Industry: Food & Beverage
Application: Food Grade Platform
- Create an equipment platform that fits a predetermined/custom footprint and height
- Meet both food grade guidelines and customer-specific requirements
- Design an attractive mezzanine true to customer brand
Looking to reconfigure and expand its beverage filling and packaging operations, a world leader in the beverage industry leveraged the innovation of Cubic Designs and systems integrator, PET Terra Systems, Atlanta, to create efficient operational space that also suitably represented the customer’s brand.
The customer wanted to install a new filling/packaging system, utilizing both new and relocated existing equipment.
In the blow-fill process that was used for this project, plastic bottle pre-forms are shaped into bottles and filled within the same process, with the resulting filled bottles then packaged and stored in bulk for further distribution. Although the operation does not require strict sanitary design in all areas, the customer required food grade application guidelines throughout. In particular, they wanted all platforms to be constructed with closed shapes, aluminum decking, and to incorporate clean surfaces with minimal crevices and catch points in the structure.
“This is a great fit for Cubic Designs because we have experienced many of the food grade requirements across various food and beverage product lines, and we have developed a series of structural details and materials designed to meet those,” said John Moore, Cubic Designs Vice-President of Operations.
Design an attractive mezzanine to exact specification, and complete installation without plant interruption.
In addition to meeting the stated project objectives regarding space, food grade requirements and attractiveness – Cubic Designs had to stay out of the way of the customer’s employees as they executed their daily work functions.
Working jointly with the systems integrator and the customer, all site reviews and installation times were carefully set around production schedules. Once timetables were determined, Cubic worked directly with the integrator and customer.
Cubic’s engineers conducted multiple site-visits and incorporated solutions for any potential obstacles.
Strict space requirements were addressed at the outset of the project. Even though the customer had predetermined the size and location of the mezzanine, Cubic made several predesign visits to the facility. “Our engineers needed to be able to envision where the mezzanine would go, and to be absolutely sure we were avoiding obstacles, such as floor drains,” Moore said.
In fact, uneven areas in the floor surface were identified during the initial visit, enabling the engineers to design custom columns to accommodate the variations.
On time, on budget and the perfect fit.
Through the systems integrator, the customer came to Cubic Designs with a particular plan for its mezzanine in terms of location and specifications. It also had strict contingencies on non-interference with production routines in their bottling operations.
Cubic Designs met all requirements on time and on budget.