The Food Processing Technology Division (FPTD) develops next-generation technologies to maximize operational efficiency in the agricultural and manufacturing industries. Our interdisciplinary teams of expert engineers and scientists combine their skills to deliver breakthroughs in automation systems, robotics, autonomous systems, advanced sensing, environmental treatment, and energy harvesting. Our goal is to transition concepts into real-world prototypes for ultimate commercial release.

Peachy Robot: A Glimpse into the Peach Orchard of the Future

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed an intelligent robot designed to handle the human-based tasks of thinning and pruning peach trees, which could result in significant cost savings for peach farms in Georgia.

Reinvented Toilets Could Provide Safe Sanitation for 2.5 Billion People

A $13.5 million award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will improve sanitation to 2.5 billion people worldwide by reinventing the toilet, technology that hasn’t changed much in more than a century. Shown are Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Shannon Yee and GTRI Research Scientists Kevin Caravati, and Ilan Stern, who are leading the Georgia Tech portion of the initiative.

Researchers Look To Nanoparticles For Wastewater Treatment Solutions

For many producers, especially those in the poultry industry, treating wastewater is a long and expensive process. Researchers at Georgia Tech are looking at some high-tech options to help the situation.
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