November 29, 2018


IFFA 2019

Frankfurt am Main, Germany
4 – 9 May 2019
Hall 9.1 Booth A50


Mayekawa revolutionizes pork processing industry

The meat further processing industry is known for its heavy physical work, of which deboning is often mentioned as the most labour intensive activity. Based on a request of a customer, Mayekawa - active in the industrial refrigeration and freezer market since the ‘20s - decided to diversify its portfolio and set up a R&D facility focusing on robotic solutions for deboning.

This resulted in the development of the TORIDAS, the first whole chicken leg deboning machine in the world, able to copy the yield of a human worker and this at a speed of 1000 legs per hour. The Toridas has been a highly successful product, with over 1000 units installed in the whole world, varying from installations of 1 machine to over 100 machines in a same company. Later on, Mayekawa has also developed the TAKIDAS, for turkey whole leg deboning, and the YIELDAS, for chicken breast deboning.

From poultry, Mayekawa evolved to the even more labour intensive business of pork deboning, launching the first and only pork ham deboning machine in the world in 2009, the HAMDAS. 4 robot arms imitate human labour at a speed of 500 hams per hour. With the WANDAS, Mayekawa offers the same service for pork shoulder deboning.

Always focused on increasing efficiency and following the market trends, Mayekawa takes the pork deboning robotics to a whole new level with its newest machine. With the development of a state of the art vision system and the CELL unit, Mayekawa brings the vision guided robotics technology – already well known in other industries – to the meat industry.

The vision system acquires images via X-Ray and a 3D Scanner and then uses Deep Learning to classify and segment. Every piece of meat is unique and with Deep Learning, the vision system cannot only recognize easily if it is a right or left ham/shoulder, facing up or down, but can also perfectly point out the bones inside the meat and the points the robot arm will need to cut.

The CELL unit is a compact, multi-purpose processing unit with 3 robot arms, that can execute complex motions with collision and singularity avoidance, based on the images captured by the vision system and the 3D scanner in the CELL unit itself.

Due to the Deep Learning technology in the vision system, the CELL unit can easily adopt to a variety of raw materials and of processing specifications, this way offering a perfect solution for a big range of products.

At IFFA 2019, the vision system and CELL unit will be showcased for the first time. Come visit us at Booth 9.1-A50!