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WEBINAR: Processing automation: When will the robots arrive?

11/30/21 10:00 am CST
Online - Webinar

2021 Poultry Tech Summit logoRegister to learn how automation and robotics could help combat labor shortages in poultry processing. 

Chronic labor shortages in poultry processing plants were only exacerbated by the pandemic. Robots have been in poultry plants performing routine tasks like stacking boxes on pallets, but jobs that require more flexibility and need to be performed on items of varying shapes and sizes have been more difficult to automate. How and when will complex tasks like breast deboning or meat inspection and trimming be automated? Featured speakers include Gary V. McMurray, interim IRIM executive director & associate director, Collaborative Robotics and Division Chief, Principal Research Engineer, Food Processing Technology Division, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Mathias Konne, business development and marketing coordinator, North America, Staubli Corporation, and Jay Russell, key account manager, Marel Inc.

2021 PTS SponsorsThis webinar will broadcast at: 10:00 AM CST (Chicago) / 4:00 PM GMT (London) / 12:00 AM CST, Dec. 3 (Beijing).

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  1. Learn how automation and robotics could help combat labor shortages in poultry processing. 
  2. Learn how advances in design have resulted in robots ready to tackle the unique environments of poultry processing plant. 
  3. Understand how to determine if a robot meets the individual needs of a poultry processing environment.

This is the sixth webinar of the '2021 Poultry Tech Summit Webinar Series: What’s coming next.' During this seven-part webinar series industry experts will preview what’s coming next – from prospective solutions to developing technology – for the poultry industry. 

This webinar series is sponsored by: Arm & Hammer, Aviagen, Baader, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cargill, Ceva, Chore-Time, Cobb, Evonik, Marel, Phibro Animal Health, Staubli, and Zoetis.

Presented by WATT Poultry and WATT Global Media.
 


 

Speaker Info:

Gary McMurrayGary V. McMurray, interim IRIM executive director & associate director, Collaborative Robotics and Division Chief, Principal Research Engineer, Food Processing Technology Division, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Gary V. McMurray is interim IRIM executive director & associate director, Collaborative Robotics and Division Chief, Principal Research Engineer, Food Processing Technology Division, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He has led the development of advanced robotic systems for the food, transportation and biomedical industries. He oversees the GTRI Division that conducts significant industrial research under Georgia's Traditional Industries Program and leads the Division’s efforts for identifying and marketing new research opportunities. 


Mathias KonneMathias Konne, business development and marketing coordinator, North America, Staubli Corporation

Mathias Konne has a bachelor degree in international marketing from the Ecole Pratique Hautes Etudes Commerciales - EPHEC (Belgium). He is based at Staubli Corporation’s U.S. headquarters in Duncan, South Carolina.  

 

 


Jay Russell, key account manager, Marel Inc.

Jay Russell is a key account manager for Marel Inc and an active Board Member of various national and state Poultry Federations.  He has spent the last 18 years with various engineering and OEM manufacturing companies implementing plant-level production automation technologies on a global level for the poultry, meat, seafood, pet food and consumer foods industries. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Biosystems Engineering, minoring in Mechanical Engineering.