“Robotics – an emerging technology in dairy industry”
The dairy and food industry is now highly automated, from the raw material production to the processing and manufacture of products. The implementation of automation in the dairy and food sector offers great potential for improved safety, quality and profitability by optimizing process monitoring and control. Presently, the technology is becoming more affordable and intelligent. It may be feasible to automate many of the complex and repetitive tasks that are carried out in the dairy industry through robotics. The field of robotics is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary as robots are amazingly complex systems comprising of mechanical, electrical and electronics hardware and software. Dairy industry has been lagging behind other industrial sectors in implementing robots, as dairy and food products by virtue of their nature differ significantly in consistency and shape. However, there is a broad range of potential applications for robotics in dairy industries. Automatic milking systems or milking robots are one of the most successful and important application of robotics in the dairy industry. Robotics find its application in packaging and palletizing of dairy food products. Its potential application in various sections in dairy processing plant is yet to be explored.
Keywords - Robot, Robotics, Automation, Dairy