€250 Million Worth of Projects in 63 Countries

May 18th, 2018 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

 

Seamus Farrell

 

Since 1983, SF has installed €250 million worth of projects in 63 countries across Europe, North and South America, Russia, the Middle East, and Australia. Today, we employ 110 high-skilled staff in Ireland, the UK, and the Czech Republic, who design and engineering complex production solutions for the food sector.

This feature, written by Enterprise Ireland has dubbed our success as the #irishadvantage. Read the full article here

 

 

 

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The Portio Portioner takes on Legacy Machinery

May 2nd, 2018 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

Legacy machinery could be costing food manufacturers more than they realise. The SF Scrappage Incentive is a direct response to our customers’ most commonly reported pain points – that is out-dated and unserviceable legacy machinery.

Developments in technology, regulation and concerns around labour requirements are putting growing pressure on food businesses.  Investment in production and capex are key drivers for growth because automation brings increased production output, improvements in product quality and reduction in waste.  It also helps solve skills and labour shortage, allowing the workforce to focus on areas where it would add more value.

We selected the Marelec PORTIO, an intelligent portioning machine, for the 6-month Scrappage Incentive, due to its energy savings compared to competitors, low cost of ownership, low water usage and high yield and ROI. 

To illustrate the savings that are achievable with the PORTIO, we set up a head to head trial, pitching the PORTIO against a legacy machine within a customers production site. As you can see the results confirmed a significant saving in yield and labour requirements, offering a payback within a 7-month period.

 

The Portio v's Legacy Machinery - Trial Results

 

To calculate how much you will save by upgrading to the Portio, contact our team today:

Call Ireland: +353 (0) 71 9163334

Call UK: +44 (0) 1487 740131

 

 

The SF Scrappage Incentive is exclusively for companies in the UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

To qualify for the incentive and receive €15,000 off a new Marelec PORTIO, simply trade-in your old protioner with SF Engineering before 31st July 2018.

Offer runs from 1st February to 31st July 2018 inclusively.

Full terms and conditions are available on the website

 

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SF Scrappage Incentive

March 5th, 2018 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

Legacy portioning machinery could be costing your company more than you realise. The speed and accuracy of the machine are quantifiable, but the unexpected downtime could cost significantly more, especially if you are having problems sourcing spare parts or service engineers.

This February sees the launch of the SF Scrappage Incentive, a 6-month initiative to encourage UK and Irish food processors to trade-in their old legacy machinery and get a significant discount off the price of a new high-performance Marelec PORTIO. Effectively offering free money for new technology, much like the UK government-sponsored car scrappage scheme.

Developments in technology, regulation and concerns around labour requirements are putting growing pressure on food businesses.  Investment in production and capex are key drivers for growth because automation brings increased production output, improvements in product quality and reduction in waste.  It also helps solve skills and labour shortage, allowing the workforce to focus on areas where it would add more value.

“We recognised that industrial food processing suffers from especially high downtimes which is a crucial factor in production output, product quality, reduction of waste and ultimately company profitability.” explains Seamus Farrell, CEO of SF. “Our Scrappage Incentive is in direct response to our customers’ most commonly reported pain points to provide support where it is most needed – that is out-dated and unserviceable legacy machinery.”

The Marelec Portio is suited for fresh, boneless meat products, fish and poultry. Different product fixation systems are possible such as knife types, camera systems and belt type. The SF Scrappage Incentive scheme will run until 31st July 2018, subject to stock availability and any make or model is eligible.

To find out more call : Ireland: +353 (0) 71 9163334 or UK: +44 (0) 1487 740131 or email: info@sfengineering.ie or info@sfengineering.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Raising the Bar on Mid-Range Multihead Weighers

September 11th, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

Ishida is launching a new series of mid-range multihead weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for a large number of dry, fresh and frozen food applications.

The new Ishida RVE range is available in a wide choice of models – including 10, 14, 16 and 20 head models – together with a broad selection of radial troughs, hoppers  (from 3 to 7 litres) and discharge chutes.  This enables the weighers to be tailored to individual product requirements with models available for mono-mixed product (handling up to four different products simultaneously) and multiple-outlet weighing, and from small to large target weights. Speeds are dependent on model and application and can reach 120 weighments per minute.

Key to the excellent performance of the new RVE weighers is the introduction of several advanced technology features from Ishida’s top-of-the-range RV multihead weighers, including programmable digital filtering and advanced automatic feeder adjustment.  In addition, critical components such as loadcells and drive units are exclusively designed and manufactured by Ishida to ensure high performance standards are maintained.

An important benefit of the RVE range is that all models are pre-configured for the new generation of ‘smart’ factories and are available with a choice of packages incorporating Ishida’s pioneering Sentinel™ remote customer care software.  This provides users with the options of automated daily reporting of production line data, remote interventions or a live performance monitoring service.

In addition, along with the proven robust construction of all Ishida weighers, the RVE WP models offer a unique ‘dew sensor’ and ‘temperature sensor’ option for the live monitoring of moisture ingress or extreme temperatures during production.  Any problems, for example caused by a door cover left open or the failure of a loadcell membrane, will be immediately detected and flagged up on the weigher’s Remote Control Unit (RCU) or as part of Sentinel™ monitoring.  This allows fast intervention to protect companies against unnecessary downtime and help deliver enhanced maintenance and longer machine life.

The weighers also feature a new high-processing speed ROHS-compliant RCU (Remote Control Unit), with intuitive simple-to-use controls for fast set-up and adjustments.  The clear and easy-to-read screen prevents operator errors and simplifies procedures to help minimise downtime and maximise production efficiencies.  Plug and play USB data import/export and Ethernet connectivity ensure easy data management.

“The new RVE range represents a major step-forward in the provision of advanced multihead weighing solutions at a competitive price,” comments Ian Atkinson, Ishida Europe’s Business Manager – Multihead Weighers.

“The speed, accuracy and reliability of every model will ensure they deliver a fast return on investment.”

 

 

 

 

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Learning To Build Better Butchery Solutions

August 23rd, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

 

Whatever the scale of operation, be it small local butchery or large scale processing the craft of butchery is still as strong as ever.  Beyond incredible knife skills, butchers are required to understand the vast array of meat cuts from each animal, how to manage and prepare those cuts, identify the best cuts for purpose and turn the meat into the product that we all recognise on a butcher’s counter or supermarket shelf.

As designers of meat processing equipment, it is crucial that the team at SF Engineering afford the time and to learn the fundamentals of this craft. By understanding butchery practices; how meat is prepared and cut as well as the physicality’s of handling such large flanks/sides of meat, we are able to build processing lines that are more efficient and ergonomic.

Just as the butchery trade is often handed down from generation to generation, when new employees join the team at SF Engineering, we also take on the responsibility to pass this knowledge on.  Under the watchful eye of Shaun Fairweather from Fairweathers Butchers & Deli in Mirfield, Jonathan Browne, Proposals Engineer and Richard Atkinson, Projects set about their butchery training course.

During the course, they learnt the following skills and techniques

Pork

  • How to choose good pork based on appearance
  • Diverse cuts of fresh pork and their culinary uses
  • Simple butchery techniques and knife skills
  • Hand cutting
  • How to tie a joint for roasting

Lamb

  • How to choose good lamb based on appearance
  • Diverse cuts of fresh lamb and their culinary uses
  • Simple butchery techniques and knife skills
  • Hand cutting,

Sausages

  • Mincing
  • Mixing
  • Linking techniques for sausages

Cutting Pork Side Image

Pork Joint Rolling

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Observing the training was Richard Smith, General Manager and Jason Hilton, Territory Sales Manager who joined them on the day to brush up on their skills and to discuss the practical application of how these techniques are undertaken on large scale production sites.

It was an enjoyable day at Fairweathers Butchers & Deli, everyone learnt a great deal during their training. Their new found understanding and appreciation of the butchery trade will now serve them well as they undertake a host of future projects at SF, such as boning hall solutions, pace line design, yield control and portioning & grading systems.

For information on any of our Meat Solutions, don’t hesitate to contact us:

IRE:  Tel +353 (0) 71 9163334 or Email info@sfengineering.ie

UK:  Tel +44 (0) 1487 740131 or Email info@sfengineering.co.uk

 

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