Improving efficiency in pet food production

One of the main challenges for the pet food production industry – and for any industry today – is to achieve maximum plant efficiency; this is now essential, for example, both to be able to win new customers and to keep existing ones. In this work to achieve an efficient factory, the control of all costs involved in the operation – both logistical and process – plays a crucial role.

Therefore, having plant control systems that allow to gather and monitor in a single platform all the costs attributable to the process, facilitates the person in charge to be able to manage the production in such a way that those costs are optimized. Without ignoring the fact that the plant’s own automation allows this same control system – such as VOLTEC’s VMES4.0 – to manage production in such a way as to reduce consumption to a minimum.

That search for efficiency in food production goes through:
  • A total control of the recipes, both of the ingredients with which they are produced and their dosage, as well as the degrees of milling, extrusion, etc. with which they are processed.
  • A la carte formulation, being able to produce recipes specifically designed by our customers’ team of nutritionists, and even allowing the development of tailor-made product creation options, providing greater exclusivity.
  • Improved control of specific machinery, sanitizers, homogenizers, expanders, extruders, etc. Automatic self-regulation, monitoring of optimal parameters.
  • Total traceability, both upstream and downstream.
  • Traceability of individual packaging, individual labelling, registration of origins and destinations of each package.
  • Total control of hygiene and biosafety in the production process.
  • Control of energy consumption, around 30% of the production cost.
  • Better management of labour and maintenance (stoppages, production changes…), which is about 30% of the production cost.

What do we get out of this?
  • Optimisation of the use of raw materials, reduction of waste and also an improvement in the quality and safety of the product.
  • Better development of each of the machines involved in the process, bringing them closer to the ideal performance of their mechanical design.
  • Production of maximum quality, guaranteed by means of total control of the process and its elements, which is another of the fundamental pillars for any pet food producer.
  • Total traceability, at the level of individual packaging. Ensuring control of distribution channels, guaranteeing quality of the product distributed, capacity to manufacture and distribute a la carte products.

 

Furthermore, in today’s global market, the factor of internationalisation is also important for organisations, for which in many cases it is necessary to adapt the product to international standards and certifications and/or those of the destination country, or even to vary packaging formats; this is much easier with a powerful control system over all the elements involved in production.