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ROBOTICS
robotics will be front of mind in the
coming years. With computerized
vision technology and artificial
intelligence (AI) still evolving, these
could be tricky waters to navigate.
Rick Brookshire, director of product
development at Epson Robotics, offered
a few suggestions on things companies
should detail when starting to think
about automation.
" Instead of just saying, 'We make
these. Can you help?' We want people
to be thinking about how many they
want to make in a month, " Brookshire
said. " That helps us determine cycle
times and how many robots.
" Also, do you have your current
process documented? Is it a fivepart
process? Is it a 20-part process?
What kind of tooling do you think
you're going to need? What is your
payload? These are all things you need
" Imagine if you could put 100 good fruits
and 100 bad fruits in front of a vision system
and it could learn the differences. Slowly,
it builds up a database. "
- Rick Brookshire, Epson Robots
to think about before you go talk to a
robot vendor. "
Safety regulations and transparency
that food producers deal with is
another important aspect when it
comes to thinking about automation,
said Lisa Donnelly, vice president of
marketing for Soft Robotics.
" Primary and secondary food
contact requires different food safety
requirements. Robotic companies who
do not have food experience may not
be aware of all of the regulatory and
safety requirements, " Donnelly said.
" This is important when you consider
these two industry forces at play:
the food industry is a growing
market for automat ion, whi le
automotive is declining. Those robotics
companies that have serviced the
automotive industry are looking to
enter new markets - such as the food
industry - but lack expertise. "
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