VOC vent cutting - opening machine

Combined vent cutter/ opening machine

  • Only machine on the market to combine vent cutting and vent opening
  • Accurate removal of vent and bursa fabricius with minimal meat loss
  • Reduces the risk of damage to intestines to a minimum
  • Ideal for small products such as spring chicken


Marel's VOC Vent Cutter/Opening Machine combines two functions in a single machine, cutting loose the vent (so that it can be removed from the carcass) and opening the abdominal skin. The viscera pack can then be removed undamaged. Depending on type, the VOC is suitable for both smaller and larger birds and for lines with capacities of up to 10,500 bph/175 bpm.

With just one carrousel for two operations instead of separate carrousels for each operation, VOC means lower machine-related costs and less floor space taken up. Compared to manual venting and opening VOC also saves labor. Operations are carried out very hygienically, thereby preventing product contamination and maintaining product quality.


VOC is available in many different executions for both low and high throughputs. The product scope starts with an 8 unit carrousel at 12" shackle pitch capable of handling up to 2,500 broilers per hour (42 bpm). The range continues with 10, 16 and 20 unit machines. The top of the line 24 unit machine
can handle up to 10,500 bph (175 bpm).

Should you want to increase production capacity at a later stage, the capacity of both VOC-8 and VOC-10 can be extended by simply doubling the number of units on their carrousels to create 6” pitch VOC-16 and VOC-20 machines. Production can therefore be doubled with no need to buy an all-new machine.
Besides being available for different throughputs, VOC is also available for different broiler weight ranges in Low, Normal or Heavy Duty executions. Which machine is right for you will depend on the range of weights you process and the end products you want to make. 


Marel offers a range of service solutions to prevent failures, maximize performance or in case of unexpected breakdowns remote or onsite assistance.

Marel has offices in 30 countries across all regions, and a global network of highly skilled professionals that provide remote as well as onsite service support. We provide quality spare parts and customized service agreements for our customers to ensure optimal performance of Marel equipment.

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