IWM saves £10,000 a year for Smithfield Murray
21 August 2012
A customised tray washer supplied by Industrial Washing Machines (IWM) is delivering savings of more than £10,000 per year for Smithfield Murray, one of the UK’s most successful suppliers of poultry products.
Smithfield Murray makes extensive use of plastic trays to transport diced and sliced poultry between the processes in its plant and, until recently these trays were washed using a pressure washer. However, as the demand for the company’s products increased, it was clear that tray washing was fast becoming a production bottleneck.
Having had previous contact with IWM and knowing of its reputation for dependable and cost-effective washing equipment, Smithfield Murray approached the company for proposals on how the tray washing process could be streamlined and automated. IWM put forward its proven T200 tray washer, customised to suit the application by the incorporation of an overhead tray infeed section.
“This solution was particularly appealing to us because of the small size of the T200 machine, which meant that we could accommodate it in the limited space available in our plant,” said Martin Grady, General Manager of Smithfield Murray. “The throughput rate of up to 200 trays per hour was also ideal for our purposes. Also important, of course, was the very effective washing process used by the machine and its excellent energy efficiency.”
IWM carried out extensive trials at its works using soiled trays supplied by Smithfield Murray. These trials showed conclusively that, even with the most heavily soiled trays, the T200 would consistently achieve the very high standards of cleanliness that are essential in food processing operations.
It was important for Smithfield Murray that the disruption to production caused by the installation of the new washing machine should be kept to an absolute minimum.
The new machine was delivered on a Friday afternoon, installed on the Saturday and commissioned during the following Monday morning. IWM trained the Smithfield Murray staff in the use of the machine on the Monday afternoon, and by Tuesday morning it was fully operational and in production use.
“The service provided by IWM was excellent at every stage,” said Martin Grady, “but even more impressive are the benefits we’re getting from the machine. It has reduced our water usage by 5 m3 per day, which translates into a cost saving of £12.30 a day for 260 days each year, and we can now do all of our tray washing in half a shift, so it has freed up 4.5 employee hours a day for us to use in other areas. Overall, the savings add up to more than £10,000 per year, which makes our new T200 washing machine a very good investment indeed.”
For further information, please contact:
Carl Hollier, Industrial Washing Machines Ltd Facet Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B38 9PT Tel: +44 (0) 121 4599511 Fax: +44 (0) 121 4513241 Email: email@example.com Web: www.indwash.co.uk