Background

Faced with deteriorating cooking and chilling equipment for processing meat, a major food manufacturer elected to fabricate a new cooking and chilling tunnel while simultaneously refurbishing an old tunnel.  Concurrent upgrades to process controls, sanitation, metallurgy and operations enhancements were made within this scheduled sensitive, strategic project.

Approach

Foth was responsible for the design and fabrication of the cooking and chilling equipment, including all associated electrical and controls, process and utilities, and all required construction plans and specifications for the installation of the equipment.

Results

We strategically provided an equipment delivery and installation plan that allowed for minimal downtime on a “sold out” production process, while shop fabrication and modularization allowed us to work within a short construction window. Our CIP System design reduced sanitation downtime by 70% and new PLC controls enhanced production capabilities.

Competency Used

  • Custom Machine Development & Manufacturing
  • Packaging systems integration
  • Process & Utilities
  • Electrical & Controls
  • Structural engineering
  • Metallurgical analysis
  • Centralized, 2-tunnel CIP System design capable of concurrent cleaning
  • PLC Controls upgrade from relay logic
  • State-of-the-art sanitation upgrades
  • Smoker burner flame safety system upgrades including new smoke, rinser and brine zone receptors
  • Upgraded steam cook coils and supply system
  • Upgraded condensate handling system