Food Engineering Magazine Article: “Lack of Specific LEED Certification for Food Processing Creates Challenges”

LEEDing the way for food processors looking to achieve sustainable operations. SSOE’s Jennifer Breault, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Architect, and Laura Orlich, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Architect, were recently featured in this Food Engineering Magazine article exchanging options and advice for food processors looking to go LEED. Without a specific rating system currently in place for them, food processors are left with a collection of potentially daunting tasks if they desire sustainable operations—with a plethora of certifications and levels to consider. Not to worry, this informative article reveals how LEED certification can still be a totally viable option. And even better, it’s a golden opportunity for examining the efficiency of your process and gathering insight into achieving tangible results on your “triple bottom line”. Continue Reading →

Distiller Magazine Article: “Optimize Project Cost with Foresight”

Insights into Planning Your Next Distillery Project Joe Badalamenti, PE, PMP, Senior Account Executive at SSOE, takes readers through the front-end loading (FEL) process in this Distiller Magazine article. In the current market, distilleries are consistently challenged to plan new facilities and upgrade existing ones, and using a team led by seasoned professionals to employ FEL can make all the difference in terms of maintaining the budget, scope, and schedule. In this article, Joe draws out the benefits of FEL stage by stage—and the proof is in the results. Continue Reading →

Reliable Plant Magazine Article: “Optimize Manufacturing with Statistical Process Control”

Dewayne Galyon, Basebuild Technical Specialist at SSOE, dives back into statistical process control (SPC) in this Reliable Plant Magazine article. SPC—a method of quality control that assists manufacturers in maximizing production, minimizing waste, and keeping costs down—consists of multiple procedures designed to monitor conditions critical for maintaining process control, which vary depending on the type of facility. Dewayne walks readers through his guidelines for fully leveraging the advantages of SPC, which can make significant impacts to a plant’s bottom line when correctly applied to a process. Continue Reading →

BD+C Magazine Article: “Laser Scanners Go Handheld”

Jason Christen, PMP, Senior Account Executive at SSOE, and Mark LaBell, Senior VDC Technical Leader, were both featured in a BD+C Magazine article that examines the rise of 3D laser scanners, which have recently evolved into handhelds. 3D laser scanning is the fastest, most efficient method to capture existing conditions. In addition to allowing us to scan harder-to-reach places, handheld scanners provide the ability to show clients results immediately after taking a scan with a workable model showing an accurate representation of the facility—a major benefit of the technology that often translates into cost savings for our clients. Continue Reading →

Food Engineering Magazine Article: “Food Plant Construction Survey: Safety, Consumers Drive Expansion”

Processors realize that existing facilities must be updated and expanded to meet food safety regulations and increasing and challenging customer demands. Sam Thurber, Senior Project Manager at SSOE Group, was recently featured in this Food Engineering Magazine article that explores the results of the publication’s annual Food Plant Construction Survey. Sam and other experts discuss the numbers, including the amount of expansions and renovations as compared to new construction, and growing consumer demands, such as non-GMO, gluten-free, and clean label products, that continue to drive projects and a focus on food safety. Continue Reading →

Food Engineering Magazine Article: “Food Processors Balance Cyber, Physical Security”

Evan Baker, Data / Fire / Security (DFS) Manager at SSOE Group, was recently featured in this Food Engineering Magazine article. Cybersecurity is a growing priority for food manufacturers as network connectivity within facilities increases. The boost in information flow enhances a facility’s vulnerability to an attack----cyber or physical----that can result in stolen intellectual property, compromised trade secrets, a damaged reputation, and more. To mitigate exposure to security threats, the article offers a number of suggestions, including developing a comprehensive security plan with company-wide buy-in. Continue Reading →