Meat+Poultry - July 2018 - 60
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BY RYA N M C C A R T H Y | r m c c a r t hy @ s o s l a n d.c o m
MEAT+ POULTRY | 07.18 | www.meatpoultry.com
Photos: Georgia Tech Research Institute
Researchers at GTRI
are looking at using
co-robotics to assist in
eorgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) senior
research technologist and project director Sean
Thomas remembers the robots he worked with at
the beginning of his research career. The sheer size would
intimidate people. Most robots were placed in cages for the
safety of humans working alongside them.
"Twenty years ago, to pick up 7 or 8 lbs. you would have
a robot weighing 1,500 lbs.," Thomas says. "Today you're
getting a robot weighing less than 45 lbs. picking up 11 lbs."
These latest robotic advancements are being used
to develop potential poultry processing solutions for
strenuous and repetitive jobs.