Food Industry Automation

The Intersection of Automation, Safety, & Productivity

Our automation and application engineers proudly partner with leaders in the food industry to deliver highly innovative manufacturing solutions. Our full system capabilities allow us to put our expertise towards the entire manufacturing process, helping to solve industry specific challenges: shrinking labor pool, rising compensation costs, food safety regulations, and traceability. Our capabilities include: Line Design for Automation, HPP Automation (Robotic Load/Unload), Robotic Case Packing, Robotic Pick and Place, Robotic Palletizing, and Robotic Waterjet Cutting and Trimming.


We ensure you deliver on strict quality and food safety requirements. Our strong background in robotic integration paired with our specialization in automation, allows us to engineer a seamless production line that is reliable, consistent, and smart.

Total System Integration

We take standard pieces of equipment and integrate them into one complete, smooth functioning solution. Helping to move product from one area to another, conveyance and material handling, palletizing, and packaging. We take discrete functions that reside together in a plant and link together batch processes.

From Processing to Palletizing – Automate it All

As food manufacturers face increasing demands from regulating agencies and consumers, automation becomes even more essential. Food production must be clean, safe, and high quality, all with an eye on reduced waste and environmental responsibility.

Our solutions offer quick, safe, repeatable results that reduce overall labor, increase production line speed and efficiency, and provide strict traceability. With thoughtful, forward-looking automation solutions from SPA, address labor issues, product variation, food safety and sustainability, all while meeting consumers’ evolving demands.

Customizable solutions for your operation:

  • Line design for automation
  • Robotic load/unload
  • Robotic pick and place
  • Robotic palletizing
  • Robotic waterjet cutting
  • Material storage and retrieval
  • And more

The Future of Food Production: Advanced Robotics in Action

In the food industry, where labor costs are increasing, turnover is high, and more rigorous food safety standards are required, advanced automation technologies such as Soft Robotics’ mGripAI™ technology combining 3D vision, artificial intelligence and soft grippers are surpassing existing solutions. Compared to traditional solutions which are often too costly, complex to implement, and require custom development, the new generation of robot-based automation offers a real competitive edge both technologically and economically.

Shape Process Automation introduces our new product – Xilix Spectrum Waterjet Food Cutting System

Waterjet technology is an excellent solution to address labor issues, product variation, food safety and sustainability challenges in cutting baked goods, produce, and proteins. Utilizing this technology also provides added value when compared to other mechanical systems due to its versatility and increased cutting speed. Cakes, breads, confectionaries, lettuce, celery, chicken, beef, pork, fish, and many types of frozen foods are cut with pure water pressurized up to 90,000 PSI/6,200 bar. Waterjet cutting processes food without messy, expensive blades or wires resulting in less maintenance and down-time.

SPA also designs and builds customized systems to meet various product specifications and high-volume production. With more than 50 years of experience we have developed countless systems, working together to provide reliable, cost-efficient solutions that minimize disruptions to your operation while ensuring conformance to the latest industry safety standards.


  • Create and cut unlimited custom shapes
  • Cut products fresh or frozen
  • Exact portion and size control
  • Higher yield with reduced waste
  • No messy knives, blades or wires
  • No compressed edges


Line Design for Automation

Robotic Case Packing

HPP Automation (Robotic Load/Unload)

Robotic Pick & Place

Robotic Palletizing

Robotic Cutting

Automating High Pressure Processing (HPP)

High Pressure Processing (HPP) is one of the fastest growing technology sectors, and at Shape Process Automation we are proud to lead the advancement of HPP automation. Integrating automation into both upstream and downstream HPP process, we help customers with palletizing, raw material storage and retrieval, and more.

Our team is well versed in the rising trend towards Clean Label Products and support the technologies conducive to manufacturing high quality, highly natural products.

In addition to our automation expertise, we offer a broad portfolio of standard products to compliment your HPP lines including:

  • Custom Carriers
  • Carrier Carts & Elevators
  • Turntables
  • Tote Dumpers & Pre-Feeders
  • Dryers
  • And more

Service Commitment

We’re committed to our customers, partnering together throughout our entire engagement together and beyond. Your long-term success is genuinely important to us and we’re committed to keeping your production levels optimized.