Manual processing of pork rib racks for retail customers can be tough work for protein processing companies; not just from a physical point of view, but also in terms of labor retention for what is hard, repetitive work, while quality and consistency can vary from employee to employee. The DSI™ Xray Guided Waterjet System – a system bringing together technologies from two JBT brands, DSI and XVision – is a solution that has been developed to overcome these challenges and deliver a level of efficiency, consistency and quality that meets customer demands.
“We’ve been building waterjets for 30 years and our customers approached us with new applications that require bone detection in order to make certain cuts, for example with pork rib racks,” explains Jon Hocker, JBT’s Director of DSI Business Unit and Global Product R&D. “The DSI and XVision teams have worked together to combine a new X-ray system with industry-proven DSI portioning, delivering a solution with the ability to detect bones, fat and lean areas, and make cuts informed by this combined data.”
The launch of the proprietary automated rib trimming and sorting line from JBT marks an industry first, according to Hocker. “Cutting rib racks and other similar products can be tough,” he says. “The DSI waterjet system can operate at pressures above 80,000 psi to accomplish cuts in the product, while the dual lane format keeps capacity high and space requirements to a minimum.”
“Labor reduction is top of mind for our customers,” continues Hocker. “The DSI system automates the challenging aspects of pork rib processing. The system can track the amount of each SKU that has been produced, and at the touch of a button, the operator can change the types of cuts being made to suit their customers’ requirements.” The DSI system also includes a downstream sorter that places optimally trimmed ribs into separate product categories defined by the operator.