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Processes in meat production • Slaughtering – Cattle is killed after rendering them insensible • Deboning – Major bones are removed and primary meat is segregated • Slicing – Slicing of meat is done as per specifications • Packaging – Sliced meat is chilled and packaged into containers .

Peculiarities of meat production • Microbiology and infection Meat should be free from contamination • Adaptive skills Each carcass is different • Safety and disease Danger from sharp knives and animal diseases • The Football Player syndrome Requires young people and they wear out in 10 years .

Departmental technology • Task Variability (exceptions involved) The meat can be either beef. Moreover. . veal or mutton. size and features of animals also vary. • Task analyzability (standardization) Slicing has to be done as per specifications and it varies from order to order.

capture. carcass tipping and brisket cutting • Gained tremendous interest in the front-end processes and spurred engineers to work aggressively .Cybertech Project Initial stages: • It was a benchmark for automation of meat processing in Australia • Had modules for lead-up. stunning/killing. automatic hock removal.

Cybertech Project Monolithic prototype rather than modules: • Capable of doing all the processes involved in meat processing • Centralized computer control of the processes • Highly automated systems • Manual intervention needed only when tasks were too difficult to be done by the automated procedures .

Competition and constraints • Need for a cheaper product • Finding volunteers to implement the project is difficult as people are skeptical to take the first step • Semi-automatic Cybertech 1 was implemened at Wollagong Meatworks • American company working on a similar project thought they were 2 years behind Cybertech .

Problems in complete automation • High variability in the type of animal arriving • Changing process each and every time would be time consuming and inefficient SOLUTION • Segregate animals initially itself on the basis of their type and group similar shaped beasts together • Adaptive control techniques should be used .

i. much of the usefulness lies in the total automation and central controlling • Singular modules might lead to inefficiency because of the incompatibility between the automated and manual processes .e.Rationale for full – mode • Leads to an overall organizational change. improvement over existing models • Though individual modules can also be useful..

) • Full module implementation leads to highly efficient overall production process • Though the cost of adapting the entire system is high. this wouldn’t require much of expertise from laborer (already it’s difficult to find laborers attracted to meat processing) . it would be beneficial because of the reduced damage cost and increased efficiency in process handling • Moreover.Rationale for full – mode (contd. in the long run.

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