The latest innovation in automated sheep processing has been installed at two Victorian meat processing plants to improve carcase value, increase processing efficiencies and deliver operator safety.
Meat & Livestock Australia said the LEAP V automated bone-in forequarter processing module was now operating at Wagstaff Cranbourne and JBS Brooklyn.
The system uses a 3D-vision camera to scan each forequarter, creating a virtual model and identifying cut locations for optimal carcase value and consistency.
A robotic arm then grasps the forequarter and uses a bandsaw to make the precise cuts. The module was developed as a collaboration between the MLA Donor Company (MDC), Scott Automation & Robotics, and processors.
It’s the third module to be launched in the LEAP suite of automated technologies, joining the LEAP III primal cutter and the LEAP IV middle system.