Automated Butcher

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by woodcutter, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pretty amazing! Doesn't get tired.

  2. Impressive..yes, but no machine will ever replace a well trained meat cutter.
  3. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Intermediary stepping stone to full animal processing, as soon as structure/texture variances can be realized.  In other words, whole carcasses of animals, fresh from the kill floor, will be automatically dehided, completely ground, meat and bone, then reformed into popular 'cuts'.   For example, the mythical "Kyndalyke" product line:  "Kyndalyke T-Bones", "Kyndalyke Pork Chops", "Kyndalyke Boneless Lamb Roast" and so on.... sooner than you think, stocked in freezers or dehydrated form!
  4. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Can you imagine how long it takes to wash that place downand clean it every day.
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cleaning that would take some doing. By the way, nice looking summer sausage you just made!
  6. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, I am going to cut one open today to see how it looks and tastes with the olives in it. I'm hoping it came out kind of like a loaf so I can slice thin for sandwiches.
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Actually, science is taking a different approach - bypassing the animal.  Stop and figure how much water, grain, other feed, labor (ever clean a pig pen?), and all other resources it takes to raise, slaughter and process the animal for it's meat.  

    Now there is "Beyond Meat®" already on the shelves of Whole Foods®.   This company takes plant ingredients and manufactures a meat - like substance, known as meat analog.  One of the backers of this project is Bill Gates, who is concerned on a global scale how to feed the world's ever growing populations.  They are successful with chicken - indistinguishable with real chicken, and working on other products as well.  Think that an animal is a manufacturing plant to turn plants into meat and fat.  In that concept, it is not that far-fetched and can reasonably be reproduced. 
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So its the next step after soy-patties?
  9. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    First time i seen this. To think i did all that with my hands for over 35 years and now this.  I've seen a lot evolve over the years in that buisness so i guess i should not be surprised.  One heck of a clean up crew LOL.  Thanks for posting this. Reinhard
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'll bet that darn thing cleans itself!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  11. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    Interesting video, Woodcutter, but some of the equipment and technology shown is somewhat crude compared to current and emerging technology. One company I'm familiar with, Mayekawa of Japan, has adapted the robotics of auto manufacturing and significantly refined them for meat processing. Their equipment uses pressure sensors, 3D, and X Ray technology simultaneously on devices that debone chicken and turkey breasts and legs as well as ham and pork shoulder deboners with an efficiency that would equal a highly skilled butcher, especially when considering that they operate at a significantly higher volume and do so continuously.

    Chicken breast deboner video >

    Ham boner video >
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013
  12. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    "I'm a low tech redneck in a high tech world" Phil Robertson -Duck Dynasty

    It really is amazing. I was kind of hoping to see the
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Amazing piece of technology but I really question how you get proper quality control.

  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They don't care about QA anymore, oh they like to say it, but they are not willing to pay for it. I hate to say this after all the bragging I have done on my butcher but I am moving to the Sam's/Walmart butchers. No not because of the price, because of the product. Seems I get rotten meat every other week these days in factory cryopacs. Butcher says she doesn't buy the food, and the owners shop for the "Good Deals". So this week I am going to start ordering from Walmart. If I am leaving and I know them, they have got to be seeing a lose of sales.

    Its a shame, I know the owners of the store, they now have two more stores in 10 years and are presently building another one. I guess Sh*t sells and people today come and go in a transient world and that is their target marketplace. <Shrugs> I know it wasn't my philosophy when in business, I'd rather sell one perfect item at a 100% mark-up w/ parts and service, than to sell 10 at a 10% mark-up POS (think about men in Black), out the door.  

    Walmart/Sams can give a 6 week due date and the IGA gives 1 day off the shelf and you can see the blood standing already?

    Sorry I'll get off my soapbox, its just a different world this day! (Its a damn shame too!)

    PS:: Ya gotta love the new Google delivery system.....LOL
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't hold back, Foamheart, tell us how you feel! I have to agree though. When I was growing up we were on the lower end of the economic scale. However, my parents paid a bit more to buy from the local butcher who sold quality meat. Of course, so did everyone else in the neighborhood so the prices were only slightly higher than the supermarkets. Oh well. I learned young, you can't go back.

  16. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've told this story before, but I'll relate it once again.  Got to see just how 'tube ground beef' got produced.  It was at a Moyer Packing Plant in Pa. (now ConAgra).  From cattle herded in live, up the StairCase to Heaven, stunned, slit, bled, gutted, dehided, split, quartered, cut into primals, then subprimals, COV'd, all trimmings processed, fat analyzed and ground twice and  put in 2, 5, 10 and 20 lb tubes, labeled, packed and shipped 4 hours later out the door.  In their processing, they were able to maintain 99.95-8% sanitary conditions, far better than a hospital operating room.  The result?  45 day shelf life on all meat products, including ground meat; no preservatives, but ultra sanitary conditions.  That "cheap tube ground meat" in the meatcase with a 30+ day shelf life is far better than the reground meat above it in the case, which has a 1 day shelf life simply because of that one fact.
  17. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    Yeah, because if there's something that 3rd world countries can't do is raise chickens.  [​IMG]

    While this type of stuff is amazing, there's no concern for the health implications.  Someone mentioned the grinding of the whole animal and making it into "cuts" of meat.  Some of the bacteria that are killed by cooking the meat to rare, only live on the outside of the meat.  Not when they assemble scraps into a good cut using meat glue.  I'm sure a lot of the folks here already know about it, but here's an article about it.

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