Processed Cheese-Slice Packaging Equipment Relocation and Installation

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Location: Midwestern US

POWER was retained by this leading food processor to relocate and install existing and new processing and packaging equipment to support the installation of four new hot-pack packaging lines for individually wrapped cheese slices. This involved infrastructure changes, the removal and relocation of existing equipment, and the installation of new equipment. 

POWER performed the engineering required to prepare the drawings and specifications for bid packages that detailed the work required for equipment installation, including mechanical, electrical, and structural scopes of work. The engineering support included initial evaluation and concept validation to determine the number and location of new lines.  This initial planning phase was followed with preliminary engineering support to further define the project scope, schedule, and budget.  Upon full project approval, POWER completed all layouts, developed multiple bid packages, and supported the installation and start-up. POWER provided a simulation model to determine some of the required accumulations and packaging system design parameters to ensure design efficiency. Though the client’s scope continued to change after project approval, POWER’s team of experienced engineers was able to remain flexible and responsive to the changes so that there was no impact on the project schedule, and they were successful in designing a packaging room that wraps nearly 10,000 slices of cheese per minute.

POWER’s process engineering scope included receiving the raw liquid and dry ingredients, blending and mixing them in accordance with specific product recipes, and cooking the liquid cheese before delivering it to the hot-pack fillers. Packaging engineering scope included installation of the hot-pack fillers, overwrappers, case packers, case conveyor system, palletizers, and stretchwrapper. The infrastructure scope included a rooftop building addition; converting an existing area of the plant into a process area by installing new walls, floors and ceiling; installing the required refrigeration, fire protection and other mechanical utility systems; and installing electrical power and controls systems. POWER continued to provide project support during construction as requested by the client.