Poultry give-away reduced with integrated portioning line

By Rick Pendrous

- Last updated on GMT

Marel’s ‘robot with a knife’ concept
Marel’s ‘robot with a knife’ concept
To help poultry processors minimise ‘give-away’ on products, Marel Poultry has developed ‘a robot with a knife’ concept for intelligent fixed-weight poultry batching.

Reduced give-away is achieved by the way Marel’s I-Cut 122 PortionCutter and the RoboBatcher Flex interact, deciding which fillet weights best match order requirements. Instead of cutting all fillets to one ideal average, the concept focuses on assessing individual breast fillets and only cuts what is actually needed.

Minimal giveaway

The RoboBatcher Flex is Marel’s most advanced fillet batching system, with good flexibility and minimal giveaway. The Marel I-Cut 122 PortionCutter has been designed for high-speed cutting of boneless, non-frozen poultry to fixed weight products.

The new, integrated system assists processors in making their daily decisions. Full interaction between the I-Cut 122 and the RoboBatcher Flex opens up the world of selective cutting according to specific order requirements. The system makes choices based on input, provided in real-time.

Integrated system

It all starts with the input given — the so-called recipes. Each recipe defines one job, responding to a customer’s order. Whenever a fillet enters the I-Cut 122, it is scanned and its weight is calculated. This information is sent to the RoboBatcher Flex, which decides what happens next, based on the recipes provided.

If a fillet complies with one of the three recipes, it will pass through without cutting. Cutting only occurs if this is the only way for a fillet to fit into a recipe. In that case, the I-Cut 122 portions the fillet to the required weight, leaving an ‘offcut’ to be used for nuggets or strips. The RoboBatcher Flex then finishes the job by accurately batching the different products.

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