Europe that provides robots for the entire food industry process chain. They have a wide range of robots that serve various needs of the food industry. The robots are designed for hygienic maintenance, food packaging, custom processing, and logistics systems and for the food processing industry.
The adoption of robotic systems has observed the growth of several food sectors such as meat processing, dairy and dairy products, and ready foods.
Also, other technologies are revamping with food robotics. For example, machine vision technology is highly used in food robotics due to its use for food quality assurance.
Recently, Singapore’s Food Tech company have launched the country’s first robotic concept restaurant. The restaurant is fully-automated, includes taking orders as well as cooking. The food is prepared by the robot chef, D.I.A.N.A, manufactured by Epic Food and Beverages.
Is there any risk factor involved?
The concerns raised when high-tech Henn na Hotel in Japan where robots are in service, reported that its robots in the room can be hacked. The questions raised for the security of other machines as well.
However, there is no reason to worry about hacking. Food data usually collect data on Who bought what, what time of day it was, where were they, what was the weather outside, how much did they spend.
But attention should be paid to how the data is used in the food industry. The consumers are not aware of what they are signing up for.
Food demand is increasing with the increasing population. The food suppliers are under pressure to serve the demands. The companies are adopting robotics for countless reasons. The food robotics market is projected to see lucrative growth.