Virtual Reality, Robots, and the Poultry Processing Line
December 1, 2021 | by Sam Shafer
While robots can be common for case packing and palletizing processes, it has been a long and difficult road implementing traditional robotics into poultry processing due to numerous factors. One major factor is accuracy of sensing systems to control the robots. Researchers at GTRI have been developing and testing a system that utilizes Virtual Reality, allowing a human to provide key information to a robot enabling its operation. For this task, the team is exploring cone-loading and re-hang applications. However, this technology has far reaching potential for several applications all along the poultry processing chain. In addition, it abstracts the workers from the harsh environments and repetitive motion activities that pose a challenge for the line-workers by allowing them to perform these tasks from remote locations, even their own homes!