For many poultry processors, the difficulty today is finding good labor. Filling all jobs in the plant is becoming a huge challenge. Processors might be considering a move to more automation and becoming less dependent on labor, particularly if the process is largely manual but the need is there for a capacity increase. If so, Marel can support every entrepreneur in the poultry industry, providing all available advice and solutions.

When there's a shortage of skilled manual labor, investing in automation is crucial. When the processing plant grows in capacity, the processes will need to become more industrialised and less dependent on labor. When looking for support to tackle these issues, poultry processors will find Marel at their side, ready to supply the appropriate systems and software, as well as the necessary customer service.

First steps

No matter the capacity, each processor can opt for the level of automation which fits best. At every stage in the process, various solutions are available.

Usually, the very first steps in automated processing involve scalding and plucking with products shackled to an overhead conveyor. Further steps to reduce the number of operators could involve the evisceration process, semi-automated giblet harvesting, product grading and cut-up.

Growing with the capacity

Of all the manual operations, evisceration is most likely to be automated. It's a logical step to progress from manual knives to the Marel Nuova CoreTech automatic eviscerator. This carrousel machine can grow with the increasing capacity. Automatic transfer of the drawn pack to its own pack shackle can easily be added and the same goes for automatic giblet harvesting. Such important upgrades will be possible without having to invest in completely new machines.

All other operations in the evisceration department from vent cutting and vent opening to neck processing and final inspection can be gradually automated as well.

A mix of modules

The cut-up and deboning departments also need much attention if they aren't automated. Plenty of options are available for turning these processes into in-line automatic operations without losing yield or compromising product quality or presentation. The Marel ACM-NT cut-up system is an excellent solution to cutting all the products required by customers. Thanks to its modular configuration, the available wing, and leg and breast cutting modules, which meet all standards for skilled manual cuts, can be engaged or disengaged. By putting together a customised mix of ACM-NT cutting modules, it's even possible to satisfy cutting requirements specific to a particular region.

The right level of automation

In the filleting department, Marel's AMF-i intelligent breast cap deboning system offers just the right level of automation for harvesting breast fillets and tenderloins. To perform total leg deboning, the Thigh Fillet and the Drumstick Deboning Systems work closely together to produce deboned poultry leg meat fully automatically with no need for any manual input - another opportunity to make considerable labor savings.

Weighing, grading, batching, packing and labeling are also manual operations that can be turned into automated processes.

Keep control

All customers -- be it supermarkets, quick service restaurants or wholesalers -- demand a wide variety of end products from whole grillers to cut portions, all custom packed. Marel is a first-rate partner for poultry processors who are looking for ways to respect local and traditional food cultures while combining performance, food safety and sustainability. You'll be able to keep control of the quality standards that your markets and consumers are demanding.


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