This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Marco helps Dutch company Henri BV serve up ''perfect fresh meal''

02 April 2012

Henri BV is the latest fresh food manufacturer to reap the rewards from the installation of the Marco Yield Control System (YCM)

Based in Drunen in the southern part of Holland, Henri BV is an established producer of chilled soups, sauces and meal components, with themes of Dutch, Classical, Italian, Oriental and 1001 flavours. As demand for its products grow, the company is expanding its portfolio and the Marco YCM install is an integral part of their new ready meal Hi-Care production facility.

The Henri ready meal assembly system is centred on Marco’s LineMaster workstations, a central DataMaster PC terminal and end of line checkweigher. Working in take-away mode, the LineMasters de-skill the manual meal assembly process. Operators, guided by their simple-to-use traffic light system, remove the required amount of any meal component from containers placed on the weighing platform behind the conveyor and place it in the meal tray.

The clever part of the Marco system is the automatic optimisation (AO) software operating quietly in the background. This continually monitors weighments at individual stations and adjusts target weights to keep the average weight addition and finished meal weight right on target. The operators are oblivious to these subtle changes and continue to weigh out ingredients consistently to the ‘green light’.

Henri’s Operations manager Peter Bergmans is delighted with the Marco system: “Quality is central to Henri and our starting point is always ensuring we use the freshest and best ingredients. We meet exacting exacting HACCP standards and we are BRC (British Retail Consortium) certified. This is an important step in our future growth and to remain competitive and profitable in such markets, we recognise that we must have real time control of our assembly process as part of an operation that can react swiftly to fluctuating customer requirements.”

Yield Control Management is an essential part of the overall ready meal assembly process: unwanted giveaway in terms of too much of a particular ingredient being added to a meal can impact on how the product looks and tastes as well as affecting profitability. Adding too little of one or more ingredients also affects product quality.

As Bergmans concludes: “With the Marco YCM system we are confident we have the best available processing equipment. The future proof design of the Marco profitability modules ensures we can expand our factory floor system as required.”


Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page

RELATED CONTENT...


Article image Is your company best in class?

The challenges facing the food and beverage industry are many, but they are not insurmountable.Full Story...

Article image Inspiring tomorrow’s food engineers

The Appetite for Skills initiative is continuing throughout 2014 in a bid to inspire young people to consider a career in the food and beverage industry.Full Story...

Improve your productivity and profit with the latest food processing innovations at Foodex 2014

Findus Group acquires leading frozen potato brand

Food producers must embrace innovation warns 2 Sisters

RELATED SPONSORED ARTICLES...


Article image Is your company best in class?

The challenges facing the food and beverage industry are many, but they are not insurmountable.Full Story...

Article image Improve your productivity and profit with the latest food processing innovations at Foodex 2014

Foodex 2014, the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink industry, is returning in 2014 to offer a one-stop shop for food processing professionals across the full industry spectrum including bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood sectors.Full Story...

Gainsborough Engineering – Automatic packaging machinery engineers

A4E: Bosch Rexroth is headline sponsor

MOST VIEWED...


Article image Spray and save on the glazing process

Food glazes are widely used in the bakery sector to improve the look and taste of baked products. Traditionally, this coating process has resulted in substantial waste. Technology advances mean that this is no longer the case. Full Story...

Article image Your flexible friend in the food factory

Suzanne Gill finds out where thermal imaging technology can help around the factory. Full Story...

What role does refrigeration play in the supply chain?

A dry-ageing process improvement

Self diagnostics: an enabler for predictive maintenance

http://www.appetite4eng.co.uk