WELCOME to the regular series of articles dedicated to red meat R&D, brought to you by Beef Central and the Australian Meat Processor Corporation. These highlights a range of projects designed to improve the efficiency, productivity, product quality and safety of Australian red meat sold domestically and globally.
All have the ability to help underpin Australia’s unrivaled reputation as the world’s leading exporter of quality beef, lamb and offal. Links to previous articles in the series appear below.
VIRTUAL reality training is marketed for red meat processors.
The Australian Meat Processor Corporation’s strategic investment in virtual reality training for red meat processors has resulted in its commercialization. Virtual reality training provider Virtually There has sold its first modules to Task Labor for use in training employees to work in red meat processing plants in Australia.
The training works by putting on a helmet which gives the user the actual view of a carcass or packing line. If using the tracing module, the user then takes a virtual saw in his hand and cuts what he sees. Immersive simulations integrate highly realistic environments with sound and real objects to create relevant experiential learning experiences.
Director General of AMPC Chris Taylor said that was exactly why the company was doing research and development.
“We want meat processing plants to adopt our solutions. Our research is strategic and benefits all Australian red meat processors and is a great example of commercial adoption,” said Mr Taylor.
Director Virtually There Sean Cunial said the training will initially be used in the recruitment process with Task Labour.
“Candidates selected by Task Labor will participate in immersive training with the Virtually There system that captures trainee completion and performance data for each session.”
CEO of Task Labor Nathan Buckley said: “We will use the training for recruitment and onboarding purposes and are working directly with a red meat processing plant to do this.
“For recruitment, we will monitor training data in areas such as meat cut tracing and recognition and ensure that candidates develop the right skills before recruiting them to work in meat processing plants. australian red.
“Initially, we will use training in the Taiwanese market, which is a major supplier to red meat processing plants in Australia. I want to use it to break taboos on working in red meat processing and to shake things up after COVID now that the borders are open.
“We want to get the pipelines back into service because we need those skills in Australia. Ensuring candidates can do the job before traveling to Australia is a game-changer. I can now assure a client that the candidates recognized all the cuts and performed the tasks virtually. I can say that the candidate can actually choose and pack.
“We look forward to launching VR training in Taiwan in early December.”
“I also see opportunities for the future. If red meat processing employees are already familiar with the VR system, when new training arrives, they will already be familiar with it. »
Virtually There is also working on two pilot projects with two other red meat processing plants.
AMPC funded ten modules on tracing, picking and packaging, and maintenance (proof of concept) as part of a strategic investment in research and development. The modules have been promoted at various events such as Beef Week in Rockhampton and the recent AMPC Innovation Showcase in Melbourne. Interest from processors was high, which gave momentum to the initiative.
Mr. Cunial said AMPC has seen the reaction from the industry and has thus made it easier for his company to get into factories and meet with relevant stakeholders.
“I have traveled to different processing plants across Australia over the last 12 months to demonstrate the solution and it was a great success. We couldn’t have done it without AMPC. They enabled us to work with processing plants for new content as well as providing access to plants so we can scan meat cuts and carcasses to make the training as vivid as possible.”
Currently, five meat processing modules are available. Each of the links below provides an example of what the training looks like:
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