gmSCAN has been developed in collaboration with the Lenz Instruments S.L engineering, companies in the meat sector such as Mafrica and Food Service Sp. Zo. o. and reference institutes in agrifood technologies IRTA (Spain) and IBPRS (Poland) and is a system for the automatic classification of pig carcasses.
Further information can be found at www.gmSCAN.eu
gmSCAN employs a measurement technique known as Magnetic Induction, which is already used at industrial level for the fat analysis of individual pieces (e.g. ham, shoulder, belly and, loin). This technique allows the composition of the pig carcass to be determined without contact from the analysis of the response of the lean and fatty tissues to the action of a variable and low intensity magnetic field.
The equipment allows to classify at a speed of up to 900 carcasses per hour and is typically integrated after the scalding stage. The equipment has been designed to inspect the carcasses in vertical position, which is the usual form of transport in the slaughter line and which greatly simplifies the integration of the equipment into the line.
While awaiting final official authorization from the European Union’s expert committee, gmSCAN will soon be a method for the official classification of pig carcasses in Spain and Poland. The classification of the carcass is based on the total lean percentage and is known as the SEUROP classification. The equipment also provides detailed information on the composition of the different parts of the carcass including the prediction of weight and the percentage of lean in the most important pieces such as ham, loin, belly and shoulder.
gmSCAN is a Magnetic Induction scanner to automatically grade pig carcasses according to SEUROP scheme.
The scanner predicts the total lean meat percentage of the carcass, the lean meat weight and the total weight of the four main cuts of the pork (ham, loin, bacon and shoulder).
gmSCAN employs a contactless inspection method that preserves the integrity and physical characteristics of the meat and avoids the risk of cross contamination.
The method, developed in collaboration with the company Lenz Instruments S.L (Barcelona) is based on the analysis of the response of the fatty and lean tissues of the carcass subjected to the action of a variable low intensity magnetic field.
Main Features and Functionalities
gmSCAN provides high robustness, accuracy and reliability in the prediction of the total lean meat percentage and the composition of the primal cuts. The magnetic induction response is directly correlated with the amount of lean tissue and is independent of the breed or genetic variations.
gmSCAN has been designed for classification of carcasses in vertical position. The vertical configuration of the scanner facilitates the integration of the equipment in the slaughter line and significantly reduces integration costs.
Certification in Spain and Poland during June 2018
The certification trials have been carried out by the competent bodies of each country IRTA (Spain) and IBPRS (Poland) and have been passed successfully in both countries. In short, the European Commission have authorised the use of gmSCAN as a valid instrument for SEUROP classification in Spain and Poland.
Benefits of the gmSCAN at a glance
- Precise pig carcass grading according to SEUROP
- Accurate prediction of primal cuts (Lean meat weight and weight)
- 100% Automatic grading and value determination of pig carcasses
- Enables payment according to true market value of carcass and primal cuts
- Optimal carcass utilization in cutting, deboning and sales (yield optimization)
- Enables production planning decisions based on objective and precise measurements
- Provides valuable feedback for genetic development and feeding strategies
- Easy integration of data with existent data-bases and ERP
- Remote diagnostic available. Secure access via Ethernet.
- Non-contact classification
- Low maintenance costs
- Detailed carcass information displayed in an industrial tactile screen
- Lower investment compared to other automatic grading systems and fast ROI
- Grading speeds up to 900 carcass per hour
Normatives and Directives
gmSCAN is CE labelled and complies with the following directives and normatives:
- EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility)-2014/30/UE
- LVD (Low Voltage Directive) 2014/35/UE
- Hygienic design according to the norm EN1672-2