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Better by-product packing at Vion Food Group
02 Jul 2018
As an international meat producer, Vion is always looking for opportunities to optimize their production and improve raw material utilization.
INCREASING THE VALUE OF BYPRODUCTS
As a company led by the requirements of a dynamic market, Vion’s activities are demand-driven. The company strives to respond to changing trends and developments, while producing high-value products that suit different market demands. Traditional low-value by-products like pig’s feet, tails and intestines now hold great value on the Asian market. To serve this market, Vion decided to move from manual by-product handling to an automated process.
NEW AUTOMATIC SYSTEM
Vion teamed up with Marel to find a system that was fast and accurate and would help improve their product handling and packing. After looking at options and seeing systems in action at Marel customers in Denmark, it was clear that a By-Product Packing System would be the right solution. Their aim was to maximize value, maintain product quality and gain as much from processing by-products as possible.
The By-Product Packing System is easy to operate, manage and maintain.
There is no doubt that the system adds a lot of value. There is less giveaway and a much higher accuracy and flexibility than with the previous manual handling of products. The system can run a wide range of products and different sized boxes with fast changeovers when needed.
– Eric Van Den Langenberg, Production Manager at Vion, Boxtel
FLEXIBLE, ACCURATE BATCHING
At the heart of the By-Product Packing System is the Marel SpeedBatcher. It is an extremely flexible unit that accurately batches products in bulk, at high speeds, while keeping product handling to a minimum.
The system implementation went well and the two companies worked closely together on installation, final adjusting and operator training at Vion. After a short period of training, the operators were ready for and fully capable of operating the equipment. The previously labor-intensive task is now run efficiently, reducing giveaway and improving throughput and quality.