Most people don’t realize that virtually every piece of an animal harvested in the beef and pork industry is utilized in one form or another in a variety of products.
Society as a whole, gives very little thought to where leather comes from in producing that leather couch or piece of clothing.
This is where hide sorting comes into play.
The fact of the matter is that a leather product begins with an animal hide.
With that in mind,animal hides are initially sorted and classified for determination of value.
Sorting of animal hides for dollar value in a hide plant is often a dirty and labor intensive operation.
Hides are sorted according to quality/damage, brand presence, weight (thickness) and the amount of the hides.
We have developed an excellent method of automating the sorting process.
Rather than a great deal of manual labor and data entry, individual hides are placed on a chain driven trolley specifically designed for effiency of the process.
As the hides move along, they pass a grading station where an individual visually identifies, quality/damage, and brand presence/type by pushing the respective buttons on a data entry control panel.
From this station, the hide trolley passes to a dual channel rail scale.
Wheels on each side of the trolley support the hide trolley as it passes over the independent load cells of the two channel scale.
The capacity of this scale is 500 x 0.1 lb.
The summed input from the two cells is provided to the weight indicator.
This info along with the other previous control data is gathered by a computer program in a specific Windows® Embedded-based system stripped of unnecessary programs and activities.
Thus, the system gathers individual weight and control data, and associates it with the hide location as identified by an encoding wheel after passing the scale.
As a result of these activities and according to prescribed settings, hide drop locations are initiated by the Automated Hide Sortation System, and hides may be dropped into containers or raceways for associated tanning/sorting applications.