All Good in the Hood
Organic food manufacturing company installs stretch hood for protection the against dust and pests
Nowadays, consumers are taking a more critical look and want transparency when it comes to the production and processing of their food, prompting organic supermarkets and health food stores respond to these demands.
Based in Ascheberg, in Germany’s southern Münster region next to the eponymous nature reserve Davert., Davert GmbH is a trading and manufacturing company for high-quality organic products employing over 150 people.
“With our guarantee of origin, we are committed to fair trade and long-term business relationships world-wide,” says Davert technical director Erwin Tenbrink.
The company’s merchandise is sold via their online shop as well as in selected drugstores and health food retailers.
“We are ensuring the highest degree of cleanliness to meet our strict quality standards,” explains Tenbrink.
Prior to shipping, the produce at the facility has undergone special quality controls. The employees examine the incoming raw products and set up the required cleaning steps.
Light particles like defective grains are weeded out by the system, where an optoelectronic sorter removes foreign particles.
“Another preventive measure is the pressure treatment that we use to prevent pest infestation,” reports Tenbrink.
“The sudden pressure release kills off any pests like bugs, moths or mites and their larvae and eggs, without compromising the quality of the product in any way.”
Employees pack the merchandise in a variety of ways: rice, flour, linseed and grains are packed into bags, while nuts, dried fruit and muesli are filled into boxes.
“We assign the highest priority to cleanliness,” explains Tenbrink. “It is just as important to keep this level of cleanliness and protect the products from dust and pests during storage in our high-rack warehouse.”
The units have to be loaded safely onto the back of the trucks and reach the distributor without any damage.
The managers had been looking for a solution that could meet these requirements, ensuring fast and reliable operation, high levels of availability, easy maintenance, and a small footprint.
After an extensive search, they found BEUMER Group.
The single-source provider for filling, palletizing and packaging technology delivered the BEUMER stretch hood A high-capacity packaging system.
“The machine is very easy and safe to operate,” says Volker Feldmeyer, the sales engineer at BEUMER Group who was responsible for the project at Davert.
“In order to make work easier for maintenance personnel, which means higher levels of availability, the machine does not require any platform.”
Additional benefits include the compact design and the resulting low height and small footprint.
A film transport system, which is particularly gentle on the material, introduces the previously cut and sealed film hood into the system.
On its way to the crimping and stretching unit, the sealing seam on the film hood cools down so that it can be crimped without losing time.
Energy consuming cooling units and delayed cooling times become obsolete.
This means that the pallets can be packed in a shorter cycle time.
In order to save resources and produce minimum waste, the company opted for this type of film wrapping. The palletized goods are also visible through the transparent flexible film.
The wrapping protects the produce against atmospheric influences and humidity, and ensures an aesthetic appearance on the shop floors.
The system supplier also introduced the BEUMER Group’s new user-friendly human-machine interface (HMI) terminal to provide an even more ergonomic workflow for users.
This easily understandable and intuitive interaction concept helps operators to define efficient working sequences.
“The soft-touch panel uses pictograms to guide the user through the menu of the Siemens SIMATIC S7 machine control,” explains Feldmeyer.
“The panel also gives the operator access to all required training programs and content.”
“We implemented this project in close cooperation with BEUMER Group,” Erwin Tenbrink is happy to report.
He is entirely convinced of the great technical cooperation during the planning and installation of the system.
One important aspect for him is reliable customer support, as even this high-quality machine needs maintenance and service.
“If necessary, we send our service personnel to the plant to check the system and perform any required adjustments,” Feldmeyer promises.
“This way, we can ensure high-levels of availability at any time.”