In the new department, products are automatically transferred from the in-line air chiller to a single 13,500 bph [225 bpm] preselection line equipped with a SmartWeigher. This transmits the weight of each individual product to Innova software, which, programmed by plant management, determines how products are handled in the downstream process. Most products are fed automatically to two ACM-NT cut-up systems; one for lighter, the other for heavier products. Some products are released whole. These are either cut manually into customerspecific portions or packed whole in vacuum packs. Breasts are deboned on six AMF breast filleting systems.
Fillets to be sold in retail proceed to a RoboBatcher, which batches them onto trays. Multihead Weighers assemble thighs and drumsticks into fixed weight batches. Marel I-Cut 122 portion cutters cut inner breast fillets into identical portions for customers in the catering sector.
Agnieszka answers, “We chose Marel because they impressed us with their professionalism. As is usual with such an important large project, many layouts were prepared over a longer period of time. There were many meetings and lots of discussions. At no stage was Marel demotivated by our changes of mind. They remained flexible, supportive and keen to find the best solution for us. It also helped that my father had always been an admirer of Stork equipment. Quite simply, we wanted the best in-line process available and Marel Poultry convinced us.”
ACM-NT is top notch!
Agnieszka continues, “Our project is now fact. We have largely achieved our goals. We've been particularly impressed by our ACM-NT cut-up systems. Innova intelligence means that we can now run different cutting regimes simultaneously. This gives us complete control, flexibility and saves us time. If necessary, we can now turn an order round in less than six hours, something impossible in the past.” ACM-NT has also impressed with its accuracy of cutting. This has been a particular advantage when cutting wing portions for a particularly demanding catering customer. Not only do these have to be cut from products within a very specific weight range, they also have to be cut in a very special way; no problem at all for ACM-NT. Agnieszka again, “Your ACM systems are really top notch!”