Meat processors expedite plans to implement robotics as pandemic increases pressure

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.

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