Tyson opens automation center in Arkansas
Tyson Foods has opened its own Manufacturing Automation Center in Springdale, Arkansas. The facility is going to help the company develop more automation and robotics for its food production plants.
"Innovation has been a fundamental part of our success for almost 85 years. This facility represents our commitment to creating the next generation of manufacturing solutions through advanced automation, robotics and machine learning.", said Noel White, President and CEO, Tyson Foods.
The center is a two-store building of 26,000 sqft featuring four main areas: a machine vision technology lab, a lab that simulates a food production environment, training classrooms and space for team members to train in automation and robotics technology. In addition, the company will engage with local schools participating in robotics competitions to further drive awareness and the importance of educational opportunities in areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
"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. Tyson Foods’ drive to implement robotic and machine vision automation technologies will help them 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," explained Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation.
In the last 5 years, Tyson Foods has invested more $215 million in automation and robotics. Tyson Foods employs more than 6,000 people in Springdale and more than 23,000 people in Arkansas, and contracts with more than 1,800 independent family farmers in the state, who grow chickens for its operations.