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Pilot plant services

Pilot plant services

Our 8,000 sq. ft. pilot plant provides industry partners with access to equipment to test at a mid-range scale. For small businesses, we can assist with scaling up your current production batch size. For larger businesses, our pilot equipment provides an opportunity to test at a meaningful scale without disrupting production or using new equipment. The data collected from these trials provides critical decision-making information. 

Our facility is equipped with:

  • Beverage line – end-to-end processing from blending to packaging (60 bottles/min)
  • Retort – Steriflow retort (both rotary and agitated action accommodates cans, jars, pouches and trays)
  • Fruit and vegetable processing – peel, slice/dice, rinse and pack (capacity approximately 400 kg/hr)
  • Bakery – mixing, automated bun line, portioning, proofing, full-size rack ovens
  • Accurate automated portioning of small materials 
  • Packaging: vertical flow wrap (MAP), multivac tray line (MAP), shrink wrap 

(MAP = modified atmosphere packaging)

The pilot plant is used for test purposes only; its lines are not used to process goods for retail sale.

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Take a virtual tour of our facility located at our Cambridge – Fountain Street campus. 

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