TECHNOLOGY EMPOWERMENT: FOOD SAFETY
MANAGEMENT FROM THE SOURCE
Frozen clam meat is one of Zhengrun’s primary products. They
keep a watchful eye on their upstream suppliers and manage
each processing link with strict requirements and high standards
to ensure excellent, healthy, and safe products.
Zhengrun had identified that there are still some errors and
uncertainties associated with the manual selection of clam meat,
so it was necessary to optimize and find a solution.
We hope to make premium products in the
marine industry and provide consumers
with genuinely trustworthy and high-quality
seafood products through automation. From
the perspective of enterprise development,
automation is just the trend.
Yu Shouzheng, General Manager of Zhengrun Food Co., Ltd.
Zhengrun began to look for solutions at the China Fisheries Exhibition
in 2018. Through this exhibition, Zhengrun conducted a comprehensive
investigation into the automatic sorting equipment and had an
in-depth discussion with TOMRA on the difficulties and demands of
quality control and operation. TOMRA’s rich experience in food sorting
made Zhengrun see a promising future in automatic sorting. After
that, Zhengrun took samples to TOMRA’s Xiamen Test Center.
Zhengrun has very high demands for the sorting of its products.
Specifications of clam meat can be impacted by the season,
temperature, and other variables, resulting in differences in fatness,
shape, size. The raw materials are often mixed with various impurities
or foreign material, which adds other difficulties. Additionally, the
salt content of seafood is relatively high, which requires the sorting
equipment to possess specific anti-corrosion properties.
Li Pengyi, factory director of Zhengrun, said, “At Xiamen Test Center,
we were delighted with the samples’ test results. It is highly feasible
to select TOMRA 5B for automatic sorting of specifications, and most
foreign objects can be removed.”
The inert protective layer of TOMRA’s equipment can effectively
prevent corrosion and withstand low temperatures. The whole
machine is waterproof, which is also convenient for cleaning and
maintenance. After being satisfied with the results of the sorting
test, Zhengrun decided to partner with TOMRA.
STABLE AND HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCT OUTPUT
ASSISTS IN PERSISTENT EARNINGS
In addition to food safety, some core factors influencing the quality
of clam products are many foreign objects and uneven shapes.
For traditional sorting, it takes a great deal of manual labor to solve
this problem. Moreover, it is difficult for clam meat with similar size to
achieve fine sorting manually, which directly leads to inaccurate product
grading and a waste of benefits. Thanks to TOMRA 5B, clam meat with
different specifications and impurities can be easily identified.
With its precise specification sorting, the TOMRA 5B combines
a variety of advanced sensor technologies. It is equipped with
advanced algorithms developed by TOMRA that determine products’
shape and characteristics and accurately identify each product’s
small defects. The TOMRA 5B helps Zhengrun by delivering
consistently high-quality products and meeting the increasingly
stringent end consumers’ needs.
TOMRA helps Zhengrun maintain consistently high-quality products
with its precise sorting ability, thus enhancing its market reputation
while steadily improving efficiency. In the past, the maximum
throughput of personnel working at full capacity was about 750
kg/h. The TOMRA 5B has brought that up to 1,200 kg/h. At the same
time, it has reduced 80% of labor costs. Although cheap manpower
exists, it may change with external factors such as politics, economy,
and environment, thus causing unnecessary business risks.
For traditional manual sorting, 25 people are
needed, and each person’s hourly production
capacity is only 20 kg - 30 kg. With the use
of TOMRA 5B optical sorting equipment, the
number of people required for sorting has been
reduced to five, while the production capacity
has increased to 800 kg - 1200 kg/h. These
five people only need to do simple equipment
operation and product sampling. In this
sense, it is a qualitative improvement in both
efficiency and employees’ work experience.
Li Pengyi, Factory Director of Zhengrun Food Co., Ltd.
TOMRA: SAFE CHOICE, MORE THAN TECHNICAL
Consumers have increasingly strict product requirements and
know that they can use their purchasing power to demand
the best. By actively embracing changes in the market and
technological developments, Zhengrun is developing inward,
growing outward, and staying ahead of the curve. Behind them,
TOMRA provides continuous support with its professional
technology and stable equipment.
At present, we are quite satisfied with TOMRA’s
equipment and services. TOMRA’s local presales
and after-sales service teams have been
actively contacting the factory. They are always
able to respond to and solve our questions and
problems quickly. We also hope that TOMRA
will have another development in the seafood
industry. In the future, we also intend to have
further technical exchanges with TOMRA in
other categories, such as vacuum-packed clams.
Jia Yaping, Deputy General Manager of Zhengrun Food Co., Ltd.
With development driven by innovation, Zhengrun firmly believes
that using advanced technology provides customers with safe
and trustworthy food. TOMRA, which has innovation rooted in
its genes, has been continuously redefining sorting technology
to provide customers with better and more efficient solutions.
TOMRA also believes that the automatic sorting solution can
empower more food companies in the future.