Theme 4: Digitalistion
The Digitalisation theme will identify and leverage opportunities for meat processors in the Digitalisation space. Through the Work Method Study, researchers will apply internationally-accredited processes including Smart Industry Readiness Index and review of international best practice to systematically assess the meat processing sector in Ireland and provide a detailed review of opportunities in enabling Industry 4.0 technologies, such as sensors, connected technologies, robotics, augmented reality and big data to digitalise beef and sheepmeat processing in Ireland. The objective is to deliver a detailed roadmap towards maximum impact in efficiency, resilience, quality, sustainability and minimising food waste. The Digitalisation theme includes technical research projects with a focus on application of sensor technologies and data analytics to innovate meat characterisation for the red meat sector and to conduct imaging and sensor research to provide a basis for future automation of key steps in the meat fabrication process. This unique collaborative project between Teagasc and Irish Manufacturing Research Centre will make use of in house technologies at the Irish Manufacturing Research Technology Centre and the Meat Process Analytics Digitalisation Testbed Teagasc Ashtown and develop new research linkages in the digitalisation space.