JF Equipment develops customised Off-Loading Bay
South African developer of poultry processing
equipment, JF Equipment, has developed Off-Loading Bay equipment, individually
designed to accommodate an abattoir's space and budget.
When delivering the birds to the abattoir, the challenge is to minimise
stress and injury. â€œIn order to overcome this challenge, JF Equipment has
studied the designs of equipment the world over and by incorporating the best of
these technologies we have created a system that ensures the safe and humane
transportation of the poultry from truck to conveyor,â€ says company Sales
Director Pat Young.
The company states that the Off-Loading Bay can be constructed in any
suitable configuration. Beginning at one end, forklifts transport the birds in
large modules from the truck to a de-stacker. Each module contains 3 columns of
crates stacked 4 crates high. The de-stacker is placed between pusher rams and a
conveyor belt. Once the module is placed on the de-stacker, the rams extend
through the module, pushing the crates onto a receiving slide plate. This plate
facilitates crate movement from the module to a conveyor. Air operated, the
slide plate then drops to leave the 3 crates resting on, and moving along, the
conveyor. This gentle vertical movement is only about 50mm.
The crates then travel along the conveyor, to where the birds are taken out
of the crates and hung on the overhead line taking the birds into the abattoir.
The crates, however, continue to the automatic crate washer. Once washed, the
crates are transported to the empty module bay, where the reverse process is
applied and the clean crates are loaded back into the modules. The clean and
stacked modules are then replaced onto the delivery vehicle.
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