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Food and Beverages | Monday, July 04, 2022
An industrial revolution is in progress as modern technology is introduced into the poultry, agriculture, and food manufacturing industries.
Fremont, CA; Businesses are on the edge of the fourth industrial revolution, also called Industry 4.0, which is defined by the convergence of several technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), autonomous systems, nanotechnologies, quantum computing, and an utterly interconnected internet of things.
This convergence of promoting technologies has the potential to radically alter the notion of employment since it anticipates a future production floor without the need for workers to be physically present.
With the future Industry, 4.0 paradigm as a backdrop, a future chicken processing facility could seem drastically diverse in 20 years. While the poultry industry's automation is examined as advanced compared to other animal protein manufacturing/processing processes, closer analysis reveals that the basic processing activities have remained mainly unaltered for the previous 50 years. They're composed of a combination of old procedures and tools that have been revised with new materials and unit process technology.
The organic unpredictability, flexibility, and deformable qualities of chicken processing and the product's food safety and perishable nature have all been hurdles compared to conventional production.
These have been essential roadblocks in automating desired throughput, yield, and quality measurements. Numerous issues can be overcome under the Industry 4.0 paradigm, where each carcass is scanned and processed as a single unit or lot. Consider a networked array of sensors/cameras connected to high-performance cloud computing resources that can develop exceptional cutting paths for a single carcass in real-time.
This data & information are then supplied into a single work cell with multiple robots coordinated to perform the proper carcass treatment and cutting operations. The carcass is the working chamber's input, and the aimed products and the divided frames are the outputs.
The Georgia Tech Research Institute's ATRP (Agricultural Technology Research Program ) has invested extensively in highly revolutionary technology breakthroughs using Industry 4.0 ideas.
Their Poultry Plant of the Coming strategic initiative incorporates the creation of virtual reality concepts that allow robotics to be controlled remotely, novel paradigms for sensing and processing carcasses in individual work cells, AI-driven robotic solutions for performing cuts and handling products in processing, and the deployment or evolution of advanced sensors to perform input product characterization in help of advanced manipulation. These projects are parts of a giant puzzle that, when finished, will reveal an entirely altered poultry production and processing business that looks nothing like it does now.