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AUTOMATIC NON-INVASIVE EXPERT SYSTEM FOR EUROP CARCASS GRADING OF SWINE, BEEF AND LAMB USING CROSS SECTIONAL ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY

Objective

In recent years the meat industry has suffered significant decline due to the continued pressures of low prices, higher costs and the consequences of livestock diseases. Classification is an important tool for ensuring fair payment to the producer, as well as serving as a tool for contributing to the transparency of the market. Enabling efficient and effective classification will ensure SME livestock breeders and dealers achieve optimal prices for their meat carcass. The European classification scheme is the S/EUROP system. Yet still today, current methods of classification are very much based on human visual evaluation, which by its nature represents a subjective, labour intensive, relatively slow process which depends on the expertise of the classifying expert. A need also exists to enable the classification of individual cuts of meat in a much more efficient manner, information which is of utmost importance in the prime cuts segment of the higher end of the market. Enabling meat processors to classify products for different markets and packers to provide the consumer with better product information will ensure that meat is correctly classified according to its quality. Magnetic Induction Tomography (MIT) is a contact-less method for mapping the electrical conductivity of tissue. The technique is particularly attractive for the detection of pathological processes such as the identification of tumours. This project will look into developing this technology and adapting it to a very specific application, that of the determination of the conductivity of meat in multiple sectors. The project will also use low-cost vision cameras to provide carcass geometric data (lengths, widths, volumes, etc). The overall technical objectives will aim at the development of a non-contact prototype system, which will be capable of measuring the lean proportion of transversal sections of pig, beef and sheep carcass and will be approved for the SEUROP classification.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-1
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Coordinator

JMP INGENIEROS SL
Address
Centro Tecnologico Sotes, Camino San Miguel S/n
Sotes - La Rioja
Spain

Participants (12)

CENTRE DE RECERCA I INVESTIGACIO DE CATALUNYA S.A.
Spain
Address
C/ Margallo 12
Barcelona
DAWN MEATS (MIDLETON) LTD
Ireland
Address
Knockgriffin
Midleton, Co. Cork
E+V TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
Address
Am Heidering 14
Oranienburg
FELTALALOI ES KUTATO KOZPONT SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
Address
Szalonka Koez 28
Budapest
G & M STEEL FABRICATORS LTD
Ireland
Address
Coes Rd. Industrial Estate
Dundalk, Co. Louth
GLENDALE FROZEN FOOD LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Glendale House, Cobden Street
Pendleton, Salford
JCB ELECTROMECANICA, S.L.
Spain
Address
Colomers, 3, Baixos
Palafrugell (Girona)
MATADERO COMARCAL VARDERROBLES, S.L.
Spain
Address
Crta. Alcañiz, S/n
Teruel
ROVI-TECH, S.A.
Belgium
Address
Rue De Bellvue 35
Aiseau-presles
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
Address
Ashtown, Castleknock
Dublin
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
W. NIXON & SONS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Outwood Farm Bolshaw Road
Cheshire