Paloma is a fully automated food-packaging machine. It uses high-speed arms called delta robots, which are positioned above a conveyor belt. Guided by a vision system, the robots move incredibly fast to pick and package fresh and frozen food items, including cookies, cakes, candy, cheese, pizza, fish, and meat.
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Paloma robots can handle almost any kind of food: fresh, chilled, frozen. Of course, it can also handle non-food items.
Paloma was developed by Demaurex, a pioneer in industrial robotics based in Ecublens, near Lausanne, Switzerland. Founded in 1983, Demaurex focused initially on producing mechanical parts for automation and computer systems. One of those was an early version of the Logitech computer mouse. In 1988, Demaurex acquired a license to commercialize the delta robot. Invented at the nearby École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the delta robot consists of three arms suspended from above and attached to an end-effector, a configuration that allows it to move extremely fast and precisely. In subsequent years, Demaurex developed a successful line of robotic systems, and in 1996 it bought the delta robot patent. In 2018, Demaurex became part of the Rotzinger Group. It currently offers a variety of pick-and-place robots for the food, pharmaceutical, and other industries.