Food & Flavors

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


  • 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


  • 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)


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


  • 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 Pikesville, Maryland (MD) and serves clients throughout North America.