Driving Continuous Improvement
Through our culture of continuous improvement, we have introduced robotics innovations on the line in our processing facilities. Our state-of-the-art robotics are designed to meet strict food safety guidelines, increase efficiencies for better product yields and address employee safety through the elimination of ergonomically hazardous tasks. In our facilities, we are also using new conveyor systems to move meat from one point to another in the facility, eliminating more than 50% of forklift traffic.
We also invested in a new automatic cleaning system in Romania to prewash conveyor belts and equipment used in production. This new system improves the efficiency of the cleaning process through automatic sprayers that eliminate the time intensive manual spraying process. This project also reduced time spent on the daily sanitation process from 5 hours to 3.5 hours and reduced water consumption by 1.8 million gallons, totaling $11,000 in cost savings.