Case Study

The Importance Of Automation And Checkweighing For A Cured Meat Manufacturer

Source: Wipotec
Oriol Rodríguez, from the quality department, checks production
Oriol Rodríguez, from the quality department, checks production main indicators

Splendid Foods S.A.U. is a company specialised in the production of high-quality cured sausages, such as the traditional Salchichón de Vic, a product under Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). To day, the company has state-of-the-art facilities in the town of Seva that allow it to adapt to modern times while keeping its artisan tradition, without sacrificing the quality of the products it provides to its customers in using the finest selection of meat and a completely cold curing process. All Splendid Foods work systems are based on strict production processes, which are certified for quality by the IFS (International Featured Standard) and the BRC (British Retail Consortium).

In order to understand the importance that an adequate weight check system plays in any industrial process, it is an essential requirement to know in detail the care taken by the manufacturer from the moment it receives the raw material, and subsequently in each processing phase. In the case of Splenid Foods, prime-quality meats are carefully selected before being placed and preserved in cold storage, where they await the corresponding work order. Depending on the production order, a computerized system selects the type of meat as well as the quantities of ingredients and spices to be used. After a first weighing, the product goes to the processing room where it undergoes a chopping and mixing process. After a period of rest, the mixture is stuffed into natural casings, from where it is taken to the drying sheds. After a rest period, the mixture is stuffed into natural casing, from where it leads to the dryers. Finally, from there it goes to the shipping room where it is packaged and boxed for later consignment.

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