2014 International Poultry Exposition
January 28-30, 2014
Georgia World Congress Center
A Message from Doug Britton, ATRP Program Manager
As manager of the Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP), I am very excited to present to you the research portfolio highlighted in this electronic edition of our PoultryTech newsletter. ATRP’s vision is to be the technology innovation and development provider that enables Georgia to be recognized as the undisputed leader in poultry, agribusiness, and food processing. This year’s slate of research projects once again seeks to fulfill this vision and to continue ATRP’s long tradition of serving the poultry industry by developing innovative solutions for the many challenging issues associated with production and processing.
ATRP’s Intelligent Cutting and Deboning System is the focus of a Tech Connection article in the August 2013 issue of Meatingplace magazine (www.meatingplace.com).“Rise of the Robots,” highlights the research team’s strides in automating the poultry deboning process to match the performance of humans.
Food Processing Magazine
By Kevin T. Higgins
The next generation of food and beverage production facilities will be sanitary, flexible, more pleasant to work in and self-sustaining.
Survival replaced sustainability as a top-of-mind concern in recent years, leading some to think sustainability was a passing fad in the food industry.
Sustainable manufacturing was never about saving the planet, although some of the concept's most enthusiastic proponents tried to drape a green cape on it. Stripped to its fundamentals, sustainability is a synonym for efficiency, and it's extremely difficult to find proponents of inefficiency and a return to wasteful ways.
A hallmark of the Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) is its quest to drive transformational innovation in the poultry industry. Working with the University of Georgia’s Department of Poultry Science, ATRP has embarked on a research journey to define the next generation of poultry processing methods and technologies. ATRP Program Manager Doug Britton discusses the strategic initiative: “The Poultry Plant of the Future.”
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ATRP is now on Facebook
GTRI’s Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) is now on Facebook, featuring information about exciting research initiatives underway, interesting poultry and food industry news, industry events, photos, videos, and more! We invite you to become a fan by clicking the “like” button on our page — www.facebook.com/ATRP.GTRI
Technical Assistance Is Just a Phone Call Away
The Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) provides no-cost technical assistance to Georgia-based firms and individuals in the poultry industry. These assists include simple inquiries regarding information or help needed to address a problem and extensive on-site consultations in which researchers collect data and provide a full report on their findings and recommendations. The technical assistance program also offers in-plant energy assessments designed to help companies identify strategies of reducing energy usage and costs. Recently, the program was extended to include workplace safety consultations, specifically those focused on ergonomics and cumulative trauma disorders. ATRP uses input from all assists to gauge situations calling for new research initiatives in energy, environmental, safety, and other areas.
To inquire about the program or to schedule an assist, call Doug Britton at (404) 407-8829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gary McMurray Named Associate Director of Industry for the Newly Established Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech
FPTD Division Chief Gary McMurray has been named associate director of industry at the Georgia Tech Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM). The newest of Georgia Tech’s 10 Interdisciplinary Research Institutes, IRIM will create new collaborative opportunities for faculty, strengthen partnerships with industry and government and maximize the societal impact of the transformative robotics research being conducted at Georgia Tech.
As associate director of industry, McMurray will help to facilitate interactions between IRIM and GTRI’s existing research sponsors in both private industry and government. He will also work to develop new partnerships for funded research and establish an industry affiliates program to integrate industry into Georgia Tech’s robotics research portfolio.
“I am honored and excited to represent GTRI and work with the greater Georgia Tech community to continue to build the robotics research program and its impact on society,” says McMurray.
McMurray has led FPTD since 2009 and has been with GTRI for more than 23 years. His research has focused on the development of robotic technologies for agribusiness, biomedical, and unmanned systems customers. He is an expert in visual servoing, the use of vision for the real-time control of robots; has authored more than 50 refereed journal articles and technical papers in robotics; and holds three U.S. patents. He is currently leading GTRI’s Strategic Initiative in Agriculture Sensing in collaboration with partners at the University of Georgia and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. McMurray received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
By Angela Colar, PoultryTech Editor
It began with a phone call. The year was 1973 and Georgia’s poultry industry was looking to grow through innovation. Having received a unique request from the industry, the Georgia Poultry Federation placed a call that turned out to be an extremely important one for then and the future.
On July 1, the Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) began FY 2014 research activities with a total of 15 projects underway. The projects span the fields of workplace safety, advanced fluid separations, adaptive robotic systems, novel audio and signal processing, energy and water conservation, and food safety screening systems. Six are full-scale research projects that address critical issues facing poultry production, while the remaining nine are special exploratory projects that seek to develop concepts and ideas for later transition into full-scale research projects. Read on for a brief description of each and stay tuned to PoultryTech for more in-depth reports.
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), addressed more than 100 poultry industry safety and health professionals at the 2013 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, held August 19-21, at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida. Michaels provided an update on current OSHA initiatives then participated in a Q&A session with attendees via remote broadcast.
The Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) has acquired a manufacturing robot for use as a research test bed. The U.S.A.-made Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics can handle many repetitive production tasks that are typically difficult or expensive to automate, freeing human operators to focus on more value-added jobs. That makes it particularly useful for ATRP project teams as researchers explore automating several repetitive tasks in poultry processing.
Dr. Wayne Daley has been named one of four Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Fellows. The Fellows Program recognizes outstanding full-time principal researchers based on achievement and alignment with a critical GTRI area of research. GTRI Fellows are awarded discretionary funding for two years based on a charge and charter to contribute to the advancement of a key GTRI technical area. Once selected, GTRI Fellows retain the title for the remainder of their careers and are involved in the selection of new Fellows.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) last year. Two significant changes require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDS), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). The first compliance date of the revised HCS is December 1, 2013. By that date, OSHA expects companies to have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format.
Join ATRP as we host the Poultry World educational exhibit at the Georgia National Fair from October 4-13 in Perry, Georgia. Poultry World was established in 1995 by the Georgia Poultry Federation, along with industry and academic partners, to share information with the public about all aspects of the poultry industry – Georgia’s #1 agricultural and agribusiness sector.
Infrared photos reveal Yellowstone's dark side
Using high-res heat vision, a scientist and a photographer are shedding new light on Yellowstone — and hoping to inspire new scientists in the process.
Yellowstone National Park is an eye-catching place, full of sweeping vistas, diverse wildlife and vivid geology. But as humans, our eyes can't catch all of it. Yellowstone, like the rest of the world, is visible to us only through a sliver of reflected light.
But thanks to a nature photographer from Montana and a geoscientist from Georgia, the park has begun to reveal itself in surprising new ways.