Portioner pays back

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The recession has increased demand for cheaper chicken. However, with such high demand, many processors often have to accept whatever product they...

The recession has increased demand for cheaper chicken. However, with such high demand, many processors often have to accept whatever product they can get with little or no control over bird weights. This can cause problems in matching the target pack weights specified by their retail customers, and can result in giveaway levels of up to 15% when packing portions such as fillets.
Unless processors can control bird weights, they only have two alternatives: divert the 'out of spec' product; or change the weight of the incoming portions.
Marel says that using an automatic portioner such as its I-Cut 22 or I-Cut 36 to automatically trim incoming portions to a spec weight is a better option, claiming that the 450-cut capability of the Marel portioner maintains the natural appearance of the portion.
Marel says that an automatic portioner could pay for itself within a year, even at giveaway levels of just 5%.

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