• The complementary assets and combined expertise between the two companies, specializing in bakery ingredients, will… https://t.co/Q3KymQ4fgH
  • The investment will make Chicago home to the company’s largest innovation hub in the world, creating a workplace th… https://t.co/2jPQYUxpP4
  • The planned separations will result in a Global Snacking Co. that is expected to enhance its leadership position in… https://t.co/ggEaRVCErQ
  • The acquisition of leading on-trend brands CLIF, LUNA and CLIF Kid expands Mondelēz International’s global snack ba… https://t.co/Ya8gVCiILj
  • For wet doughs, experts recommend to use twin twist mixers. Because of the two tools, more energy is transferred an… https://t.co/t6ZZqiL1sj
  • Mars announced a brand-new flavor for its TWIX brand: Cookie Dough. The new flavor pairs the classic TWIX cookie ba… https://t.co/KLMINJ7pl4
  • Also known as Khoubz, the Arabic word for bread, the KaterBake Lebanese flatbreads are extremely versatile and more… https://t.co/QQj4TwXX0t
  • The pandemic drove a shift towards an increased desire to connect with nature and this, combined with the realizati… https://t.co/26lvQDC6AH
  • Magic Spoon announced a USD85m Series B fundraise led by HighPost Capital, a leading private investment firm focuse… https://t.co/5Bde4a01SW
  • AAK Foodservice has acquired plant-based butter brand ForA. Formulated with cocoa butter, coconut oil and coconut c… https://t.co/An2s29ocXv
  • Javier Echevarria has been named VP and chief procurement officer at Ingredion, Inc. In his new role, he will have… https://t.co/nZwl47uceE
  • Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, announces that it has today… https://t.co/x2s5EAY6wH
  • Ferrero North America, part of the global confectionery company Ferrero Group, announced plans to invest up to USD2… https://t.co/VGy0NwSkOu
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February generated a domino effect on the supply chain of the baking industry. The… https://t.co/hS6TNVFOQ7
  • Mondelez is debuting a collaboration of its Ritz cracker and Oreo cookie brands for a limited time. The new sandwic… https://t.co/pPq1ZcuPgT
  • Bridor has expanded its range with the launch of its new Mini Filled Croissants in four new flavors. Bridor’s Mini… https://t.co/26jaXSPoge
  • Mondelez has launched a new pilot program in the UK featuring QR codes that provide consumers information on the co… https://t.co/9YYGxK7dkX
  • The Barry Callebaut Group has officially inaugurated its Chocolate Academy Center in Casablanca, Morocco. Professio… https://t.co/vWMe75daja
  • The AB Mauri Executive board, the strategic and planning arm of the business in UK and Ireland, announces four new… https://t.co/Kk81QnLEFP
  • The AB Mauri Executive board, the strategic and planning arm of the business in UK and Ireland, announces four new… https://t.co/G8xJZIJN5w

New Stäubli Robots Specialize in Making Sandwiches

Stäubli Robotics, a global leader in industrial automation, is expanding the possibilities for automation in food and other industries with high production, strict hygiene requirements, and demanding humid environments.

More than 7,000 sandwiches an hour is the kind of throughput achieved by Grote Company, a Stäubli customer that manufactures food slicing and assembling equipment, using the robotic sandwich assembly line it developed in-house. The system’s main ingredient is a Stäubli TX2-60 HE (Humid Environment) six-axis robot.

Guided by a 3D vision system, the TX2-60 HE “lids” the sandwich, deftly picking up the two halves from a conveyor using a specialized gripper, putting them together, then aligning the complete sandwich precisely on the conveyor for accurate slicing. Up to 60 sandwiches per minute can be produced in this way, with twin lines available to double production up to 120 sandwiches per minute.

The Stäubli TX2-60 HE robot is designed to operate with optimum reliability as well as safety. Hygienic design features include: 

  • It is designed specifically for use in wet environments and full washdown applications;
  • Smooth, rounded and tilted surfaces to eliminate liquid retention;
  • No external cables – all connections go through the base;
  • Fully enclosed and pressurized structure to prevent microorganism penetration and avoid condensation;
  • Protected against low-pressure jets of water (IP65) and immersion (IP67); 
  • Fully compatible with NSF H1 food-grade oil;
  • Stainless steel crucial components and specific coating for durability in extreme conditions.

Bob Grote, CEO of Grote Company, emphasized the importance of hygienic design, which was a requirement. “The entire cell is regularly sanitized with hot water and chemical cleaning agents,” he explained. This routine would push a conventional robot beyond its limits, but the Stäubli TX2-60 HE is built to withstand rigorous cleaning processes required by applications that are subject to the strictest hygiene standards – such as those involving contact with unwrapped food products.

“The recently developed TS2 and TX2 in their HE versions are the result of the long experience of Stäubli Robotics in the food processing industry. Our unique hygienic design, developed for our six-axis range and now four-axis range, is the fruit of regular exchanges with the players in this very specific market. Stäubli is proud of this exclusive offering, which sets the standards for an industry that is showing increasing needs for automation,” said Sebastien Schmitt, robotics division manager, Stäubli North America.  

Grote’s robotic sandwich assembly line can be integrated into existing production systems or operated as a standalone cell. Either way, the user benefits from a high degree of automation with high flexibility. The robot can take on other tasks and produce various types of sandwiches with a quick program and gripper change. Grote remarked on its potential, saying “We are convinced that robotics will play a major role in automated food production in the future. We see ourselves as pioneers in this regard, and we intend to apply this principle in other areas, for example in the topping and handling of frozen pizzas.” 

You might also like

Newsletter

Subscribe to our FREE NEWSLETTER and stay updated SUBSCRIBE

Privacy Preference Center

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are essential for websites built on Wordpress to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions.

wordpress_test_cookie, wordpress_{hash}, wordpress_logged_in_{hash}, wp-settings-{user_id}, wp_sharing_{id},gdpr[allowed_cookies],gdpr[consent_types]
_unam, _ga, _gid
OAID
__cfduid

Close your account?

Your account will be closed and all data will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered. Are you sure?