Food automation

To-date the Food Automation Team have worked primarily on challenges affecting the meat industry, where automation in primary production has advanced slowly in comparison to other manufacturing sectors. Even worse, many of the advanced automation on the market today is out of reach of the majority of small-medium producers, i.e. it is uneconomical. The Food Automation Team therefore have a mission to think differently: to invent and develop automation solutions that are robust, scalable and flexibile for Norwegian needs!

The team presently focusses the following research areas:

  • Robotics automation, including processing, adapting manual processes to robotised ones, novel processes.
  • Novel sensor technology, including for food quality and real-time monitoring, water content and activity, contamination.
  • Artificial intelligence, based on 2D and 3D datasets.
  • Robot collaboration in food environments.  
  • Tooling for automation, including adaptation and "intelligent" tools for adaptive requirements.
  • Novel gripping and manuipulation solutions, including vacuum grippers for damage-free movement of food objects.

The team enjoys to work on research and innovation activities, particularly those with high industry relevance and involvement. We actively seek new partners to for collaboration, so please get in touch if there is a topic into which we can contribute with our knowledge, expertise and facilities. 

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Published 23. October 2020 - 12:40 - Updated 19. April 2021 - 9:10