Marel scales handle tough environment at Sláturfélag Suðurlands

Durability and reliability are top criteria for this Icelandic meat processor when investing in new equipment

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Environments inside a processing plant can be challenging for equipment. Water, constant moisture, and hot and cold temperatures can wreak havoc with sensitive electronics and affect precision. For that reason, Icelandic slaughterhouse Sláturfélag Suðurlands always looks to durability and reliability when investing in new equipment.

The scales at Sláturfélag Suðurlands are used eight to ten hours per day, and often more with seasonal production fluctuations. The hygienic design means the scales can be washed down and sanitized quickly for rapid product changeover.

There are approximately 30-40 Marel scales in different configurations throughout the Selfoss plant. M1100 scales and floor scales are used extensively throughout the factory floor.

Greater value for longer

The harshest environment at Sláturfélag Suðurlands is in the salting room. Anna Runolfsdottir, Head of Product Division at Sláturfélag Suðurlands, explains, "We have two Marel scales in our salting room. We have had other equipment 'melt' in these rooms, but our Marel scales look like new after more than 20 years of use."

More sustainable processing

Because of the longevity of Marel scales, the total cost of ownership is very reasonable. Anna Runolfsdottir likes to point out, "Not only are we buying a reliable scale, but the longer lifespan means less disposal and replacement of equipment. Better for the environment, and better for our bottom line."

Even though there are cheaper options, we chose Marel scales because of their durability and service.

Anna Runolfsdottir
Head of Product Division

Connect and optimize

Marel's Innova Food Processing Software connects the company's extensive network of scales. Innova helps Sláturfélag Suðurlands monitor all quantities that go through production and records the utilization of products. Having an integrated system with a clear overview of the entire production and order processing was a game-changer for the company. The company is looking to incorporate Innova's recipe system soon and enhance traceability for all of its products.

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