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PMMI senses an increase in the use of robots and cobots by CPG companies



According to The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), there is an increase in the intelligence, mobility, and sensing capabilities of cobots and robots. Cobots now have sensors for feedback and are adapting to self-learning. It has led to better processing in primary, secondary, and transport packaging. Most CPG companies use robots to some extent and this number is estimated to increase by 93% in the next five years. The use of cobots is set to increase too from 27% in 2022 to 57% in 2027. This would be a result of an improvement in vision, self-learning, and artificial intelligence. It could help in reduced labour, better productivity, speed and quality, improved safety, and minimum waste.  The main hurdles to this adoption include ROI justification, internal shortfalls, cost, and OEM support that need to be figured out by CPG companies. Functionality and identification of appropriate application is also sometimes a problem.

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