The meat sector is one of the most important in EU agriculture, consisting of farmers, farmer cooperatives and abattoirs. One of the biggest challenges is maintaining quality. Therefore, automation is a key issue in meeting food security recommended by the EU. However, advanced robotics and automation systems are expensive, non-flexible and lack scalability and robustness, preventing their purchase and wide-scale application.
A new pioneering automation concept advanced by scientists in Norway and Denmark, the Meat Factory Cell (MFC), isn’t capable of autonomy. The EU-funded RoBUTCHER intends to develop a cognitive MFC with high autonomy properties using core robotic technologies based on AI and cognition. The project will provide small and medium-scale meat processors with the tools to overcome technical obstacles that prevent the adoption of robotic automation systems.
- Improvement of the working environment and job quality within the sector
- Robust, flexible and scalable production for the meat producers, regardless of volume
- Greater social equality and inclusion (e.g. age and gender agnostic roles)
- Enhancement of food hygiene and reduction of waste
- Increased knowledge, tools and technology modules for delivering complex and highly variable robotic solutions
For news, publications and more information, please visit the project website at robutcher.eu
- This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871631.