Mantiqueira Alimentos, Brazil has reduced the time it takes to get eggs on the breakfast table by speeding up the logistics process. Every day 7500 boxes of eggs are loaded into the fleet of trucks by means of Caljan Telescopic conveyors. Despite the increase in productivity, the conveyors improve employee working conditions significantly.
Because eggs are delicate, you may expect them to be light. When you put a dozen eggs into your shopping trolley, you’re lifting around 750 grams. The boxes containing eggs at Mantiqueira weigh up to 25 kgs each, which means an employee loading a truck moves around 20 tons during an 8-hour shift.
Nadário Estiliano, the Plant Manager at Mantiqueira’s facility in Mato Grosso, confirms that installing Caljan telescopic conveyors has improved both the ergonomics and the speed of the loading process tremendously.
– We are always looking for ways to make manual work easier. The Caljan Telescopic conveyors are easy to use. The operators are very happy with the boom conveyors as they minimize the effort required and remove a good deal of the repeat movements associated with manual loading. The risk of repetitive strain injuries is significantly reduced. In addition to improving working conditions, the equipment makes the loading process much faster.
Selecting the right solution
Due to the fragile nature of the cargo, Mantiqueira discarded the idea of using a roller loader in favour of the smoother journey along a belt conveyor. Before making this capital investment, Nadário Estiliano opted to validate equipment performance by gaining insight from a neutral source. The Mantiqueira team were invited to the neighbouring county, where they had the opportunity to speak to management & operators and gain first-hand experience with Caljan Telescopic conveyors.
– It was good to discuss our challenges with people who are also handling unusual cargo. The equipment was practical and robust. From the point on, we were ready to negotiate.
With a total extended length in excess of 21 metres, the Caljan conveyors can reach into the very back of the truck. Using simple joystick operation, the conveyor can be extended and elevated to an appropriate height. Every box travelling along the belt is counted as a final check, before the eggs are transported to all parts of Brazil.