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Chicken processing is a relatively fast activity: In less than 30 minutes, a shipment can be processed and sent to the cooling zone, regardless if using water or air systems. For this reason, plant managers must hone their senses of: Observing, listening, smelling and touching, in order to have a real-time and detailed view on how the processes are progressing.
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Although it’s true that the senses are always at play when evaluating our surroundings, it is recommended to prioritize the tasks to be carried out when one is in the plant supervising the process. Therefore, attention should be focused on one point at a time. This increases the possibility to take in as much information as possible, evaluate them and take immediate corrective actions if need be.
This requirement becomes critical whether slaughtering at speeds of 1, 2 or 3 chickens/second. If the pertinent actions are not taken as soon as possible, the losses in quality and yield will lead to an increase in the cost per kilo of processed meat. This consequently affects the product’s competitiveness in the market.
To get the most out of all the information processed by our senses, it is necessary to implement the following introspective procedure:
By way of illustration, we have highlighted some very important aspects that must be monitored in each of the following equipment.
If statistical data derived from the yield of chickens processed are not properly analyzed, its collection translates into a regrettable waste of time. This will also have a demotivate those who worked rigorously in obtaining them. For this reason, the operational and administrative activities that must be carried out as described:
COLLECTION: Obtain the required data and make the calculations to establish the corresponding results that serve as a reference point.
ANALYSIS : Compare the data with the management parameters, to determine if they are within standard. If, for some reason, these values are unknown, the results of the previous batches of the same farm can be used as a reference points to conclude if the new batch has: improved, worsened or similar.
IMPLEMENTATIONS: Prepare the improvements to be made. Define execution times, budgets and results to be achieved.
They are a set of data established to evaluate the operations of a process. These values are benchmarks, which can be likened to world records. They are surpassed at any time, as a result of the continuous will of the operators to improve their performance. As a guide, the following are listed below:
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