Special Issue "Actuators in Food Industry"
A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)
Dr. Steve Davis
Lecturer in Manufacturing Automation and Robotics School of Computing Science and Engineering UG8, Newton Building University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT UK
Interests: Actuators; pneumatic muscles; compliant actuation; grippers and end effectors; humanoid robots and automation for the food industry
Food production and processing forms one of the largest economic and employment sectors globally. Currently the level of automation is highly variable, ranging from completely manual operations to the most advanced manufacturing systems. However, overall there is generally low use of automation technology compared with other industries. There are many reasons for this, including the unique hygiene requirements of the food industry, low margins, the natural and highly variable nature of food products and the requirement to work closely with human operators. This presents challenges for all areas of automation and robotics but particularly in the area of actuation systems.
Therefore this special issue targets high quality publications spanning the following topics:
- novel actuators for use in the food industry
- actuators for grippers in the food industry
- safe physical human-robot interaction
- compliant/soft actuation
- energy efficient actuation
- low cost actuation systems
- hygienically designed actuation systems
- robots for the food industry
Dr. Steve Davis
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