CHICKEN NUGGET SORTING
High-precision automatic nugget-by-nugget scanning that recovers over 30% more nuggets from trim than manual labor, significantly reducing labor and improving plant efficiency.
The Smart Sorter uses laser imaging and computer-vision algorithms to inspect, singulate, and sort chicken nuggets.
Annual savings of $1.2M-$4.5M per year
*Assuming a nugget volume of 4,200 lbs/hr.
Nugget harvesting and trim recovery (grading) processes are labor-intensive
The use of labor leads to many significant challenges for poultry processors:
High labor costs.
Using labor in the current Trim recovery (grading) process leaves 25% to 35% of high-value Nuggets on Trim.
Increase your trim recovery to nuggets from 25% to 35% by sending trims directly to the SMART Sorter.
High-precision nugget-by-nugget laser imaging and analysis brings unparalleled uniformity to meet/exceed customer specs on a single pass.
Significant Reduction in labor costs associated with trim processing and sorting.
Conservative savings of 26 People
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
SMART Reports: Monitor machine performance remotely with innovative reporting features that enable data-driven optimization.
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