Edeka Südwest Fleisch chose the efficiency and precision of TEXTOR


With production lines that can process and portion more than just one sausage type, food manufacturers gain the ability to create tastier product varieties. However, the flexibility of a wide range of products must not be at the expense of overall line availability - especially not due to time-consuming set-up times. The sausage processing at Edeka Südwest Fleisch demonstrates how flexibility and productivity can be perfectly combined.

Posted on Aug 23 ,04:16

Edeka Südwest Fleisch chose the efficiency and precision of TEXTOR

The result is convincing - both in taste and appearance. At Edeka Südwest Fleisch production, they refer to a "buffet" when in one line three different sausage specialties are twice overlapped to create a shingled cut appearance. It is the distinctive feature of the slicer being used that enables the slicing ofall three types of sausage in one process, despite their significant differences in consistency. Edeka found the optimum solution for this challenge in a line concept from Weber Maschinenbau with TEXTOR Slicer TS700. There are multiple reasons for this new line's efficiency. Looking at it from a distance, it is the optimal and coordinated combination of the different line components in particular that provides the high performance. The necessary engineering for this was led by the project sales department of Weber Maschinenbau, the leading supplier of industrial slicer solutions. The provided services ranged from the general design and integration of the necessary machine modules to commissioning. They also included factory acceptance within the scope of a FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) to the SAT (Site Acceptance Test) on site including handover to the customer.

As the TS700 is suitable for a wide range of applications and is easy to modify, it is particularly suitable for food companies that are faced with rapidly changing food retail requirements and a growing need to produce more individual, smaller batches - in other words, the perfect choice for Edeka Südwest Fleisch. 18 different applications are pre-configured in the plant control. Due to the excellent presets in the automation, a product change is completed in just a few steps, and with the help of a module checklist that visually displays and confirms each work step for the operator. The set-up times for the same product type are less than 15 minutes. If the format changes on the packaging machine are more extensive and involve a blade replacement, "it can take half an hour," explains Christopher Benz, Operations Manager for sausage production at Edeka Südwest Fleisch. With its approximately 1,400 employees the plant, which was completed in Rheinstetten in 2011, supplies more than 1,100 supermarkets in southwest Germany from Lake Constance to the Saarland region. Considering quality and taste, Edeka is increasingly focusing on locally sourced products, animal welfare and sustainability. 

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