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ROBOT EFFICIENCY: The faster robots replace some of the more dangerous cutting jobs on the kill floor. Pictures: Scott Technology Limited.

ROBOT EFFICIENCY: The faster robots replace some of the more dangerous cutting jobs on the kill floor. Pictures: Scott Technology Limited.

Australia’s big meat processors are ramping up their spending on robots.

This week, New Zealand’s Scott Technology Limited won a $10 million contract to design and build a lamb boning system for Thomas Foods International’s Tamworth plant.

The manufacturer is majority owned by Brazil’s JBS which already has the systems operating at its Bordertown and Brooklyn plants.

Two other large systems have been installed at Australian Lamb Co.’s plants at Colac and Sunshine.

These boning robots can process up to 600 carcasses an hour using a complex system of X-rays.

The New Zealand company claims the increased…



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