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Could deboning machinery
beat a skilled worker?
In the future, advanced robotics might deliver
better yield than a human.
AUSTIN ALONZO

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utomated deboning machines could
soon surpass human performance,
according to a leading researcher.
Ai Ping Hu, a senior research engineer
at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
said he is working on automated devices that
can produce butterfly cuts nearly as well as a
human worker. Hu said the new devices will
be in use, on a trial basis, in poultry plants as
soon as spring of 2020. He spoke as part of
the 2019 Poultry Tech Summit in Atlanta on
Nov. 21.
Poultry processing is constantly dealing
The current version of the device can process 10 birds a
with a shortage of labor, especially in skilled
minute. Ai Ping Hu
positions. Hu said GTRI identified the most
challenging cut for processing plants, the so-called
same cut on an entire flock based on the average
shoulder cut, and began working on an automated
weight of the birds. Machines worked quickly and
solution.
reliably, but yield was not competitive with skilled
workers.
Changes in deboning devices
Today, these devices can quickly adjust their
In the past, automated deboning devices made the
cuts based on the size of the individual carcass and
deliver a much better yield. Hu said he believes a
machine, given the right conditions, can outperform
a human worker.
Through years of work, GTRI researchers found
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a faster way to determine the proportions of an
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entire bird based on the measurement of certain
Oct. 12-14, 2020, at the Georgia Tech Hotel
bones in the carcass. Then, they motion captured
& Conference Center in Atlanta.
how a skilled worker would perform the same cut.
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Contents
Popeyes’ chicken sandwich is great! Will people switch?
McDonald’s launches new bid to compete in chicken sandwich wars
Could avian flu-resistant chickens be a commercial reality?
Digital technology could streamline the poultry supply chain
ASF drives global poultry market in 2020
Could deboning machinery beat a skilled worker?
How to ensure a clean water supply in the broiler house
Woody breast discovery could offer options for control
Prevention, risk minimization keep foreign materials out
Dark meat is chicken’s next growth engine
Consumers still want value, convenience and flavor
What feed formulators need to know about organic rations
Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2020: Poultry’s future
Product Review
Market Place
Ad Index
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Contents
Poultry USA - February 2020 - Popeyes’ chicken sandwich is great! Will people switch?
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - McDonald’s launches new bid to compete in chicken sandwich wars
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Could avian flu-resistant chickens be a commercial reality?
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Digital technology could streamline the poultry supply chain
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - ASF drives global poultry market in 2020
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Could deboning machinery beat a skilled worker?
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - How to ensure a clean water supply in the broiler house
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Woody breast discovery could offer options for control
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Prevention, risk minimization keep foreign materials out
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Dark meat is chicken’s next growth engine
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Consumers still want value, convenience and flavor
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - What feed formulators need to know about organic rations
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Poultry USA - February 2020 - Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2020: Poultry’s future
Poultry USA - February 2020 - Product Review
Poultry USA - February 2020 - Ad Index
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