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HIGH PRECISION
CHICKEN SORTING

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.

CASE STUDY SMART ANANDA
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Annual savings of $1M-$2M per year
*Assuming a nugget volume of 3,500 lbs/hr.

Key Benefits

  • 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

SINGLUATION

All nugget chunks are singulated & separated evenly across six high-speed belts.

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IMAGING

Each individual nugget chunk is scanned by a 3D laser to measure its size and other dimensional attributes.

EJECTION

After being measured by the 3D laser, nuggets are air-blown into their respective bin/tote. 

Features

Capacity: Nuggets 3,000 to 4,000 lbs/hr

Number of lanes:

 

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

Real-time Process 

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.

 

For example: 

  • 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

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GET IN TOUCH 

VISIT US OR SEND US YOUR PRODUCT TO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF. 

Visit our testing facility in New Orleans Louisiana to see it for yourself.
Send us some of your product and we will test it on the SMART Sorter for you or demonstrate the test live.
©Laitram Machinery
220 Laitram Lane, Harahan, LA70123, USA.
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