International executives in the food and agricultural sector descended on Tyneside last week to see first-hand cutting-edge packing robots created by an innovator based at NETPark, Sedgefield.
Wootzano staged a showcase of its Avarai robotics system which can delicately pack soft fruit and vegetables without damaging them. The system is being touted as a groundbreaking piece of tech for food producers facing labour shortages.
The County Durham firm’s ‘Nova’ event at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory drew international speakers and delegates who heard from the technological mastermind behind Wootzano’s robots, founder Dr Atif Syed. He gave a presentation on the firm’s journey of electronic skin manufacturing, tracing its successful application in previous robotic ventures, and on to its current application in Avarai – a system referred to as a proprietary post-harvest system.