Meat Processing Services – Projects

The following is a selection of projects that Harry Schulz and Meat Processing Services Pty Ltd has been involved with in the Australian and world-wide Meat Processing Industry:

Pelt-O-Matic Pelt-O-Matic
Automatic Pelting Machine

During his time at AMT & SFK, Harry Schulz helped to design and commercialise the Pelt-O-Matic pelting machine.

The Pelt-O-Matic system is designed for automated pelt removal from a variety of species including sheep, lambs, goats, calves and deer.
Safe Seal Systems

During his time with AMT & SFK, Harry helped develop and commercialise the Beef Bunging Machine and Ring Loader (SafeSeal Systems 501 & 502), Pelt-O-Matic pelt removal system, Beef & Sheep/Lamb Oesophagus Sealers (SafeSeal System 503 & 505), and the Beef Sternum Support Hook (for downward hide pulling).

Total sales for the above equipment: AUD $4.7M
Sternum Hook

The MLA funded project, PRREL.002 proved that by supporting the carcase at the commencement of hide pulling, the results on the backbone were consistently better as indicated in the report of this project on 30/11/200 than the present method of stiffening probes, when the hide is well passed the rump area and significant force has already occurred. The sternum support hook also counteracts the significant force put on the hooks/rollers suspending the carcase which often have safety supports during pulling.

As part of a project funded by the MLA, Food Science Australia in conjunction with John Dee Pty Ltd, have de­veloped an improved technology for the
De-Dagging of beef carcasses. The technology comprises of a motor­ised head for breaking up dags and a vacuum system for removing the waste.


Grain Strain in Sheep/Lamb Skins

The grain layer is extremely fragile and can be split or cracked very easily when skins are pulled incorrectly during dressing. When sheepskins damaged in this way are processed into leather, these cracks and splits widen, producing open and broken surfaces such as in the illustration to the left.
This damage – "grain strain" can vary from slight to severe. Follow correct procedures as outlined in Grain Strain in Australian Sheepskins (see left)

Any problem areas were traced back to the slaughtering task that caused them. Problems were rectified with hands-on assistance for the operator, resulting in maximising skins quality and value.

The author was indebted to HARRY SCHULZ for his practical industry advice and comment.

blood spotting Blood Spotting in Back Legs from Inverted Dressing
(Fletchers Dubbo and numerous other sites)

Ensured that correct work-up procedures were in place to minimize blood spotting.

Design of New Processing Plant, and Hiring and Training of New Staff

Assisted in the design of a beef meat processing plant in Western Australia. Interviewed, hired and hands-on trained all slaughter floor operators. Most had never used a knife or previously worked within this industry.


Improvements to Existing Processing Plants
Projects included:

  • new slaughter floor and automated carcass conveyors for chillers
  • new slaughter floor, new automated deboning and packaging
  • new automated deboning and packaging

The food processing industry is production-intensive and has rigorous demands in food hygiene and employee health and safety compliance standards. Our design team is highly experienced in all aspects, consulting directly with clients to develop optimal solutions that meet or exceed compliance requirements and deliver increased productivity outputs