Custom Equipment Boosts Reliability
Dependable, sanitary and built to last: These three qualities,
certainly desirable attributes in any food-processing equipment, aptly
describe the new FMI-BPI Series pumps and grinders.
Designed for high-volume sanitary/clean-in-place
operation, the custom-made all-stainless-steel pumps and grinders are fully
automated and easy to operate. What makes them truly unique, however, is
the fact that they are developed and built not by an equipment
manufacturer, but instead by a food processor — Beef Products Inc.
(BPI), through its machinery manufacturing wing Freezing Machines Inc.
Borne out of need
BPI, headquartered in Dakota Dunes, S.D., is the
leading manufacturer of boneless lean beef trimmings. The company’s
trimmings enhance hamburger patties, ground beef, lunchmeat, meatballs and
numerous other products offered by quick-service restaurant chains; hotels,
restaurant and institutional suppliers; and major packers and processors
supplying the retail market.
To meet customer demand, BPI operates four
state-of-the-art processing plants in South Sioux City, Neb.; Finney
County, Kan.; Waterloo, Iowa; and Amarillo, Texas. The company’s
1,100 employees transform 1.2 billion pounds of fresh USDA-inspected beef
trimmings into 350 million pounds of BPI Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings and
850 million pounds of edible tallow annually.
Equipment selection and maintenance long have been a
concern to BPI, which aims for the highest safety standards and as little
downtime as possible.
The company recently unveiled a state-of-the-art
assembly plant in which to assemble stainless steel pumps, grinders and
other major equipment. Situated next to its Sioux City processing facility,
the impressively sized assembly plant is supported by a newly constructed
The assembly plant investment not only allows BPI to
design and build the most durable, reliable stainless steel equipment for
sanitary operations, says Eldon Roth, founder and president, but also
permits the company to perform any necessary repairs away from the
processing plant floor. Most Sioux City processing equipment now can be
moved into the assembly shop area for repair operations. Downtime will be
reduced and/or eliminated through dual-line setups at the processing
In addition to its new equipment-assembly facility,
BOI boasts state-of-the-art monitoring and control capabilities that allow
key personnel to observe and troubleshoot any piece of equipment, from any
plant, from any location company-wide.
For dairy and beyond
BPI’s expansion into the equipment assembly
arena also is good news for many manufacturers outside the meat-processing
sector. Although the company began its equipment-supply business by
offering customized grinders to customers that needed equipment optimized
for grinding BPI Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings, the pumps and grinders also
have many potential applications within the dairy, refrigerated and frozen,
and other food processing industries.
Dairy processors now can take advantage of
technologically enhanced, computer-interfaced equipment with greatly
reduced maintenance requirements. High-sugar-content frozen products such
as fruit juices are good candidates for the sturdy all-stainless equipment,
as are blended foods such as cheeses and yogurts that start with a large
bulk product. Tough applications such as shredded pizza cheeses, in
particular, stand to benefit from the grinders’ superior reliability.
The all-stainless pumps feature the largest bearings
possible to reduce bearing failures, oversized dowel pins and fasteners to
decrease shaft failures, and many other technology improvements designed to
maximize processing uptime, says the company. BPI team members design the
grinders to work with the specific foods to be processed, under the
specific processing conditions, and to interface properly with any
conveyors, metal detectors and/or other equipment that might be present.
All equipment is available through either a lease or
purchase option. Moreover, it comes with an expert installation team that
can also set up monitoring and control capabilities. In addition, under
BPI’s equipment leasing option, any spare parts are covered.
For the ultimate in service, the team is able to
connect the equipment to BPI’s central control system and offer
monitoring and control as a value-added service. If something goes amiss,
BPI then can notify the customer to help ensure the fastest possible
resolution to the problem. — Beef Products Inc., 891 Two Rivers Dr.,
Dakota Dunes, S.D. 57049; 605/217-8000; www.beefproducts.com