Do you have a technology roadmap for your company? If you don’t, you need one. A technology roadmap is important to have as you develop your automation strategy and how implementation of any technology or automated system will affect your entire production process. In order to create a smarter workplace, systems need to work together. The goal is not to create stand-alone autonomously operating units, but to have an integrated, comprehensive, more labor efficient system.More >
Many human tasks will eventually be replaced by computerized technologies. How much of the workforce will be displaced is yet to be seen. According to one report published in 2013 by Oxford University’s Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment, 47% of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. A PricewaterhouseCoopers March 2017 report suggests 38% of U.S. jobs are in jeopardy to automation.More >
We have seen the explosion of computers and hand-held devices in the last decade using technologies that have increased computational and analytical capacities for less money. This creates opportunities for acquiring, storing and analyzing digital data that is playing out across every facet of our lives, including along the global produce and floral supply chain.More >
Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions are integrated into many existing applications used today throughout the produce and floral industries. As a business owner and produce professional, it may no longer be a decision about whether or not to use them, but rather understanding how these systems can be employed to improve and enhance your business.More >
When did farming change? We now have autonomous control systems to patrol our fields, automated pickers and packers, and drones and satellites investigating our soil. Even smartphones are now used to control our equipment. But the evolution of farming using these sensing technologies, software apps, hardware systems, and communications systems could not move the industry forward without our ability to translate data.More >
The PMA Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award recognizes individuals or organizations that solve business challenges within the produce or floral industries through the application of scientific and technological advancements to create better products, processes or value to customers.