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AUTOMATIC VERTICAL SCANNER FOR DETERMING LEAN DISTRIBUTION IN ANIMAL CARCASSES (AVSCAN)

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GM-SCAN (AUTOMATIC VERTICAL SCANNER FOR DETERMING LEAN DISTRIBUTION IN ANIMAL CARCASSES (AVSCAN))

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-06-30

The objective of GM-SCAN project is to establish the commercial feasibility of a new technology for the automatic pig carcass classification and primal cut sorting (ham, loin, belly and shoulder). GM-SCAN technology has been already demonstrated at pig slaughterhouses (TRL=7) but the technology needs to be further developed to reach the commercial stage. Alternatively, we have made a technical feasibility study to evalaute the possibility to adapt the technology for the determination lean meat percentage in beef carcasses.
GM-SCAN will address this market by providing pig slaughterhouses with an automatic classification and primal cut sorting machine that will offer a number of competitive advantadge including: Fast ROI, accurate prediction of primal cuts, cinluding the belly, prediction algortihms not affected animal breed, and easy to integrate.
Thorugh this “Phase I” project, we have assessed the feasibility of GM-Scan by: 1) Developing a business plan, and 2) carrying out a technical feasibility study in collaboration with a beef slaughterhouse.
• On the topic of GM-SCAN project, we have performed the following work:
• Market survey to pig slaughterhouses and meat research institutes to identify potential markets as well as requirements for the GM-SCAN technology.
• Praparation of a business plan including strategic, marketing and financial aspects related to the commercial exploitation of GM-SCAN technology.
• A technical feasability study based on a set of trials carries out at a beef slaughterhouse. As a main outcome of this work: 1) We will focus on EU pig slaughterhouses and 2) We have confirmed the economic and technical feasability of the project.
We expect to complete the development of the GM-SCAN technology to bring it into a commercial stage. Pig slaughterhouses willl benefit from a technology that will provide accurate pig carcass classification and primal cut sorting for a more efficient use of the raw meat and to optimise the slaughtering process. GM-SCAN will contribute to the continued growth of the European pigmeat sector by improving product quality, and by extension, consumer appeal and satisfaction. GM-SCAN will provide better working conditions by automatic classification of the carcasses. GM-SCAN will also contribute to improve employment from making slaughterhouses and meat processing and packing plants companies more competitive and efficient.
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