Salted hide handling system

28 July 2021
Focus area: Advanced manufacturing
Program stream: Advanced manufacturing
This project developed a prototype system that can collect, transfer and place hides onto pallets and into bins and was installed and proven in the JBS hide processing facility in Dinmore.

The processing of hides is very manual and presents a number of operational challenges and risks. These included heavy lifting, staff forklift interaction, wet environment, and safety risks. There is a significant cost associated with hide handling at the processing facility reducing the total achievable value for livestock processed.

This project looked at how reduce cost and risk at one of the labour intensive heavy lifting components of the process by automating the palletisation of hides.

The project has been an overall success with over 1.1 million hide being processed through the plant since commissioning in March 2020. One of the main objectives of the project was to improve safety in the hide plant. Since the instillation of the facility there has been a 100% reduction in injuries and there have been significant labour savings.

The design process and integration of hide tracking technology has seen significant efficacies through the plant.
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