Kraft Heinz Company Wins Food Engineering’s 2018 Plant of the Year Award

At the recent Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference in Florida, Kraft Heinz’s Davenport, Iowa facility was named Food Engineering’s 2018 Plant of the Year. This facility produces Oscar Meyer’s Deli Fresh and Lunchables lines. This was a greenfield project to build a new facility from the ground up, with Quantum Solutions (QSI) joining Kraft Heinz and the construction team to bring this facility to completion. 

According to Will Worth, QSI Director of Engineering, “Quantum Solutions took on responsibility for ‘anything with a wire’ while integrating recipe management and batch control with traceability as the plant neared completion. Technology is not always the answer, but as engineers, it’s always more fun to leverage the latest innovations, which we were able to do in this case. Our history with Kraft Heinz dates back almost to our company’s inception; we are very proud and grateful for that relationship and to be part of such an important project.”

The new 382,157 sq. foot facility, located in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center, employs the highest levels of food safety, including state-of-the-art automation systems to optimize efficiency.  Quantum Solutions engineered the recipe management system, batch control with barcode verification, data collection/traceability and reporting, and commissioning as this plant moved from construction into production. 

“We congratulate our client, Kraft Heinz, for being honored with this recognition,” stated Eric Casciaro, COR of Quantum Solutions. “Also, congratulations to our engineering team for their ongoing contributions at this award-winning plant! We thank Kraft Heinz for selecting and trusting QSI to support their pursuit of operational excellence–it’s a pleasure to work with your facilities nationwide.”

Food Engineering is a leading food and beverage processing publication. Each year, Food Engineering reviews many applications and submissions for the most innovative food and beverage plant in North America. They take many factors into consideration in the judging process, including the facility’s contribution to a long-term business plan, innovation levels in packaging or processing lines, and the integration of systems and workers.

About Kraft Heinz

The Kraft Heinz Company is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. Kraft Heinz has been a long-time, trusted producer of foods and beverages. Kraft Heinz provides high quality, great taste, and nutrition for all occasions. The Kraft Heinz company manages a multitude of food brands that are part of consumer’s everyday lives.

About Quantum Solutions

Quantum Solutions is a leading, full-service provider of integrated control and automation systems for both process and packaging operations.  The firm’s experience includes PLC, HMI, database applications, electrical design, control panel design, operator training, and documentation as well as safety and commissioning. With more than 20 years of experience, Quantum Solutions works as a dedicated and trusted partner with clients ranging from small, newly automated facilities to large-scale, multi-facility operations with complex legacy control issues. No matter the size of facility, Quantum Solutions engineers automation and control systems with data integration across all industrial processing and packaging lines to increase production efficiencies, improve safety, and improve the profitability of facilities built for operational excellence and long-term viability.

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