Speed, Reliability, and Scalability
We are the leader in engineering high-speed automated production and packaging lines that are safe and efficient in the FDA & USDA regulated industries. Our staff consists of multi-disciplined engineers that transform raw ingredients to finished products you see on the shelves at your store.
Quality Improvement National Rollout
CSMI installed and integrated a vision system to reduce packaging errors and improve quality for one of North America’s largest manufacturers of snack foods. This project rolled out to over 35 facilities across the US and Canada where a film verification was read to ensure the correct products were being placed in the correct packaging on a high speed line. This included attaching cameras to the bag-makers to read the appropriate bag file to correspond to the process line product production.
CSMI successfully implemented a Robotic system integrated in multiline packaging which helped our customer by reducing cycle time and improving the throughput of the system while giving consistency and quality assurance in the process. Eliminating the need to lift and handle heavy materials decreased the risk for the workers getting injured. The robotic cell had palletizing and de-palletizing capabilities giving flexibility to our customer with their applications.
Global Expansion Building Guidelines
We worked to identify best practices in non-US countries to ensure safety and food quality compliance and provided our customer with their global Corporate Guidelines. The guidelines will be utilized in international facility planning from site selection through line installation and warehousing considerations. Due to the variances by country and local governance the guidelines will aid in establishing a sense of standardization throughout the client’s organization, yet be cognizant of the native environments and available resources.
(CIP, CIP retrofitting, process piping, utility piping, electrical schematics and detailed design drawings) CSMI specialties includes working with several of our large and small clients on multiple projects to identify current clean-in-place (CIP) operations, develop a more efficient system, and integrate into process lines to improve and meet sanitation requirements. This includes decreasing CIP and sanitation time and increasing production, as well as, minimizing chemical usage and waste.
R&D Economic Incentives
CSMI assisted our client in expanding their operations by providing support in acquiring tax benefits and other financial incentives from state and local authorities for investments made within the client’s manufacturing facilities. The client was able to apply these benefits towards reducing the cost of payroll, income, and/or property taxes which, consequently, allowed them to allocate the savings towards future capital projects.
Detailed EPC Due Diligence
Our Fortune 500 client’s corporate initiatives for multiple lines in multiple locations both in the US and internationally, stemmed the creation of CSMI’s EPC Due Diligence. We have provided a tool for front end identification and resolution to otherwise overlooked project costs. This tool captures the idiosyncrasies of line specifics in relation to the facility with considerations for construction, demolition, installation and control of the line as it is integrated alone and with concurrent operations. This minimized downtime, reduced costs, and built standards for use during the multi-year venture.
We have worked with our clients to identify and establish weekly, bi-monthly, quarterly and annual maintenance plans. Preventative maintenance plans that have successfully reduced line downtime, increased production throughput, minimized product waste and improved line efficiency.
Material Flow Evaluation
CSMI was engaged to optimize production on our client’s hot fill line, which was only 60% efficient. During the observation we measured actual performance against capacity potential on the equipment, evaluated the inefficiencies against the forecast demands and made recommendations to improve the line to the full 85% efficiency. With increased line efficiency, operations were able to forecast optimized production to meet the specific demands of each product run on the line. This lowered the production cost and increased the production capacity.
We have been employed on several occasions to evaluate current capabilities of operational maintenance. Working with schedulers we developed tools for identifying actual production capacity and making recommendations for increasing efficiency as well as training plans. These efforts are realized both in reduced costs and amplified production.