Food Automation: Innovation in Packaging and Processing
The preparation, processing, and packaging of our food has become an extremely automated technique. In the past few years, automation machinery and robotics have continuously entered most food processing and packaging plants, and this trend is anticipated to continue in the coming years. The cost containment or cost reduction in food processing plants is as dynamic as ever for a sector that develops year after year. Sacrificing the quality of the items to get us a lower price is not the solution for most food processing businesses. So, like many other process sectors, through the use of factory automation, food companies are finding techniques to enhance productivity across the plant and maintain the quality of the food as well. Whether in actual food production or food packaging, automation is everywhere in contemporary food production today.
The segment Motor & Generators holds the most substantial proportion in the Food Automation Market
In 2018, the segment motor & generators accounted for the largest value share in the food automation market and were mainly driven by the increasing application in the automation machinery. The trend for the advanced machine is cumulative in functions such as processing, packaging, palletizing among others. The use of generators in the food industry promotes the smooth and effective functioning of systems. It is also combined with growing awareness of the generators ‘ effective power management advantages, which is set to drive the development of the market for motors & generators during the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing market for Food Automation
The Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing food automation market. The growing consumer base for food & beverage industry, growing awareness, increasing disposable incomes, rapid urbanization, and growing demand for processed food and ready to eat products are some of the most prominent factors driving the food automation market growth in the region. Further, growing economy with a huge population base prepared to spend on processed food and technological advances and the need for flexible packaging in the fast-growing consumer markets such as China, Japan, and India in the region have given rise to ample opportunities for the companies operating in the food automation market.
Robotic automation is a natural fit when it comes to boosting profit while offering customers with an even better product. Despite this, its complete potential has yet to be reached. Many advantages can be gained from automating food production. The capacity to replicate a product’s appearance and quality with minimal ingredient use not only increases line efficiencies but also leads to the bottom-line profit and can boost revenues as well. The food retailers’ demand for product selection on their shelves is another significant influencer for automation in the food industry. Consumers like to have options, and it is a variable phenomenon that matches up significantly with how lines can automate. Manufacturers must be conscious of the constant changes in food products and their packaging to fulfill ever-increasing client demands, and this must be taken into consideration by the technology, thus creating a huge demand for automation in the food industry.
Key Companies Outlook
The companies of food automation to address the increasing competition in the market are adopting various partnerships and acquisitions along with product development are the key strategies adopted by the players in the food automation market. Some of the leading players operating in the market include Rockwell Automation, Inc., Siemens AG, ABB Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Schneider Electric SE, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, GEA Group, Fortive Corporation, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, Rexnord Corporation, Emerson Electric Co., and Nord Drivesystems among others.