US meat giant bets on robotics and automation for alleviating shortage of manpower that’s been hampering the growth of the industry. Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center has a 26,000 square foot area, which is a multimillion dollar facility. It’s based in Springdale, Arkansas.
For the Good of the Industry
In the facility, it’s manned with engineers who apply the newest advances in machine learning for better meat manufacturing with the intent of eliminating works that are physically demanding, time consuming and highly repetitive.
People are Needed
As the global demand for meat increases, producers are having a difficult time to attract enough workers who would be able to keep up with the growing consumption.
Some in industry pointed that the tough stand of Trump administration among immigration is one of the factors for the shortage. This as a result pushed producers to boost pay in some cases and offering additional benefits similar to health care, new housing as well as transportation incentives to attract workers.
However, with the advances in technology, it makes it feasible to stride in machine automation. To give you an example, machine vision is faster and more accurate to apply it in meat production, which is actually labor intensive than other food manufacturing.