Doug Britton, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.