A review of robotics and autonomous systems in the food industry: From the supply chains perspective

Duong, Linh N.K., Al-Fadhli, Mohammed, Jagtap, Sandeep , Bader, Farah, Martindale, Wayne, Swainson, Mark and Paoli, Andrea (2020) A review of robotics and autonomous systems in the food industry: From the supply chains perspective. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 106 . pp. 355-364. ISSN 0924-2244

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2020.10.028

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Abstract

Background.

An increasing global population means resource utilisation and food security remain the critical global challenges. Robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) have been applied to improve productivity, and their role in enhancing supply chain operations is explored here.

Scope and approach.

Researchers have studied ways to adopt and integrate RAS into the food industry. However, most of the current literature focuses on the technological impact of RAS. In contrast, this paper discusses the adoption of RAS in the food industry from the supply chain perspective with regard to the supply chain operations.

Key findings and conclusions.

The study has selected 54 papers using a nine-step systematic review process. This research analysed the use of RAS across five major themes of the food supply chain, including food quality, food safety, food waste, supply chain efficiency, and supply chain analysis. The role of RAS, the data availability, cybersecurity, skill capability, and financial costs are discussed in the context of adopting RAS in food supply chains. Future research directions are proposed with the aim of enhancing the application of RAS in food supply chain operations.

Keywords:Food supply chains, Robotics and autonomous systems, Literature review
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N990 Business and Administrative studies not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Science > National Centre for Food Manufacturing
ID Code:42809
Deposited On:10 Nov 2020 15:59

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