Valley Milk, LLC, TURLOCK, CA
Shambaugh’s Automation Engineering team provided systems controls, engineering, and instrumentation services for Valley Milk’s 136,000-square-foot dairy processing plant.
The Shambaugh team was involved with the project from the initial design phase onward. They collaborated closely with other trades and the planning team to help ensure instrumentation and controls panels were incorporated into 3D-models, which helped installation finish ahead of schedule.
To stay ahead of schedule, the controls network needed to be commissioned before the plant had permanent Internet access. Using wireless hotspots scattered throughout the building, the Automation Engineering group successfully commissioned the process servers and network switches, all while the network engineer worked remotely from Fort Wayne, IN.
Valley Milk wanted to construct a new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) dairy dryer processing plant. As a newly formed organization, Valley Milk needed to partner with a company experienced in the dairy industry that could provide full pre-construction and pre-engineering consultation.
Shambaugh was the design-builder for Valley Milk’s new dairy drying plant and was contracted for the entire new facility. In addition to process controls and automation, Shambaugh provided total project construction management, process, mechanical, fire protection, electrical, fabrication, temperature controls and voice/data/video/security.
During the project, contributions from the Automation Engineering team included the following:
- Process design, equipment and control systems for milk receiving, milk separation, milk standardization, evaporation and drying
- Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system with strategically placed human machine interfaces (HMIs)
- Wi-Fi study and wireless network installation allowing handheld access to SCADA – a late design addition, completed on-time and on-budget
- Process and automation engineers collaborated with the equipment operators to help ensure smooth transition to full production
Valley Milk is made up of five multi-generational Central Valley dairy families, nutritionists, and veterinarians. The Turlock facility, which is their first project, is supplied by 16 dairy farms and employs approximately 55 people.