Å sikre målingssporbarhet og -nøyaktighet er en integrert del i den kvalitetsfokuserte tilnærmingen til Metarom, en fransk produsent av smaker og farger for næringsmiddelindustrien. Førsteklasses metrologisk testekspertise og servicekvalitet var noen av årsakene for å velge METTLER TOLEDO som samarbeidspartner.
Weighing at the heart of manufacturing process The French production site in Boves is a modern, highly successful facility that manufactures Metarom 's entire range of flavourings, colourings and caramels in powder, glaze, water soluble and fat soluble liquid forms. Several specialized workshops have been set up, each focusing on a different aspect of the process, from colouring caramels, powders, bases and mixtures to distillation and packaging. Across all these different units and processes, however, one application remains critical: weighing.
Formulation of raw ingredients Prior to production, raw ingredients are formulated in the bases workshop using METTLER TOLEDO IND690 weighing terminals connected to XS scales.
Top precision tank weighing The company also has 14 storage tanks fitted with weighing sensors, providing greater precision and more efficient stock management than a level controller. Weighing capabilities are further provided by the floor-mounted 3-ton weighing systems used to check the weight of large equipment such as hoppers and blenders, while pallet truck scales help operators to measure items while on the move.
Metrology advices and services Certified to ISO 9001 version 2000 with an HACCP procedure already in place, the Boves plant is driven by an ongoing commitment to quality. Ensuring measurement traceability and accuracy is an integral part of this quality-centric approach. That is why Mr. Gumez, the site's maintenance and new works manager, entrusted the servicing operations to METTLER TOLEDO. "I was looking for a weighing specialist that could work on equipment from different manufacturers with the necessary expertise to carry out metrological testing on compact balances, terminals, scales and tanks with built-in sensors," explained Mr. Gumez. Eric Manguet., METTLER TOLEDO's service manager for the North-East region of France, conducted an onsite diagnosis of Metarom 's weighing equipment and drew up an annual metrological testing schedule to cover the company's diverse weighing requirements. "One of the things we did was to optimize the process of calibrating the under-tank sensors," said Eric Manguet. Using a volume counter linked to the French Accreditation Agency COFRAC, it took a METTLER TOLEDO technician only two days to calibrate all 14 tanks, each weighing between 150 kg and 10 tons.
Shared taste for precision And the collaboration between Metarom and METTLER TOLEDO continues, with different studies underway. The shared taste for precision is set to continue for many years to come...