RMR recently attended the Breaking Boundaries event for Australia's Food and Beverage businesses to hear from various entrepreneurs on ways to revolutionise brand strategy & accelerate innovation.
A common theme throughout the conference was how innovation is impacting on product and business branding, particularly through social media, and which organisations can help companies to be innovative with their growth strategies. The founders of innovative companies had one thing in common that resonated with us: The "Passion" to communicate their vision to others, to acquire resources such as finance, external partners, people and trust).
As an engineering consulting firm that operates solely within the food industry, designing & customising food processes and processing facilities, passion does not always translate to projects getting off the ground due to the overwhelming amount of information and regulation to filter through. When reality punches us in the face, resilience gets us up off the floor. At RMR, we have been consistent in creating a business around who we are, what we want, who we chose to collaborate with and what we want to bring to the local food industry. Our passion is to make our food industry safer, more sustainable, and more productive. World class production facilities should also be more attainable to start-ups and SME’s.
Having a consistent business model, has helped our clients realise that there are alternative methods to get to the next level of food production. Our approach is derived from a Start-up method where we collaborate with our clients at the pre-scoping phase to capture their requirements and align these accordingly with our criteria when designing a food facility, notably:(1) operational safety, (2) food safety & quality, (3) levels of automation (4) production efficiencies and (5) future innovation capabilities.
At RMR, we understand that small and medium size food manufacturers must keep up with the fast paced innovation culture and future trends to thrive, which is why we design food facilities and processes for a sustainable future. For eg. The services and factory layout are smartly designed upfront, allowing potential new technologies and future line extension with minimum disruption to the production schedule during installation, the processes are engineered and automated to facilitate optimisation, continuous improvement programs and to assist in validating new SKUs.
If you would want to discuss more about your food processing facility and processes, please reach out to one of our engineers at RMR Process or speak with Peter Taitoko on +61 03 9023 9132
RMR Process Pty, Keeping Food Manufacturing Alive in Australia
An area of ongoing query is around accurately scoping projects to minimise "Scope creep".
Scope creep is when projects have additional areas/equipment/detail put under its umbrella after project approval that put pressure on the project timeline and budget.
While the scoping of projects can be an arduous process, with multitudes of options down every path, it can be a mind bending, time consuming & problem ridden process.
While there are multiple physical options (from size of site to what size pump to use to pump your product) there are the intangible options to consider - which is the most reliable, who/what can you trust & what preference and options do various stakeholders consider important?
One typical way to avoid scope creep is to delay projects while ALL options and perspectives are taken in during scoping, which for a lot of food manufacturers is not possible as there are enormous time constraints on the delivery of new products.
RMR Process do things differently - we know the food industry so we understand the options that are available to you and can put these to you up front. Our background knowledge means we know who to talk to for quick, straight-up answers while also considering the additional implications and considerations for the various options (i.e. Lets chill it faster - get a larger chiller - that means a larger footprint and/or roof height and larger refrigeration gear - what refrigeration system is best for my application? Can the electrical supply handle the increased demand or does that need to be upgraded as well?)
We can work with you to scope projects and specify equipment in an accurate, encompassing & fast method so that you can get to your end goal faster, knowing it will meet the project goals and work first time.
Call RMR Process to find out how and why we do things differently.
+61 3 9023 9130
RMR Process are proud to have their PDP Fine foods project as a Feature article in the Food & Drink Business Magazine.
Read the feature article.
Once Drainage & Flooring have been installed, it is very hard to change, so it is critical that all drainage & floor slopes are specified and installed to meet current & expected future processes. We hear too many horror stories about water pooling or running away from drains yet the irony is that it costs no extra money to get it right in the first place!
2 main types of floor drains - Pit drains & Strip drains. While strip drains seem to be an ideal solution for quick wash-downs, they do present hygiene issues that you need to be aware of which may make them unsuitable in rooms that are High Care or High Risk areas.
Drain locations are critical - in terms of locality to equipment and water points. Drain locations must be well thought through to allow for pit drains to take water away from specific drain points, such as CIP drain valves or cooker drains.
With the correct floor slopes - enough for water to fall away but not steep enough to make traversing the room difficult - there will be no water pooling on floor surfaces. Floor slopes can be configured such that strip drain locations have been considered not suitable, pit drains can be successfully utilised in their place. Slopes will typically range from 1:50 to 1:100. We aim for around 1:80 where possible.
To meet High-Risk & High-Care requirements of retailers and local water authorities, there are specific details in the hydraulic design that need to be incorporated. RMR Process can assist with achieving this compliance.
The last consideration for drainage is the water temperature, flowrates & chemicals going down the drain and the effects of these variables on each component.
Should you require any assistance on any of the details above, please contact RMR Process - we can help weave a path through the minefield that is drainage.
Brownfield and Greenfield projects have their own challenges.
In capital expense terms, the brownfield option is generally the cheaper option, but the site usually relies on compromises. Compromises generally relate to size and scope of works, existing council restrictions (noise, easements) and Services (Electrical, water & Gas). If the compromises are acceptable, in terms of timing - a brownfield site is much faster to develop as generally Council requirements (if reqd) are lower and faster if changing or expanding on existing use.
With greenfield sites, the outside factory layout is generally less of a compromise, so will be well laid out.
Feel free to get in touch to discuss further your thoughts or options for future food factories.
K Prelovsky, RMR Process.