As many processed ducks are still sold whole, skin quality is very important. This is particularly true in South-East Asia, where in some 3,000 bph processing plants, more than fifty operators are involved in manual pinning. Further operators are then needed to check skin quality in the secondary process. Automation, therefore, has the potential to save large numbers of people.
Marel PMJ offers a wide range of plucking equipment, including Contramatic and drum pluckers. Depending on the task to be performed, Marel PMJ will always specify the most suitable plucker line-up.
The Contramatic plucker consists of two counter-rotating drums equipped with long ribbed plucking fingers and, where specified, is always the first machine in a plucking line-up, where it removes most of the feathers leaving a minimum of finishing work to do.
Marel PMJ’s drum plucker can handle a wide variation in duck weights and really comes into its own when skin quality is paramount, as is always the case in South-East Asian processing plants. Drum plucking is in fact a traditional off-line way of inserting birds in a rotating drum where the centrifugal forces combined with the drum walls do the plucking job. It allows for easy adjustments to plucking time, rotation speed and number of products. Marel PMJ keeps drum plucking as much in-line as possible. The only labor required in a Marel PMJ drum plucking line is for reshackling ducks to the processing line after plucking. Everything else happens automatically, resulting in very considerable labor savings.