- Organic Product Rollout
Burns & McDonnell supported a snack food processor’s national launch of organic products at four sites. This design-build project included unloading, storage and processing area modifications, equipment selection and procurement, control sequence development, installation, and startup and training services.
Separating organic products from other raw materials and finished goods was essential in satisfying product labeling claims, requiring installation of parallel processing systems on existing production lines for the organic products. The project modified corn, cornmeal and oil systems to accommodate the organic ingredients, including all instrumentation, controls, tie-ins and piping modifications necessary to separate the organic product from other ingredients.
New material handling equipment included railcar and truck unloading, dilute and dense phase pneumatic conveying, storage silos, corn cleaning, bulk blending and dust collection systems.
The oil portion of the project installed new truck unloading systems, converted existing silos to store organic product, and revamped oil transfer and holdover systems to isolate organic oil.
This rollout project demanded careful coordination among the Burns & McDonnell team, client facilities, corporate staff, equipment vendors and subcontractors. Our design and construction teams worked concurrently at the four production sites to ensure that all plants met simultaneous target launch dates. Startup engineers directed all startup activities and interfaced with equipment vendors and systems integrators to deliver a turnkey system at each site. The startup teams also developed and implemented detailed training procedures, including valve checklists, startup and shutdown sequences, and operation and maintenance manuals, to avoid cross contamination.
- Detailed design
- Equipment procurement
- Shutdown coordination
- Startup services
- Operator training