New Filled-Pastry Line: Conceptual Engineering through Construction Support

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Location: Midwestern US

POWER provided engineering services to help this leading food manufacturer install a filled pastry line, introducing a new product at an existing plant. This client requested specialized process engineering assistance to implement a corporately-identified innovation that would provide additional production capacity for their snack bar product.  

The project scope included conceptual and preliminary facility, process and packaging engineering for the conversion of an existing basement and warehouse space into a new production line. POWER provided major equipment identification and selection for upgrade of dough sheeting, cutters, new deposit system, oven and cooling tunnel, and complete packaging line. To determine the best equipment solution for our recommendation, POWER considered several evaluation criteria, including the equipment’s hygienic design compliance, flexibility of equipment to accommodate other products, suppliers’ service response time, and adherence to technical specifications.

POWER’s team provided data collection to verify components of the existing facility in the vicinity of the new line. Upon completion of the site visits, POWER developed procurement specifications for long-lead equipment and submitted those specifications to pre-selected vendors on our client’s behalf. We developed layout drawings, plans, and elevations of the facility, issued contractor bid packages, and conducted a constructability review with the client. Upon receipt of bids, POWER conducted a thorough bid analysis, presented the bid review data to the client, and recommended our preferred option based on performance, cost, and best value.

Finally, POWER provided technical engineering and project management throughout construction, commissioning, startup, and closeout including complete budget and schedule maintenance, support for equipment procurement, the demolition and relocation of the existing equipment, the installation of new equipment, and the associated utility and infrastructure modifications.

POWER used a single-source approach, identified suppliers highly experienced with the product handling, and leveraged procurement agreements and other business relationships to achieve the most cost effective options. POWER’s engineering services provided our client with the data necessary to progress the project through their corporate capital approval process.