The Cone Line Screening System automatically inspects the chicken frame on the deboning line for missing bones and remaining meat (yield), providing immediate feedback to deboners on their individual performance and the overall efficiency of the line. The system uses a special cone and illumination/imaging configuration resulting in an image that clearly shows any bones remaining on the frame. Yield loss is estimated by the system’s software algorithms, which correlate image characteristics with the amount of meat left on the frame. Recent field tests showed a detection accuracy rate of 95% for clavicle bones, 80% for fan bones, and between an
80% to 90% correlation with yield measurements performed manually. These results show the system can be used as a pre-screening and statistical process control tool.
Project Contact: Colin Usher