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Odours controlled and processes optimised for pasta foods manufacturer

Food and beverage manufacturers can reduce airborne odours and power consumption, and keep energy costs to a minimum, with engineered solutions from Simdean Group Ltd, part of Operational Group.

We understand the challenges that food and beverage processing plants face. We’ve helped many businesses to optimise their equipment and systems, leading to significant benefits and returns on investment.

One example is Pasta Concepts in County Kildare, Republic of Ireland. Simdean successfully designed, installed and commissioned a new carbon adsorption system for the client’s large food processing plant in the town of Naas.

Preparation, cooking and packing of pasta products including sauces, marinades and pastes with ingredients such as onions, garlic and spices is particularly odorous.  At Naas, airborne odours had drifted into surrounding housing estates, so action was taken to reduce the level of odours emanating from the site.

Simdean surveyed the plant and designed an appropriate system to solve the problem. In this case the best solution was to use a medium-sized carbon absorber, powered by a fan unit via a fresh air mixing chamber and system of ductwork.  The whole system would be automatically controlled to regulate temperature, humidity and energy use.

Space at the Naas food processing plant was at a premium so Simdean developed an efficient design. A six-tonne odour control system was installed onto a steel platform with full access to enable easy maintenance in the future.

Mechanical and electrical installations were completed in just over two weeks and the system was handed over on time and within budget to everyone’s satisfaction.

The entire system was commissioned within two days. After trials and a running-in period, the customer was extremely pleased. All odours are effectively contained and treated efficiently.

The system includes odour-monitoring and carbon-testing facilities, allowing operators to determine the most cost-effective time to maintain the system and replace activated carbon. Carbon bed unloading, and reloading can easily be achieved in under half a day, thereby minimising shutdown time.

All Simdean systems are designed for flexibility of operation. Running capacity can be trimmed to suit the load which ultimately keeps power consumption and energy costs low.

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