Penmann delivers improved line efficiency with great pay back for Lantmännen Unibake

Penmann has recently completed two major projects in the UK for our client, leading international bakery Group, Lantmännen Unibake resulting in increased throughput and a great testimonial for our work:

The Client

The company operates as a co-operative and is owned by 27,000 Swedish farmers. With 35 modern bakeries around the world, a turnover of €1.1 billion and 6,000 employees in more than 20 countries, Lantmännen has 150 years of baking experience. They specialise in frozen bakery products for retail and foodservice, including pastries, savouries and breads.

The Projects

Penmann completed the work on two projects between February and June 2018.

The first project was to ventilate the production area in their highly efficient manufacturing unit in Milton Keynes, to provide personnel cooling but also to remove some product load.

The second project involved the enclosure and cooling of an ambient spiral cooler to enable Lantmännen to increase throughput on their biggest burger bun line by 18%.

Challenges

 The challenges of these projects included detailed product cooling trials to establish the cooling curve and the complex enclosure of the spiral. Working in a live 24/7 environment is not without difficulty and this was also accomplished through planning and co-operation between the two companies taking into account budgets and timescales that had to be achieved.

Positive outcomes

“I have nothing but praise for the Penmann team, how they approached and managed these projects and the results they delivered. In terms of customer service, Andy Hinch, Design and Project Engineer, is one of the best I’ve worked with, constantly communicating and paying site visits more than we had anticipated and always available on the phone.

These improvements in automation and increase in throughput on our lines have the potential to save us in the region of £90K per annum. Would I recommend Penmann to other UK food producers? Absolutely”. Ian Fogarty, Factory Manager, Lantmännen Unibake.

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