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Europe's most modern installation.

The Albert Bartlett & Sons potato processing plant based in Airdrie Scotland has been the site of a 30m [pounds sterling] investment over the last four years. The company headquarters is, arguably, the most modern and environmentally friendly installation of its type in Europe. Having operated Tsubaki roller chain, supplied by local power transmission specialist Scots Bearings, the maintenance team decided to use Tsubaki roller chain as standard.

Steve McInnes of Scots Bearings said: "The most notable aspect of dealing with Albert Bartlett & Sons, other than the size of the plant and the level of technology employed there, is the company's unswerving focus on quality. We have now supplied Tsubaki replacement roller chain to the plant for the past two years and it has indeed resulted in extended wear life, resulting in a decision to standardise on Tsubaki replacement chain products."

Airdrie is arguably the most modern and environmentally friendly facility of its type in Europe. Rainwater is collected from the factory roof for use in the washing process, and dedicated lines enable the water and soil residues washed from local, organic and imported produce to be recycled separately. The company has also invested in robot technology to improve safety and efficiency and has installed Hydro coolers to remove field heat, reducing condensation and naturally extending the shelf life of the new potatoes.

This attention to detail is carried throughout the plant, famously within the industry, each potato that passes through the system has it's picture taken at least three times, the images are processed and used to sort potatoes into finely judged quality grades. One of the main reasons for this level of automation is so that the plant can react quickly to changes in demand; a 'cold snap' will result in an instant rise in demand for potatoes for example, the Bartlett packing lines are able to change hoppers and re-start sorting, packing and labelling the new product virtually seamlessly in order to meet tight delivery deadlines with supermarkets.

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Title Annotation:NEWS & INSTALLATIONS; Albert Bartlett and Sons Airdrie Ltd.
Publication:Food Trade Review
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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