Production without genetic engineering needs complex material planning
Using simulation, SimPlan Austria reproduced the Graz compound feed plant for Garant Tierfutternahrung GmbH – Austria’s market leader in the compound feed industry – in order to adapt the material flows to the requirements of GM-free production.
GMO (genetically modified organisms) and their secondary products are not permitted for use in GMO-free programmes, the same as for organic products. As a result of the global spread and application of GMO in conventional agriculture and food manufacturing, there is an increased risk of unwanted contamination of products that are declared GMO-free through GMO produce.
In order to prevent contamination or spreading, the material flows of GMO and GM-free products must be strictly separated from one another. In compound feed plants this circumstance brings about numerous restrictions in terms of material planning for the production planning and control with regard to the manufacture of animal feed.
Simulation shows influence and impact of restrictions
With the aid of computer simulation, the Garant company used a model to represent the entire Graz compound feed plant, with an annual production output of almost 60,000 tons, in order to make evaluating the influence and impact of these restrictions easier.
The expert’s report carried out by SimPlan Austria focused on the identification of the maximum capacity and the evaluation of a concrete investment in the field of the compound feed cells.