The Tönnies Group has built its bovine animal competence center in Badbergen, Lower Saxony. The cuts of beef are vacuum-packed in thermoforming and shrink-wrap machines, a process that has turn into extra efficient than ever following renovations at the site: Now, energy-saving Atlas Copco variable-speed vacuum pumps are used to create vacuum situations at two central stations.What used to be a mixed slaughterhouse has turn into a “bovine animal competence center”: For a long time, cattle and pigs had been slaughtered and butchered at the similar time in Badbergen on behalf of different companies. In 2017, the Tönnies Group took over the site and determined to base its complete slaughtering operation in Badbergen – up until that point, this had taken place at the company’s main website in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. In 2020, Tönnies Beef reopened the site after intensive conversion and renovation. The Group invested around 85 million euro within the constructing and state-of-the-art expertise at this web site in a small town in northern Lower Saxony, between Oldenburg and Osnabrück. The slaughtering, butchering and finishing processes are based on the newest cooling know-how, machine-based butchering and highly automated choosing and delivery lines.
Several hundred tons of meat leave the positioning every single day and 95% of the animal – practically every thing – is utilized. This permits Tönnies to satisfy totally different consuming habits around the globe: While German shoppers favor lean beef, meat with a thick layer of fat is well-liked in Scandinavia and other European nations, based on the manufacturer’s web site.
Efficient screw vacuum pumps present forming, low and fantastic vacuums
“The cuts weigh between 1.5 and 9 kilograms after butchering,” explains Waldemar Metzger, Technical Manager of Tönnies Beef GmbH & Co. KG in ความหมายของเครื่องวัดความดัน . The cuts are vacuum-packed for various main prospects. For this purpose, Tönnies has installed several packaging lines within the halls: Seven thermoforming curler machines and two robot-operated shrink-wrap packaging machines. Efficient Atlas Copco vacuum pumps are used in the techniques to hoover pack the tubular/shrink luggage and thermoformed plastic trays, and to keep the meat actually contemporary. They work in two stations and provide forming, low and fine vacuums.
The thermoforming machines equipped by vacuum station 1. There are four Atlas Copco GHS 585 VSD+ variable-speed, oil-injected screw vacuum pumps that evacuate the air up to 40 mbar (absolute), in addition to 4 small boosters that decrease the stress even further to 3 mbar. One of the screw pumps provides the forming vacuum for the thermoforming roller machines, which solely require round 100 to one hundred fifty mbar for the forming course of. The other vacuum pumps in this station are connected to the boosters. One of the pumps is redundant at any given time: This is also the case within the second vacuum station, which comprises 5 GHS 730 VSD+ pumps that take away the air from the shrink bags on the Cryovac traces. “The dimension of the cuts of meat is automatically detected by our systems,” explains Waldemar Metzger. “The packaging machines then automatically insert the cuts of meat into the tubular luggage, that are reduce to the correct size under a vacuum bell.” Under the hood, all ambient air is then evacuated in two stages until the strain is round 3 mbar (fine vacuum).
“With the forming vacuum – or thermoforming vacuum, as it’s also known as – the plastic tray is formed by chopping the foil roll,” says the Technical Manager. After filling the shell with smaller pieces of meat, the shell is “wed” to the cover movie: The device closes and seals the packaging hermetic at 3 to five mbar utilizing the fantastic vacuum. Sorting machines assign the person trays and tubular luggage to bigger bins, that are then used to choose customized bins for buyer orders.
Efficient pace regulation reduces vitality necessities by a third or more
Waldemar Metzger has been working in Badbergen for 20 years and has been a half of the planning and execution phases of converting the mixed slaughterhouse to a purely beef operation from the very beginning. This included the decision to purchase Atlas Copco variable-speed vacuum pumps. “As far as know-how is concerned, with the ability to vary the speed of the GHS vacuum pumps is crucial to us and saves power,” stresses the Tönnies worker. “Compared to fixed-speed machines, you probably can reliably cut down vitality requirements by around a third – even perhaps by half, depending on the variety factor.”
The controls on the vacuum pumps have a user-friendly plain textual content show, which also signifies the operating hours and upkeep intervals. Since the Atlas Copco pumps could be related directly to an exhaust system, it was attainable to use air-cooled pumps. According to the manufacturer, this improves the climate of the room; it’s not necessary to have the additional room cooling usually required when using central vacuum systems.
The challenge was applied on web site by and with Oliver Hornberg, Managing Director of Eugen Theis Vakuumtechnik in Werther. He delivered the pumps to Tönnies Beef, ready to use – including a 400 m pipeline in the transformed slaughterhouse, measuring in places to a diameter of DN 300. His company, Eugen Theis GmbH, was based in 1984 and makes a speciality of vacuum technology. In 1999, Hornberg took over the enterprise from its founder, Eugen Theis, and 20 years later, in late 2021, sold it to Atlas Copco after he could not find a successor. “Our two kids are pursuing different profession paths,” he says. Hornberg himself stays Managing Director even after the company was bought to Atlas Copco and is wanting forward to vital growth underneath the umbrella of one of the world’s largest suppliers of vacuum pumps. The company already operates all through Germany: “From Flensburg in the north to Regensburg within the south and Halle (Saale) in the east,” he says, outlining the attain of his firm: This additionally consists of Badbergen in the (north)west, as he sometimes stops by at Tönnies Beef to maintain up the machines.