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Jeff Matis on tomorrow’s pet food plant

Dec 31, 2019

Jeff Matis, PE is featured in Food Engineering’s “Tomorrow’s pet food plant: What it takes to stay competitive.”

Experts describe what a modern, competitive pet food plant of the future looks like. What are the key design considerations to make it fast, efficient and safe?

Hear Matis’ take:

“The modern facility is designed to manufacture in a linear flow with easily defined and maintainable zones of segregation.”

“Personnel and material transitions are kept to a minimum,” explains Matis. “Building design and finishes are aligned to the functions within each hygienic zone. Space temperature and humidity control is enhanced.

“Movement of materials to and from the lines is optimized to ensure clean and clear paths of flow. Material management is consolidated to reduce the ad hoc storage that tends to spring up around production lines when material movement is inefficient.

“Personnel movement and material movement are coordinated and segregated to the extent possible to enhance safety.

“Shared functions between pre-kill and post-kill zones are carefully evaluated and positioned such that they can efficiently service either zone while minimizing the potential for cross-contamination.

“In some cases, shared functions such as shift change transitions, break rooms, parts storage and cleaning are best segregated or separated. The benefits to product quality in these cases outweigh the convenience and benefits of co-mixing of staff.”


Don’t miss Matis in Food Engineering’s December 2019 feature, “Expectations for conveniently packaged specialty pet food create challenges,” exploring how consumer demands for new pet foods are impacting pet food manufacturers today.