Dean Elkins


Senior Director, Robotics and Vision


Gray Solutions

Presentation Description:

From kibble to bytes: Automating pet food quality control — Elkins explains the importance of leveraging advanced technology — including vision systems, robotics and cutting-edge quality assessments — to ensure quality and safety as the pet food industry continues to evolve. Using case studies and real-world applications by pet food manufacturers, he explores how these technologies can revolutionize quality control and improve overall operational efficiency in the pet food production process.


Dean Elkins is Gray Solutions’ senior director of robotics and vision, a group that provides robust automation solutions that often include robots, autonomous vehicles, vision solutions, computer modeling and high-level controls. Prior to joining Gray Solutions, he was employed by Yaskawa America in various capacities, including sales manager at different levels, senior general manager and segment leader, material handling. Elkins has also worked for other robotic companies. He received a degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University.