Pork ribs and other similar meat products can be notoriously difficult to cut even with the 4000 bar waterjet technology – now used worldwide for trimming and portioning poultry, pork bellies, ham slices and red meat – that DSI (now part of JBT) pioneered over 30 years ago. However, the recently-introduced DSI 6000-bar waterjet system now offers processors a means of achieving superior cutting performance on tougher food products.
The higher-pressure system, which can lead to significant labor savings and improved product quality, allows automated processing to reach new applications, and is just one of the new solutions that JBT has introduced for pork processors.
The DSI system for pork rib application is another recent addition to the JBT portfolio, which allows processors to automate the typically labor-intensive process of splitting full pork racks. DSI Q-LINK Portioning Software enables the use to cut between ribs to create retail packs at belt speeds of 9-12 meters per minute. The software also allows the processor to fill orders then switch to the next product code, or it can help optimise yields by using downstream DSI scanning and sorting solutions.
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DSI has made further improvements to its waterjet systems with the DSI 800 S, an expandable, modular portioning solution, which features enhanced ventilation and jet capture to reduce mist and noise generated by the waterjet cutting process. The system, which is available in two, four, six or eight cutters to allow for production expansion, includes enhanced cutter assembly for higher performance and longer service life, while reducing maintenance downtime.
However, perhaps one of its greatest advantages is in terms of maximizing capacity. The DSI 800 S is the narrowest waterjet system yet available, delivering 30% higher production capacity per unit of floor space – an important factor for crowded production facilities.