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Silver Fern Farms is New Zealand’s largest red meat processing and marketing company, with 23 processing facilities around the country.
In 2010 their processing plant in the Waikato town of Te Aroha was destroyed by fire. Silver Fern Farms embarked on a complete rebuild of the plant and today it is the most modern beef processing facility in New Zealand.
Silver Fern Farms invited Milmeq to join their project team and assist in the design development of a 72 carcass per hour hot bone beef processing system, from the stun box to the boning conveyors.
With the old plant having been largely destroyed by fire, this was essentially a greenfield project and the design process could begin from a blank sheet of paper.
Areas of focus for Silver Fern Farms included plant economics, best practice processing, health and safety, eco-efficiency and sustainability. Maintaining complete traceability and maximising yield were also important objectives.
The project began with an extensive engineering consultation phase; Milmeq worked closely with Silver Fern Farms to develop and document the process architecture for the kill floor and related process areas. Process efficiencies, effective use of floor space and ergonomics for operators were central design considerations.
With the process design approved, we then designed, fabricated, tested, installed and commissioned all equipment for the site.
The system was designed to process approximately 1,200 carcasses per double-shift day, with the capability of handling bulls weighing up to 2,000kg.
The floor features stationary processing to provide ergonomic workstations, maximising operator productivity by minimising fatigue and discomfort. A carcass accumulation conveyor allows queuing prior to the dressing system to ensure operators are consistently occupied.
The fully mechanised detain function allows up to eight carcasses to be detained in a seamless manner, without interrupting the main processing system.
An automatic dressing hook return, storage, wash and delivery system assists in maintaining efficiency and hygiene.
Silver Fern Farms were incredibly pleased with the resulting processing performance, and now promote Te Aroha as their flagship processing site.
Staff have responded positively to the new working environment. The plant also sets a new industry benchmark for sustainability, with significantly less electricity and water used per head processed.
“The health and safety side was a major, major focus of the design of the plant… Our injury rates here have been significantly lower than our previous plant and we put that down to the ergonomically designed aspects of the plant.”
Lance Warmington / Plant Manager