Q: What were your expectations for the ATLAS system?
A: “Prior to the installation, at Plukon we had high expectations of the ATLAS system. That is why we decided to join Marel in further developing this system. We were excited to know if the system could solve all issues and maintain the same good properties we knew from other systems.”
Q: Plukon was the very first company to install the ATLAS system. Has ATLAS met all expectations?
A: “Of course, we identified some issues that could be improved over time, which is only logical with an all-new system. In the end, all of this has resulted in a magnificent, functional system with maximum attention to animal welfare, efficiency and tray hygiene.”
Q: Plukon has been using the ATLAS system for some time now. What is the most striking long-term effect?
A: “Animal welfare before slaughtering clearly benefits. During catching and stunning, the system obviously has many animal welfare assets. An additional benefit is that trucks are loaded more efficiently too.”
Q: How have farmers and transporters reacted to the system?
A: “Catching teams and transporters are also very positive about ATLAS. The large loading opening of SmartStack has made catching much easier. The floors slide smoothly and the whole system is very robust.”
Q: What are your main improvements?
A: “We definitely need fewer truck movements and we have seen that birds are less stressed. Broilers stay in the tray through the CAS stunning system right up to shackling. They therefore avoid the major stress factors which other systems subject them to. This absence of stress also benefits product quality.”|