10 January 2015
Since their inception in 1946, Teys Brothers (Holdings) Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest meat processing companies, has maintained a focus on innovation and consequently has paved the way for the Australian beef industry.
Teys contracted Wiley to add a new boning room and associated equipment to its facility at Beenleigh.
Very tight control over temperature is essential for production in a facility of this type and optimal operating temperature has to be restored after cleaning and before each new production cycle.
At the Teys facility, a production cycle consists of two continuous shifts from 5.30am one day to 1.30am the following day, succeeded by a four-hour cleaning cycle.
The cleaning cycle creates steam that must be dried off before the room is cooled to optimal operating temperature.
The drying and cooling process must occur within a one-hour period before the next production cycle starts.
The critical element of the project was devising a cooling and drying cycle that could occur within the one-hour window, with due consideration to safety, access and equipment maintenance.
Wiley developed a cooling and drying process with the following features:
Typically, sock systems are located above the boning equipment, which makes removing the socks impractical.
Instead of using this approach, Wiley developed a new fixing method for the air socks so that they could be replaced from inside the air duct, and increased the size of the air ducts to give access to the fixings.
The addition of doorways to the ceiling space further enhanced access for maintenance.
The successful installation of a new boning room and process equipment within a very short timeframe, with minimal disruption to existing operations, and with significant enhancements to the facility’s overall safety, operability and reliability.