Saving on Maintenance Costs with Digital Services
Emsland Frischgeflügel GmbH (Emsland Fresh Poultry GmbH)
Johannes Kohne and his colleague look attentively at the large screen in his office. What they see is the current performance data of all their vacuum pumps. "Everything is running smoothly," says the Technical Manager of Emsland Frischgeflügel. Each pump's data is available in real-time on the tablets of all 60 company technicians. This means that they always know the system’s current condition and can intervene if something does not run properly. Just a few rooms down, the 36 MINK vacuum pumps from Busch Vacuum Solutions are purring away. Very reliably, they supply the site’s transport system with vacuum. This ensures that waste from meat production, as well as ready-to-eat products, can be transported from Point A to Point B safely, effectively and hygienically by pneumatic suction conveying.
Quality right from the start"We don't throw anything away; everything is processed – for human consumption or as high-quality animal feed," emphasizes Kohne. The unconditional quality standard applies throughout the entire company: in their vacuum supply and products, as well as working conditions and animal welfare.
That’s why Emsland Frischgeflügel keeps an eye on the entire process chain – from feed to meat processing. In addition to three compound feed plants, the Rothkötter group also includes a hatchery and two chicken slaughtering and cutting plants. Franz Rothkötter laid the foundation for the compound feed plant in 1959. In 2003, Franz-Josef Rothkötter built the production facility in Haren, Emsland. Around 2,500 employees process chicken pieces from blade to fillet for food retail and further processing in various weight and packaging units.
Emsland Frischgeflügel processes chicken pieces from the wing to the fillet for food retail and further industrial processing. Source: Emsland Frischgeflügel.
Funded by the German Federal GovernmentAt the beginning of 2022, Kohne had the old vacuum system with oil-lubricated rotary vane vacuum pumps exchanged for the new MINKs.
A vacuum system from Busch Vacuum Solutions provides Emsland Frischgeflügel GmbH’s transport system with the required vacuum. Source: Busch Vacuum Solutions.
OTTO – digital services from BuschBut that's not all! Kohne also took advantage of digitalization for the changeover and had all 36 MINK pumps fitted with OTTO, the digital service innovation from Busch. In other words, they permanently send performance data such as pump temperature, vibrations, and inlet pressure to the cloud, which can then be accessed via PC, tablet or smartphone. "How high the transmission oil temperature is, whether the inlet pressure is constant, how high the exhaust air temperature is – we didn't know all that before. And now, thanks to OTTO, we even have it on our tablet via the app," says Kohne enthusiastically. "And thanks to the excellent cooperation between our IT department and Busch experts, the installation in our system has also worked extremely well." Emsland Frischgeflügel has also signed an Active Service Contract for maintenance with Busch and trusts the vacuum specialists from Maulburg for maintenance. Through targeted, predictive maintenance, excessive wear and premature failure can be prevented. And in the event of a problem, Busch technicians can also connect to the system remotely.
Completely networked, thanks to OTTO, the digital services from Busch. Source: Busch Vacuum Solutions.