Explosion Protection Case Study

Can Food Explode? – Explosion Protection for Muesli Bars

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Safety and a Competitive Edge – Nestlé is a Step Ahead

The world-famous food company Nestlé goes one step further, focusing not only on the protection of its assets and its workforce, but also on the availability of its facilities. After all, what’s the use of expensive protection systems if they continually obstruct or even disrupt the production process? Managing Director, Rembe Safety+Control, Stefan Penno, puts this question quite provocatively: “Would you stop your car immediately as soon as a warning light in your vehicle indicates a fault in the airbag system? Or would you drive on, hoping that no accident will happen where the airbag might save your life?”

Safety and smooth routines are particularly important at Nestlé’s Twister Project, a new pilot plant in Orbe, Switzerland. The savings in downtime at this prototype stage will eventually be multiplied in the various systems that Nestlé intends to set up on a global scale.

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“This installation is a pilot system for making various cereal products. The products are manufactured in small batches and are then tried and tested by internal and external testers before the routines are rolled out at an entire production facility,” says Development Engineer, Nestlé Twister Project, Norbert Nemes. “We are really pleased with the Rembe Q-Rohr-3. The entire production process remains within the building, and we do not need any overflow to the outside.”

Flexible Systems Are Ideal for F&B Industries

In fact, the planning, installation and eventual operation of the system are indeed very simple. “When the planning was conducted, all that was needed was a simple standard connection flange. The assembly of the Q-Rohr system then proceeds very quickly, using a dozen screws, and then the system is ready for use,” Nemes continues.

Flexibility is of course absolutely paramount, and indeed not just for a pilot system. If a supplier is unable to respond, thousands of Euros are lost every hour unless it is possible to act quickly and flexibly. Rather than saving money, even during the global financial crisis year of 2009, Rembe decided to invest—especially in the manufacturing of semi-finished products.