Expanding Automation in the Food Processing Industry

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The food processing industry has embraced automation, and indications are that its adoption in the food and beverage industry is expanding rapidly. According to a robotics report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), in 2021, “the food and beverage industry installed 25% more robots, reaching a new peak level.” A reason for this growth, the report suggests, may be that the robotics industry offered hygienic solutions, which were in demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition to improved quality control and enhanced food safety, automation offers benefits such as increased efficiency, reduced labor costs, and scalability. These production advantages were also especially important during the shut-downs and in the post-pandemic economy. 

How Automation Improved Food Processing Operations

Automation has continued to play a significant role in the food and beverage industry due to its ability to be seamlessly integrated into the many processes and operations required in this industry. Robots can perform repetitive tasks with high precision and speed, such as sorting, grading, packaging, and palletizing. They can handle delicate food items and work in environments that have extreme temperatures or hazardous conditions. Some examples include:

Automated Sorting and Grading – Optical sensors and computer vision technology are used to automate the sorting and grading of fruits, vegetables, and other food products. These systems can quickly analyze size, color, shape, and quality parameters to separate products.

Automated Packaging – Automated packaging systems can fill, seal, and label products at high speeds. They ensure consistency in portion sizes and packaging quality, reducing human error and improving overall efficiency.

Quality Control and Inspection – Food products must be inspected for defects, contaminants, and inconsistencies. Advanced technologies such as machine vision and X-ray imaging help identify impurities or product variations.

Process Monitoring and Control: Automation enables real-time monitoring and control of various food processing parameters. Sensors and data analytics are employed to track factors such as temperature, humidity, pressure, and ingredient levels.

Automated Food Preparation – Large-scale food production facilities are using automation to streamline food preparation tasks such as chopping, slicing, and mixing processes. Product quality is improved, labor is reduced, and production is increased.

Smart Warehousing and Logistics – Automated systems, such as conveyor belts, robotic palletizers, and automated guided vehicles (AGVs), are used for efficient material handling, inventory management, and order fulfillment.

Data-driven Decision Making – Automation data is analyzed using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to optimize processes, predict maintenance needs, identify production inefficiencies, and enhance overall operational performance.  

Sealcon Connectivity Solutions Power Food Processing Automation 

Sealcon offers a wide range of components that are ideally suited for connectivity needs in food processing automation including cable glands and metric circular connectors. Dependable Sealcon connectors are also enabling plants in food processing and other industries to retool equipment for connectivity with digital systems. Stainless steel and other specially formulated material options provide desirable food industry characteristics such as antimicrobial properties and corrosion resistance.

Nylon Dome and Flex Fittings

Made from superior high-grade materials using innovative technology, Sealcon nylon dome and flex fittings meet the highest demands of quality and security. 

PVDF Strain Relief Connectors – The PVDF strain relief connector fitting, also known as a cable gland or cord grip fitting, is popular for food and beverage applications and clean room applications as well as high temperature environments


316L Stainless Steel Hygienic RG Gland – Our FP and RG Glands may be safely used in producing, manufacturing, packing, processing, preparing, treating, packaging, transporting, or holding food.

  • FDA compliant materials, 21CFR177.2600, 2014
  • UL Certified
  • NEMA 6 (IP68) Ideal for foam cleaning and hose down
  • Sizes: M12, M16, M20, M25 and M32
  • Temperature range: -40ºF to 248ºF (-40ºC to 120ºC)
  • EMI ready for braided cables
  • Stainless steel bell houses 
  • Liquid Tight NEMA 6 (IP68)
  • PSIG Rated Strain Relief Connectors / Cable Glands / Cord Grip Connectors

Circular Connectors

Sealcon circular connectors are ideal for automation integration in food processing industry applications. Sealcon offers a vast portfolio of circular connectors to meet your requirements.

  • Sizes: M12, M16, M23, M27, M40
  • Signal, Power, Fast Ethernet, PoE, RJ45, and Hybrid varieties
  • Liquid tight
  • Low profile and durable
  • Options for hazardous and increased safety areas 
  • UV protection 
  • IP submersion rating

Sealcon circular connectors eliminate the need for rewiring and allow flexibility in equipment configuration. Many locking connector styles are available including standard threaded screw lock, Twilock ¼ turn connection system, and Twilock-S which mates to SpeedTEC® by Intercontec / TE connectivity. 

Advantages of Sealcon Products in Food Processing Automation  

Sealcon is your source for high quality, reliable connectors and cable glands that meet a wide range of food processing industry demands and challenges. 

  • IP69K (Splash Rated)
  • Non-Corrosive, Non-Flaking, Fungus Resistant
  • Smooth surface (no cavities, no sharp corners) preventing material from sticking
  • High / Low Temperature
  • Deca BDE
  • RoHS
  • UL Ratings
  • Metric, NPT, PG
  • Wide Range of In-Stock Sizes – over 6,000 to choose from
  • Ready to Ship
  • Technical Assistance

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