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PA C K A G I N G S O L U T I O N S

Automatic
ASSISTANCE
Automation in packaging technology helps
processors overcome labor and efficiency issues
BY L U K A S S O U T H A R D | m e a t p o u l t r y @ s o s l a n d.c o m

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The pandemic has put even more focus on
automation in processing plants to improve
food and worker safety.
Harpak-Ulma, based in Taunton, Mass.,
has developed a new master bag system
that integrates the primary packaging of
individually portioned meat and groups those
products into large orders, known as masters,
for shipping. The machine sorts the packages
by SKU and groups them into masters
without a human hand touching the oftendelicate package.

Multivac

Automated packaging
machines allow processors
to cut down on the
amount of labor needed
to run their lines.

utomation is often described as a
job killer, but robots and packaging
machines are filling roles in the meat
industry that are hard to staff and can even be
dangerous for workers. Packaging companies
are not just equipment peddlers selling
palletizing robots anymore.
Automation and robotics are integrating
data collection and vision systems to minimize
human error and reduce the need for repetitive
tasks by workers by putting machines right on
the line next to their human operators.


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