The Tönnies Group has constructed its bovine animal competence center in Badbergen, Lower Saxony. The cuts of beef are vacuum-packed in thermoforming and shrink-wrap machines, a process that has become more efficient than ever following renovations on the site: Now, energy-saving Atlas Copco variable-speed vacuum pumps are used to create vacuum situations at two central stations.What used to be a combined slaughterhouse has become a “bovine animal competence center”: For many years, cattle and pigs had been slaughtered and butchered on the same time in Badbergen on behalf of different firms. In 2017, the Tönnies Group took over the site and decided to base its entire slaughtering operation in Badbergen – up until that time, this had taken place on the company’s major web site in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. In 2020, Tönnies Beef reopened the location after in depth conversion and renovation. The Group invested round eighty five million euro within the building and state-of-the-art technology at this website in a small town in northern Lower Saxony, between Oldenburg and Osnabrück. The slaughtering, butchering and finishing processes are primarily based on the newest cooling expertise, machine-based butchering and extremely automated choosing and shipping traces.
Several hundred tons of meat leave the site every single day and 95% of the animal – virtually every thing – is utilized. This allows Tönnies to satisfy totally different consuming habits all over the world: While German shoppers choose lean beef, meat with a thick layer of fat is in style in Scandinavia and other European countries, in accordance with the manufacturer’s web site.
Efficient screw vacuum pumps provide forming, low and fantastic vacuums
“The cuts weigh between 1.5 and 9 kilograms after butchering,” explains Waldemar Metzger, Technical Manager of Tönnies Beef GmbH & Co. KG in Badbergen. The cuts are vacuum-packed for various main customers. For this function, Tönnies has put in a quantity of packaging traces in the halls: Seven thermoforming curler machines and two robot-operated shrink-wrap packaging machines. Efficient Atlas Copco vacuum pumps are used within the methods to hoover pack the tubular/shrink luggage and thermoformed plastic trays, and to keep the meat actually fresh. They work in two stations and provide forming, low and nice vacuums.
The thermoforming machines supplied by vacuum station 1. There are 4 Atlas Copco GHS 585 VSD+ variable-speed, oil-injected screw vacuum pumps that evacuate the air as a lot as forty mbar (absolute), as nicely as 4 small boosters that decrease the stress even additional to 3 mbar. One of the screw pumps supplies the forming vacuum for the thermoforming curler machines, which only require round one hundred to a hundred and fifty mbar for the forming process. The other vacuum pumps on this station are connected to the boosters. One of the pumps is redundant at any given time: This is also the case in the second vacuum station, which contains 5 GHS 730 VSD+ pumps that take away the air from the shrink bags on the Cryovac lines. “The dimension of the cuts of meat is routinely detected by our techniques,” explains Waldemar Metzger. “ pressure gauge digital ราคา packaging machines then mechanically insert the cuts of meat into the tubular luggage, that are reduce to the correct dimension underneath a vacuum bell.” Under the hood, all ambient air is then evacuated in two phases till the strain is round three mbar (fine vacuum).
“With the forming vacuum – or thermoforming vacuum, as it’s additionally known as – the plastic tray is formed by chopping the foil roll,” says the Technical Manager. After filling the shell with smaller items of meat, the shell is “wed” to the quilt movie: The device closes and seals the packaging hermetic at three to five mbar using the fine vacuum. Sorting machines assign the individual trays and tubular luggage to bigger boxes, which are then used to choose customized packing containers for customer orders.
Efficient speed regulation reduces vitality requirements by a 3rd or extra
Waldemar Metzger has been working in Badbergen for 20 years and has been part of the planning and execution stages of converting the mixed slaughterhouse to a purely beef operation from the very beginning. This included the choice to buy Atlas Copco variable-speed vacuum pumps. “As far as technology is anxious, having the flexibility to differ the speed of the GHS vacuum pumps is important to us and saves vitality,” stresses the Tönnies employee. “Compared to fixed-speed machines, you’ll have the ability to reliably cut down power requirements by around a 3rd – maybe even by half, relying on the range factor.”
The controls on the vacuum pumps have a user-friendly plain textual content display, which also signifies the working hours and maintenance intervals. Since the Atlas Copco pumps could be linked directly to an exhaust system, it was attainable to make use of air-cooled pumps. According to the manufacturer, this improves the local weather of the room; it’s no longer necessary to have the additional room cooling typically required when utilizing central vacuum techniques.
The project was implemented on site by and with Oliver Hornberg, Managing Director of Eugen Theis Vakuumtechnik in Werther. He delivered the pumps to Tönnies Beef, ready to use – including a four hundred m pipeline within the transformed slaughterhouse, measuring in locations to a diameter of DN 300. His firm, Eugen Theis GmbH, was founded in 1984 and makes a speciality of vacuum expertise. In 1999, Hornberg took over the business from its founder, Eugen Theis, and 20 years later, in late 2021, sold it to Atlas Copco after he couldn’t find a successor. “Our two children are pursuing other career paths,” he says. Hornberg himself stays Managing Director even after the company was bought to Atlas Copco and is wanting ahead to vital growth beneath the umbrella of one of the world’s largest suppliers of vacuum pumps. The firm already operates throughout Germany: “From Flensburg within the north to Regensburg within the south and Halle (Saale) within the east,” he says, outlining the reach of his company: This additionally consists of Badbergen within the (north)west, as he generally stops by at Tönnies Beef to take care of the machines.