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For the monitoring and control of waste in processing plants, some companies have installed a camera system at strategic points in their facilities outside and inside their plants.
For this purpose, these technological watchdogs locate, among other areas, the following:
Currently, many plants have in operation a set of chambers located in different sections of the plant, cold rooms and offices, in order to evaluate the normal proceedings of all activities. For this proposal the elements to be used are:
It is suggested that cameras be directed towards:
Packing, slicing and deboning
The carcasses are located on the overhead conveyor where they are selected for different purposes to be sent to the respective sections: Whole chicken packaging, cut-up-parts and deboning. In both situations, accumulations of products may occur that cause parts to fall on the floor.
Management of the Waste Monitoring System
The person assigned to this activity must be concentrated, observing and evaluating the efficiency of each of the operations where the video cameras are located. When detecting missing birds on overhead carriers, or chickens on the bottom trays of automatic evisceration, product accumulation in the material handling infrastructure or on the floor, he must report these abnormalities to the managers of each of the sections as soon as possible , in order for them to take corrective actions. In addition, inform the Maintenance staff in case these are related to mechanical issues.
Use expandable hooks that guarantee the proper latching of the birds in each of the slaughter phases, regardless of their leg thickness. It is not proposed to buy new hooks. Existing ones can be redesigned.
Metal hooks are generally used in manual processes. These can also be redesigned so that they support the shanks, regardless of their thickness. In automatic operations, the chickens fall much less. Sometimes this is due to the fact that for various reasons the birds do not stay well positioned on the hooks and/or equipment. Manual repositioning may be a solution.
The management of these small organs is a daily challenge. Their size facilitates their accumulation, especially the infrastructure transporting them is not in optimal conditions of design or installation. Therefore, they end up on the floor. The collaboration of the personnel handling them is very important to avoid these costly losses. Even though companies do not have this simple but effective technology in place, in many plants it is observed that the products that fall to the floor represent a minimum loss of saleable products. A teamwork made in real time makes it possible. (photo 4)
Notwithstanding what was mentioned above, plants gradually increase the number of chickens processed daily. Therefore, it is interesting to evaluate the use of Artificial Intelligence in this final part of the business. This amazing technology is already being used on farms where birds are raised and fattened. This successful real-time monitoring tool has proven to be very effective in controlling the small details during this delicate stage of production, where supervision must be carried out 24 hours, because not detecting a high risk agent and putting in order this operational or sanitary threat can affect the quality of the birds sent to the plant, as well as their respective performance.
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