Intelligent fillet batching

  • Reducing giveaway
  • Intelligent selective cutting and fixed-weight batching
  • Optimally using the total fillet supply
  • Easy decision-making on basis of "recipes"


As an answer to heavier chicken weights and smaller retail pack size, Marel Poultry developed the integration of RoboBatcher Flex and I-Cut 122 PortionCutter. Instead of cutting all fillets to one ideal average, this concept focuses on assessing individual breast fillets and it only cuts what is really needed. In this way it is a lot easier to reduce giveaway and increase product utilization. 

Cutting according to recipes

Full interaction of a RoboBatcher Flex and an I-Cut 122 results in “a Robot with a Knife”. This concept allows for selective cutting of fillets, based on so-called recipes which specify the order requirements. 

This pro-active system calculates and makes intelligent decisions by real-time comparing and controlling incoming product weight and the order recipes.
The integration of RoboBatcher and I-Cut adds value to offcut, instead of giving away the overweight.
Making use of the whole Gauss curve, the system exactly chooses the fillets which best match the described recipes. 

High value cuts

Whenever a fillet enters the I-Cut 122, it is scanned and its weight is calculated. This information is sent to the RoboBatcher Flex, which decides what happens next, based on the recipes provided. If the fillet, as it is, complies with a recipe, it will pass through without any cutting. Cutting only occurs if this is the only way for the fillet to fit into a recipe. In that case, the I-Cut 122 will portion the fillet to the required weight, leaving a valuable “offcut” piece to be utilized for nuggets or strips. The RoboBatcher Flex now finishes the job by accurately batching the different products.

The alliance between RoboBatcher and I-Cut creates the perfect balance between incoming flow and outgoing orders. Result is maximum performance and best possible yield. Giveaway is kept extreme low, while precise cutting ensures that processors achieve highest product utilization with both fillets and offcuts as high value end products. This robot really does use its knife intelligently!

  • Total integration of RoboBatcher Flex and I-Cut 122 PortionCutter
  • Minimal giveaway
  • Optimal yield 
  • Recipes describe the order requirements
  • Intelligent decision-making, based on the weight of the incoming product and the running recipe jobs 
  • Pro-active, dynamic system
  • Highest utilization of incoming product
  • No 'ideal average' cutting, but only cutting what is needed 
  • Both fillets and offcuts as high value end products
  • RoboBatcher Flex can put out three different recipes, e.g. tray job A, tray job B and a bulk job.
  • Driven by Innova software


Marel offers a range of service solutions to prevent failures, maximize performance or in case of unexpected breakdowns remote or onsite assistance.

Marel has offices in 30 countries across all regions, and a global network of highly skilled professionals that provide remote as well as onsite service support. We provide quality spare parts and customized service agreements for our customers to ensure optimal performance of Marel equipment.


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