Case Studies

A Batch Solution to Address Immediate Needs and Future Improvements

A bread supplier for one of the biggest sandwich-shop chains in the US found itself in a pickle when the computer system running its custom batch management system (BMS) reached the end of its useful life. The quandary was that the BMS was not designed to work with a newer Windows operating system, which any new computer would be running.…

A Complex Kitchen Project Completed in Record Time

When a leading US pasta sauce brand wanted to consolidate its three sauce kitchens into a single efficient “superkitchen,” time was of the essence. But the challenge wasn’t just that the project had to go from concept and design to installation and commissioning in only 11 weeks. It was that it had to be done in the same space as…

Bringing Process Control Into the 21st Century

PLC-5 processors provided a great hardware solution for process control in their day, but faster, more adaptable technology has now made them obsolete. A $500-million food manufacturer in the southeastern US recently engaged ECS to migrate its PLC-5-based refinery operations to the newer ControlLogix platform. We teamed up with an industry-leading process systems builder to migrate the controller hardware and…

One Successful Food Kitchen Leads to Another

Not long after completing an engagement with ECS to update and automate a kitchen for producing red pasta sauce, a leading US pasta sauce brand came back for seconds, so to speak. The company hired ECS again, this time to automate its kitchen for producing dairy based white sauce. The goal was to achieve the same efficiencies and availabilities ECS…

Pinnacle Foods: Overcoming an Accelerated Schedule While Building Ongoing Value

Pinnacle Foods’ plan to reinvigorate the iconic Wish-Bone® brand of salad dressings acquired from food giant Unilever included deploying a fully automated, paperless manufacturing process. When one of the top producers of branded food products in the US acquired a popular salad-dressings business, the clock started ticking on getting a manufacturing facility up and running to support the new product…