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Laser guided pork cutting robot makes the cut at Linley Valley

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Australia’s first laser guided pork cutting robot has been installed, at a cost of $700,000, at Craig Mostyn Group’s Linley Valley Fresh pork processing works at Wooroloo, WA.

Highly accurate laser imaging takes precise measurements of the carcase and programs the robot to cut based on the individual animal’s anatomical features, with cuts designed to maximise the production of high-value meat based on particular customer requirements.

Project Manager Dean Romaniello, Senior Manager, Meat and Livestock Division, Craig Mostyn Group, said that such precision cutting reduced contamination and wastage of meat due to accidental cutting of the stomach.

“Critical to the value of this laser guided H-bone saw and belly opener equipment for the evisceration line is that stomach breakage, caused by manual error, is reduced from four per cent to less than one per cent.”

Based on current production levels at Linley Valley, this equates to more than 20,000 affected pigs annually, which could be reduced to 5000 pigs or less with robotic cutting.

Stomach breakage carried a high risk of meat contamination and affected carcasses had to be carefully and individually handled and heavily trimmed.

Mr Romaniello said food safety was a vital concern for the company, which spent more than $10,000 monthly on its own microbiological testing for bacteria, while also working closely with Singapore’s AVA quarantine inspection agency. Introducing robotics would halve the necessity and cost of testing.

According to Craig Mostyn Group General Manager, Meat and Livestock Division, Ron Penn, the Group has an outstanding strong track record of investment, project management and R&D, including a $16.5 million rebuild of the abattoir and boning room a few years ago.

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