The ongoing mechanisation of the evisceration department has a profound impact on poultry processing. This formerly labour intensive activity with limited throughput has rapidly evolved into a high capacity and virtually labour free process. As a result, the evisceration department nowadays turns out unprecedented volumes of properly eviscerated birds that - within the processing value chain - have the characteristics of a commodity. The evisceration department generates the raw material for the second stage in processing, where product value is increased by cut up and deboning. Meyn has always played a leading role in these developments.