High-precision nugget by nugget scanning, dramatically improving product quality and operational efficiency.
The Smart Sorter uses laser imaging and computer-vision algorithms to inspect, singulate, and sort chicken nuggets in various product presentations.
Annual savings of $1M-$2M per year
*Assuming a nugget volume of 4,000 lbs/hr.
High-precision nugget-by-nugget laser imaging and analysis bring unparalleled uniformity to meet/exceed customer specs on a single pass
50%+ Reduction in labor costs associated with nugget processing and sorting
Increase trim upgrade yield
Improve compliance with customer specifications while increasing yield of “in-spec” nugget
Convert/upgrade nuggets that have historically been identified as “out-of-spec” (due to human error)
Accurately meet customer spec on a single pass by eliminating unwanted nugget variation
Hit target weight within 1.6g standard deviation
Real-time process control, and innovative reporting features enable data-driven plant optimization
Stages of Operation
All nugget chunks are singulated & separated evenly across six high-speed belts.
Each individual nugget chunk is scanned by a 3D laser to measure its size and other dimensional attributes.
After being measured by the 3D laser, nuggets are air-blown into their respective bin/tote.
Capacity: Nuggets 4,000 to 4,200 lbs/hr
Number of lanes: 6
Ejection: Take out conveyors
Nominal water usage: 5 gpm (19 lpm)
Length (No tank): 41'-0" - 12.5m
Height: 9'-7" - 2.9m
Automated Real-Time Reports
SMART Portal: Monitor machine performance remotely
Enable innovative digital reporting features (Source-by-Source, Batch-by-Batch, and Nugget-by-Nugget) to drive plant optimization and eliminate/reduce QC labor needs.
Monitor machine performance remotely to identify suboptimal upstream settings that may negatively impact product uniformity and machine throughput.
Share complete digital reports with customers, eliminating/reducing the need for customer audits.
The number of bins/totes is entirely customizable depending on production goals & strategy.
Bin 1: less than 10g
Bin 2: 10g – 22g
Bin 3: greater than 22g
Monitor machine performance remotely to identify suboptimal upstream settings that may be negatively impacting product uniformity and machine throughput