The main objective are to develop and demonstrate technologies for automation of handling and processing of flexible materials in manufacturing processes with small tolerances and high quality and high productivity.
A fully automated system capable of measuring, classifying and processing pig carcasses is needed by the food industry. The large variability in the shape of pigs makes it difficult to obtain exact cutting and handling which is compatible with the high manual processing speed, i.e. 5 to 10 sec. per pig, that is carried out in most slaughterhouses.
The aim of the present proposal is to reduce a fully automated system which will measure the pig in three dimensions, process the information, and transmit the relevant data to the mechanical system which is to perform the evisceration process of the pig carcasses. New methods for handling and manipulating flexible products such as pork will be developed.
A positive outcome of the project may also be applied for automation in other parts of the slaughtering process. Furthermore, the results may be applied for automatic production of other flexible heterogeneous products.
A major motivation for the present project is also to ease the environmental constraints on employees, this is considered essential in order to maintain a competitive food production industry in Europe.
PR6 0PB Chorley
BS8 1TR Bristol