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Detecting all visual fillet defects

25 April 2022

The IRIS Fillet Inspection (FI) is the latest addition to Marel’s food quality program for poultry processors. 

Because of its ability to detect defects such as bruises, fat and skin, the IRIS FI camera helps ensure that only quality poultry meat is dispatched to customers.

In a processing plant, a typical fillet line will feature a deboning system, a trimming station and a bone scanner. Installed after the trimming station, the camera can check in real-time whether the trimmed fillets, that are on the conveyor belt at that moment, meet quality requirements. If trimming is done too intensely, too much meat weight will be downgraded. Too mild trimming can lead to customer complaints and a lower order intake.

Deviant fillet shapes can also be taken into account. Among the fat defects, residual skin –not removed by a skinner– is also detected. Detected bruises can be subcutaneous bleedings or blood clots  – visible as sharp, red dots that can simply be wiped off. As a result of inferior wing separation, the wing pit is notably a critical spot where several defects may occur, such as blood spots or remaining tendons. 

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