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Flexible gripper replaces manual sorting in the food industry

August 6, 2021

Fujian Anjoy Food Co., Ltd. was founded in 2001. After more than ten years of continuous development, the company has established production bases in Xiamen, Fujian, Wuxi, Jiangsu and Taizhou, Jiangsu, and has become one of the largest food enterprises in China, producing 100,000 tons of frozen food annually. The company's brand "Anjoy" has been awarded the title of "China Famous Brand", "National Inspection-free Product" and "Fujian Famous Brand Product". The company adheres to the tradition of Chinese food culture and is developed and manufactured in accordance with modern international health standards. With accurate market positioning, good product cost performance, perfect after-sales and delivery services, Fujian Anjoy Food Co., Ltd. has become one of the most distinctive, competitive and growing frozen food enterprise in the industry.


The company mainly deals with "Anjoy" brand frozen food products including: frozen minced fish products such as fish balls with popping sauce, fish plates and fish tofu; frozen meat products such as shrimp dumplings, juicy beef balls and mini sausages; frozen flour and rice products such as shredded cakes, milk steamed buns, walnut buns, brown sugar steamed buns and brown sugar rice cakes; frozen dish products such as Chiba tofu and egg dumplings. At present, the company has more than 300 varieties of frozen food products.

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One of the company's egg dumpling production lines needed to sort and box the products, but the traditional suction cups and rigid gripper jaws were not suitable due to the high temperature of the freshly demoulded egg dumplings, which were very soft and fragile. The original line had always used manual sorting, which made it easier for workers to get burned and was very labor intensive, resulting in high labor costs for the company. As a result, the line was plagued with problems such as high product breakage rates, reduced production capacity and difficulties in controlling food hygiene.

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Cobotsys is a Korean company that designs integrated solutions for production automation, mainly involved in the food, fresh food and industrial fields. The requirement for this project was to pick up different sizes of raw dough at a certain point in the production line. There are three sizes of dough: 12", 9" and 6" in diameter, with a maximum and a minimum in each size. The project wanted to use one gripper for all the different dough sizes, while at the same time ensuring the food hygiene and not deforming the dough during the gripping process. These requirements could not be met with conventional grippers or suction cups in the original production line.

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SRT's flexible grippers are a solution to the challenge of sorting and handling shaped and fragile items. The products are FDA food safety approved in the USA and Japan and can come into direct contact with food, enabling them to be used in a wide range of industries including food and fresh.


The SRT flexible grippers can be adaptively wrapped around the target object and do not drop material when gripping foodstuffs of large differences in size and shape, eliminating the need for pre-adjustment to the size and shape of the object. The SRT flexible gripper successfully eliminates the requirements in traditional production lines that objects should have equal sizes. The product can work at temperatures from -40°C to -150°C and are made of long-life, wear-resistant, anti-static materials.