How one food processor is optimising chicken wing parts

With growing shortages of skilled labor, Marel Poultry is looking for ways to intensify automation levels in poultry processing plants.

Consistent quality

Once its IRIS camera system has visually assessed the quality of the wings in the line, Q-Wing knows exactly which parts of each left or right wing are A and B graded. If, for example, only the left first joint is damaged, the left second joint can still be processed as an A grade item and so can all right wing parts. This helps to secure consistent quality and raise wing profits.

The right products in the right place

The sophisticated logistic system comprises multiple conveyor belts, leading to separate packing stations for the different A and B grade drummettes, wingettes and whole wings. Left and right wing parts can be kept separated or can be mixed. Such an accurate sorting procedure considerably reduces the amount of products to be trimmed and produces minimal giveaway owing to Q-Wing's ability to direct the right products to the right place.

Objective and reliable

Q-Wing also automates many actions previously carried out by personnel and improves the assessment process. The reliable IRIS visual grading system is always objective and consistent, as it doesn’t get influenced by quality issues of previous batches and doesn’t get tired at the end of the day. All in all, Q-Wing enables processors to assign maximum value to wing products, providing a fully automated process that runs smoothly and headache-free.

Chicken carcasses in a food processing line hang upside-down and pass through a visual scanner with a bright light shining against them
The Q-Wing IRIS visual grading system

© Marel Poultry

Consistent quality

Once its IRIS camera system has visually assessed the quality of the wings in the line, Q-Wing knows exactly which parts of each left or right wing are A and B graded. If, for example, only the left first joint is damaged, the left second joint can still be processed as an A grade item and so can all right wing parts. This helps to secure consistent quality and raise wing profits.

The right products in the right place

The sophisticated logistic system comprises multiple conveyor belts, leading to separate packing stations for the different A and B grade drummettes, wingettes and whole wings. Left and right wing parts can be kept separated or can be mixed. Such an accurate sorting procedure considerably reduces the amount of products to be trimmed and produces minimal giveaway owing to Q-Wing's ability to direct the right products to the right place.

Objective and reliable

Q-Wing also automates many actions previously carried out by personnel and improves the assessment process. The reliable IRIS visual grading system is always objective and consistent, as it doesn’t get influenced by quality issues of previous batches and doesn’t get tired at the end of the day. All in all, Q-Wing enables processors to assign maximum value to wing products, providing a fully automated process that runs smoothly and headache-free.

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