Site: Te Rapa, Hamilton
Project: Cream Cheese Plant, Rapid Cooler Safety System Upgrade
Duration: 3 months
Due to on going safety improvements for Fonterra staff in the Cream Cheese Plant the engineering team at Te Rapa asked Hennessy Group and Stafford Engineering to design and provide a safety solution to protect their team from hazards involved in the Rapid Cooler Carton Tunnel.
This project involved the addition of safety fencing around the carton tunnel on two levels and the installation of networked safety controllers that communicate with the Plant production system (PLC).
Our brief was to improve the safety interlocking of the original equipment while maintaining the existing plant which was constantly in production throughout this project. All moving equipment needed to be interlocked to the safety controllers so that no entrapments can occur that could injure site staff.
Close co-ordination between the mechanical contractor Stafford Engineering and Hennessy’s was required and also careful design with Sick Pty Ltd the New Zealand supplier of safety zone rated equipment.