£3K investment delivers 25% increased manufacturing capacity

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A simple yet highly cost-effective upgrade to an existing manufacturing line at Holmesterne Foods Brompton-on-Swale raw meat plant has resulted in significant cost savings and efficiency improvements across the business in just a few weeks.

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<p>A Dolav Tipper, requiring a
capital investment of around £3K, has been added to the mincing machine line resulting
in increased production capacity of 25%. Prior to the installation raw meat was
manually loaded from the Dolav onto the mincer infeed belt. The process, which
used to take around 50 minutes to transfer 500 kg of product, now takes just a
mere 5 minutes from raising the Dolav, to the minced product emitting at the
end of the production line.</p>
<p>The benefits of this ingenious
automation process are wide reaching with improvements demonstrated across key
areas such as Quality Control, inline efficiencies, labour utilisation, yield
recovery and waste management.</p>
<p>In an environment where transparent
and clear management style engages the teams and improves work place culture
and motivation, Holmesterne also places an emphasis on Health and Safety issues
including employee safety. This change to the manufacturing process
demonstrates a duty of care to the personnel who were previously involved in
the manual aspects of this job, resulting in diminished potential physical
injury and risk of RSI.</p><p><p><img src=