Agri-food is a huge market for robot technology, and the range of available robots continues to increase. The Danish Technological Institute has therefore - in collaboration with the EU project agROBOfood - launched a new study, which will create a catalog with an overview of European agri-food robots.
They look after pigs, hoe fields, harvest, take orders in your canteen and some of them actually cook too.
Robots are already found in many places in manufacturing halls, but now they are also starting to appear in other places where they are needed at least as much.
Agri-food is a huge market for robot technology, and the range of available robots continues to increase.
Yet there are still many potential end users in the agriculture and food industry who are unaware of the opportunities that robot technology can create and contribute.
The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) has therefore, in collaboration with the European DIH agROBOfood project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 program, launched a survey to create a catalogue showcasing European agri-food robots.
LINK TO THE SURVEY: If you develop or sell robots that can be used in agri-food, tell us about it by participating in the survey here.
- Robots can help ensure that plants, animals and food get the care they need despite a shortage of manual labour. Digitisation and robot solutions can help to reduce food waste, increase competitiveness and enable climate-neutral food production in the future, says Rune Hahn Kristensen, who is local project leader and senior consultant at DTI.
- The project will investigate the robot technologies available in agri-food, catalogue them and spread this knowledge, encouraging people to buy European robots. We hope that with agROBOfood we can create a strong network which will ensure that a large part of the technology development will take place in Europe and in Denmark, he adds.
The catalogue will include robots for all aspects of agri-food from planting through processing, packaging, and transport and right up to the food served at the table.
It should both inspire and help end users find suitable robots that they can buy. And it should also help researchers to find partners for future collaborations.