VION Food Group - an internationally operating food producer - produces fresh port, poultry, beef, and lamb and markets meat-based convenience products. VION has state-of-the-art slaughter, processing, and production plants and a staff of over 27,000 people worldwide.
VION Bad Bramstedt, L.L.C., one of the biggest beef slaughterhouses in Northern Germany, had been using modular plastic belts from a competing supplier on two deboning lines. The high impact of the application would occasionally cause pieces of the belt to crack and break off. This shortcoming was unacceptable to VION as a company that continuously strives to improve its production process by minimizing contamination risks.
VION retrofitted the two deboning lines with the Intralox Tough Belt in less than three hours. The Tough Belt is manufactured from a nearly unbreakable material with a superior resistance to impact. As a result, it is able to absorb five times the impact of belt alternatives, and belt life is two to three times longer.
Both deboning lines have required zero downtime or repairs since the April 2010 retrofits – a stark contrast to the four to six hours per week previously required. This positive shift is in line with VION’s modern maintenance management, and the resulting annual cost savings is approximately €5000. Through eliminating belt breakage, the related contamination risk has been completely removed.
“The Tough Belt has ensured food safety and a smooth production process. We now consider our deboning lines one less thing to worry about, which is pretty remarkable for such a high-impact application,” reported Mr. Christian Oppermann, the Technical Coordinator of Deboning and the supervisor who oversaw the retrofits.
Other VION plants across Germany are also experiencing success with the Tough Belt, and the Bad Bramstedt plant plans to use more Tough Belts in the future.