Safety and yield benefits from automation project at ANZCO’s Rangitikei plant

Earlier this year, Scott installed an automated lamb boning room into ANZCO Foods Rangitikei plant.

Featuring an X-ray machine working in unison with automated cutting equipment, providing highly accurate cuts and reducing health and safety risks by replacing five bandsaws.


The system also removes the forequarter and leg and debones the full middle, all cut precisely to the specifications of each individual carcass. In order to achieve the best possible outcome, Scott and ANZCO Foods worked together very closely throughout the entire project.

Project Manager Sarita Withers said “ANZCO Foods were dedicated to make this project a success from the very start and developed a strong partnership, all working collaboratively to deliver the most advanced X-Ray Primal and Middle System possible”

Scott achieved this by focusing on the quality of the build and increasing the in-house commissioning time in order to reduce the overall project lifecycle. Furthermore, the whole team concentrated greatly on the reliability of the machine and the robustness of the overall system.

ANZCO Site Engineering Manager Hein Strydom also attributed collaboration as the most important aspect of this successful project, “Successful projects are only achieved when you have full collaboration between supplier and customer, working together towards the same goal”. In this case full collaboration was certainly achieved, resulting in a successful outcome for both parties.

Other factors leading to the success of this project were the new vision accuracy methods developed on this project as well as the addition of a clean in place system. ANZCO Foods commitment throughout the project was exceptional with two ANZCO Foods Maintenance Engineers spending over a month in the Scott workshop during the build as well as part of the project team during installation and commissioning.

An innovative approach to installation enabled ANZCO to almost halve the usual installation time, while keeping the plant fully operational throughout.

The commissioning team spent time in the ANZCO processing room in order to demonstrate how the system works and how to optimise the process to get the best return on ANZCO’s investment. “The increased yield comes from improved accuracy, which will have a positive financial impact,” says Darryl Tones, ANZCO General Manager Operations. 

“For instance, achieving an extra 5mm on French racks, compared to it being on the flap, is substantial.”


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