The journey thus far has been nothing short of exhilarating and intense. We have witnessed the rapid progression of our robots in the Meat Factory Cell, from their first attempts at cutting to their mastery of complete limb removals. We have even achieved the demonstration of both ham and shoulder cuts, a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. As Francisco Requena (Paco) of FACCSA/Prolong so eloquently put it, “A small step for robots, a giant leap for the meat industry.”
As we continue to push the boundaries of innovation, our Meat Factory Cell has been dismantled and shipped to Germany for reassembly and testing. We are excited to see the results of this next phase of development, as our cell is now in the capable hands of Tomas and Vaclav at MRI, who will be responsible for the testing process. This marks an important transition and milestone for us, moving from technical development to deployment and testing.
We are also proud to report that our efforts in Denmark with the cold-cutting case have been successful, as the system is now possible to use as a matter of routine. Our End User Reference group has provided valuable feedback on the types of challenges we must address to fully implement “cell” approaches to slaughter and cutting. Furthermore, we have passed an EU extraordinary review with flying colours, impressing the reviewers with our progress in the past 12 months.
It has been a while since we have all met as a project, and I am looking forward to our upcoming meeting in Kulmbach, at MRI, during the 26-27 January 2023. I am eager to see the fruits of our labour, and discuss the way forward, not only for the final months of RoBUTCHER, but for the future of this type of activity in the meat sector. I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who has made this progress possible.
With warm regards,