Marko Virtanen, VP of Sales and Projects
The supply and demand curves underlying our global food system is currently under extreme stress. On the one hand, the global human population is increasing at a rate of 1.05 percent. And on the other, rising incomes in developing countries are driving dietary changes in people, who are now opting for more protein-rich and organic foods. These two factors taken together are pushing food processing plants to find unique methods for increasing their production capacity.
However, the environmental trade-off of such massive-scale food production can be relatively high. As it is, the food processing plants are already dealing with high volumes of inedible and edible food by-products, making it a constant challenge for the workers to dispose them in the safest manner possible. So, one can only imagine how the waste management hassles would intensify as soon as the plants start shoring up their production. What these food processing plants need is an efficient way to handle the increased food production capacity while augmenting their traditional waste management tactic.
Enter MariMatic – a leading food tech company that has been helping food production companies optimise their waste management plans since the 1980s.
As a part of MariGroup, MariMatic develops and supplies innovative, effective, and reliable waste collection and disposal solutions for its clients. “Our environment-friendly and effective waste collection solutions also ensure clean surroundings in food processing plants,” underscores Marko Virtanen, VP of sales and projects at MariMatic.
MariMatic specialises in automated solid waste collection systems (AWCS) for underground waste collection. The main takeaway from MariMatic’s pneumatic conveying technology for food industry is Taifun that is explicitly designed for the needs of modern food processing plants. Taifun acts as a giant automated vacuum cleaner that collects different types of materials—ranging from food by-products to raw material and final edible products—through different suction points within the food processing floor. It then transports those materials to the destination point through closed pipes, thereby preventing food products from getting contaminated. So far, MariMatic has supplied over 1500 units of Taifun solution to fish, poultry, red meat, and vegetable processing plants, along with abattoirs and professional kitchens in over 40 countries.
What takes the value of Taifun to the next level is the addition of an automated Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) washing system. Instead of having the employees wash and maintain the Taifun, the food processing plants can use the CIP solution to rinse and clean the vacuum conveyor with utmost accuracy. It helps in mitigating any chances of microbial growth or contamination within the conveyor system. CIP washing system uses cleaning balls to perform multiple rounds of cleaning and ensures minimal water usage compared to any other traditional cleaning methods.
At this juncture, Virtanen shares how MariMatic has been witnessing a demand spike for Taifun amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the food processing plants have started operating under strict social distancing norm, the need to integrate automated waste collection solutions have also risen. “Our Taifun solution is allowing the food processing plants to operate more efficiently and keep their employees at a bare minimum risk,” comments Virtanen.
Apart from helping food processing plants, MariMatic has also developed an automated solid waste collection solution for local municipalities called MetroTaifun. It is a cutting-edge AWCS that conveys waste and recyclable materials through underground or above-ground pipelines, and it can extend up to 4 km (2.5 miles) from the waste collection point. MetroTaifun can be used in hospitals, residential areas, industrial areas, shopping centres, sports complexes, hybrid and mobile systems to handle daily waste collection and disposal.
Such robust solutions have already made MariMatic a leader in the food processing and other industries. Nevertheless, the company intends to grow further in its role and its technical capabilities. To this end, the company is looking to leverage many cutting-edge technologies in addition to the existing ones (like RFID) in its existing solutions to stay ahead of the curve. Alongside, MariMatic is also working on expanding its global footprints and partner with more food processing plants. “Through all these efforts, we are laser-focused on bringing forth a greener and sustainable future with our automated waste collection systems,” concludes Virtanen.