Food & Flavors

Following are examples of projects EFI Group has completed for firms in the Food & Flavors industry:

Sugar

  • Performed constraint analysis and provided recommendations for improving sugar distribution to various packaging equipment (improved productivity by 10%)
  • Developed project for Ion Exchange, including: process flow and plant layout; environmental requirements; preliminary cost estimate and preliminary justification
  • Performed design analysis on conveying equipment to improve total product flow and equipment reliability
  • Managed numerous plant layout projects for packaging systems, including sugar delivery systems and the configuration of structural towers and mezzanines
  • Performed FMEA and developed a repair method for vibratory screener supports
  • Investigated, evaluated and installed moisture sensing transducers
  • Developed the configuration and mechanical design details required to implement chemical suppression and isolation equipment on dust collectors, powder mills and bucket elevators.
  • Designed system and collection points and equipment layout, including elevated enclosure for several new dust collectors

Salt

  • Configured numerous palletizers and pellet baggers (six installations)
  • Developed coal handling/storage configuration
  • Developed automated feed for two stoker type boilers
  • Developed solutions for containing dust for fly ash loading into trucks
  • Designed potassium chloride storage, conveying, screening and packaging system
  • Restored proper operation of large existing dust collection system (two systems)

Spices

  • Investigated, designed and implemented upgrade of biomass filter used for odor control

Flavors

  • Developed process improvements for beverage concentrate filling line
  • Developed process and scope of work for power distribution required to support additional flavor manufacturing cell

Food Additives

  • Investigated sanitizing procedures/methods
  • Designed and installed dust collection system for dry blending
  • Investigated and configured central vacuum system

Other Food & Flavoring Industry Projects

  • Investigated solids flow process problem for proprietary cryogenic grinding process and designed solution
  • Investigated low line utilization for high-speed bottling line
  • Investigated dust capture for proprietary cryogenic grinding process
  • Investigated and designed proprietary sauce production line
  • Selected equipment, designed line layout and prepared cost estimate for product conveying, case sealing, palletizing and wrapping equipment
  • Performed Root Cause Analysis of package overflow that was occurring during filling of oriental sauces
  • Performed problem/opportunity resolution on rice vinegar filling line (achieved 45% rate improvement)
  • Conducted technical mediation between beverage manufacture and equipment supplier

EFI Group is a manufacturing engineering firm practicing process engineering, process design, design engineering, manufacturing technology and engineering services.
EFI Group is based in Baltimore, Maryland (MD) and serves clients nationwide, including those in Delaware; Maryland; Pennsylvania; Virginia; West Virginia and Washington, D.C.