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AUTOMATIC GRADING SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING LEAN-FAT DISTRIBUTION IN PIG CARCASSES

Objective

The pig meat industry is an important contributor to the European economy with a turnover of 66.3 billion € and some 560,000 employees. The sector is suffering significant continuous decline due to the continued pressures of low prices, high feed costs and the consequences of livestock diseases, leading to a gradual loss of world market share, falling to 16% of global exports by 2020, compared to 27% in 2009.
To maintain sector viability is necessary to increase productivity and raise the standards of quality. Partners behind this proposal have identified the need for a technology that accurately analyse pig carcasses, gathering vital information of the lean-fat content in the whole carcass and its primal cuts (ham, loin, belly and shoulder), without which 30-40% of all processed meats do not reach the expected final quality. Pig meat processors will select higher quality meats for higher added-value processes, while lower quality meats will be separated and treated to achieve an acceptable and consistent final quality. PIGSCAN will also ensure fair payment to the pig producer and this will spur them to ensuring the optimal quality of their animals, through better feeding and breeding.
PIGSCAN relies on a solid technology background of the SME proposers arising from a sixth Framework Program Research Project (MEATGRADING nº COOP-CT-2005-01761).
Experts in carcass quality (IRTA and DTI), pig meat processors (VION) and SME proposers (LENZ and G&M) will develop PIGSCAN system, an automatic, non-contact grading system based on Magnetic Induction and Image Analysis. The commercial price will be of €80,000; an investment recoverable in 6 months of operation for vast majority of slaughterhouses and pig meat processing companies in the EU.
With a time-to-market of 12 months, PIGSCAN represents a real business opportunity for the SMEs proposers LENZ and G&M, who will jointly exploit the results to reach a foreseen 2.5% EU market penetration over a 5-year period.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Denmark
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 128 316
Administrative Contact
Paul Andreas Holger Dirac (Mr.)

Participants (4)

LENZ INSTRUMENTS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 465 209
Address
Calle Venezuela 31 Nave 3
08019 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacobo Alvarez (Mr.)
G & M STEEL FABRICATORS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 277 190
Address
Coes Road Industrial Estate
Dundalk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diarmaid Heussaff (Mr.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 88 497
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jordi De La Cuesta (Mr.)
VION FOOD NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 30 107
Address
Boseind 10
5281 RMA Boxtel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iris Van Der Wal (Ms.)