The OSI Group’s processing facility in West Jordan, Utah, is doing amazing things with robotics and state-of-the-art cooling systems that leverage natural-occurring ammonia to produce energy efficient operations.
Both are part of the reason the OSI Utah location has garnered a selection of awards for sustainability-procedure excellence. One is the AMI Environmental Recognition Award. The AMI Award are given to companies that exceed local or government-set environmental standards, and also upgrade their operations in creative ways to make them more green.
Ammonia plays a key role because it’s a super efficient cooling system for meat-processing facilities. OSI plants employs massive refrigeration units which handle large tonnages of meat preservation. The lower the temperature needed to maintain coolant levels, the more efficient and low-cost ammonia-bases system are. Thus, using ammonia is key to achieving superior levels of energy efficiency.
OSI Group’s Utah plant puts ammonia to use after meat has completed a fermentation treatment. Robots transport the meat to drying houses that are cooled with ammonia. It is significant that naturally occurring ammonia is used because it makes a huge environmental difference in terms of energy and resource saving efficiency.
Robots are also employed in the Utah plant in an way that is recognized as industry leading and innovative. The machines can handle up to 3,500 pounds of meat per load. Better yet, they save energy. That’s because lights don’t need to be burning – both to inhibit oxidation in the meat plant’s drying rooms — and simply because robots can operate without lights.
The robots are so smart they know when to stop and hook-up to re-charge without being told.
The American Meat Institute recognized the OSI Utah plant in West Jordan for its remarkable sustainability standards.