Selective Foot Unloader

Separates the product flow of quality feet

  • Removes rejected feet before they enter the feet-scalding process
  • Rejection based on veterinary inspection
  • Able to unload left and right feet separately
  • Works precisely and to very tight tolerances


For processors in many countries around the world, feet are a profitable by-product. It is, however, imperative that the feet-processing system handles only A-grade material. Local regulations can forbid the processing of downgraded feet together with feet fit for human consumption.

Selective unloading technology is needed to remove rejected feet before entering the feet-scalding process. The Marel Selective Foot Unloader does precisely this. It takes information from a veterinary inspection station and automatically unshackles every single downgraded foot in an unloading carousel.

Rejection by veterinarian

Suppose the veterinarian station rejects a carcass. Sensors and tracing software allow for so-called ‘paw tracking.’ The system registers the shackle from which the carcass has been removed and locates the corresponding shackle with feet. The Selective Foot Unloader then receives a signal via Innova PDS to remove both feet—and those two feet only—that belong to the rejected carcass from that shackle.


  • Precise, individual unloading
  • Feet unloaded after veterinary rejection
  • 20-unit carousel with 40 selectors
  • Mounted in Marel RS frame
  • Connection to standard Marel vacuum bin


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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