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July 19, 2022

The Role of Robots and Cobots Continues to Grow


Integration of  intelligence, mobility, and sensing capabilities opens door to new  applications for robotics

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies have  embraced robotics. Expanded intelligence, mobility, and sensing capabilities  are opening up new applications for robots and cobots in processing, primary  packaging, secondary packaging, and transport packaging. As a result, usage  is growing along the entire line from initial inputs to end-of-line,  according to Robots & Cobots, An Automated Future, a white paper  produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Most CPG companies (84%) operate  robotics somewhere on the line, and this number will rise to 93% in the next  five years as shown in a forecast presented in the Robots & Cobots, An Automated Future infographic.  Deployment of cobots also will see strong growth with usage more than  doubling from 27% in 2022 to 57% in 2027. Improvements in  functionality such as vision, self-learning, and artificial intelligence will  spur adoption. 

 For CPG companies, installation  of robotics can achieve multiple goals:

Today’s robots are more  intelligent, significantly faster, capable of lifting heavier loads, and  easier to operate. Cobots now have sensors for feedback, use hand  movement-based guides for self-learning, and are more mobile. Robots and  cobots also are easier to program and require a smaller capital investment.  Nevertheless, one of the main challenges to adoption is ROI justification.  Other hurdles include internal shortfalls (time, skills, budget); total cost  of ownership; OEM support for integration, training, and service; technology  and functionality; and identifying appropriate applications.

PACK EXPO International (Oct. 23-26, 2022;  McCormick Place, Chicago) will provide many opportunities to see robots and  cobots in action performing processing, primary, packaging, secondary packaging,  and transport packaging tasks. Special highlights include:

PACK EXPO International is the  best place to experience innovations, connect with colleagues, hear from  experts, see machinery in action, and find the right packaging and processing solutions for all manufacturing operations. Attendees will experience 2,000+  exhibitors from 40+ vertical industry markets, over 1.2 million net square  feet of exhibit space, and 100+ free education sessions, plus discover  solutions they didn’t know they were looking for.

Visit packexpointernational.com  to learn more about the exciting show features, search exhibitors, and  register. Registration for PACK EXPO International is $30 until Sept. 30,  after which it increases to $130. For more information and to register, visit  packexpointernational.com.

Gatwiri Muthara

Sr. Manager, Public Relations

PMMI: The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
[email protected]