Particularly stringent hygiene requirements apply to the handling and processing of open food to minimize the risk of contamination. Interroll is now helping chicken companies meet this challenge with their new ultra-hygienic transfer (UHT). A destructively innovative solution for automated material processing processes, the conveyor module reduces by 85-90 percent the number of meat particles that end up on existing conveyor systems after cutting. In combination with the hygienic design of the product, which allows particularly effective cleaning, this reduces the risk of microbial contamination and allows improved shelf life of chicken products and full quality control during operational processes.
The new Ultra Hygienic Transfer (UHT) has been developed after extensive research by international customers and consumers in the food industry who appreciate hygienically optimized automation solutions. It is based on the principles of hygienic product design and as a modular product has an equally robust and open design that is very easy to clean. The conveyor module can be mounted between the upper cutting machines and the lower conveyor belts as a stand-alone solution – without additional sensors – requiring only a power supply connection for the integrated drum motor.
Depending on the requirements, the meat from the wings or breasts is transported in stainless steel baskets, which instead of in chutes, collect the meat individually in a circular transport process and then place it on an existing conveyor belt. Relevant measurements from test customers show that this solution reduces the number of meat particles normally produced in the flow of goods by 85-90 percent and significantly reduces the germ load of processed meat products compared to the chutes commonly used so far.
Separation of transported goods offers – in addition to significantly improved hygiene – another crucial advantage over traditional gutters: instead of turning breastplates or wings from piece goods into bulk goods at this stage of the process, UHT ensures that they can remain recognizable throughout the process chain – for example through appropriate sensor technology in relation to goods management systems.
“Subsequently, the packaged end product, such as the breast cap, can then be assigned to the original product through appropriate solutions from our customers, system integrators. This is an important prerequisite for ensuring quality control throughout the supply chain and treatment in the hygienic environment, “says Dr. Stefan Kronholtz, who is responsible for the new hygiene platform solutions at Interroll.
The conveyor module, which is immediately available on the market, was designed by the engineers at Interroll Innovation GmbH. Ultra Hygienic Transfer (UHT) is manufactured at the Interroll site in HückelhovenBaal, Germany.
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