MeaTable will develop a novel robotic work-bench, or cell, for use in abattoirs for assisting with the primary cutting of carcasses. The main objective of the 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 further 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, that are suitable for the scale of Norwegian slaughterhouses, we develop a system that is specifically well suited for the Norwegian market.
Project leader: Alex Mason
Institution: FAKULTET FOR REALFAG OG TEKNOLOGI