WED. JAN. 18, 2012 1:00PM CST
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Better, Cheaper, Faster: Can you have all three?
Most processors have automated most steps of production, from slicing or forming to cooking to packaging. But those are islands of automation, largely unconnected to one another. The next dimension in process automation in the meat industry is to fully integrate them, connecting the entire production line — and the electronic data it creates — from intake to shipping. Some companies already have done this, particularly in Europe, but there are hurdles to widespread adoption in the United States. Our panel of operations experts will discuss the idea of beginning-to-end process automation, its promise, its current reality and next steps.
Consultant Gustovich spends his time in factories around the country, and will provide his insights on the state of process automation based on what he’s seen in practice. MORE
McMurray leads the university’s research into technologies that process will be using in the near future. He’ll explain what some of those developments are and how processors are likely to be affected. MORE
West Liberty is one of the country’s largest processors of turkey and ready-to-eat meats. Johnson will talk about the real challenges he’s faced in introducing new types of automation to the factory. MORE