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Meat Processing Robots Make the Grade for Webinar

POSTED 07/29/2009

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (July 29, 2009) – An open invitation to serve as a speaker at a robotic meat processing webinar is extended to members of Robotic Industries Association. Abstracts may be sent to Brian Huse, RIA’s director of marketing and public relations. Long-time industry trade journal National Provisioner is facilitating the online meeting in February 2010.

Up to two speaker candidates will be confirmed by September 10, 2009, and will be asked to prepare their story in a non-commercial format for an online meeting coordinated by National Provisioner (23,000 BPA circulation).

“With the help of our friends at National Provisioner, we want to share how robots already are a success in this industry segment and let others see once again how versatile robots are,” said Huse. (For more information contact him at 734/994-6088, [email protected].”)
“We have a unique opportunity to look at how robots are used for more than just packaging,” said Peter Havens, of the National Provisioner and Senior Group Publisher, BNP Media. “Robots for meat processing isn’t blue sky, it is done now and many will realize how much this makes sense. We think companies like Hormel, Tyson, Smithfield and the entire food supply chain will be interested.”

Whoever works in the meat processing industry can attest to the demanding nature of a job that mandates safety, cleanliness, repetition and long hours of handling. Robots and end effectors exist now that comply with government and commercial washdown requirements found in the food processing industry.

“Robots easily pay for themselves in savings, production and quality,” said Huse. “Another upside is worker safety. Meat processing can be a grueling job. People who do it risk their health and companies feel the pain when it becomes a workers comp situation.”

Investment considerations and pitfalls to avoid are the kind of details speakers can address at the meeting. Subject matter can range from FDA and OSHA to ROI and mean-time-between failure, according to Huse.

For more information call Association headquarters at (734) 994-6088 or members can login to Robotics Online (www.robotics.org).

About RIA
Founded in 1974, RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, systems integrators, component suppliers, educators, research groups, and consulting firms. RIA is renowned worldwide as the sponsor of the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Awards, co-produces the biennial International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and Conference plus many regional events, and is secretariat of the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard. RIA is the sole source of North American robotics industry statistics which are included in the World Robot Statistics published by the International Federation of Robotics. RIA also is publisher of the industry’s leading web portal, Robotics Online (www.robotics.org).

About National Provisioner
Established in 1891, National Provisioner is the meat, poultry and pork industry's leading technology magazine reaching executive management, operations and engineering decision-makers. In addition, National Provisioner offers the industry's most sophisticated industry website portal, ProvisionerOnline.com, as well as, a weekly eNewsletter Provisioner Prime and the industry's only strategic, one-on-one, buying event, MeatProcessingXchange.

Brian Huse