Zeagold Foods is New Zealand’s leading supplier of quality eggs and egg products, and as such, the company is leading the way in the transition of the New Zealand egg market for colony and free range eggs. Last year, Zeagold upgraded their egg processing center on the Southern Island with the installation of a new Moba Omnia grading machine with a combi-loader. Eggs from different egg types and different farms are graded on the same day and to guarantee the traceability of all these different batches of eggs, Zeagold decided to invest in the Ovotrack solution.
Farm label printing, receive, loader and end-of-lane labelling were all implemented during the first installation visit. Based on the initial results, Zealand Foods decided to extend their Ovotrack solution with egg processing, and a few weeks later, this solution was implemented together with pallet labelling for finished goods.
The automatic import of the grading planning for tomorrow, which is prepared at Zeagold’s HQ, also forms part of the solution. The individual details are then scanned to the grader so that the operators can monitor the progress and to ensure that the correct quantity is packed.
Transparency and traceability is vital
Michael Guthrie, Managing Director of Mainland Poultry, says: “Transparency and traceability is vital both for our company and for our customers. The integration of the Ovotrack loader scanning and case labelling with our Moba Omnia grading machine is a logical addition to our egg processing plant”.
David Adolph, National Operations Manager for Zeagold Foods, managed the initial installation project and is delighted with the cooperation with the Ovotrack engineers and the post-installation support: “This solution has been developed on the work floor of an egg-packing center and you can really feel and experience that. These guys know what’s needed in a busy egg grading and egg breaking plant”.
So far, finished goods have been dispatched from remote distribution centers, but Zeagold is currently building an extension to the egg grading center and as part of this project, Zeagold is considering whether to implement the Ovotrack Dispatch module as well.
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