How Do I Choose The Right Method of Carcass Tracking?

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May 7, 2014

When it comes to carcass tracking, we often like to promote our Trolley Vision® system because it solves a lot of common traceability issues, but we still understand that sometimes there is a preference for other methods.

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Sometimes, different methods are appropriate depending on the type of plant that you operate. Let’s look at the difference between a large cattle harvesting plant and a small plant harvesting something that is more of a specialty, like bison.

In large plants with a high production volume, a tag system might not be a very good fit. A higher throughput means more chances to lose data. In a high speed operation, tags are much more likely to fall off, and the chances for employee error can skyrocket. The demanding pace can cause them to mislabel carcasses or mix up data.

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These reasons are why we always suggest Trolley Vision® for sizeable operations. Many plants still use tags to mark certain things in tandem with the vision system, but all of the most important data is handled automatically at trolley reading stations installed at various important points in the plant. This method eliminates all of the negative aspects of tagging. The data cannot fall off or be lost and it doesn’t require any user to scan or input numbers.


On the other side of the spectrum, the small specialty plant could benefit from a Trolley Vision®, but installing a system like Trolley Vision® on such a small scale doesn’t have the same impact as it does in a larger plant. A tag system often works quite well for a place like this and we do work with those as well in order to give you the best possible setup.

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Compared to the big plant which might be processing thousands of cattle daily, this plant might be processing as few as a hundred or so. At this production level, there is less pressure on the employees, giving them ample time to properly tag each carcass.

Whichever way you decide to go with carcass tracking, we have enough experience to make both options work well, and we would gladly design an efficient, reliable system for you.

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