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PRODUCTION LINE
ROBOTICS
Future capabilities
Computer vision technology can detect
Things to consider
with robotic
implementation
* Reduced labor costs
* Fewer worker injuries
* Increased production capabilities
* Less food waste
* Cost of new equipment and startup
* Equipment life span and maintenance
* Increase/decrease in utilities cost
defects in items, even if too small for the
naked eye, in a production when the items
are supposed to be uniform in shape and
size. No two pieces of produce are exactly
the same, however.
" In the industrial space, vision systems are
trained to look for something very specific.
Let's say for a pen, the outside of the pen
is always the same, " Brookshire said. " But
if you put five strawberries down, they all
look different. "
Currently, people are needed to pick
out defective produce in a processing
or production line. Brookshire said AI
technology is close to robots be able
to learn what to look for in a defective
piece of produce the same way an
experienced human picker has learned.
" Imagine if you could put 100 good
fruits and 100 bad fruits in front of
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