February 17, 2014
Moba, a leading manufacturer of egg grading, packing and processing machines, will be introducing the new Omnia PX egg grading machine at VIV Europe from 20 – 23 May in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The machine features a complete hygienic programme during operation, as well as a brand new, post-production cleaning concept.
Alongside conventional features such as roller-cleaning brushes, Omnia PX is the first machine whereby all egg-touching parts are continuously disinfected during production. In addition to the egg shells, the rollers, weighing, transfer and transport carriers in the tracks are treated with UV-C light which reduces the growth of bacteria. The egg-touching parts in the packer are made from anti-microbial industrial plastics. This combination will help to minimise the incidence of cross contamination.
Omnia PX can also withstand foam and high-pressure cleaning which can be executed in a short period of time. Critical components such as grippers and transport tracks which are used throughout the machine can be cleaned using cleaning systems in place. These so-called CIP systems are installed at three points in the machine and will fully and automatically disinfect these parts.
The packer of the machine, which can be cleaned with foam, is reportedly the only packer in the industry capable of handling high pressure cleaning, according to Moba. Additionally, all packer parts which come into contact with eggs can be removed for cleaning, by means of a revised 'out-of-place' cleaning concept, known as a parts washer. Receiver sets are mounted in a cassette system which can be placed in the trolley of the parts washer within seconds. The washer will automatically clean parts intensively, saving time for crews to clean the rest of the machine.
The ease-of-use concept of the Omnia PX is realised with the implementation of ergonomic touch screens above packing lanes. By using simple icons, these screens display every product detail, such as laying dates and inkjet or labelling details which require settings for the packer and denester. This enables quick interventions or product changes.
In protecting product quality and reducing the risk of cross contamination, Moba's individual egg handling system ensures that, once eggs reach the machine, they are positioned individually and will not be in contact with one another. This, combined with gentle accumulators, loaders with standardised speed loading and software-controlled quality settings for each product creates a basis for the highest possible rate of high quality products. Furthermore, the computer knows the position of each egg, enabling accurate egg traceability and counting data.
The new receiver set cassette system is designed for easy removal while requiring less computing. This allows the Omnia PX computer to distribute eggs in a more effective manner, resulting in higher throughput and the lowest possible number of eggs which need to be rerouted to alternative destinations.
The new Omnia PX is available in two variants; the Omnia PX 350 (126,000 eggs/hour) and the Omnia PX 530 (190,000 eggs/hour).