Efficient plate freezing

Filling and unloading plate freezers presents many challenges. To ensure efficiency, DGS has developed several innovative solutions for plate freezer automation and optimisation. DGS’ systems automate the logistics process of plate freezing from filling to palletising.

At DGS, we only supply customised systems to suit your situation. This allows customers to make the most of limited space, awkward corners and low ceilings, while optimising throughput time, ergonomics and efficiency. Our engineers design your customised system based on the floor plan of your business.

Various techniques are available for filling plate freezers. The most suitable solution depends on the products you freeze. At DGS, we offer plate freezer solutions such as:

Filling plate freezers with a pump. This solution ensures fast and accurate filling of MSM, mechanically deboned meat and other pumpable products. Filling plate freezers with a pump results in minimal wastage. In addition, equally sized blocks enable easy and safe palletisation and logistics.

Filling plate freezers with hoppers. Using hoppers, we can automate the filling of the plate freezer moulds with chunks of meat. The system works by tipping a Dolav, pallet or container into the top buffer tray. From this tray, the meat is distributed equally among the moulds to an exact weight. This in turn allows for a manual, visual check to confirm the correct dosage. The result of filling the plate freezers using our hoppers is an even distribution with a minimal give-away.

Horizontal plate freezers.After the meat is placed in a tray, it passes through a horizontal freezer. This form of freezing, also known as contact freezing, is faster than the above two techniques. This is because the product is in a certain flow. The meat goes into the tray, through the paternoster and directly onto another belt, ready for palletisation.

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    Automatic palletizing

    After the freezing process is completed, the frozen blocks need to be removed from the plate freezer moulds. Unloading the blocks can be done either manually or automatically using devices which are mounted on an overhead crane.

    After unloading, the palletizing and transport of the blocks are the following important steps in the process. Although this process creates a major challenge for many organisations, the DGS robot palletizers take care of it. The robotic palletizers unburden the process through innovation, resulting in desired efficiency. Due to the high degree of hygiene, the palletizing robot can palletize both packaged and bare products. This offers a great deal of flexibility.

    Efficiency through automation

    In order to further optimise and facilitate the palletizing and throughput of the frozen blocks, the DGS layer forming systems are the solution. This offers the possibility to form frozen blocks in advance, which results in less handling and more efficiency within the process. The DGS foil dispenser places foil between any desired pallet layer. Labelling, strapping and weighing result in a stable pallet that is ready for transport.

    The plate freezing techniques and systems we offer have many advantages which make your process more efficient and hygienic. The automation of several steps reduces both labour costs and the risk of incidents due to heavy lifting. In addition, the maintenance costs are minimal due to easy-to-clean systems. At DGS we offer many possibilities to improve the plate freezing process. Together, we will find the best fit for your operation!

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    Maintaining your machines and systems is crucial for a streamlined process. That is why we provide not only tailor-made systems, but also the proper service required. At DGS, we ensure that your systems are maintained properly and efficiently. Does a component need to be replaced or has an unexpected malfunction occurred? Than our specialists have the knowledge and skills to get your operations up and running again as soon as possible. In addition, our experts also offer remote assistance and will gladly draw up a maintenance plan together with you to avoid unforseen maintenance costs.

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