ROI: 24 months
Project duration: 24 months
Client: 6 to 12 engineers
Concept Systems: 6 to 15 engineers
Concept Systems’ time on site: 90 days
An award-winning, showcase plant
In our role as the Main Automation Contractor, we developed a control system for engineering, development and PLC for all plant processing line equipment – from the receiving area up to the frozen grading area. We also developed controls for plant support and utility areas.
In this case, Mother Nature added a unique degree of complexity. While other types of potatoes are fairly uniform in size and shape, sweet potatoes are not. The variation required some creative thinking about how to process them efficiently at the front end.
We took a lead role
We directed the controls integration effort and ensured seamless integration and coordination of all areas of process control development. The lead integrator management responsibility also included timeline management, controls development status reporting, meeting coordination, adherence to standards, project cost review, project document management, and other pertinent process control development activities.
We also served as the OEM coordinator and managed the processing facility’s integration tasks, including controls requirements and development, system interfaces, and installation and commissioning efforts.
Recognition for our work
Upon its completion, the plant achieved LEED Platinum certification, becoming the first frozen food processing plant in the world to do so. Food Processing magazine honored the plant with its 2011 Green Plant of the Year Award for design innovation and economic sustainability, among other attributes.
The project presented an opportunity for us to partner with a forward-thinking client on a signature project and learn invaluable lessons along the way. In what might be the ultimate compliment, the same manufacturer subsequently called on us to serve as the lead integrator for the expansion of its processing plant in the Northwest.