March 10, 2021 | 1:00 PM EST
Innovation in the meat industry in nothing new, but the pace of technology development has accelerated and meat processors are finding out how advanced processing techniques can improve their business and their bottom line. This webinar will take a look at where automation in the industry currently stands, and where the best opportunities for future innovation lie. Attendees will learn about both the challenges and benefits of investing in new technology, and the pit falls to avoid as you analyze your own unique processes and products.
Anabasis Technical Consulting, LLC
Principal and Managing Member
Paul Kafer is the Principal and Managing Member of Anabasis Technical Consulting, LLC, formed in November 2020. He previously served as Leader of Engineering and Major Projects for Darigold, Inc. where he was responsible for engineering, maintenance and automation activities across 11 plants in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Darigold, Paul was Vice President of Engineering at Smithfield Foods, where he spent over 20 years and, among many other accomplishments, provided leadership to successfully design, construct and start up a state-of-the-art plant in Zhengzhou, China, including training of operations and maintenance teams. Paul was named MEAT+POULTRY Operations Executive of the Year for 2017. Paul graduated from Clarkson University with BS in Chemical Engineering, and from Fairleigh Dickinson University with MBA in Industrial Management.
Marketing Communications Manager
Jim Edwards, Director of Project Management of Engineered Systems for Provisur, has over 25 years of experience in the food industry, most recently as an Assistant Vice President of Engineering at Lopez Foods before joining Provisur Technologies. In his role at Provisur, Edwards is responsible for the development, testing and implementation of key projects. In his role with Provisur, Jim provides technical application support and lead Project Management for the company’s engineered systems projects.
The company specializes in four key technology areas, all of which, when combined with material handling and automation, can be built into fully integrated production lines. They are:
• Grinding, mixing, forming, coating, cooking and freezing solutions
• Form Pressing, Slicing and sliced product handling solutions
• Protein recovery separation technologies
• Defrosting, marinating and cooking tumblers and chambers
• In package cook & chill and sous vide
To support its global customer base, Provisur has established factories, offices and service support centers in the USA, France, The Netherlands, Brazil, China, and Thailand.
At Provisur, we are Pushing Boundaries® of technology, application innovation and service to ensure that we add the most value in support of our customers' efforts to grow the global supply of safe, nutritious and affordable food.