Designing a Line,
Process & Equipment

The technological, engineering component

Is a necessary basis for planning and building a line

Designing a line, process and equipment requires a huge investment and suitable experience and dialog with the equipment manufacturers and the machine engineers to properly specify the required equipment. It is necessary to understand and define the essence of the product and its behavior in the line, to explain and characterize the equipment and the production environment.
Changes on the product lines are generally costly and complicated, so it’s best to first understand whether the potential has been fulfilled and whether different adjustment can be made, before purchasing a new line.

The technological, engineering component is a necessary basis for designing and building a line.

It is necessary for startups, still in the development stages, to define the technology required and the capabilities for producing the product together with the product R&D team.
This is to ensure that the product’s development is moving in the right direction and that eventually it will be truly feasible to develop the product on the production lines.

Product lines generally have two design and set up options.
The first option is to buy existing equipment from the manufacturer, equipment with a specific and familiar purpose in the industry.
The second option is designing equipment, and building it to measure. This requires other capabilities, a physical understanding of the product’s behavior, imparting flexibility to the equipment for developing future food products on this line.
Development of the alternative proteins, along with the increasingly more popular vegan movement, brings new challenges to recipe development and also to developing the line and the equipment. This is why it’s necessary to properly and thoroughly examine the use of the existing equipment or the required adjustments.

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