STEEN’s Key Elements of Poultry: Thigh, Drum and Prime-Wing in Further Processing

Poultry processors count on machinery to deliver their daily needed capacity. With processors having a huge quantity of poultry meat to be processed every day, the pressure to deliver is always an invisible hand, driving an entire production hall. Luckily, STEEN can contribute to these guys. Here is what makes the difference.

After Cut-Up
After the cut-up line, the different parts such as chicken drum, thigh and even prime-wing, will be further processed. This includes skinning, deboning and even making snacks (little lollipops) out of your chicken wings.

“STEEN focuses on the further processing entirely,” says Antoine De Bie, account manager for F.P.M. International N.V. “A lot of customers are having a certain amount of further processed products such as deli-meats, sausages and tulips for the extra the brand can offer to their customers.”

Important for poultry processors is to maintain a quality output of their product, reducing losses down the processing line. This also counts for further processing. “STEEN equipment is the last shackle in the chain. After everything has been cut, we come on stage. Before you can make a sausage out of your meat, you need to take out the bones. STEEN has deboning machines that are suited for all three different parts: chicken thigh, drum and prime-wing. All of these products are used for further processing. Having a versatile machine is of great importance.”

On the plus side of the story, since there is a shortage in people wanting to roll up their sleeves in the poultry industry, a deboning solution down the line can have a couple of advantages:

– It will increase your:

  • Level of automation
    Level of efficiency, and
    Level of speed.

At the same time, using machinery in your processing line will also decrease a couple of things, such as:

  • Cost
    Yield loss

The numbers and figures

Take for example our ST800 deboning solution: in a manual process, a conveyor belt will run in the processing hall, where a couple of workers will stand along side of the belt. This is already a key element. If you have a skilled and motivated worker, the thigh deboning is done with great accuracy and performance. But what if this isn’t the case? You will lose yield, time and eventually money. Coupling it to an extra level of stress with these workers.

The ST800 has a capacity of 6720 pieces per hour, with only two operators. This means that one operator can debone 3.360 chicken thighs in an hour. That is a whole lot of chicken.

STEEN understands that not every processor has the budget to invest. That is why STEEN offers a wide range of different deboning equipment, suited for the specific needs that processors have, according to the budget. Yes, an initial investment will be needed, but the return on invest will be there. That is a promise from our side.

And what about the maintenance?
Of course, when you step up from having a lot of workers to a more automated process, the costs of maintaining the machines will be taken into account as well. That is why STEEN has developed machinery and equipment that has a low yearly maintenance cost. “We offer various preventive maintenance packages when a customer buys a machine. Together with the customer, we decide what will be best according to their budget. On the plus side, our machines aren’t overly complicated. Maintenance can be executed on the spot and within 1 day. This results in a cost- and time efficient solution. Time you can spend, thinking about your further processing.”

With a right processing equipment manufacturer, you can be rest assured. Your production won’t have struggles coping with the daily needs. 