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In effect, having the machines do inspections
instead of the people.
" People are somewhat inconsistent, a vision system
is not, " Souser said. " If we had a machine learning
capability incorporated, then it would just get better
and better. "

HANDLING VARIABILITY
When dealing with meat and poultry, standardizing the
finished product can be one of the biggest challenges
to packaging - meat differs in size, shape, texture and
fat content. Unlike an automotive production line, food
production is full of irregularities.
Not all chicken breasts or beef loins are alike.
The variability of meat makes it difficult to
create predictability in packaging. Vision systems
can be configured to recognize these subtleties and
standardize packaging systems.
Kansas City, Mo.-based Multivac has innovated its
vision technology to automate the weighing, portioning
and packaging tasks. The company is using X-ray
technology in vision systems to determine the fat
content of a chicken breast to help predict the weight.
This helps standardize the calculations of placing two
to three chicken breasts into a package and effectively
speeds up production, said Waheed Chaudhry,
automation project sales engineer at Multivac.
Multivac is not only capitalizing on equipment
innovation, but also using the data gathered by its
machines to maximize efficiency.
" We're not just a hardware provider, now we're also
a software provider, " Chaudhry said. " We have become
a full-line system solution provider along with basically
a data management company to give you the oversight
you need to look into your production level. "

TRACKING PERFORMANCE
Data is king these days in all industries. The key
to efficient automation systems is effective data
management. Packers and retailers want to understand
their processes and avoid bottlenecks on production
lines, Chaudhry said.
Multivac is creating its own software so packers
can manage production better, adjusting where human
error or inefficiencies are slowing or stopping the line.
By developing their own software, Multivac has
been able to vertically integrate their equipment with
their data collection to create a seamless transfer
of information from the beginning to the end of a
packaging line, Chaudhry said.
" Automation doesn't necessarily mean a robot.
Automation means looking at a full line and looking
at all their processes along the way and making that


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