In response to growing demand for poultry processors have been forced to increase production volumes. This results in longer production days and increased line speeds. Increased volumes should not affect the high standards of product quality and animal welfare.
Processing equipment manufacturer Meyn has upgraded its machines to process broilers quicker including machines for at least three new 15,000 bph high-speed processing plants.
The new versions of existing evisceration equipment feature a 240o frame (instead of the normal 180 degrees), allowing for longer processing contact time in each machine. The new 240o machine design matches high speeds with superior product quality and maximum food safety.
“Customers are looking to increase their production speed whilst also reducing waste and quality defects. The new 240o frame enables us to meet customer expectations and help them to achieve further efficiencies,” said Pete van Poorten, Product Manager Meyn. “Many of our installed systems have already been running above 13,500 bph, and this is the logical next step.”
Furthermore, higher line-speeds mean more processing activities per hour. In theory, this would result in shorter interval times between the sharpening or even replacement of knives. Meyn has further improved the durability and quality of all cutting blades to reduce maintenance and maximize uptime. Moreover, in some modules the blades have changed from smooth to serrated cutting edges, resulting in an up to four times longer durability.
Other innovations by Meyn to run a processing line at 15,000 bph are the new Meyn Carousel rehanger M2.0 and the new Meyn Line weigher M2.0. For processing after chilling the Meyn Physic and Flex M3.0 cut up lines are updated to match the 15,000 high-speed lines with exactly two cut up lines.