All data together
Based on the order that the production control operator enters, the software makes decisions. Suppose you want to produce 600 gram [21.1 oz] trays from only A-quality fillets of between 180 and 220 g [6.3 and 7.7 oz] from slow-growing chicken. Before, you had to distribute the necessary weight and quality ranges to the different orders yourself. You had to make adjustments to the I-Cut 122 and RoboBatcher separately. With every new order, you had to reset each piece of equipment. That’s a thing of the past now. Instead, the ProFlow software pulls all data together. It sees the incoming raw material and calculates which weights and quality grades need to be used for each order to achieve the best performance. It sees which flocks are available to generate the fillets and produce the order. It sends every individual fillet to its best destination, adjusts all machine settings, and starts and stops the process automatically. The result is high throughput, minimal giveaway and optimum utilization.
Two Distributors, three streams
With two SystemFlex Distributors integrated into the conveyor line, there are three possible product streams. The first Distributor can take a certain weight range, or it can take all B-quality products out of the stream for a bulk process. The ‘main product stream’ can go to a RoboBatcher, doing fixed-weight batching, selecting an average breast fillet weight of 250 g [8.8 oz] to assemble 500 g [17.6 oz] trays. The second Distributor can redirect a third product stream, portioned products such as schnitzels, to be sliced by a SmartSplitter and batched with a Multihead Weigher. All the time, the ProFlow software looks for the best breast fillets for each product stream to minimize giveaway and assemble optimum product batches. The integration of an I-Cut 122 TrimSort in front of the Distributors can create extra value when creating fixed-weight packs, as it can resize heavy products for all three product streams to achieve lower giveaway.