13 July 2009

Defra funded food handling robot

Professor Tony Dodd is part of the multidisciplinary team awarded funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The team's aim is to create a more efficient and resilient food chain by designing and building a small, low-cost, high-speed robot specifically for the food industry. The robot will be lightweight, hygienic and easy to program, and wheeled up to the processing line to work safely next to a human operator. ACSE has received £181k for the period from July 2009 to June 2012.

The team is made up of the following contractors/organisations: RUR Research, KUKA Automation & Robotics, The University of Sheffield, R.U.Robots Ltd, Samworth Brothers and Siemens PLC.