Tyson steps up robotics research amid COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted more interest in packing plant robotics. One company exploring additional automation in the processing line is Tyson Foods. The Wall Street Journal reports a team of Tyson designers in Arkansas is developing an automated chicken deboning system.
So far, meat processors say the robots cannot match a human’s ability to disassemble carcasses, leaving much of the trimming work to humans working in close quarters where they are at higher risk of catching COVID-19. Tyson’s Manufacturing Automation Center opened last August before the pandemic, where they are reportedly working to help machines adjust to differences in shape and color.
Tyson processes nearly 39-million chickens every week.