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Cyber Physical System Considering Physical Contacts in Robotic Manipulation for Improving Automation in Food Industry

Zhongkui Wang 1, Masao Shimizu 1, and Sadao Kawamura 2,3
1. Research Organization of Science and Technology, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Japan
2. Department of Robotics, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Japan
3. Chitose Robotics Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Abstract—Population aging in Japan is exacerbating the labor shortage problem in food industry, agriculture, and other labor-intensive industries. Recently, automation and IoT technologies become highly demanded in such industries for improving productivity and labor-saving. This article reviews the challenges of introducing automation in food industry and proposes a cyber physical system framework for applications in food industry. For facilitating the application of IoT technologies, we propose a module integrated with multiple sensors for monitoring the environment and the robotic system conditions. Further, a network platform is proposed to connect the physical space (robotic system) and the cyber space (cloud). Two examples of robotic systems for automatic tempura plating and presentation and chopped green onion topping are presented to demonstrate the capabilities of applying such technologies in food industry.

Index Terms—Cyber physical system, Node-Red, Json format, automation, food industry, robotic manipulation

Cite: Zhongkui Wang, Masao Shimizu, and Sadao Kawamura, "Cyber Physical System Considering Physical Contacts in Robotic Manipulation for Improving Automation in Food Industry," Journal of Industrial and Intelligent Information, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 23-28, Decemer 2021. doi: 10.18178/jiii.9.2.23-28

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