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1. (WO2010114397) CARCASS CUTTING METHODS AND APPARATUS

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/114397    International Application No.:    PCT/NZ2010/000062
Publication Date: Fri Oct 08 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Fri Apr 02 01:59:59 CEST 2010
IPC: A22B 7/00
G01N 23/00
A22C 17/02
A22C 18/00
G01N 33/12
Applicants: ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
FERN, Steven
DICKIE, Alan
CLARK, Scott
Inventors: FERN, Steven
DICKIE, Alan
CLARK, Scott
Title: CARCASS CUTTING METHODS AND APPARATUS
Abstract:
Methods of automated meat processing including an end to end processing method in which carcasses are cut into major portions at a first robotic processing station and into minor portions at robotic processing sub-stations. In one processing method carcass portions are acquired by a robotic arm, imaged and then cuts performed without transfer. In another a first series of processing steps are performed by rotating carcass portions through a plurality of processing stations and a second series of processing steps are performed as carcass portions are advanced along a linear conveyor. In another processing method a plurality of clamps are employed to stabalise a saddle section during a flap cut. In another processing method split pins are used to position a saddle section for a vertebrae cut. In another method a spinal cord is removed by applying a pressurised fluid stream against one end of the spinal cord and applying suction at the other end of the spinal cord.