How Dry Pump Technology Boosts Production for a Major Meat Producer

By Jim Hupp
Automated Food Processing Line

For the last 50 years, the food industry has used oil sealed vacuum pumps for processing and packaging. These pumps have worked very well in the industry. However, the downside of using this technology is the burden of expensive maintenance and rebuild cost. This oil sealed technology has also shown high energy consumption for end users which, according to The National Provisioner, include some of the top 10 meat and poultry producers in the world.

Could dry pump technology optimize food production?

Leybold engaged in a project with a high-profile meat producer to test dry pump technology on their rotary packaging systems at their US plant over a period of two years. Before beginning the test, the client was achieving an output of 3234 packs per minute on their existing machines. The Leybold RUVAC and DRYVAC dry pumps enabled them to increase speeds up to 40 packs per minute and the system ran successfully for two consecutive years.

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Here's what we found...

Based on a single production shift, 5 days a week, the increase of four packs per minute equated to an additional 500,000 packs per year on the same equipment. Proving a speedy ROI on the dry pump technology resulting from their improved efficiency and increased profitability. In addition, they were able to achieve improved base pressure, greater reliability, and eliminate the maintenance burden of oil sealed technology.

We've replicated our success.

Fast forward to today, Leybold and this customer have achieved the same levels of success at additional plants in the USA. The venture was so successful that Leybold is now the standard on all new rotary packaging machines going to customer facilities in the US.

As a result of this project, Leybold is now engaging in a trial with the same client on upgrading their Rollstock machines from wet to dry vacuum technology in an effort to eliminate oil contamination in food packaging and processing.

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Optimizing food production is paramount to ensuring business success in an increasingly competitive world. Download a copy of our free eBook, Modern Vacuum Technology and Industrial Food Production, and find out how modern vacuum technology can reduce equipment cycle times, increase efficiency of existing equipment and boost your bottom line.  

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About Jim Hupp

Jim Hupp
Encompassing Technical Service, writing Vacuum Product Manuals, Managing Trade Shows, Sales Account Manager for direct and distributor sales and lastly Product Sales Development. My 34 years of vacuum industry experience have covered a very broad spectrum of vacuum applications and markets. Food, chemical, plastics, heat treating, metals, vacuum centralization, universities, R&D and a host of others. I take great pride and joy using this experience to help customers and colleagues learn the intricacies of vacuum, how best to utilize and apply to their applications for appreciated results.

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