ACM-NT cut-up gains ground in China

Chinese processors choose the perfect balance between an anatomical cut and traditional presentation


Mechanized poultry cutting is quickly gaining ground in China. Parts cut by hand, however, have a long tradition and Chinese consumers don’t buy end products which deviate from standard.

The challenge for mechanized cut-up is therefore to imitate the cuts done by hand as closely as possible. A perfect balance between an anatomical cut and a traditional presentation is required. This is exactly what Marel's ACM-NT modular cut-up solution achieves in China.

In China, the need for automation is high, not only because of increasing capacities but mainly for reasons of food safety and human resources. To be able to industrially process the end products demanded by the market, Chinese processors need only pick the appropriate ACM-NT components from an extensive range of possible modules.

Wings, breasts and legs can be (anatomically) cut in various ways by several modules.

Quick service

In addition to traditional Chinese food, fast food is making rapid progress in China. Quick service restaurants have a special need for products cut in a specific way. The KFC nine-piece cut is a good example. Thanks to its flexible set-up, its consistently accurate high yield cuts and its operational reliability, the ACM-NT system can also meet these requirements.

Heading towards automation

Chinese processors have come to the conclusion that Marel systems are best for the specific characteristics of their market. Our solutions create end products which are completely in tune with the wishes of the Chinese consumer.

Automating the cut-up process using Marel’s latest ACM-NT processing technology is a good example of the direction in which Chinese poultry processing is heading. With its long-term commitment to the Chinese market, Marel is proud to support this development.


Mechanically reproducing the Chinese manual cut

The latest addition to the wide variety of ACM-NT modules is the Second Joint Wing Cutter HY. In China, the center wing piece is a high-quality end product, which is very popular with consumers.

In producing this typical Chinese product industrially, the Second Joint Wing Cutter HY achieves both an accurate cut and perfect presentation while generating extra yield as well.

Chinese tradition

For a perfect Chinese second joint cut, it is very important that as much of the skin between first and second joints as possible is harvested along with the center wing piece.

At the same time, the cut should be fully anatomic, respecting Chinese tradition. Taking into account the expanding capacities in China, as well as human resources and food safety, manual cutting won’t suffice anymore and automation is the only answer.

Matching expectations

Marel's Second Joint Wing Cutter succeeds brilliantly in mechanically reproducing the movements of a skilled butcher, adding a large piece of skin from the first joint to the center wing piece. The result is a center wing piece that so closely matches the expectations of the Chinese customers, that virtually no differences can be identified between a manually cut and an industrially cut product.

Second Joint Center Wing Piece Chinese

Chinese processors choose ACM-NT

Luanping Huadu

Marel has been chosen by the Hebei Luanping Huadu Food Company to completely upgrade its grading, cut-up and deboning lines. The Huadu management concluded that Marel Poultry’s systems adapt best to the Chinese market characteristics; the end products which result from our solutions perfectly meet the Chinese consumer’s wishes.

Whole products, weighed by the SmartWeigher in the 12,000 bph (200 bpm) distribution line, are allocated by weight grade to the ACM-NT. The cut-up system ensures the highest possible yields while separating the various (anatomic) chicken parts. Finally, two AMF-BX FlexControl lines debone breasts into breast fillet products.

Luanping Huadu also opted for the Anatomic Tarsal Joint Incision Pre-cutter, which cuts chicken feet—another important product in China—anatomically through the joint.


Supported by Marel, Binzhou will drastically expand its production facilities. The existing plant will be joined by an all-new factory. The Binzhou Gaosheng greenfield plant will feature two processing lines, each with a capacity of 13,500 bph (225 bpm).

Marel’s ACM-NT modular cut-up solution will play an important part in both high-capacity processing lines and will cut products into ready-to-eat parts. The project will be a crucial stepping stone for the development of Marel’s position in China, as it is one of the first Chinese companies to automate cut-up and deboning at this scale and capacity.


CP Dafa

The CP Dafa Chia Tai Beijing project includes a Marel scalding system, various pluckers and a selection line incorporating the SmartWeigher. Innova PDS software determines the optimum destination for every product. All data are stored to give full traceability, thereby allowing the company to adopt policies which ensure the highest food safety standards.

After quality selection, the ACM-NT system produces a wide selection of high yield cuts. It includes a JLR anatomic leg cutting module, the industry reference for producing high yield anatomic legs.

Breast caps cut on the ACM-NT are deboned on two AMF systems. Using less labor than any competitive setup, the two systems produce a wide variety of top-class, high-yield fillet products with lower trimming losses at an average capacity of 7,200 breast caps per hour.

CP Jilin

The latest project for the CP Group involves CP Jilin, a poultry processing facility in Yushu city, in the Chinese Jilin province. The ACM-NT high capacity cut-up line at the Jilin plant will feature the brand new Second Joint Wing Cutter HY, a module that has specifically been developed for the Chinese market.

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