This challenge led to a new field called soft robotics from a chemistry lab, not robotics or engineering, at Harvard Univ.
Soft Robotics started in the food industry with its first applications in the bakery segment in April of 2016.
Soft Robotics engineered its technology to integrate with most food safe robots already in use.
Soft Robotics and the systems integrator will work together to create a line with Soft Robotics’ technology and give the end user a full line that’s ready to run.
In addition to the robotic grippers, Soft Robotics offers a vision system and artificial intelligence solutions.
Soft Robotics can integrate these into existing robotic systems that require those applications, as well.
Soft Robotics is still in the pilot stages for meat and poultry packaging, but Vause and the industry believe the opportunities for applying the technology is tremendous.