Eagle had its latest x-ray system aimed at meat processors on the stand, the FA3/M, part of its FA3 series. The lines are designed for fat analysis, contamination detection, mass measurement, protein analysis and moisture analysis for bulk flow and carton meat.
The device is a multi-application system, providing inline fat measurement and contaminant detection for fresh, chilled, frozen and hot-boned meat.
It is capable of handling loose bulk, frozen or tempered (‘naked’) meat blocks and unwrapped meat conveyed in plastic crates. It can process up to 2,400 plastic crates or frozen blocks an hour, or up to 35 tons per hour of bulk meat.
Built into the design is the ability to run mini sanitary blocks through the system to test and calibrate it more quickly than ever before.
Sales of the system were beginning to take off, said Eagle product manager Richard Hebel. “We have an installation we’re finalising in the next couple of months.”
Commenting on trends within the x-ray arena, Hebel added: “We are seeing sales now in further processing, with companies maybe processing a batch that will turn into ground meat for hamburgers.
“I think LCF [least cost formulation] is a big growth area. Meat processors are operating on lean margins. They have to look at big value systems and see how they can get a little more yield.”