Moscow, Russia – 4 April 2019 – Students and teachers of Ledovo Middle School went on a guided tour of Cherkizovo Group’s automated plant in Kashira.
The delegation, headed by school principal Alexander Zorin, was welcomed by Andrey Porolo, Plant Director, and then proceeded on a tour of the facility’s gallery.
The plant launched last summer following the main phase of refurbishment that had lasted two years. At the design capacity, it will be able to satisfy 30% of the country’s total dry sausage demand (30 thousand tons per year).
The plant is operated by just around 200 people instead of the 800 usually required for a facility of this calibre, including 80 production staff working a two-shift schedule. During processing, human contact with products and raw materials is minimal as employees are only involved in organoleptic quality assurance, which for now is not covered by automation. Any changes to the process flow are impossible.
The key target was to ensure compliance with stringent biosecurity standards. To that end, all boxes and other containers were outfitted with RFID tags, which are also used in production. The newly implemented RFID systems allow the Company to keep track of each and every stock unit, tracing the feedstock type, mass and temperature requirements. Using robots has enabled a more precise control over production processes, rooting out pretty much any possibility of substandard output.
The facility has no equals among Russian, European and possibly even global meat producers. It represents the future of not just the meat processing industry, but the tech and industrial sectors overall.
After the tour, the students had a chance to taste the sausages made by Cherkizovo Kashira. Each guest left with a memorable souvenir – a T-shirt with Cherkizovo’s logo.