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for new equipment and technologies, giving
Tyson the opportunity to " tune, " and " dial in "
the solutions born at TMAC before deployment
into production plants.
Training, the second T, gives the solutions
created in TMAC the greatest odds of success
after deployment into the field. Roughly
a quarter of the TMAC facility consists of
training labs for Tyson team members to learn
the solutions and experience the technology
before placement in a plant. This provides
the knowledge they need use and support the
technology, and keep it running in the plant.
" The last I in CITTI is for inspiration, " Linn
said. " We think that this facility and the way
we're trying to engage the community and
trying to engage the rest of the company is
an inspiration. We're doing high-tech things
here. There's a place here for high school and
college-aged kids to say, 'Hey, if I learn about
technology there's actually jobs here. There are
a lot of things that we can do within the field
of automation and technology right here in
the Midwest.' "
TMAC currently focuses much of its
training and development of technology and
automation on vision systems, robotics and
methods to integrate the two.

THE LAYOUT

From left: Doug Foreman,
director of engineering
and technology
development; Marty Linn,
director of TMAC; and
Bill Britting, technology
development engineer.

The first letter in CITTI stands for
collaboration. TMAC provides Tyson a facility
for professionals from plants, engineers from
both Tyson and its equipment suppliers to
collaborate on manufacturing, processing,
packaging, etc. The collaboration with
technology providers through TMAC allows
Tyson to try solutions out before equipment
goes to a plant.
" That's really the key fundamental for
us, " Linn said. " Collaboration is a big part of
the process of developing and implementing
new technology. "
The first I in CITTI represents innovation.
One of Tyson's top goals for TMAC is to
develop innovative and groundbreaking
solutions the industry has not historically
used or even seen. The first T is test. The
automation facility acts as a testing ground

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Tyson designed the biggest and first room
seen when entering the automation center
with a large bay door leftover from its time as
a service center for Tyson trucks. This allows
movement of large equipment in and out
quickly. Electrical power service and airlines
live in an overhead duct system on the ceiling
of the large room giving engineers, production
and processing experts, and technology
providers from both Tyson and its suppliers
the ability to set up and reconfigure depending
on what is needed to accommodate specific
machines and technology.
They can then test, train team members,
move the machines out and prep for the next
project with efficiency.
" Without actually needing to bring in
outside electricians we can easily tap into our
duct system and drop power right down to
the equipment, wherever we need to place it, "
Foreman said.
The room however is not without a warm,
aged character.


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