When the market grows and Grupo Arce needs to upgrade capacity from 3,000 to 6,000 bph [50 to 100 bpm], for example, the same CoreTech machine can handle the increased volume using 20 units at 6” pitch. Looking even further into the future, a line speed of 9,000 bph [150 bpm] is also possible with the addition of automatic rehanging of the viscera pack to a separate viscera shackle. Using Marel’s CoreTech grow-along eviscerator, Grupo Arce can confidently move forward and achieve each new milestone with ease. The company can carefully plan its next steps, ensuring steady and consistent progress.
After evisceration, human operators take over. Veterinary inspectors find it easy to check the intestine pack, which hangs over the back of the carcass. All sides of the product and organs are highly visible. In the giblet processing area, gizzards, hearts and livers are harvested. Two Marel pneumatic shears are used for harvesting necks and two Marel lung suction guns are used to remove any remaining lungs. Feet are unloaded automatically for processing further. Carcasses undergo a final inspection before being automatically unloaded into a spin chiller.
Alberto Ramírez Arce, Plant & Operations Manager of Grupe Arce says, “We’re happy with Marel’s advanced knowledge and technology and very pleased with the performance of the machines and the line. We’re also really satisfied with Marel's swift and agile support in solving the issues that appeared during installation and commissioning.”