We have recently uploaded in Youtube a promotional video of the TRIMSCAN prototype. The system is currently being tested in a meat processing facility in Parma for the control of fat in batches of pork and beef trimmings.
The TRIMSCAN system has been installed at an Italian abattoir (SASSI SpA) producing different kind of pork trimmings and at a meat processor (GOLFERA SpA) using pork and beef trimmings for the elaboration of their products. The system is being validated for the production of batches of trimming with specific fat content for the production of dry-cured sausages and hamburgers.
Fat Control In Dry-Cured Sausage Elaboration
Validation trials has been carried out during several months at Golfera SpA. The TRIMSCAN system has been validated in the production of a specific salami with very low fat content. The system has been employed in the production of several batches of 700-750kg with a specific target fat content. The natual variation of percentage fat found among these batches were between 8-14%. TRIMSCAN has demonstrated the potential to reduce such variation in the fat content to only 0.8%.
Fat Control In Hamburguer Elaboration
TRIMSCAN system has been also validated for the production of beef Hamburgers. The validation was made on several batches of beef trimmings for the elaboration of hamburgers with different fat contents ranging from 8% to 25%. The size of the batches were 100kg approximately. The accuracy obtained at batch level was 1.2%.
Fat Control At Abattoir
TRIMSCAN system is currently being validated at abattoir level to control the fat content in batches of pork trimmings. It is expected that TRIMSCAN will contribute to reduce the natural variation of fat in the batch to less than 1%.
It is a well-known fact that sampling as well as the analysis uncertainty influence the final analysis result, however, the work concerning development and optimization of methods has traditionally attracted the most attention. The reality is more or less worthless analysis results – in spite of quality-controlled methods – if the sampling is not representative for the basic material.
Within the food sector, a representative sampling is crucial for risk assessments. Also for elaboration of valid nutrient labelling, or when the purpose is to calibrate indirect methods for quality-controlled food, the representative sampling is of the utmost importance.
The Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) has previously worked on obtaining up-to-date data on nutritive value in beef and veal. In the current EU project, TRIMSCAN, work is performed on test of a prototype for in-line determination of fat in trimmings from beef and pork. In both projects, planning and execution of a representative sampling have been essential. Broadly, the work has followed DS-3077, which is a matrix independent standard, based on Theory of Sampling (TOS). The process is illustrated in Figure 1 (See attached document) showing the connection between sampling steps and sources of error, three governing principles (heterogeneity, variography, lot dimensionality reduction) and four sampling unit operations (mixing, particle size reduction, composite sampling, mass reduction).
October 15th, Barcelona
TRIMSCAN partners have celebrated a general meeting at LENZ facilities. DTI have presented data obtained at lab scale with the first prototype for pork and beef trimmings. Results have been very positive and the next step is the industrial validation of the industrial prototype. SSICA is currently calibrating the machine and in short it will be installed at Golfera to carry out extensive trials in a real environment.
On July 23, Barcelona
Partners from TRIMSCAN project has recently assembled the first industrial unit. The scanner has been assembled at LENZ facilities and the team is currently working on system characterisation. We expect to have the machine available by the end of August. The system will be sent to SSICA for its pre-calibration with pork trimmings.
We have drafted a first conceptual design of TRIMSCAN machine. The machine will be designed to work in pork and beef meat sorting lines. The scanning module has been conceived to ease the adaptability of the system to different pork and beef meat sorting lines, as well as to future system upgrades. The physical placement and distribution of the sensors for the scanner and weighting system have been also studied to obtain a functional single unit design.
February 4th, Parma
Trimscan partners meet in the SSICA – Stazione Sperimentale Industria Conserve Alimentari – Parma to celebrate the 12th Month general meeting.
First results obtained with the laboratory prototype are presented. The system has been tested with pork trimmings at the Danish Technological institute (DTI, Denmark) with very promising results. More tests are expected with pork trimmings to complete a first calibration of the system. The system will be also calibrated for beef timmings at DTI during the following weeks.
The calibration developed at DTI will be exported to the pre-industrial version that will be designed during next months. The pre-industrial version will include a number of improvements that will be required to complete the industrial validation.
It is expected that a pre-industrial version of the system will be available for the begining of September 2015. The industrial prototype will be sent previously to SSICA for a pre-calibration before starting the industral validation process.
After several months of hard work, TRIMSCAN partners have completed the first complete laboratory test rig. The machine will be sent to DTI for its calibration with pork and beef trimmings. First trials are expected to begin by mid-December.
The TRIMSCAN M6 general meeting was held on 29 July 2014 in Barcelona, hosted by the Coordinator LENZ-INSTRUMENTS. The Coordinator reviews the work plan, especially the work to be carried out in the first year, also by explaining in detail the principles of the magnetic induction so as the main work done so far by RTD performers. DTI presents the results of the first laboratory analysis.
Project Management and, in particular, Dissemination issues were also covered by ATEKNEA and LENZ: all partners are invited to spread the project brochure and to spread the project website. The next general meeting (M12) will be planned according to project progress and results in the coming months.