Every aspect of the process needs to be integrated and flow. “A new greenfield plant is a great opportunity for a food or beverage processing company. The efficiencies in labor, product, water, and energy are established by the knowledge and creativity in the process and packaging design, as is the long-term growth and expansion potential,” says Warren Taylor, Senior Process Designer at Trans-Market.
Warren shares some of his advice on greenfield plant design. He explains that it all begins by defining the needs and expectations which the finished processing plant will deliver. These are the processing and packaging throughputs, efficiencies and flexibilities. The ideal design will minimize distances for materials and people flow, allow future flexibility and expandability and deliver outstanding efficiencies in all operations.
“The final step is to wrap a building around the integrated processing, packaging, and utility systems. From my experience, it’s best to design the process before designing the building, so the quality, cost and operating efficiency of all those systems are not compromised by the building design,” explains Warren.
Ultimately, defining, designing, building, commissioning and operating a highly efficient food or beverage processing plant requires outstanding communication with all involved. We understand the documentation and deliverables needed to operate the facility well into the future.
As a member of the Krones Group, we do more. Our capabilities include designing and building a complete turnkey dairy plant. We provide expertise on processing, CIP, utilities, filling, packaging, warehouse and logistics.
About Warren Taylor: Warren has worked in the dairy industry for over 40 years and is currently a Senior Process Designer for Trans-Market. He has worked as a process engineer and learned dairy operations from the inside, gaining an owner’s passion for efficiency and profitability. During his career, Warren led the design and startup of over eight greenfield facilities including, at the time, the largest fluid milk plant in Europe.