Breaking away from the standard industry model of using individual picking fingers, William Goodyear Co.’s FeatherFox introduces a whole new era in defeathering. The patented finger pad system is an enormous step forward for the processing industry—a step that brings improved safety, efficiency, and product quality.
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A DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT
FeatherFox offers a significant improvement in safety standards for the picking room. Because of its pad design and easy installation process, the use of sharp knives is eliminated. While the traditional method of changing individual picking fingers by using knives and pliers poses constant safety and ergonomic risks and hazards for the workers in the picking room, the FeatherFox involves zero safety risk by using a simple bolt, washer, and metal plate for installation.
REDUCTION IN LABOR
Another advantage to the FeatherFox is the substantial reduction in labor and labor costs brought about by its simplified installation process. Because the pads are so quick and easy to install, the number of workers it takes to install all new fingers at a processing plant is reduced by 75% when compared to traditional individual picking fingers. This dramatic reduction leads to decreased labor costs and an overall decrease in production cost.
Picking efficiency is also greatly improved when the switch is made to FeatherFox pads. FeatherFox fingers stay more uniform as part of the pad versus individual fingers flaring out and losing their picking ability. Increased picking efficiency means that birds can leave this stage of processing cleanly and continue their journey down the processing line.
INCREASE IN WING QUALITY
Picking with FeatherFox produces fewer broken wings which results in a boost in wing/WOG yields. With increased WOG yields, poultry processors will also see an increase in end product quality, as the wings are broken less frequently.
COST SAVINGS IN FINGERS/FINGERS HUBS
When switching from traditional fingers to the FeatherFox pads, plants have seen an 18% cost savings in expenditures for fingers and finger hubs. When combined with labor savings and safety improvements, the FeatherFox is a winner!
MORE DURABLE, LONGER LASTING
FeatherFox picking pads are built to withstand the rigorous work of defeathering, over and over again. The innovative design and use of high quality rubber material makes the FeatherFox system a more durable solution than individual fingers. Longer lasting fingers mean less time spent replacing, leading to increased efficiency and decreased production costs.
RUBBER REDUCTION IN OFFAL
Processing plants currently using the FeatherFox have reported roughly a 40% reduction in the rubber that falls into the offal. Eliminating the cutting out of fingers means less rubber can fall into the offal. Improving the quality of the offal is an economic winner for the operation.
*Information provided is based on actual field results