Automation is a hot topic in the meat industry. It refers to the use of automatic equipment to ease or remove the manual tasks of any process across the value chain. More than ever, automation is an issue that is very high on the agenda for most pork processors, prompted largely by occurrences such as African Swine Fever and Covid-19. In the pork industry, automation often includes robotics to reduce dependency on manual labor.
For decades, Marel has delivered automated hog kill floor lines, cutting and deboning hall installations and retail packing lines to the pork industry. As a full-line supplier, our state-of-the-art pork processing equipment, systems and software span the entire production value chain, from the receipt of live animals to the dispatch of finished products. This state-of-the-art automation has become a massive success because of the immediate improved food safety and hygienic conditions, as well as the reduced maintenance requirements and spare parts consumption.
With increasing speed, the pork processing industry is changing its methods from conventional manual handling to automated and robot-driven processes, and Marel is at the forefront of developing these advanced solutions. The latest development is the M-Line—a new generation of primary processing automation using robots with articulating arms.