ERIKS Helps Dairy Reduce Environmental Impact
At ERIKS, we focus on reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for our clients, which often identifies inefficiencies that have environmental impacts. The work of our Netherlands’ Conveyor Solutions Team is an example of how our TCO approach creates both environmental and cost benefits.
The team were called into help at a Dairy Plant where the client was having major issues with the functioning of a conveyor belt. Contamination was leading to high levels of mould that required frequent cleaning with large amounts of powerful chemical agents. The process was time and resource intensive, leading to large amounts of cleaning waste. The cleaning also led to rapid belt deterioration which meant that it needed to be replaced every six weeks. The situation was untenable and our Application Engineer, Hans Venema, was called in to help.
ERIKS worked closely with a laboratory to test several different belt materials for suitability with the Dairy’s conveyor system. The analysis helped identify the best available belt material for the job, ensuring that wear and contamination from cleaning was minimised.
The new belt has greatly reduced the amount of hot water needed for cleaning, resulting in much lower energy consumption. In addition, a less powerful cleaning agent is needed, reducing contamination and significantly extending the lifespan of the belt.
The total cost saving for the client is up to €80,000 annually with dramatically reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions.