Case Study: Food Raw Material Delivery System


Food Raw Material Delivery System 


Modernization and upgrade of a large 1000ft length conveyor system spanning multiple buildings with multiple delivery points at one of the largest food producers in Canada.  The pallet conveyor delivers raw bulk food production supplies (cans, bottles, flour, etc.) from 9 separate load stations to a variety of filling lines and kitchens around the plant.  







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The Problem

The customer had an infrastructure with obsolete controls on an existing line which was inherited from the previous plant ownership. The existing controls could not handle the complexity of ordering a large variation of ingredients at each line.

The Solution

ONYX Engineering upgraded the control systems on the line with Rockwell Automation PLCs, a SQL Server and HMIs. ONYX changed the control philosophy to provide just-in-time delivery of material based on usage. This reduced logistics bottlenecks in a busy plant, tracking raw material inputs into each line. Obsolete controls were removed from the conveyor system, new operator station interfaces were installed for order tracking raw material products to their respective lines.

The Results

The client now has more flexibility in ordering palletized supplies and having them directly delivered to each specific line. The improvements resulted in saving time and internal logistics and reducing the potential of incorrect product being delivered to the line.  Each Kitchen has raw materials on hand when required with no waiting, increasing kitchen efficiency.  Since each  order is inputted at the operator kitchen this has increased the correct raw products being ordered and delivered to each kitchen.  Saving our client downtime and money in operations and productivity. 

Project Details











1 - Project Manager

2-  Skilled Trades 



1 - Project Manager

4 - Controls Engineer

12-  Skilled Trades



Services Provided


Control Engineering and design

PLC/HMI Programming

O & M and AutoCAD Documentation

Start-up and commissioning







Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC

Allen-Bradley MCC IntelliCenter

DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP

Rockwell FactoryTalkView SE