Aug 03, 2022

Robotic palletizing systems relieve labor shortage woes

More small, medium feed manufacturers are investing in automation as a means to survive and thrive in today’s labor marketFor more information on Premier Tech and its products, visit Premier Tech’s Feed & Grain Buyers Guide profile.

— By Jackie Roembke

Finding and retaining reliable employees has challenged the animal feed industry pre-dating the “Great Resignation.” Rural operations have a limited pool to draw from, with unique challenges in attracting a stable workforce. As new technologies come online and others improve, feed manufacturers invest in automation to increase production and improve their efficiency and profitability. However, trends in the labor market have prompted increased interest in robotic solutions.

At the end of the line, manual palletizing positions are especially difficult for feed producers to fill. The work is difficult and repetitive — often in an uncomfortable environment — and can take a physical toll. Here, robotic palletizing systems have become a popular and efficient solution, one that alleviates stress of trying to fill the role.

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