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HIGH PRECISION
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.

CASE STUDY SMART ANANDA
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Chicken Nuggets on Feedtank

Annual savings of $1.2M-$4.5M per year
*Assuming a nugget volume of 4,200 lbs/hr.

The
Opportunity

  • Nugget harvesting and trim recovery (grading) processes are labor-intensive

  • The use of labor leads to many significant challenges for poultry processors: 

    • High turnover

    • Absenteeism

    • High labor costs.

  • Using labor in the current Trim recovery (grading) process leaves 25% to 35% of high-value Nuggets on Trim. 

Key Benefits

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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.

LABOR SMART SORTER Savings


Conservative savings of 26 People

  • Significant Reduction in labor costs associated with trim processing and sorting.

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 4,000 to 4,200 lbs/hr

Number of lanes:

Ejection: Take out conveyors 

SMART Reports: Monitor machine performance remotely with innovative reporting features that enable data-driven optimization. 

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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