Q-Wing values chicken wing parts
Labor-saving objective assessment and distribution
Given the globally growing shortage of skilled labor, it’s no more than logical for Marel Poultry to look for ways to intensify the automation level in a poultry processing plant. One striking example of such an automated process is Q-Wing. Marel Poultry has developed this unique chicken wing part grading and distribution solution in response to demand from the market for higher wing yields and less manual labor.
Chicken wing parts are very popular as snacks; Super Bowl Sunday in the USA alone accounts for consumption of 1.39 billion chicken wings. To provide such quantities to the market, processors need to have a focused wing cutting, batching and distribution process that produces both higher volumes and more consistent quality, with the least cost and hassle.
Marel Poultry’s Q-Wing is such a system; integrated in the ACM-NT cut-up system, it comprises a selection of wing cutting modules, an IRIS visual grading system, sophisticated logistics and Innova controlling software. In general, poultry processors see wing part sorting as a very labor-intensive process. Particularly in markets with high potential for wing products, the adequate assessment and distribution of wing parts will add enormous value. In such cases, Q-Wing is the ideal solution, automating many manual operations and increasing wing yields.
Once its IRIS camera system has visually assessed the quality of the wings in the line, Q-Wing knows exactly which parts of each left or right wing are A and B graded. If,...
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