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gmSCAN - Automatic classification of pig carcasses and their primal cuts

The Irish firm gmSTEEL, Lenz Instruments, Mafrica, Food Service Sp. Zo. o., IRTA and IBPRS have carried out the homologation in Spain and Poland of a new system for the automatic classification of pig carcasses called gmSCAN.

Friday 13 July 2018 (1 years 3 months 6 days ago)
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The Irish firm gmSTEEL ( based in Dublin, in collaboration with Lenz Instruments, commercial slaughterhouses, Mafrica and Food Service Sp. Zo. o. and reference institutes in agrifood technologies IRTA (Spain) and IBPRS (Poland) have successfully carried out the homologation in Spain and Poland of a new system for the automatic classification of pig carcasses called gmSCAN (

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 be in a short-term 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.

*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 719180

12 de julio de 2018 - Lenz Instruments

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