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Automated ham deboning solution adheres to EHEDG guidelines

03 June 2017

Tatsuya Umino, chief of robot products at Mayekawa Manufacturing Company explains why the company chose the Stäubli HE series of robots – which are designed to meet the particular needs of the food industry – for its integrated deboning system.

“The manual process of deboning pork is a demanding operation, both physically and technically, which is why it has always been difficult for factories to maintain a stable workforce. Automation of this process has long been called for by the industry, and Mayekawa responded by handing this challenging task over to robots.

“We integrated Stäubli’s HE series of robots into our automated deboning machine. After taking an X-ray of the pork thigh to create a three-dimensional image, the robot’s precision cutting is able to produce a consistently higher yield for each unit processed.”

The robots are also resistant to humid environments. A closed structure and pressurised arm prevent any contact between the robot’s internal organs and the surrounding environment. And its chemical-resistant, waterproof surface allows for regular wash downs.

“By automating the deboning process, we have been able to help preserve the health of operators. Our customers can now also achieve more consistent production output and quality, regardless of the size and shape of the bone to be cut.”

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