Portioning and Automatic Packing of Boneless Fresh Meat

Main Benefits

  • Highly automated portioning and packing 
  • Maximum process yield 
  • Minimal giveaway with feedback and giveaway control 
  • Minimal manual product handling 
  • Consistent product presentation 
  • Connectivity to Marel Innova Software Solutions
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This line features portioning, styling and loading of meat slices into pre-formed trays.

The typical applications for this line are shingled slices with a thickness variation from 4 to 30mm – and two to ten slices are batched together in a shingled fashion with slight overlap.

This highly automated line is suited for high volume production runs that have only one or a few SKUs produced on the line per day.

Crust-frozen raw material is loaded into the Opticut portion cutter that slices the meat and stacks the slices into batches. The batches are conveyed to a batch loader that drops the batches onto a batch conveyor, keeping batches fully separated and equally spaced.

Each batch of slices is automatically dropped into a tray. The tray is check weighed for average batch weight and feeds this information back to the Opticut portion cutter, which then automatically adjusts settings accordingly. If the tray is within limits then it is fed directly to the tray sealing machine. Over- and underweight trays are separated for manual rework.

The system is flexible in scale and can comprise two to four Opticut portioning machines, depending on throughput requirements.


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