Case study – Meat processor saves $75k by overcoming pesky debris and costly sanitation procedures

Case study – Meat processor saves $75k by overcoming pesky debris and costly sanitation procedures

An american meat processor had a goal of cutting product waste and reducing sanitation time on an incline conveyor, where a plastic modular belt with flights carried large chubs of ground meat to a grinder for packaging. For certain meats containing smaller particles, like ground meat, plastic modular belts can make sanitation more difficult, as debris becomes caught in pockets, hinges, and hard edges.

Hygienic belt reducing both labor costs and production loss

The sanitation crew endured lengthy cleaning times to remove the particles from the numerous crevices. To accelerate sanitation procedures, the processor required a highly cleanable belt with low porosity, no crevices, and strong flights to withstand several pounds of weight. Habasit satisfied this requirement with the Habasit Cleandrive in 2″ pitch with 3″ flights. Habasit Cleandrive is a highly sanitary, low-tension monolithic belt, extruded for a completely closed, low-porosity, glossy surface for excellent cleanability. Additionally, the durable 3″ flights were bonded reliably through high-frequency welding.

Once installed, the Habasit Cleandrive conveyed the meat chubs successfully without accumulating waste due to debris-catching crevices. Further, sanitation procedures quickened, reducing both labor costs and production loss.

Overall, the meat processor accrued big benefits:

  • $300 in daily savings in labor and product waste
  • More hygienic conveying solution, improving overall food safety

Total annual savings surpassed $75,000.

This set of processing challenges—pesky debris, prolonged sanitation, threats of microbacteria—is common in meat and poultry applications, and in many ways, served as the inspiration behind a low-tension, hygienic monolithic belt. Additional hygiene-boosting features of Habasit Cleandrive include a premium TPU material, rounded edges, and tolerance to aggressive chemical agents.

Interested in learning more about Habasit Cleandrive? Visit our website page. Or, get in touch with us to discuss your specific application challenges.

2021 January 25  |  Posted by

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