The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that Koorosh Khodabandehloo, Tom Maguire, and Niels Madsen will be the featured speakers at the AMSA 72nd Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) Symposium entitled “Automation and Labor – What the Future Outlook is in Automation,” on Monday, June 24 in Loveland, Colo. This session is sponsored by the Food Processing Suppliers Association. The AMSA 2019 RMC is co-hosted by Colorado State University and JBS USA Food Co.

The featured presentations include:

Meat Automation: Advances in Robotics for Meat Production: The past 30 years have seen important developments in robotics for the meat sector and these have included primal cutting, de-boning and general handling including packaging and end-of line operations such as palletizing. In this presentation Koorosh Khodabandehloo, Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland Australia, will cover the status of technology that many academics and industrialists are concerned with, detailing the basis for widespread use of robots as a future global target in the meat sector.

Digital Technologies in the Meat Value Chain: Placing the consumer first demands a new approach to managing and using digital technologies in the meat industry will be the focus of this presentation led by Tom Maguire, Chief Value Chain Officer with Teys Australia. Linking genetics to what the consumer wants is an important mission for the industry as it is necessary to give accurate feedback, relay value information, and support value-based payments to stimulate action. Producing a higher value animal, costing the same to breed, feed and process, produces additional revenue that may be shared by all along the supply chain.

Automated Foreign Object Detection in Meat Processing: Meat processors strive to avoid recalls and waste, whilst delivering quality products meeting consumer demands. Niels Madsen, Market Manager - Measuring Systems and Data Integration with DMRI in Denmark, will cover technologies to measure and assure meat quality based on decades of research and development at DMRI, whist focusing on fully automatic detection of foreign objects, particularly in minced meat and trimmings.

The AMSA 72nd RMC will be held June 23-26, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. For more information regarding the AMSA 72nd RMC please visit: or contact Deidrea Mabry 1-800-517-AMSA ext. 12.

Source: AMSA