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By Jenni Spinner+

Last updated on 23-Jul-2014 at 18:28 GMT

International Food Products is installing an EPIC Systems liquid processing system, engineered with a modular approach.
International Food Products is installing an EPIC Systems liquid processing system, engineered with a modular approach.

International Food Products has put in place an EPIC liquid processing system at its $20m production facility, designed to improve operational efficiency.

International Food Products, moving into an updated $20m processing facility, has turned to EPIC Systems for a liquid processing system at the plant. The mechanical team tackled construction of the system with a modular approach, coinciding with the construction of the facility.

Equipment construction

John Schott, EPIC Systems president, told FoodProductionDaily his staff executed onsite layout, utilities, and mechanical design during construction.

Through parallel construction, we were able to improve efficiency and shorten the project timeline,” he said.

The equipment consists of pre-engineered sanitary blending skids, fitted with multiple batch mixing systems. All of the modules will be integrated by EPIC Systems technicans with seven liquid and powder packaging lines.

Modular approach

EPIC utilized a modular process approach to manufacture the systems during site civil construction. Onsite layout, utilities and a mechanical room was designed and completed by EPIC during construction.  says John Schott, President of EPIC Systems, Inc.

The International Food Products’ facility is being erected at the site of a former Ford plant in the St. Louis, Missouri area, will produce a range of ingredients for the food processing, dairy, and baking industries.

The 227,500-square-foot plant will include a distribution center with R&D operations International Food Products is the first business to move into Aviator Business Park, a recently opened a mixed-use business development.

Coming up next: integrating the packaging lines. Four of the seven semi-automated lines will be new; the other two will be moved from existing facilities and retrofitted at the plant.

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