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Beef scriber/rib cutter robotic system

Background

Subsequent to carcase dressing, splitting, and chilling, beef sides are prepared for the boning room with scribing cuts and rib cuts.  This is a skilled manual task and features the use of a hazardous circular cutting saw. Considerable value is added with the rib cutting task ensuring this product is efficiently utilising the carcase and meeting downstream customer specifications.   The benefits to the supply chain of an automated solution are process reliability with optimised utilisation and hence value of the carcase, workplace safety, and a contribution to labour supply sustainability.

Research

Early R&D projects (PRTEC.010 and 019) provided preliminary information regarding the technical feasibility of automated scribing.

The P.PIP.0116 and P.PSH.0508 semi-automated project initiatives commenced with investigations into appropriate sensing approaches, leading to an initial semi-automated proof of concept whereby an operator identified appropriate cutting lines to the robot via a teach pendant.  Subsequently, advances in x-ray sensing, laser profile scanning, machine colour image processing, facilitated a fully automated approach.  The work to advance sensing also unexpectedly revealed the potential for sensitive and objective carcase measurements to be made, thereby providing producers and the extended supply chain with valuable data anticipated to be used to validate livestock value, assist to realise genetic gains,  and optimise the market allocation of the valuable beef primal products.

An ex ante value proposition for automated beef scribing was completed under project P.PSH.0579.

Outcomes

The semi-automated approach involved an installation at Northern Cooperative Meat Company (NCMC) at Casino NSW. This was not successful owing to technical, throughput and other factors and has been discontinued.

A successor, fully automated x-ray based system is currently under development with a processor partner, with stage 1 evaluation of cutting with machine vision completed (project P.PIP.0261), and further work underway to develop and evaluate x-ray guided cutting lines in a production environment (P.PIP.0288, PSH.0620, PSH.0633). Final reporting is anticipated in 2016, after these projects are completed.

 

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Contracts

Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
P.PIP.0288
JBS32 -Dinmore Plant Beef Rib Cutting STAGE 2
02/05/2011 23/05/2016
MDC PIP
P.PSH.0620
MAR9685B1 – Rib Cutter X-Ray Integration
02/09/2012 30/06/2015
MDC PSH
P.PSH.0579
Cost benefit analysis for MAR automation systems
20/11/2010 25/02/2014
MDC PSH
P.PSH.0633
MAR collaborative adoption, capability and research strategy PHASE 2 (MAR010791Q1)
01/05/2014 27/05/2016
MDC PSH
P.PIP.0116
Semi Automated Scribing
15/01/2005 15/02/2010
MDC PIP
P.PIP.0261
SWIFT Dinmore - Beef Rib Cutting System – STAGE 1
07/06/2010 30/06/2011
MDC PIP
P.PSH.0508
Automated Beef Scriber: Finalise Pre-Production Prototype
15/06/2009 30/11/2009
MDC PSH
P.PSH.0794
Videography for Rib Scribing System at JBS Dinmore
21/09/2016 16/03/2017
MDC PSH

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