Background

A major food producer wanted to install three next-generation slicing and packaging lines for a square product. The lines needed to incorporate state-of-the-art sanitation and packaging technology.

Approach

Foth was responsible for the overall line design, including the integration of high-speed slicing technology, sanitary system design, removal and installation construction plans, and all activities associated with the startup and commissioning for this project.

Results

The next-generation upgrade provided effective and efficient automation that allowed for operating labor reductions, the elimination of operator intervention between log stripping and case removal, and an overall reduction in sanitation problems between product runs. The project was recognized by the client for its on budget, ahead-of-schedule implementation.

Competency Used

  • Packaging systems integration
  • Process & Utilities
  • Electrical & Controls
  • Structural engineering
  • Custom Machine Development & Manufacturing
  • Line simulation to maximize system efficiency
  • Integration of high-speed slicing and packaging equipment, including package turning, package inspection, package rejection, accumulation system, product conveying, case packing and robotic palletizing
  • Sanitary system design, including new COP and sanitation facilities
  • Utility systems design