Cereal Line Relocation and Optimization

Food Client

  • Reality capture
  • Two new silos
  • Building expansion
  • Relocation of existing equipment to accommodate new equipment
  • Key milestones met for installation, checkout, and start-up

Midwest USA

Relocation of 11 lines

SSOE saved the client $400,000 through the use of reality capture and the reduction in the amount of equipment needed for the project.

A food client needed to relocate its ribbon rolling lines from one facility to another due to an impending plant shutdown. Because of the variety of services we offer, SSOE was hired to provide process, mechanical, civil, structural, architectural, and controls design and engineering services, as well as project management for the relocation project. The project had to remain confidential during its initial phases, which posed a challenge. Due to this, SSOE provided flexibility during the detailed design phase, as a Front-End Loading package was not able to be fully vetted with plant staff who were unaware of the impending closure.

Using reality capture, SSOE relocated 11 roll lines and installed two new silos. The existing lines were 40 years old and no drawings were available for the existing equipment. The newly designed ribbon roll lines came in two feet longer than desired. SSOE quickly solved the issue allowing the equipment to fit in the existing space by rearranging the equipment and being part of an on-site team to review the equipment and optimize the design to fit it in the allowed space.

The project also featured a building expansion and the relocation of existing equipment to allow for more space for new equipment. The new equipment had to allow for the product to retain its gluten-free label. To do so, a new HVAC system, conveyor covers, dust filters, and a vacuum system were installed with minimum downtime. SSOE designed and installed a new bottom product bin while the existing bin was still in service. The system had to be switched over to the new bin within two days, which the team completed on schedule. SSOE used reality capture to ensure the equipment could be installed in tight locations. This use of 3D technology was new to the client.

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