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Robotics and Automation in the food Industry

Delivery of raw materials, processing of food, packaging, palletizing and preparing for dispatch - KUKA Robotics can do it all in food and beverage manufacturing! With our holistic automation portfolio, you can master challenges in the food and beverage industry quickly, efficiently and with traceability.

Intelligent and Flexible Automation for the entire process

From receiving to distribution, worldwide

From container handling, mixing chemicals and kitting to packaging, sorting and palletizing, KUKA delivers automation for the entire process chain in personal care. And together with Swisslog, a KUKA Group company, KUKA provides automation solutions for logistics, warehousing and distributing.

The benefit? Higher productivity, lower costs and more reliability in your processes.

  • Handling of primary and secondary foods

    Fast, precise, hygienic

    Our robotic solutions for you:

    • KR DELTA HM (3 kg payload), KR AGILUS HM (six axis robot, 6-10 kg payload) - The robots in the Hygienic Machine design are made entirely of stainless steel, are easy to clean and disinfect, FDA certified components. 
    • KR AGILUS HO (6-axis robots, 6-10 kg payload) - The robots are built with food-grade lubricants in all axes, are easy to clean and disinfect, making them ideal for FMA (Food Manufacturing Automation).
    • KUKA.PickControl –Conveyor tracking software with integrated image processing.

    Customer Examples: Food handling and processing
  • Palletizing

    Extremely strong, fast, flexible

    Our robotic solution for you:

  • Pick and Place

    Lightning fast, spotless, error-free

    Our robotic solution for food processing:

    • KR DELTA HM (3 kg payload), KR AGILUS HM (6-axis robots, 6-10 kg payload) - The robots in the Hygienic Machine design are completely made of stainless steel, are easy to clean and disinfect, FDA certified components.
    • KR AGILUS HO (6-axis robots, 6-10 kg payload) - The robots are built with food grade lubricants in all axes, are easy to clean and disinfect and are therefore perfect for food processing automation.
    • KR SCARA – Ultra-compact robots tailor-made for high volume manufacturing performance
    • KMP 1500 (AGV) – Material transport for dynamic manufacturing environments.
    • Standardized  robots for all installation positions – KR CYBERTECH (8-22 kg payload), KR IONTEC (20-70 kg payload)
    • KUKA.PickControl – The software ensures optimum material flow.
    • KUKA.VisionTech – Software for 2D object recognition, quality control and code and OCR recognition. 
    • KUKA.ConveyorTech – The software automatically adapts the robot actions to the movement of the flow and conveyor belts.

    Customer examples: pick & place automation
  • Distribution

    Fast transport, faster to the end consumer

    Our robotic solutions for you: 

    Customer examples: Logistic solutions

KUKA makes the difference: Everything from a single source

Fast and hygienic robotics, in-depth know-how in the food industry and global customer service

KUKA's portfolio includes numerous machines for modern food operations: for the highest hygiene requirementscold-resistant variants and with food-grade lubricants in all payload classes. For more flexibility, we offer mobile platforms as well an ideal software for important process steps: such as handling, pick-and-place or palletizing tasks utilising robotics.
  • Robots & warehouse solutions

    • Food-grade robotics
    • Robots in many payloads
    • Robots for deep freeze
    • Logistic solutions and AGVs
    • Warehouse solutions
    Robotic for the food industry
  • Smart software

    • Application specific software packages
    • For every process step in your company
    • Virtual commissioning
    • Offline programming
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  • Global customer service

    • High quality standards
    • Global customer support
    • System partner network
    • Remote service
    • Cloud solutions
    Overview of KUKA service
  • References

    • Handling for primary processing
    • Handling for secondary applications
    • Palletizing
    • Pick and place
    • Intralogistics solutions
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Whitepaper whets appetite for automation in the food industry

KUKA already offers solutions for over 1,000 customers in the food industry and knows their needs and challenges. With high-quality ingredients - robots, software and service - KUKA now provides recipes with a guarantee of success for the entire process chain in this white paper. From delivery to distribution, for a wide range of industries. Eight practical examples provide an impressive insight.

Discover automation solutions that please everyone's tastes

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The future of the food industry: How highly flexible technology improves quality and safety

Automated and qualitative food production with food-safe robotics along the entire value chain.

From secondary to primary automation applications for the food manufacturing industry - well equipped with KUKA.

Palletizing & handling at a high level

Flexible packaging robots: Whether floor, ceiling or wall

KUKA robots are convincing in all industry sectors: Whether meat processing, baked goods or dairy products

  • Meat processing

    • Rough cutting in the slaughterhouse
    • Picking / packing meat cuts
    • Sorting of salami sticks
    • Palletizing of sausages in tins
  • Proteins & Meat Substitutes

    • Handling insect meal
    • Pickling vegan burger patties
    • Palletizing plant-based frozen products
    • Cutting alternative proteins
  • Dairy products

    • Cheese rind removal and cutting
    • Handling mozarella blocks
    • Cleaning cheese moulds
    • Palletizing yoghurt pots
  • Baked goods & cereals

    • Cutting bread and cakes
    • Stacking baguettes in transport boxes
    • Handling loaded baking trays
    • Loading flour sacks in transport logistics
  • Fruit & Vegetables

    • Sorting peppers by color
    • Palletizing fruit and vegetables
    • Cutting damaged parts out of potatoes
    • Commissioning empty vegetable crates
  • Confectionery & Ice Cream

    • Filling praline moulds
    • Packing chocolate bars
    • Sorting biscuits
    • Palletizing ice cream in the cold store
  • Ready meals

    • Spreading tomato sauce on pizza
    • Packing sandwiches
    • Stacking ready-made lasagne before further packaging
    • Palletizing instant soups
  • Food Services

    • Preparation of drinks
    • Sandwich topping
    • Assembling trays
    • Preparing and serving meals

Intelligent software for powerful performance

Simple operation and fast, intuitive programming

Need help automating your application? 

Contact us, we will be happy to advise you and find the right automation solution together.

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