We have delivered primary food processing, materials handling and chilling and freezing technology to clients around the globe.
The following are some of our recent projects.
Australian Meat Group (AMG) was established in 2013 with the acquisition of two processing plants by experienced proprietors returning to the meat processing business. One of these plants is a beef abattoir in Dandenong, Victoria.
On acquiring the Dandenong site, AMG gutted it and re-installed a completely new process from the cattle yards right through to the distribution centre. This is now the newest and most highly automated beef processing plant in Australia, processing 1,500 head per day.
When planning the Dandenong plant, AMG approached Milmeq to meet their product freezing, chilling and materials handling requirements.
Their objectives included security of inventory control, efficient use of space, minimising safety risks, maximising operating efficiency and minimising the labour input required. They recognised that automation was the key to meeting these objectives and wanted the very best technology for the plant.
We showed AMG the Milmeq Fully Automated Stock Transfer system (MFAST) in operation in another client’s plant and they engaged us to deliver a customised version of this with extended capabilities.
We designed, manufactured and installed an MFAST at AMG Dandenong. This automated storage and retrieval system operates in a minus two degrees Celsius environment and provides completely integrated rapid cooling, sorting, dispatch and palletising of product. It is seamlessly integrated with the plant’s inventory control system.
This MFAST was designed with a pre-sort function, taking product directly from the boning room and sorting it from beast lot to individual product or order lot.
Design considerations included efficiency of floor space usage; the MFAST has racking for storage of up to 6,000 cartons in a nine metre high racking system. It was also built to accommodate potential future plant expansion, with the capacity to handle 1,000 cartons per hour – much greater than the current throughput of 1,500 cartons per eight hour day.
The MFAST control room utilises CCTV footage to monitor its operation, eliminating the need for personnel to enter the freezer room.
The MFAST was commissioned in August 2015.
Its accuracy in selecting product to fill orders means AMG is experiencing almost zero product ‘giveaway’.
By displacing the need for forklift operations or heavy lifting, it is also assisting AMG in its quest to become one of Australia’s safest meat processing plants.