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1. WO2020163444 - MACHINE AUTOMATISÉE POUR DÉCHARGER ET TRANSFÉRER DES MORCEAUX DE VIANDE DE VOLAILLE COUPÉS ET TAILLÉS

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What is claimed is:

1. An automated unloading machine for unloading cut and trimmed chicken meat pieces from an upstream poultry meat cutting machine, the automated unloading machine operably associated with a feed conveyer configured to support the cut and trimmed poultry meat pieces provided by the meat cutting machine, the automated unloading machine comprising:

one of an exit conveyor and a packaging machine, the packaging machine for operable association with the feed conveyor;

an electronic controller configured to receive and process position and orientation data of the poultry meat pieces located on the feed conveyer; and

a robotic picking device operatively associated with the electronic controller and configured to pick the poultry meat pieces from the feed conveyer and to place the poultry meat pieces onto one of the exit conveyor and the packaging machine so that the cut and trimmed poultry meat pieces are arranged on one of the exit conveyor and the packaging machine in a desired orientation.

2. The automated unloading machine according to claim 1, wherein the electronic controller receives and processes the position and orientation data of the poultry' meat pieces located on the feed conveyer from a scanner operatively associated with the electronic controller.

3. The automated unloading machine according to claims 1 and 2, further comprising a trim removing device configured to remove loose trim from at least one of the poultry meat pieces.

4. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-3, wherein the trim removing device includes at least one air nozzle operatively associated with and disposed above the feed conveyor and configured to blow loose trim away from at least one of the poultry meat pieces with pressurized air.

5. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-4, wherein the trim removing device further includes at least one scrubber operatively associated with and disposed above the feed conveyor and configured to remove loose trim from the at least one of the poultry meat pieces.

6. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-5, wherein the least one scrubber is disposed downstream of the at least one air nozzle.

7. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-6, wherein the at least one scrubber includes a rotatable scrubber brush.

8. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-7, wherein the feed conveyer is movable in a first direction, and wherein the scrubber brush rotates about a rotational axis parallel to the first direction.

9. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-8, wherein the feed conveyer is movable in a first direction, the trim removing device includes two spaced air

nozzles, and the two air nozzle are disposed above the feed conveyer symmetrically in a direction perpendicular to the first direction.

10. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-9, wherein the trim removing device further includes two scrubbers, wherein the two scrubbers are disposed downstream of the two air nozzles, wherein the two scrubbers are disposed above the feed conveyer symmetrically in the direction perpendicular to the first direction, and wherein the scrubbers each include a rotatable brush adapted to engage the poultry pieces.

11. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-10, wherein the trim removing device includes at least one scrubber disposed above the feed conveyor.

12. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-11, wherein the at least one scrubber includes a rotatable scrubber brush.

13. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-12, wherein the feed conveyer is movable in a first direction, and wherein the scrubber brush rotates about a rotational axis parallel to the first direction.

14. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-13, wherein the feed conveyer is movable in a first direction, the exit conveyor is movable in a second direction, and the second direction is parallel to the first direction.

15. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-14, wherein the feed conveyer is spaced from the exit conveyor in a direction orthogonal to the first and second directions.

16. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-15, wherein the robotic picking device includes a support unit, articulating arms interconnecting the support unit to a pick-head configured to pick the poultry meat pieces from the feed conveyer and to place the poultry meat pieces to one of the exit conveyor and the packaging machine.

17. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-16, wherein the pick-head includes a base plate and at least one picking tool mounted to the base plate.

18. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-17, wherein the at least one picking tool includes at least one pair of spaced gripping fingers moveable toward and away from each other for selectively gripping or releasing the poultry meat pieces.

19. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-18, wherein the gripping fingers of the at least one picking tool are moveable linearly or pivotally toward and away from each other.

20. The automated unloading machine according to any of claims 1-19, wherein the pick-head is rotatable and linearly moveable relative to the feed conveyor.

21. An automated unloading machine for unloading cut and trimmed chicken meat pieces from an upstream poultry meat cutting machine, the automated unloading machine comprising: a feed conveyer configured to support the cut and trimmed chicken meat pieces provided by the poultry meat cutting machine;

one of an exit conveyor and a packaging machine;

an electronic controller configured to receive and process position and orientation data of the poultry meat pieces located on the feed conveyer; and

a robotic picking device operatively associated with the electronic controller and configured to pick the poultry meat pieces from the feed conveyer and to place the poultry meat pieces onto one of the exit conveyor and the packaging machine so that the cut and trimmed poultry meat pieces are arranged on one of the exit conveyor and the packaging machine in a desired orientation.

22. A method for unloading cut and trimmed poultry meat pieces from a feed conveyer configured to support the cut and trimmed poultry meat pieces provided by an upstream poultry meat cutting machine, the method comprising the steps of:

receiving and processing data regarding position and orientation of the poultry meat pieces located on the feed conveyer;

picking the poultry meat pieces from the feed conveyer according to the data regarding position and orientation of the chicken meat pieces; and

placing the poultry meat pieces to one of an exit conveyor and a packaging machine in a desired orientation.