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The obvious need for sanitary conditions within the Food & Beverage plant environment dictates that the industry specific standards and specifications must be adhered to during plant design, construction and operations. Similarly, the need to support the unique 304 and 316L stainless steel materials (tubing), clamped connections, and multi-port valve applications found within process piping systems in the plant environment mandates that 3D plant design software must be able to accommodate these system requirements. Additionally, sloped pipe routing capabilities in support of Clean In Place (CIP) systems and piping layout criteria are integral to quality plant design. CADWorx Plant Professional software is an excellent software solution for this industry having all these capabilities and more. Our Sanitary specification which contains the needed piping components, unique end type connectivity capabilities, and vendor catalogs provides designers the content they need to be successful.

PPV Engineering Supports Customer Success in the Food Industry with CADWorx Plant Solutions

PPV Engineering is a consulting and design office specializing in design and analysis of pressure vessels, piping and steel structures for the oil & gas, food, and chemical industries. The company also provides services for mechanical Engineering and project- EPC- and construction management.

For this project, PPV Engineering was contracted by a company in the food industry to fit new product storage tanks into an existing butter-making facility, located in the Netherlands.

Originally, the customer was struggling with how to deal with its leftover product from the facility, as disposing this as waste would have been costly and inefficient. If stored in a hygienic manner, the leftover product from the butter factory could be mixed with other food stuffs to create a new product, enabling significant cost savings. The goal of the project was to be able to reuse surplus product and find a hygienic way for storing both the leftover and new product created from it.

Key challenges included the limited space of the existing facility and the difficulty of determining whether the new tanks would fit. As the existing space was limited, PPV Engineering first investigated the possibility to place the new storage tanks partly outside the facility, through the roof. After careful investigation, it was revealed that the food hygiene standards would not permit the surplus product to be stored outside the factory building.

After this became clear, PPV Engineering researched alternative methods to overcome the limited space, and eventually it was decided to raise the roof of the facility by five meters to create additional space.

First, PPV Engineering and their customer jointly defined and agreed on the scope of the project. Next, the companies executed research to determine the design of the process, the changes that would need to be made to the building structure, and to determine the capacities of the various storage tanks that would need to be installed to support the new food production process.

PPV Engineering executed basic engineering for the project. During the process study, PPV Engineering and the customer agreed that five new tanks were to be fitted into the existing facility consisting of: a product tank with capacity of 30 tons to hold the new product, two raw product tanks each 20 tons, a mixed product tank of 25 tons, and an additives tank of three tons.

CADWorx Plant Professional was chosen for the project for several reasons:

  • User friendliness and ease of use enabling faster project execution
  • The efficiency and automation provided by the complimentary CADWorx P&ID module
  • Integration with CAESAR II for pipe stress analysis
  • Affordable pricing and flexible license module

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Food and Beverage