Meyn containers are horizontally subdivided into four or five compartments by ‘animal friendly’ synthetic plates. Furthermore, Meyn containers have no lateral divisions. This provides better air circulation and means less stress for the birds and thus far fewer DOA’s (dead on arrival) in comparison to other container systems currently available.
The tilting unit discharges the birds onto a conveyor by tilting the container to various angles of inclination ensuring all birds have been removed. An optional bird detection system can be mounted, alerting that a bird has remained in the container. Different actions are possible to discharge the remaining bird. The tilting unit can be equipped with a suction system to reduce free flying dust or may also be fitted with a water sprayer.
Having been discharged from the containers, the birds are guided to the hanging carousel by means of a modular supply belt. Sensors in the belt detect when birds are being unloaded and speeds up accordingly to prevent the birds landing on top of one another. The special modular belts in the Meyn system do not operate under tension. This provides for easy maintenance and repairs and prevents unnecessary wearing.
The hanging carousel features a round receiving bin, which helps to avoid supply congestion. In general, the handling conditions for the hangers are improved by the close proximity of the birds in the carousel to the shackles. The hanging carousel is equipped with its own driving unit making it independent of the overhead killing line. Furthermore, the carousel is supplied with a suction duct, for an easy connection of a dust collection system.
Automatic truck unloading/loading
Once arrived at the processing plant, the entire container is lifted from the delivery vehicle either automatically or by forklift truck. The system is equipped with one unloading/loading dock. More docks can be integrated, depending on the capacity and production facilities of the plant. With the Meyn container system automatic off-loading is performed by means of a skate conveyor that slides beneath the stacked containers. These skates then lift and retract with the containers to position them onto the buffer track where they are destacked and further transported to the tilting unit.