GERMANY, Breidenbach. Over the course of three days, Weber Maschinenbau from Breidenbach, Germany, in early November yet again offered a unique event format to its expert audience of industry professionals from around the world.
More than 300 Weber customers and partners answered the system provider’s call to its headquarters, enjoying greatly a program rich in expert lectures, industry dialogue and live presentations. This year’s focus: innovations in efficient processing of bacon and ham.
This year‘s Weber Innovation Days were opened with an insight into important new findings in research, technology and practice. Three expert lecturers from DLG (German Agricultural Society) referenced current trends of market, consumption and production, pointing out the high level of volatility in today’s meat industry.
How best to tackle such developments and trends and how to slice and package bacon and ham with great flexibility and profitability was then shown in live presentations of Weber lines. It was a total of eight slicing and packaging concepts that went on to demonstrate up close that slicing, transport and packaging of bacon and ham at a high level of precision is possible even at maximum performance. The focus, however, was not only on performance: every line represented a customized solution for different applications. What became evident yet again to everyone in attendance was Weber’s line competence.
Slicing and infeeding was shown by one line that consisted of a Weber Slicer S6 together with the Weber CompactBuffer, Weber PickRobot and thermoformer Weber VMAX. Visitors witnessed just that when they observed live a 2-fold Serrano ham application that was sliced and interleaved completely track-independent. The horizontal and especially compact buffering system – appropriately named CompactBuffer – ensures a diligent transport of all sensitive portions to the latest generation of Weber’s PickRobot where they are picked, turned by 90° and placed precisely into the Weber thermoformer VMAX.
One more highlight that was met by the audience with great excitement was the Weber Slicer 804 combined with the Weber ShuttleSystem and the Weber PickRobot. The fact that this line is characterized by high flexibility was demonstrated by the creation of attractive variety packs – with portion designs that cannot be found on the market so far. There is no limit to creativity and options with this line.
Textor as a part of the Weber Group also presented its own highly flexible line solutions. Specialized in processing short products, the Textor Slicer TS750 demonstrated high performance and continuity in double slicing of bacon. The slicer features two completely independent tracks from the infeeding of products to the insertion point at the packaging machine. As soon as a product on a track has been sliced up to the final slice, this track can be reloaded. This always results in complete format sets and excludes the production of empty packs.