Ronald van Beek, Gebr. van Beek – Netherlands

At Gebr. van Beek in Wehl all ungraded eggs are packed on plastic trays and pallets. Each pallet is identified by the farmer. This label is scanned when the eggs arrive at the packing centre and the net weight of each pallet is logged by a weighing scale, connected to Ovotrack. A new label with the average weight is printed for each pallet and the stock position of ungraded eggs is increased. Before grading, the eggs are put on one of the infeed depalletizers that are connected to the Moba Omnia graders. The label is scanned again and in case this pallet is different from the previous pallet a new batch number is created and the grader is updated with the information of the new batch. An ECI (Eggs Cargo Identifier) is than scanned and clicked on the top corner of the pallet. Further down the road, a fixed scanner on the loader of the grader reads the ECI and activates the new batch on the grader. Because of the shape of the ECI the empty tray with the ECI on it is separated from the other empty trays. An operator than removes the ECI so that it can be reused again. Because of the communication with the Omnia graders the grading results are automatically forwarded from Ovotrack into the quality database which Gebr. van Beek uses to monitor the quality of their contracted farmers. Ovotrack also monitors the traceability of all farm seconds and grader seconds. The farm seconds are separated from the gradeable eggs immediately after receipt; the grader seconds are collected on pallets behind the first lane and the spare lane of each Omnia. When these pallets with seconds are loaded for transport to the egg processing factory they are scanned and connected to the final destination.