Artificial vision in the meat industry is one of the leading smart technologies to ensure that the most efficient and innovative systems are applied in the food industry to carry out quality processes and comply with all hygiene and consumption regulations.
Vision Inspection system for industry have positioned themselves as a key technological tool to carry out a detailed study of the metrology and characteristics of a product; Which makes it the ideal solution for tasks of inspection and processing of key information for a qualitative analysis of each food product.
Artificial vision applications in the meat industry
Given its efficiency and adaptability to different tasks and production processes, it is logical that artificial vision joins other automated solutions for the meat industry that allow improvements in quality controls and process optimization.
It is very common to find automated artificial vision systems in slaughterhouses and cutting rooms, where their function is focused on the identification of animals and pieces, as well as the classification by types of cut, volumes, unit count and, of course, traceability of every one of them.
It is a very effective tool for detecting parts that do not meet quality standards and parameters, thanks to image processing and analysis of these through comparison with the image and data bank that the system stores, so that they can be withdrawn from the production chain immediately. In addition, being processes that do not require human presence, it is easier to keep the areas sterilized and with the conditions required by food hygiene.
But if we must highlight one of the most important applications of artificial vision in the meat industry, it is its integration in the quality controls that are carried out in the packaging lines. By incorporating artificial vision cameras in the packaging and labeling phase, not only is the quality of the meat product checked, but all sensitive details for marketing and consumption are also inspected:
- Integrity of the container.
- Correct sealing.
- Identification of foreign bodies inside the trays.
- Status of the label, legibility of the information and therefore verification of the integrity of the data.
- Correct date for consumption.
- Correct presentation of the product, through the study of the color, shape and position of the packaged pieces.
- Possibility of digitizing the data extracted in the inspections.
- Product traceability.
For the specific inspection in the plant’s packaging and labeling lines, Various Engineers has developed a system made up of two independent stations managed by the same control. The first is located in the humid area and is a quality control prior to the heat-sealing of the meat pieces, where the control of the position, color and integrity of the meat product is mainly carried out. The second station is located in the dry area, where the packaged product continues to be verified, focusing in this case on the sealing finish, the labeling and all the information it collects about the food.
What benefits does artificial vision bring to the meat Video sector?
The multiple applications of artificial vision in the food industry , especially in the meat sector, is a great example of the optimization of processes and the advantages that it brings, among them, these are the most notable:
- It is one of the automated solutions that make a difference when it comes to digitizing quality controland systematizing the intelligent management of all this highly valuable data.
- It improves production efficiencybecause machine vision can control dozens of units per minute, and more thoroughly than the human eye.
- It helps to improve food hygienein the face of the scarce human presence in visual controls, reducing the handling of food and packaging.
- Monitoring and identification of the productfrom the time it enters production until it is delivered to the end customer, which guarantees correct traceability in the event of consumption problems or claims.
- Possibility of digitizingand exploiting all the data obtained by the vision systems in the different production lines.
- It allows non-invasive quality control of the packaged product.
- The adaptability of artificial vision tools and their different degree of complexity allow them to be an accessible form of automation for all types of industries, with a rapid return on investment.
- Artificial vision also has great potential and profitability in logistics and storage, thanks to the guidance of robots in pick & place systems to locate and manipulate products with more precision.
The intelligent management of the meat industry and the improvement in quality processes are key differentiating elements to be more competitive and provide greater value to distributors and end consumers.