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EQUIPMENT
Efficient plant design
In the pursuit of sustainability, plant designers and
builders play a vital role in shaping eco-efficient pet
food processing facilities. By integrating advanced technologies
and innovative design principles, they ensure
that new plants are not only environmentally friendly
but also highly efficient in their operations. These experts
focus on optimizing resource use, reducing waste
and enhancing overall productivity, significantly contributing
to the industry's sustainability goals.
" Expert plant designers are essential for building
eco-efficient facilities, " Tramp said. " They utilize modular
designs to adapt production processes, minimizing
waste and optimizing resource use. Smart technologies
like IoT and AI are integral to improving operational
efficiency and reducing environmental impacts. The
Wenger Corporate Project Services team - which
works with pet food producers on new plant designs
- use cutting-edge techniques to deliver sustainabilityoriented
layouts with advanced waste recovery systems,
odor abatement and energy efficiency, in addition to
proper food safety and process optimization aspects. "
There is a strong push
toward electrification to
reduce carbon emissions. "
Jeff Wegner, CRB
Another aspect of sustainable plant design involves
ensuring equipment can handle sustainable materials
and maintain high efficiency under various operational
conditions. This comprehensive approach allows for a
balance between energy-efficient equipment and informed
decision-making.
" Packaging equipment is being retrofitted to handle
sustainable materials that have lighter weights or different
compositions than their current or non-sustainable
packaging counterparts, " Ireland said. " New packaging
equipment
is being designed with more control over
the parts of the packaging equipment that are critical to
making a consistent and high integrity seal. The designers
and builders will need to look at the systems holistically
to strike the right balance of energy efficient equipment,
run those facilities with data driven information
that allows for efficient and informed decision-making
to run with top OEEs (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).
" LCAs (life cycle assessments) of materials and understanding
of shelf life is also going to drive the turns of
inventory and volumes, so achieving the right balance is
key to making sure the operations are built to serve the
company volumes in the most sustainable way, " she added.
" Knowing your KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
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JBT's Energy Recovery System works by utilizing hot- and
cold-water tanks to transfer energy.
JBT Corporation
and keeping all your systems in check is vital to overall
consistent performance. "
Navigating sustainability challenges
Optimizing equipment for sustainability presents several
challenges including balancing costs, maintaining high
throughput while reducing energy consumption, and integrating
new technologies. However, equipment suppliers
and plant designers are evolving to meet these demands.
Through investment in R&D, modular designs, and a focus
on renewable energy and sustainable materials, the
industry is working toward long-term sustainability goals.
" Balancing cost with sustainable innovation can be
a challenge. Our response involves a robust investment
in R&D to develop cost-effective, sustainable solutions
without sacrificing performance, " Tramp said. " A sustainability
analysis with scorecard is performed on all
innovation projects to ensure sustainability is at the forefront
of all equipment developments. Modular design
and hardware standardization allow for easy integration
of new technologies as they become available, which is
crucial for staying current with technological advancements.
The integration of AI and neural networks presents
new opportunities and challenges, particularly in
sensor technology and data processing speeds. "
Looking ahead, the industry must continue to innovate
and adapt to meet future sustainability demands.
" As
sustainability demands increase, we anticipate
that our sector will increasingly invest in renewable
energy sources and sustainable materials, " Tramp said.
" The main challenge lies in integrating these new technologies
while managing costs. Wenger is committed to
leveraging our research and development capabilities to
devise scalable, adaptable solutions that offer long-term
sustainability benefits at a reasonable cost. "
PFP
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