Manual Measure Single Tower Primal Machine
The manual measure single tower primal machine utilises the same tower design as the fully automated x-ray twin tower system with the x-ray being replaced with a manual measure station.
It is expected that this system will deliver a two-year payback for Customers averaging a minimum of 290,000 head per annum.
The following video is of the first unit being tested in Scott’s workshop. This system is currently being delivered to Australia in preparation of the first global customer installation (as of December 2015).
Depending on the speed (and accuracy) of the operator it is expected that this system will enable a Customers operating at up five carcases per minute (5 cpm) to obtain better than manual accuracies, nearing that of the fully automated x-ray system, as well as obtaining some of the other benefits of the fully automated system.
With the cutting tower being the same design as the fully automated x-ray system Customers at a later date can either add an x-ray system (to improve accuracy and speed) and/or add a second cutting tower to increase throughput without the first tower being made redundant.
Extrapolating the fully automated x-ray primal system cost benefit undertaken by Greenleaf Enterprises (Phil Green) to predict the benefits of the manual measure tower solution, Scott have estimated that the benefits of this system is likely to be $1.55 per head as depicted below.
Background – Fully Automated Systems
Since early 2000 Scott, supported by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian and New Zealand processing companies, have been developing solutions which align to a collective vision of an automated lamb boning room. These systems have been initially designed and configured for 12-24 month payback for companies operating at more than seven carcases per minute (7 cpm).
These systems include:
- X-ray machines (3 systems in Australia, with units 4 & 5 now ordered),
- Primal cutting machine (3 systems in Australia, with unit 4 now ordered),
- Middle machine (2 systems in Australia, with units 3 and 4 now ordered), and
- Forequarter and hindquarter systems under development (with two customers now placing order on forequarter systems).
Leveraging Past Investments and Developments
Scott and MLA are now extracting value from these highly automated and integrated solutions via developing standalone systems that enable the investments to date to be leveraged and adopted by processing companies who operate in the range of 2.5 – 7 cpm.
Future Technology Bullet-proofing
All of these spinoff modules will enable a company (of any size) to introduce Scott lamb processing solution(s) into their business without backing themselves into a corner. Each standalone piece of equipment is being developed to ensure that at a later date a Customer can add additional hardware to the standalone cell and evolve the standalone cell into a more, or fully, automated solution without any hardware redundancy.
To Scott’s surprise some of our larger throughput customers are looking at utilising the standalone solutions as a good way to introduce to their operations staff, maintenance staff and financial backers, the benefits of fully automated Scott lamb solutions.
Manual Measure Next Steps
Scott and MLA are currently working with Australian processing companies to identify who will be the first to install the first system that is demonstrated in the video.