Projects | Food & Beverage

Compressed Air Upgrade Feasibility

Completed a feasibility study of the compressed air system that is critical to operation of machines used to process soft candies. The plant was experiencing major compressed air challenges since late 2020, which resulted in downtime on some equipment and excess moisture in lines. The food plant uses compressed air for different purposes in its process and packaging lines, from pneumatic motors pumping ingredients to material handling and positioning.

Cheme prepared an engineering feasibility study, which included the following activities:

  • Reviewed the client’s root cause study and determined that the air dryers and compressors does not meet the site capacity needs, which cause the high moisture, and inefficient drying and filtration. As a result, we proposed replacement air dryers and compressors that would solve the issues mentioned above.
  • Performed a detailed risk assessment and proposed mitigation strategies to
    be implemented.
  • Prepared an RFP package and coordinated tendering of the proposed upgrade of the compressed air system. Reviewed and assessed proposals and selected most suitable ones, which were then used to prepare the final project budget.
  • During the feasibility study, it was also noted that there is a lack of a proper control system, so an additional RFP package was prepared, and tendering coordinated for the design and pricing of a new control system. This was treated as a separate project.

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Ontario, Canada

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