This project will develop a novel robotic work-bench, or cell, for use in abattoirs for assisting with the primary cutting of carcasses.

01 Apr 2018 - 31 Jan 2022
NMBU Robotics

The Foundation for Research Levy on Agricultural Products (FFL) / the Agricultural Agreement Research Fund (JA)

About the MeaTable project

  • The main objective of the MeaTable project is to reduce the work load and strain on human workers. The work-bench will hold, lift, manipulate and orientate the carcass to enable a human-operator to perform the necessary cuts quickly and with the minimum of effort and in this way improve the work environment of thousands of workers in Norway and beyond. Furthermore, transportation of parts from the carcass is incorporated to alleviate labour intensity, as well as reduce cross-contamination risks.

    The project aims to increase productivity in an energy-efficient, sustainable way, by introducing automation to the meat slaughter and cutting process that is suitable for the scale of the Norwegian industry. The process shall improve environmental sustainability performance while maintaining or improving economic and social sustainability.

    Using the novel Cell concept as its starting point, MeaTable will introduce a flexible, scalable, and robust automation solution to the meat industry. Based on human/robot collaboration, suitable for the scale of Norwegian slaughterhouses, the project will develop a system that is specifically tailored for the Norwegian market.

  • A list of publications is available at the Research Council of Norway's website.