CPS Wins Order from Top Food Company Nestlé
7th June 2007
Top quality equipment, high standards of workmanship and speed of installation were the trio of attributes which helped to win CPS, one of the best known names in the liquid processing sector, not just one but two big orders – and a glowing tribute - from a global provider in the desserts and confectionery fields.
Nestlé UK Ltd turned to CPS when it wanted to upgrade plant at its site in Cuddington, Cheshire, one of nine across the UK and the one which produces, among other things, Ski Yoghurt.
First target was a stabiliser mix plant consisting of two big-bag powder dischargers emptying into a powder weighing vessel, a high shear vacuum mixer for incorporating the powders with liquid additions as well as for transfer to the yoghurt mix process. The weighing and mixing sequences were sized to provide a hold-time for hydration before transfer to the yoghurt process. This whole package was designed to be system controlled from an Allen Bradley PLC with a local operator screen and an interface with the existing Accos plant control.
Then Nestlé needed to modify an existing Erca filling line from 4 pot filling to 6 pot filling, this included an additional fruit-dosing station, coupled with process modifications at the filling machine to feed yoghurt and fruit to the new filling head - including cleaning in place which has become one of the hallmark provisions from CPS.
For Nestlé, perhaps the key issues were speed of installation so far as the fruit-dosing station was concerned – it needed to meet launch dates for new yoghurt packaging - and quality control with the mix plant by changing from bulk preparation to a batch-by-batch system, preparing only as much at a time as is needed.
For CPS, neither specification presented any major problem. For the Project Manager and the CPS five-strong site-crew, the Erca 0 installation was all in a day’s work, and they even went ‘the extra mile’ to help others involved in the overall project with their work, notably assisting French company Erca Formseal’s engineer with his part of the project.
Nestlé's project manager Pete Slater was full of praise for the team. "They did excellent work," he said. "The installation was completed professionally, on time and to the highest levels of workmanship within a tight time frame. In addition they did lots of work for Erca which was also a great help to Nestlé."
CPS is hopeful that the standards shown by the team will lead to more work from Nestlé in the coming months. The CPS Project Manager said: "This was another job which was completed within a tight timescale, one set to enable Nestlé to meet launch dates for their new six pot range of yoghurt packaging. We were happy to work not just with Erca Formseal but with PCM Dosys, to integrate their equipment into the existing plant and to manage site issues arising from their contracts with Nestlé. CPS were contracted to manage and co-ordinate all the various activities and were successful in meeting every one of the required project deadlines."