The Importance of Preventative Maintenance in the Food Industry

May 15th, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

Preventative maintenance should be an integral part of every food processor’s daily operations.  An efficient food processing facility requires: Specialist machinery, quality control, skilled labour, to name but a few, but arguably the single biggest variable when it comes to production efficiency, cost saving and safety is equipment maintenance.

When equipment within the food industry breaks down or develops faults, the consequences can be costly but more importantly could be fatal. It is the responsibility of the maintenance team to ensure that machines are 100% safe and production is running efficiently.

Low standards of equipment management can result in foreign materials entering the food chain. Materials such as bone, glass, metal, wood, nuts, bolts, cloth, and plastic frequently contaminate product on a production line.  The use of quality control systems such as metal detectors and x-ray systems has significantly decreased this risk – but if the machines are not maintained then problems can quickly occur.  The damage to a company’s reputation is incalculable. It can take a long time for consumer and business confidence to recover.

Don’t Risk Unexpected Downtime

 

Preventative Maintenance is a programme that can help to: keep consumers safe, reduce downtime, prevent or minimize equipment damage, extend the life of your systems and can be used to evaluate equipment performance for forward planning and systems upgrades. If undertaken correctly, preventative maintenance can be a true cost-saver within the food industry.

Preventative maintenance involves the systematic inspection of equipment where potential problems are detected and corrected in order to prevent equipment failure before it happens. In practice, a preventative maintenance schedule may include things such as cleaning, adjustments, repairs, inspecting and replacing parts, and partial or complete overhauls that are regularly scheduled. But preventative maintenance includes much more than simply performing routine maintenance on equipment. It also involves maintaining accurate records of every inspection and servicing, as well as knowing the lifespan of each part to understand the replacement frequency. These records can help maintenance technicians anticipate the appropriate time to change parts and can also help diagnose problems when they occur.

 

Preventative maintenance offers food producers a number of important benefits including:

  • Prolonged life span of machinery
  • Improved consumer safety
  • Less unplanned downtime caused by equipment failure
  • Fewer errors in day-to-day operations
  • Improved reliability of equipment
  • Fewer expensive callout costs caused by unexpected equipment failure that must be fixed quickly.
  • Reduced risk of employee injury

 

The Service team at SF Engineering are here to support all your maintenance requirements to ensure your processing facility continues to operate at optimum performance and your reputation is not tarnished by product recalls. At SF we offer the following services:

 

  • Preventative maintenance assessments
  • Staff equipment training, one-to-one or group training
  • Preventative maintenance scheduling & planning
  • Machinery inspections & servicing

Call us now to discuss your maintenance needs on:

IRE : +353 (0) 71 9163334

UK: +44 (0) 1487 740131

 

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Portioning & Grading Demonstrations – Ireland

March 28th, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

 

Don’t miss our Exclusive Portioning & Grading Event

1st – 14th April 2017

 

We are inviting you to SF Engineering, Grange, Co. Sligo to put our portioning and grading solution through their paces. During your exclusive visit, you will receive a one-to-one demonstration of the Marelec Portioner and the Marelec Compact Grader. These solutions are specifically designed to bring efficiencies into your production process that drive yields and profits.

You will have the unique opportunity to test your own products on both machines, enabling you to see real results and evaluate the true impact these solutions will have on your own production processes. You will receive a full factory tour and our experts will be on-hand to give you guidance and advice throughout the day.

Intelligent Portioning

  • Intelligent, ultra-fast portioning
  • Fixed weight or fixed thickness
  • Pre-programmed calibration
  • Up to 1000 fixed weight cuts per minute
    Find out more here

 

 

Compact Grading

  • Simple one-piece robust solution
  • Batch by size or number
  • Gentle grading
  • Easy to programme
    Find out more here

 

 

At SF Engineering, we have been designing and building high quality processing line solutions for the Meat, Fish and Poultry Industry for 35 years. Our partnership with a leading global equipment manufacturer such as Marelec has further enhanced our product portfolio enabling us to deliver greater efficiencies to your business.

We challenge you to put these solutions to the test. Book your exclusive demonstration now. Email info@sfengineering.ie or call the office on +353 (0) 71 9163334.

 

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UK Portioning & Grading Demonstration Month

January 31st, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

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 Put Our Portioning and Grading Solutions to the Test

 

Now extended to March

We are inviting you to the SF Engineering UK site to put our portioning and grading solution through its paces. During your exclusive visit, you will receive a one-to-one demonstration of the Marelec Portioner and the Marelec Compact Grader.  These solutions are specifically designed to bring efficiencies into your production process that drive yields and profits.

 

You will have the unique opportunity to test your own products on both machines, enabling you to see real results and evaluate the true impact these solutions will have on your own production processes. You will receive a full factory tour and our experts will be on-hand to give you guidance and advice throughout the day.

 

 Portioning Machine - Portio 3

Intelligent Portioning

  • Intelligent, ultra-fast portioning
  • Fixed weight or fixed thickness
  • Pre-programmed calibration
  • Up to 1000 fixed weight cuts per minute

Find out more here

 

Compact Grader

Compact Grading

  • Simple one-piece robust solution
  • Batch by size or number
  • Gentle grading
  • Easy to programme

Find out more here

 

At SF Engineering, we have been designing and building high quality processing line solutions for the Meat, Fish and Poultry Industry for 35 years. Our partnership with a leading global equipment manufacturer such as Marelec has further enhanced our product portfolio enabling us to deliver greater efficiencies to your business.

We challenge you to put these solutions to the test. Book your exclusive demonstration now.  Email info@sfengineering.co.uk or call the office on +44 (0) 1487 740131.

This event has been extended due to a high number of demonstrations booked throughout February.

 

 

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Season Greetings

December 16th, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

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Building Freedom Into Your Career

November 18th, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

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This is your opportunity to have a career where you are free – like our team in this video.

  • Are you ready to take on a new challenge?
  • Are you prepared to take control of your career?
  • Do you have the vision to be free?

We are offering you the chance to feel free: Free to make decisions, develop talents, find solutions and travel the world.

At SF we are always looking for talented, enthusiastic and creative people to join our teams in Ireland and the UK. We offer employees exciting challenges, opportunities for career advancement and the chance to work at the leading edge of food processing technologies.  By recruiting great people that contribute to the success of the company we have achieved unbroken growth since we were established over 33 years ago.

If you are ready to take on a new challenge talk to SF now.

Careers at SF