Projects Shiny Cat Food Pouch Picking
20 MILLION PETS THAT NEED TO BE FED – USING 3D ROBOT VISION
In the UK, 49% of UK adults own a pet. 25% of the UK adult have a cat with an estimated population of 11.1 million pet cats. 24% of the UK adult population have a dog with an estimated population of 8.9 million pet dogs (Courtesy of PDSA.ORG.UK).
That equates to a massive production of pet food, most of which takes place within the UK in a 24 hour operation, with constant production, packaging and distribution. We have been involved for a number of years with one of the UK’s biggest pet food packing sites where the now standard foil pouches are sent out of the food production centre into the packaging warehouse. Here, a line of delta robots are used to pick and place these pouches from a fast moving conveyor. The robots use a 2D vision system which locates individual pouches for picking.
Our system can massively save costs and increase throughput, as there is less reliance on human intervention. 3D is a more robust form of robot vision that requires less maintenance.
This technology can obviously be applied to all sorts of pouch picking, food or otherwise.
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