We need to rethink production technology for meat packers - the old cutting table is being revived.
Credit: Animal Frontiers
Publisher: American Society of Animal Science
Rights: Name must appear as a credit whenever the image is used- Animal Frontiers, Volume 12, Issue 2, April 2022, Pages 5–6, https://doi.org/10.1093/af/vfac019
Description: Traditional meat production lines are limited in capacity and efficiency, and stops in the line can cause significant delays and interruptions to production. Robotic production cells using artificial intelligence can not only provide redundancy and accommodate biological variation in carcasses, but can learn over time, further increasing efficiency. However, challenges to implementing robotic production cells remain, and include the need for fast changing of tools, cleaning in place, and a logistics system that enables efficient movement of carcasses.