BMC

Beef Packing & Processing
Labotse, Botswana

Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) was established on the 24th December 1965, by an act of Parliament to promote the development of the country’s beef and related products globally.

The first abattoir was opened in Lobatse with Maun and Francistown Abattoirs following in 1983 and 1989 respectively. The Maun Abattoir was closed indefinitely in 1996 due to shortage of cattle supply.

The BMC has had a significant contribution to the development of the country over the years. In the early years of Botswana’s development as an independent nation, beef export was the only foreign exchange earner. Although beef is no longer the largest earner of foreign exchange, it nonetheless remains important to the economy as it has different impact on the furfural population who rely on farming for their livelihood.

BMC head office in Lobatse comprises an integrated complex housing an Abattoir, deboning and cutting plant, cannery, rendering plant and tannery.

Beef Processing Software
Storing primal labels with variable text rather than fixed means we only need to maintain a fraction of the labels we previously supported. The new Emydex system also enables printing of variable labels in ten languages including Greek and Arabic, as well as font formatting, something our previous system could not do. Printing speeds are good, the system is robust and hassle-free. Billy Mauco, IT manager BMC

Challenge

  • New primal labelling requirements
  • Required ability to print primal labels in 10 languages for export
  • Including Greek and Arabic
  • High speed label printing
  • High Volume (600 cattle, 15,000 labels p.d)
  • Real-time Traceability reporting

Solution

Solution

Outcome

  • 8 ‘compact’ Primal label packing stations
  • Back-office management system hosted in Cloud
  • Printing labels in 10 languages, Arabic & Greek
  • 600 beef carcasses per day/15,000 pack labels
  • Flexibility to change label & reports in-house
  • Main Emydex Production system, client PCs and Packing stations deployed and maintained via Cloud
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