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‘GAME’ on at Wagg
For eight years Wagg Foods has worked closely with leading materials handling and process engineering firm GAME Engineering to build and develop the extrusion facility at their Dalton Mill.
This relationship, built on common understanding and trust has enabled Wagg to build a plant which has allowed their business to grow and develop with the minimum of disruption during its planned expansion.
Back in 2001, Wagg Foods already had a successful and thriving business and wanted to develop their brand by installing its first extrusion line. GAME Engineering was selected to design and build this line as part of a multi stage project.
The original brief was to design the plant with room and capacity for a second line at a future date. Wagg Foods had negotiated a package of process equipment and start up support from Andritz Sprout of Denmark. Using Wagg Foods free issue process equipment GAME Engineering Ltd supplied the design and project management along with the mechanical handling systems to complete the process.
This included the lorry intake with filtration and separation of oversize materials, the bulk storage of the raw materials with batch weighing; screening machines; support structures; finish product weighed into IBC tote bags complete with the electrical; mechanical and process control installation.
Projects Director, David Burkitt describes: “The project included liaising with Wagg Foods’ building contractors and Andritz Sprout. With the project starting in August 2002 it was up and running for Christmas and in production for January 2003, all within the original time scale.”
By the middle of 2003 Wagg Foods required a dedicated finish product blending and packing line on the Dalton Mill site. The existing building was extended to form a packing hall. GAME designed and installed a blending line which enabled Wagg Foods to continuously blend up to eight finished products and deliver these to the packing lines automatically at 12 tonnes per hour.
The line was loaded through IBC tote bags which where emptied into the fixed bins blended to feed three packing lines.
From 2003 to 2006 GAME made various modifications to the plant adding conveying routes and moving packing machinery to meet the increasing and changing demands of the finished product blending and packing.
Then in 2006, GAME made the next major design change, adding a further ten raw material bins with a second weigher and conveyor system to feed back to the original extruding line. Once that system was in operation, GAME added new grinding and mixing equipment and a second extrusion line within Wagg’s existing build, most importantly this was carried out whilst the plant was still running ensuring that disruption to the business was minimised. This project included a new electrical sub station, electrical installation and changing the control software.
Most recently, in March 2009, Game Engineering was awarded the contract to supply and install the finished product storage and blending facility for Wagg Foods at Dalton Mill. Game fought off stiff competition from other companies to secure this contract. The finished project will enable Wagg Foods to significantly increase their product storage and allow automatic blending to packing which will increase packaging capacity.
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GAME Engineering Ltd
Witham St Hughs Business Park
Witham St Hughs, Lincoln.
LN6 9TW. ENGLAND
Tel: +44 (0)1522 868021
Fax: +44 (0)1522 868027