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Food Handling

The food and agriculture industries have always been ahead of the curve with automation. The technological advancements they've put forth are now fundamental pillars and directing changes in how manufacturing operates.


Food handling systems presently include Intelligent robotic and sensor technologies. Producers can instantly witness how the machines adapt to factory floors and create the most stable and profitable production lines possible. 

Robotics for Tray Management and Rack Systems
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Automation has existed in the food processing industry for decades. But today's informed consumers are more demanding than ever. Environmentally friendly operations and single source products are now essential to economic success.


Modern computerization and food handler solutions will give a user control over video surveillance and image processing. This allows them to track efficiency. These valuable tools display the opportunity to reduce costs while witnessing their output numbers skyrocket.

New Opportunities in Robotic Food Handling

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A food handling robot will perform tedious work like pick and place with extraordinary precision using advanced grippers that increase productivity. The food industry places strict demands on lean manufacturing and product quality compliance, which is why robotic automation is essential on factory floors.

Benefits of DION Food Handling Systems

RIOS, which has been referred to as a “necessary piece of the puzzle” in automation, has developed and released its DION module. 


This food handling robot is designed to meet all expectations. DION is the only end-to-end artificial intelligence (AI)-powered workcell dedicated to handling food. It coordinates its food-grade grippers with the most advanced tactile sensors to gently handle items with human-like dexterity. DION is programmed to oversee the continuous flow of products and adjust movement for varying sizes of items.


Another key aspect is the amount of space you can save on your factory floor. DION is designed to take up as little room as possible while seamlessly integrating with current workflow.

Incoming and Outgoing

Manages continuous flow of food grade products

Space saving footprint seamlessly integrates with current production equipment

Integrates with food grade and washdown environments

Easily automates movement for all standard size pans and needs

Capably handles pan loading, rack loading, unloading, and reloading trays

Integrates with baking, oven, cooling, nesting, and knockdown racks

How RIOS Can Help You

The extensive use of industrial robots in the processed foods industry is increasingly relevant to output.


RIOS Intelligent Machines has been dominating the food and beverage sector with its iconic workcell DION, and for good reason. With no CapEx, RIOS can rapidly deploy robots to clients and offer assistance with installation, acceptance testing, ongoing support, and preventative maintenance through RaaS.


Reach out to a RIOS expert today to discover why DION is the sole robot you need for your food handling solutions.

Operation & Performance

RIOS rapidly deploys workcells to get customer operations running smoothly. RaaS includes installation, acceptance testing, ongoing support, and preventative maintenance.

Up to 60 Items
Per Minute

In Days

1.5x faster than human operator

within 0.1"

Data to future proof business

Primary and Secondary Processing

The food processing happens in two stages, which require varying levels of dexterity: primary and secondary.

Primary Stage

This stage relates to the handling of raw materials, which requires robots to clean, sort, package, and more. Some items, like fruits, only need minimal handling before packaging. Here is a list of some robot capabilities:


  • Meat: This was especially challenging for developers. Each item has its own individual dimensions, which requires final approval.


  • Fruits and vegetables: Soft handling has given way for intelligent robots to handle produce without damaging it.


  • Cutting and shredding: For some time, even household appliances have been able to cut food items into uniform pieces.

Primary Stage

This phase is where robots are frequently used to operate factory floors. Different workcells can cook, bake, or chill goods for storage and later transport. These robots are carefully designed for the preparation and storage of finished products.

“RIOS is a necessary piece of the puzzle to help our customers meet production goals and grow year over year with limited labor resources.”

Michael Thomas Ward, Material Handling Specialist/Engineer
V & H Material Handling

Contact our team to see how we can help you transform your factory.

Bring intelligent machines to your business

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