Five years ago, Cherkizovo Group launched its fully automated dry sausage plant in Kashira near Moscow. To this day, its level of automation is still unrivaled in Russia's meat production industry. On the occasion of the plant’s 5th anniversary, we would like to share with you some fascinating facts about it.
The facility currently manufactures over 100 products, including Russia’s best-loved Salchichon, Astoria, Flamenco, Borodinskaya, Bogorodskaya sausages, etc.
Cherkizovo Kashira is one of the most technologically advanced facilities both in Russia and in Europe. By leveraging the Industry 4.0 vision, it successfully integrates robotic solutions with control and monitoring systems. Robots control the entire production process from the moment raw materials enter the facility to the shipment of finished products.
The plant employs TechnoFerrari shuttle robots. They transport sausage racks (each weighing more than 1 tonne) and handle all production processes, recording the weight of the products, monitoring their drying and ripening, and ensuring their movement through various production stages.
The total number of employees at Cherkizovo Kashira is below 200 vs at least 600 workers at its peers.
Thanks to the production automation, the journey from raw meat in crates to sausages hanging on the racks takes as little as 20 minutes.
The full production cycle is certainly more extensive: it includes raw material acceptance and processing, sausage stuffing, as well as fermentation and drying in chambers, where the products get their final look.