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Vision Of The Beef Automated Boning Room Dec 09

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Meat and Livestock Australia presentation to MIA beef consortium 3rd December 2009.

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Vision Of The Beef Automated Boning Room Dec 09

  1. 1. Beef Automation The Automated Boning room of the Future Dec 2009
  2. 2. Beef Auto boning room vision CHILLER CT Scan Scribing
  3. 3. Objective Carcass Measurement: CT Scanning <ul><li>Anatomical/Skeletal information will feed into advanced automation further down the line </li></ul><ul><li>Muscle and fat differentiation will provide yield information and will match cuts with customers </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction in costs (classification, sorting, automation, rework, inspection) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Shorter term solution: X-ray <ul><li>X-ray already a solution for sheep </li></ul><ul><li>Beef: size is the challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted X-ray + conventional imaging </li></ul><ul><li>Some initial work done by FSA </li></ul><ul><li>Splitting and rib tracking </li></ul>
  5. 5. Scribing
  6. 6. Banjo/foreleg boning <ul><li>Project started. RTL is the technology provider </li></ul><ul><li>Double objective: Manually Assisted device and Automated leg removal and boning </li></ul><ul><li>Own MLA/AMPC initiative for beef but potential to use future pork technology if successful </li></ul>
  7. 7. Banjo removal and foreleg boning
  8. 8. Banjo boning Potential future projects Robotic Banjo removal Auto foreleg deboning (continuation project) Adaptation of pig foreleg auto boning
  9. 9. Brisket removal <ul><li>Cut and pull vs Scribe and scrub </li></ul><ul><li>Visioning, end effector and stabilisation are critical </li></ul><ul><li>Visioning: at this station or at scribing </li></ul><ul><li>If separation at scribing, conventional imaging may be enough </li></ul>
  10. 10. Chuck removal <ul><li>Separation from ribs and spine very complex (boneless output) </li></ul><ul><li>Bone-in separation relatively simple, but no significant benefit </li></ul><ul><li>If bone-in, the whole chuck (or a bigger piece) could be processed through a similar system to the Middle machine </li></ul>
  11. 11. Tenderloin removal <ul><li>Actual location depends on what operations done at scribing </li></ul><ul><li>It may be located before scribing </li></ul><ul><li>Yield is critical (most valuable cut) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology under development for pork </li></ul>
  12. 12. Middle processing <ul><li>Part of the carcass between Forequarter and Hindquarter </li></ul><ul><li>As big as the section between the 1 st rib and the 1 st lumbar </li></ul><ul><li>As small as the short loin </li></ul><ul><li>It will include dedicated machines and cutting and handling robots </li></ul>
  13. 13. Middle processing <ul><li>Flank and Rib set cut and removal </li></ul><ul><li>Short loin removal </li></ul><ul><li>Short loin de-boning </li></ul>1. 2. 3.
  14. 14. Middle machine <ul><li>Based on pork technology </li></ul><ul><li>Significant labour savings (3-4 FTE per shift) </li></ul><ul><li>Initial aim: boneless strip loins </li></ul><ul><li>Project underway with DMRI and RTL </li></ul><ul><li>First prototype in May 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>If successful, a more ambitious machine will follow </li></ul><ul><li>Full development may take years and $ millions </li></ul>
  15. 15. Middle machine
  16. 16. Middle machine
  17. 17. Middle machine: current pork version
  18. 18. Aitch bone removal <ul><li>Current aided systems </li></ul><ul><li>Future automated version: similar to RTL’s Leap II? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Hind leg deboning <ul><li>Current aided systems </li></ul><ul><li>Finding seams may be critical </li></ul><ul><li>Current foreleg project should be applicable if successful </li></ul>
  20. 20. Variations: Quarter boning Hinquarter separation and lifting is the first step
  21. 21. Variations: Robot cell
  22. 22. Opportunities for Collaboration <ul><li>We can approach collaboration from different angles </li></ul><ul><li>Project by project vs Joint strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Provider driven vs Industry driven </li></ul><ul><li>Either way, a joint Au-NZ Steering Group should help to </li></ul><ul><li>Define strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Choose projects </li></ul><ul><li>Choose providers </li></ul>
  23. 23. Proposed Au-NZ joint steering group <ul><li>Responsible to draft a joint automation strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Initially beef boning but may be extended to slaughter </li></ul><ul><li>Other future potential areas (OH&S, environment, food safety, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>No more than 3-4 industry representatives per country </li></ul><ul><li>Industry initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Providers will be invited as required </li></ul>
  24. 24. Summary of individual opportunities <ul><li>Current Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Scribing </li></ul><ul><li>Banjo removal and foreleg de-boning </li></ul><ul><li>Middle machine: striploin deboning </li></ul><ul><li>Intelligent Assisted devices </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed work </li></ul><ul><li>Objective Carcass Measurement: CT Scanning </li></ul><ul><li>Sensing technologies: targeted location X-ray + conventional imaging </li></ul><ul><li>Hindquarter separation and lifting (quarter deboning) </li></ul><ul><li>Tenderloin removal </li></ul><ul><li>Extension of Middle machine </li></ul>
  25. 25. Beef Slaughter Front hoof removal Splitting
  26. 26. Thank You

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