Scott Technology Ltd’s automated lamb boning room has been awarded the Innovation in Agriculture and Environment award in this year’s New Zealand Innovators Awards.
Over 600 were in attendance at the awards ceremony and cocktail function held in Auckland on Wednesday night.
New Zealand Innovation chief executive and Awards convenor Louise Webster says that, “The awards bring together incredible innovators, entrepreneurs, designers and investors from all industries across New Zealand to collaborate and celebrate innovative products and business ventures.”
In 2002, Otago-based Scott Technology had a vision to fully automate the lamb boning process. Now the vision has become a reality with a unique x-ray system that automatically scans a carcase and separates it according to the x-ray data. The equipment identifies the features in every product and adjusts cutting parameters appropriately, reducing bacteria and required labour.
The Awards Evaluators noted that this was a great example of filling a real industry need. It benefits the NZ economy both through improved productivity and proven export sales and the whole system is grounded in the innovative application of technology.
The top Supreme New Zealand Innovator Award was taken out by Precision Seafood Harvesting for its new way of harvesting fish using a trawling system which contains fish, swimming in a large, flexible PVC liner. Holes in the liner allow small fish to escape and once on deck, any non-target fish can be returned the sea alive and unharmed.
Entries into the New Zealand Innovators Awards had increased 60 percent on last year, which indicates innovation is alive and well in New Zealand, say the organisers.