Modern poultry crates are made of durable, hygienic synthetic materials and can be re-used many times. The Meyn crate supply system can provide high capacity handling in a variety of flexible layouts and is easily integrated into existing production lines.
Meyn's range of crate washing machines covers all crate types and required capacities. Each crate washer is provided with a multi phase washing cycle, a final rinse with fresh water and automatic disinfection. Recycling of water in the first phase, combined with separation of pollution, effectively reduces the water and energy consumption without compromising the washing result.
The crates containing the birds are off-loaded manually and positioned onto the unloading platform. As an option the unloading platform can be equipped with an integrated accumulating roller track for stacked crates. Also a hydraulically controlled hinged side-board for a smooth adjustment of the platform to the truck height can be delivered. In order to reduce manual labour and extend the life span of the crates, the unloading platform can be equipped with destacking/stacking devices of which Meyn can deliver various models.
Moving the crates to the hanging department is realised by a combination of various conveyors, depending on the configuration and layout of the plant. Meyn’s delivery programme comprises several types of transporters for the internal transportation of the crates.
The Meyn crate supply system is capable of buffering stacks of full crates on the unloading dock for improved continuity in the killing process. To increase flexibility in layout, the system can transport full crates around a variety of curves, such as for instance 90º or 180º curves. The birds are manually removed from the crate and are hung into the shackles for transport to the killing department. At the hanging location the conveyor is equipped with a ‘start/stop’ interrupt facility to enable the crates to be completely emptied. Once empty, the crates can be washed and disinfected while transported back to the truck.