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EQUIPMENT
Robotics
Getting Smarter Every Day
Machine learning makes robotics more versatile,
affordable and practical for today's manufacturers.
by Dan Malovany
Implementing artificial intelligence (AI) often involves
a leap of faith, especially at this juncture. The ever-cautious
baking industry is poised to take its first steps, according
to a pulse survey of 80 commercial bakeries and
industry suppliers conducted by the American Bakers
Association (ABA) and NDP Analytics in March.
The key takeaway from the research indicated that
nearly 70% of survey respondents have adopted or plan
to adopt AI in some capacity, including pilot programs,
during the next 12 months. Many bakers, however, still
have doubts that their companies are ready for it, while
others haven't quite figured out how it can be adapted to
their operations to drive efficiency.
That said, perhaps one of the greatest adoptions of AI
in the manufacturing sector can be found in robotics,
where the machine learning and improved hardware are
making these pick-and-place and automated processing
and packaging systems more versatile and easier to run.
" Machine learning and AI have profoundly impacted
the performance of robotics in the baking and snack
industry, " said Saman Farid, chief executive officer of
Formic. " These technologies enable robots to learn from
their operations, improving efficiency and precision
over time. "
At the same time, more bakeries are exploring adding
more affordable robots and cobots to alleviate myriad
workplace issues, such as repetitive product handling,
manual scoring or labor-intensive packaging.
" The baking industry is experiencing a democratization
of robotics, with a growing number of bakers and
manufacturers investing in robotic solutions, " observed
Felix Pang, robotic solutions specialist, ABI Ltd. " Robots
offer consistent performance and easy monitoring, capable
of operating for extended periods, as needed. With
a persistent shortage of skilled labor and the associated
high costs, bakers are increasingly drawn toward adoptwww.bakingbusiness.com
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Many companies
are combining AI
and advanced vision
systems to make
their high-speed
robots and cobots
more versatile.
Schubert
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