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The importance of the right machinery

At Simons Halal Food, quality and delicious food are our top priorities. We deliver our Halal meat products to importers, distributors, and wholesale companies in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. Given the volumes of meat produced and delivered daily, our production line must not only maintain consistently high quality but also be efficient in terms of maintenance and cost.

We recently installed the new hot dog production line, the PVLH 251, which consists of a filling hopper and a filling line in our production department.

The right partner

We have been working with Handtmann Benelux for over 30 years as one of our machine suppliers. Handtmann is a subsidiary of Handtmann in Germany. Handtmann started as a small foundry. This machine builder now has 150 years of experience in custom machine and processing solutions. Based in Biberach an der Riss, Germany, Handtmann has become a leading global manufacturer of machines for the meat, deli, bread, pastry, vegan, vegetarian and pet food industries.

Handtmann successfully applies new and innovative technologies to meet the growing demand for vegetarian, halal, vegan, and convenience products. By staying at the forefront of the latest developments, Handtmann enables us to focus on producing our meat products in accordance with the highest halal standards for quality, hygiene and food safety.

"Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him you serve." (From the Quran, Surah Al-Baqara, 2:172)

The reason Handtmann has been a supplier to Simons Halal Food for over three decades is because they have proven to be a highly reliable partner. Their advice, excellent service and swift delivery of parts have allowed us to establish a reliable production process for our halal meat products.

Replacement equals improvement

Machines not only wear out with intensive use, but innovations also continue to advance. At Simons Halal Food, we always critically assess our production process to improve on efficiency, quality, safety and our competitive position.

New machines often work faster and offer higher production capacity, thereby increasing the overall productivity of the production line. This can lead to lower production costs and higher output. Innovative features of the PVLH 251 include a new filling pipe capable of handling high volumes at high speed and, most importantly, a different type of conveyor chain. The previous machine was more complex, leading to more wear parts and higher costs. The new machine has made the process more predictable.

The PLHV 251 is also equipped with advanced safety features and meets the latest industrial standards. This reduces the risk of accidents and injuries in the workplace, benefiting both employees and business continuity.

Regularly replacing outdated machines allows us to keep up with the latest technological developments in the industry. By investing in advanced machines, companies can remain competitive, develop new products and meet customer expectations.

Improvement is efficiency

Modern machines are often more precise and come with advanced control systems. This results in better quality control and consistency in the production process, leading to high-quality products that meet consumer expectations. We can now automate tasks that were previously done manually. This reduces the need for labor-intensive processes and lowers labor costs. Employees can then focus on tasks that require more specialized skills.

To ensure that we stay up-to-date with the latest production techniques, we source our machines from two suppliers. This allows us to offer our customers the best way to produce and deliver our halal meat products. The replacement hot dog production line leads to lower cost of ownership and higher output per man-hour worked.

Simons Halal Food is the first producer in the Netherlands to work with the PLHV 251 line. "It has been operational for a few weeks now and is running perfectly," confirms Operational Director Mike Verheijden. "We produce hot dogs, cocktail sausages and also more robust products like a bratwurst or a ring sausage on this line. Handtmann has been very responsive to our wishlist and the line has passed the durability test excellently."

Efficiency... but only with the right people

A successful production process relies on the right operators who control the production line and continuously adjust it when necessary to achieve a high-quality product. We invest in our employees to provide a pleasant and healthy workplace. A safe production environment is an integral part of this. By involving other departments actively in, in this case, the production department, we create a sense of unity throughout the company. Each department plays a crucial role in the entire process. In future blogs, we will further highlight and explain specific departments.

We are always looking for the right people

Are you looking for an exciting job in a diverse team with plenty of room for personal growth? Visit our job openings page quickly! We are always seeking enthusiastic employees to strengthen our team. Also, read our previous blog to see what your future colleagues at Simons Halal Food think!