Robotics and automation expert CenFRA has been working with Melton Mowbray pork pie manufacturer Vale of Mowbray to reduce the cost of a planned expansion project.
Vale of Mowbray had decided to extend its site, and invest in new equipment, in order to cope with increased demand for its pies.
However the company was unsure about how the changes would be integrated with the existing site, so approached CenFRA, which carried out in-depth analysis using event simulation.
CenFRA created an interactive 3D computer model of the proposed factory layout, including the technical details of the existing production equipment to evaluate and quantify the benefits and implications of integrating new equipment on a ‘virtual scale’.
Through this analysis, CenFRA identified that the intended plan would only be capable of handling a year’s increase in production and advised that an alternative approach should be adopted. Vale of Mowbray therefore came up with a revised plan, which CenFRA established would be capable of handling a substantial increase in capacity on a more long-term scale