Moving dairy products through a plant, from Point A to Point B and then to Point C is fraught with danger to employees and to the products themselves. Besides the cost of a workman’s comp claim, being short an employee due to injury can cause a slowdown on the production line. Refrigerated and frozen foods are delicate and they must be conveyed to a cooler or frozen warehouse without delay.
Dairy Foods talked with several equipment suppliers about the use of conveyors and palletizers in dairy processing plants. Plant managers can see some of this equipment at September’s Pack Expo show in Las Vegas or at November’s International Dairy Show, which is co-located with Process Expo in Chicago (see pages 72 and 74 for more information about those events).