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Tyson to Develop Advanced Technologies at New Facility

August 8, 2019
The Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center (TMAC). Image courtesy of Tyson Foods
The Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center (TMAC). Image courtesy of Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods plans to collaborate with equipment suppliers on new advanced technologies, including automation, robotics, and machine vision, at a new facility in Springdale, AR that opened Thursday.

The Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center (TMAC) will aid the firm in developing manufacturing solutions and new processes that enhance facility safety or efficiency with equipment makers, the company said in a release. The site will also provide training to Tyson employees on new equipment.

“Innovation has been a fundamental part of our success for almost 85 years,” Noel White, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods, said in a statement. “This facility represents our commitment to creating the next generation of manufacturing solutions through advanced automation, robotics, and machine learning.”

The 26,000-sq-ft site contains a lab that simulates a food production area, a machine vision technology lab, and space for training. Doug Forman, director of engineering at Tyson, is slated to lead the day-to-day operations at the Springdale facility. Marty Linn, who spent 18 years as General Motors’ principal engineer of robotics and manager of advanced automation, will assist in managing TMAC. 

“The creation of the Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center is a key enabler for the company to collaborate and bridge the suppliers in the automation industry with their production facilities,” Association for Advancing Automation President Jeff Burnstein said in the release. “Tyson Foods’ drive to implement robotic and machine vision automation technologies will help them to be more competitive on a global scale, provide a safer environment for their team members, and more efficiently provide safe, quality food to people around the world.”

During the last five years, Tyson Foods has invested about $215 million in automation and robotics. 

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