Process redesign for effective use of product quality information in meat chains

Willem A. Rijpkema, Roberto Rossi, Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst

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To full segmented consumer demand and add value meat processors try to
exploit quality dierences in meat products. Availability of product quality
information is of key importance for this. We present a case study where an
innovative sensor technology that provides estimates of an important meat
quality feature is considered. Process design scenarios that dier with respect
to sorting complexity, available product quality information, and use of temporary buers are assessed using a discrete event simulation model. Results
indicate that increasing sorting complexity by use of advanced product quality
information results in a reduction of processing eciency. Use of production
buers was found to increase processing
exibility and mitigate negative effects of high sorting complexity. This research illustrates how use of advanced
product quality information in logistics decision making aects sorting perfor-
mance, processing eciency, and the optimal processing design, an area that
has so far received little attention in literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-403
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • product quality information
  • food supply chains
  • manufacturing flexibility
  • simulation
  • meat


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