Where to choose automation? Increase production efficiency for the Thai food processing industry.
The implementation of automation systems depends on the readiness of the operators. Which large enterprises should upgrade their production by using the IRA (Industrial Robotic Arm) system to replace skilled workers. Coupled with the use of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) systems to enhance their automated production lines to be more complete.
While medium sized entrepreneurs should adopt CNC system in the production process together with skilled workers at some point And small entrepreneurs who need a small production capacity May just consider using general machines for use, and even if using automation in the production process will reduce the overall human labor But still need to use some labor to control the system Investigate and solve problems that may occur during production. Including repair and maintenance of the system.
From the analysis report of Kasikorn Thai Research Center When considering the current situation of using automation systems in the Thai food processing industry, there are 2 important points which are
Food processors tend to choose to use Computer Numerical Control (CNC) automation systems more than automation in the Industrial Robotic Arm (IRA). The reason why operators often choose Use CNC because the system is often developed for use in food processing belts for longer than the IRA system, resulting in a price that’s approximately 4 times cheaper for systems of the same type.
However, using real CNC systems in many food processing plants still lack flexibility. And can not do complicated and very detailed work, such as cutting fish to remove skins and bones Meat dissection in various parts Which has complex physiology And handling for processing delicate ingredients such as tofu, etc. With this limitation Causing the operator to still need skilled labor at some point in the factory Resulting in problems of production bottlenecks in the production belt at the point of human labor Because human labor is unable to produce in time to meet the maximum potential of the CNC system in the production belt.
On the other hand, IRA systems are continuously developed in the dimension of flexibility. Until now, able to perform delicate tasks that require the skills of human labor. Reduce production losses This helps reduce the cost of production per unit by approximately 329 percent compared to manual labor. As a result, the IRA system should become an option to replace skilled labor and enhance the production process to be fully automated. Can cycle
However, at present there are some large entrepreneurs in Thailand turning to considering investment plans to use the IRA system. Because it is confident that this IRA system is accurate and delicate Should help entrepreneurs to create processed food in new ways that may be difficult or costly if manual labor, such as carving or decorating food in three dimensions according to the design that each client wants.