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Pet Food Fats and Oils Continuous Mixing System

Creating a Custom System for Pet Food Production

An award-winning, independent pet food maker needed help designing a custom system to create dog and cat food from fresh regional ingredients. The system was designed to heat, mix, and blend fats and oils. Cheme’s unique heat-sanitized continuous mixing system was designed to save capital costs and reduce construction time while also eliminating bottlenecks and reducing waste. 

Cheme’s engineering team provided an innovative solution that increased total fat and oils material utilization to 99%, and reduced the overall equipment footprint to 25% of a typical design. The system is also heat sanitized using the same fats and oils used in the product, whereas typical systems use water and detergent for cleaning which adds a layer of risk to the product quality. Heat sanitization provides a more effective microbe elimination method than water and detergent, and eliminates potential for product contamination with detergent.

Cheme was also responsible for leading the commissioning effort, helping with the install and start up of systems on site. Our team worked with the client’s plant automation team to facilitate startup and to ensure the fats and oils system was fully integrated. 

Cheme was challenged with engineering and designing the meat transportation system, which transported meat under high pressures to the extruder for kibble production. However, Cheme’s commissioning and troubleshooting experience was able to get the entire fats and oils system up and running on time.

Project Snapshot


Alberta, Canada

Square Footage of Project

~ 100,000 sqft

Project Type

Pet Food Manufacturer

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Nik Krpan

Head of North American Strategy

Nik is the Head of North American Strategy of Cheme and a Consulting Engineer with 20 years of progressive experience in process engineering and management (business and project).
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If we are working on your project, we will find a way to get it done. Leadership and values matter a great deal at Cheme. I serve our team by being the best example I can be, and by creating a place to work that we can all be proud of.

Nicholas Ignagni

Process Engineer

Nicholas is a Process Engineer at Cheme Engineering with over 15 years of experience in the design, build, commissioning, and validation of sanitary process equipment.
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Cheme is a dedicated team that is focused on understanding our client needs, while also remaining focused on project delivery.

Nik Krpan

Head of North American Strategy

Nicholas Ignagni

Process Engineer

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