The future of meat manufacturing could include 3D scanners and automated cutting. Tyson, Smithfield, Cargill and JBS are all looking at ways to incorporate more automation.
In one room, a conveyor belt that has a robotic arm with machine vision cameras and blue grippers swoops down to pick up chicken and places it in a tray pack. In another, an automated mobile robot forklift rolls around guiding itself and a giant yellow robotic crane picks up packages and wraps them to be shipped.
This new-age equipment can be found in the Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center’s 26,000-square-foot facility in Springdale, Arkansas that opened more than a year ago. With masks on, engineering directors Doug Foreman and Marty Linn led Food Dive on a tour of the center through the lens of a Facetime call.
Source : fooddive.com