Based in Shelby, Michigan, Peterson Farms is a market leader for fresh-cut fruit, frozen fruit, fruit juice, and fruit concentrate. The company is one of the largest processors of fresh-cut apples in the entire country.
The facility where these apples are cut and processed were ready for an upgrade to its design and equipment. The system relied on old school relay logic and push buttons, giving Peterson Farms no way of monitoring the production process or tracking issues. Not ideally, the facility’s control panels were situated in the production area itself. The environment was wet, humid, and acidic—especially during daily cleaning shifts. Corrosive chemicals were getting on the control panels and rendering them unreliable. Over the years, downtime and troubleshooting had become difficult for Peterson Farms. The company wanted to improve the reliability of their facility, and that meant trading out the control panels and getting them out of the production environment.
WIndemuller’s Automation and Electrical teams worked in concert to design four new control panels, establish a standalone control room, and run cable to the motors and systems of the production facility in a way that would minimize wear and tear.