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Robotics and Automation in the Food Industry

Current and Future Technologies

The implementation of robotics and automation in the food sector offers great potential for improved safety, quality and profitability by optimising process monitoring and control. Robotics and automation in the food industry provides a comprehensive overview of current and emerging technologies and their applications in different industry sectors.

Part one introduces key technologies and significant areas of development, including automatic process control and robotics in the food industry, sensors for automated quality and safety control, and the development of machine vision systems. Optical sensors and online spectroscopy, gripper technologies, wireless sensor networks (WSN) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are discussed, with consideration of intelligent quality control systems based on fuzzy logic. Part two goes on to investigate robotics and automation in particular unit operations and industry sectors. The automation of bulk sorting and control of food chilling and freezing is considered, followed by chapters on the use of robotics and automation in the processing and packaging of meat, seafood, fresh produce and confectionery. Automatic control of batch thermal processing of canned foods is explored, before a final discussion on automation for a sustainable food industry.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Robotics and automation in the food industry is an indispensable guide for engineering professionals in the food industry, and a key introduction for professionals and academics interested in food production, robotics and automation.

Hardbound, 528 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-801-0

Reviews

  • This book provides a comprehensive overview of current and emerging technologies and their applications in different industry sectors. The structuring of the book to first consider the different aspects of the technologies separate from the practical applications works well in providing a very readable text in what is a complex subject area. The editor and authors are drawn from a wide range of international experts from universities, research institutes and process control and robotic suppliers. The book is likely to be most valued as a background reference for engineering professionals in the food industry and its equipment and process control suppliers, and as a key introduction for academics interested in food production, robotics and automation, International Journal of Dairy Technology

Contents

  • Part 1 Introduction, key technologies and significant areas of development: Automatic process control for the food industry: An introduction; Robotics in the food industry: An introduction; Sensors for automated food process control: An introduction; Machine vision in the food industry; Optical sensors and online spectroscopy for automated quality and safety inspection of food products; Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and related systems for automated process control in the food industry: An introduction; Gripper technologies for food industry robots; Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) in the agricultural and food industries; Intelligent quality control systems in food processing based on fuzzy logic; Advanced methods for the control of food processes: The case of bioconversion in a fed-batch reactor. Part 2 Robotics and automation in particular unit operations and industry sectors: Automation and robotics for bulk sorting in the food industry; Automatic control of food chilling and freezing; Robotics and automation in meat processing; Robotics and automation in the poultry industry: Current technology and future trends; Robotics and automation in seafood processing; Robotics and automation in the fresh produce industry; Robotics and automation for packaging in the confectionery industry; Automatic control of batch thermal processing of canned foods; Automation for a sustainable food industry: Computer aided analysis and control engineering methods.

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