Automation of the bird shoulder joint deboning

Debao Zhou, Jonathan Holmes, Wiley Holcombe, Gary McMurray

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Poultry deboning processing is one of the largest employers of people in the United States. It involves mainly manual processes with only limited use of fixed automation. The main difficulty in this task is the unstructured nature of the task due to the natural variability of birds' size and deformable bodies. To increase product safety and quality, the industry is looking to robotics to help solve these problems. This research has focused on automating cutting of bird front halves. The anatomic structure of the chicken shoulder joint was studied first. Thus the cutting locations on chicken front halves were identified. In conjunction with force control robotics, a 3-DOF device with the capability for size adaptation and deformation compensation was proposed and the cutting trajectory was simulated. The results of the dynamic simulation verified that the desired trajectory can be followed and the response time for bone detection can be satisfied. A functional prototype of this device has been built and is currently under evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event2007 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: Sep 4 2007Sep 7 2007

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM

Other

Other2007 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Country/TerritorySwitzerland
CityZurich
Period9/4/079/7/07

Keywords

  • Anatomy
  • Deboning
  • Front half
  • Robotic device

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