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Pork Belly Processing System Inspects, Trims, Sorts

by 5m Editor
4 December 2007, at 12:03pm

Pork processing plant equipment manufacturer FMC FoodTech has automated a process historically done manually by highly skilled workers.

The DSI™ 612 Pork Belly Processing System employs sophisticated software combined with a machine vision system and high-pressure waterjets to consistently and accurately trim and sort pork bellies.

With a return on investment of just over one year based upon labor and yield savings alone, the DSI 612 is designed for processors seeking improved profitability.

“The DSI 612 system provides superior cutting performance and trimming flexibility,” says Jon Hocker, business development manager for FMC FoodTech.

“With two-axis cutters, the system has complete control of cutter speed, providing the highest-quality cuts while maximizing yield."

Ideal for integrated pork facilities with in-house bacon production, the DSI system makes trimming and sorting simple for both skin-on or skin-off bellies. The pork bellies are loaded shoulder forward onto a conveyor belt where the DSI 612 scans each to determine geometry including width, length and thickness. The scan also identifies positions of fat and lean, and locates defects like holes or “snowballs.”

After scanning, the DSI 612 assesses and optimizes the belly by automatically detecting whether it is a left or right belly and evaluating multiple cut scenarios for it. Once it identifies the highest yield solution, the optimal cut is selected and the DSI system trims the belly following the chosen cut path.

After the optimal cuts have been made, the system sends a sort category signal to the downstream sorter. Process data is automatically stored in an integrated statistical process control system.

The DSI 612 not only offers the ability to run multiple programs simultaneously, it makes changing the sorting and cutting parameters easy, even during operation; whether to maximize yield or to switch from weight grading to thickness grading. With hundreds of proven DSI installations worldwide and more than 20 years of experience in the meat industry, DSI offers a 99-percent uptime guarantee.

5m Editor