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ABN’s new pig-feed production facility
ABN is the UK’s leading pig and poultry feed producer with a number of production facilities strategically located around the country in order to best serve their customers. But, around four years ago, with their pig feed mills in the North of England at absolute capacity, the decision was taken to find another mill that could effectively ease this situation and, at the same time provide much needed additional production into the future.
With any production facility, distribution is a key factor. So after an extensive search, a mill was found in the village of Langwathby – about five miles north – east of Penrith.
As far as the production managers at ABN were concerned, Langwathby Mill was the ideal location – in many ways the final piece in a complex production and distribution jigsaw. What wasn’t such good news was the fact that the mill had not been used for two years and was in desperate need of extensive refurbishment and, as all the production equipment had been removed when the mill closed, a complete refit.
At this point Game Engineering was asked to conduct a site survey which they did using 3D mapping technology. As a result of the following report, Game Engineering was awarded the contract and quickly got to work with clearing any remaining, unwanted structural steelwork and preparing the site for its new production system. A factor that had a major influence on the planning of the production system was the fact that ABN had leased Langwathby Mill and would have to reinstate the building once the lease expired.
A considerable amount of machinery such as a pellet press, cooler, high-efficiency cyclone and crumbler was supplied by ABN. Game Engineering supplied all the mechanical handling including the conveyors and elevators, all the ducting and surge hoppers and all the structural steelwork.
From the receipt of the order, Game Engineering had just six months to complete what was, an enormous amount of work which kept ten members of staff busy for the entire project. Justin Ward was the Game Engineering Project Manager: “We have completed projects for ABN in the past and they are one of those companies that you enjoy working with. Langwathby Mill was not the easiest of projects in that the building dated back to the 1970’s which meant that a total refit was necessary from electrical and water supply through to the system installation. The result is a mill that produces between 250 and 300 tph daily but which could, if necessary, achieve 430 tph daily.”
Lindsay Sharp, is the Project Manager for ABN: “Game Engineering were selected for the Langwathby project based on the confidence gained working with them for many years on time-bound projects, their knowledge of our requirements and standards as well as their project management experience. The latter was extremely critical given the complexities of carrying out a significant construction project on a partially manned site that was not operational, the interface between customer and contractor being such that all project objectives were successfully completed and to a high level of Health and Safety compliance.”» Return to previous page
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