Food Service & Nutrition - Winter 2018 - 8
CE 5.0 - FOOD SERVICE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Into A New
By Heather Truber, NM
odern health systems can treat and cure more diseases
better than ever before. New technology is bringing innovation to old treatments. Yet significant quality, access
and cost issues remain and health systems are challenged. The
emergence and increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) and
robotics could have a significant impact on healthcare and food
service systems around the world in areas such as disinfecting
patient rooms, emergency departments and operating rooms;
decontaminating and sterilizing surgical instruments; preparing
and dispensing medications; collecting, preparing, transporting,
analyzing and storing labouratory samples; and transporting
medical supplies, medications, meals, linens and trash.
ROBOTICS IN SOCIETY
Self-serve touchscreen systems used for ordering food area are a
form of robotics that are already in use in many fast food companies
in Canada and around the world.
Robots have changed manufacturing in almost every industrial
sector and have increased efficiency and product consistency.
However, until recently, food manufacturing has been an exception to this trend, due to the fact that food products by their very
nature differ significantly in consistency and shape. This presents
a considerable challenge to automated processing procedures.
A larger production centre will receive the most benefit with
automation, particularly for end-of-line packaging and palletizing.
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