Bevco Newsletter: August 2018

Kevin Fortier
Bevco Newsletter: August 2018

Renovated Lunch Room

Bevco recently renovated its lunch room with new flooring, a fresh paint job and new furniture for our employees to enjoy on their breaks.

 

New Engineering Room

Bevco also upgraded its engineering room. Our engineering employees have moved into a brighter workplace that encourages collaboration and a team atmosphere. It is an open style work area with ergonomic adjustable desks, a new paint job and freshly installed flooring.

 

New Employees

Bevco is pleased to announce the addition of four new employees to our team: Josh Mann, Taylor Mitchell, Mack Robinson and Art Gridnev.

Bevco welcomes Josh Mann as our new Controller. He has accounting experience in the public and private sectors, as well as for CRA.  We feel that Josh’s motivation, his well-rounded experience and his pending CPA designation will allow Josh to make significant contributions to Bevco for years to come. 

Art Joined our Engineering team in June. He completed a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology at BCIT and is working towards a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering which he will complete in the fall. Art brings hands on mechanical experience and proficiencies in SolidWorks and AutoCAD to our engineering team.

Taylor joined our team to help with administration and reception during the summer months. She is attending BCIT to pursue a career in architecture. Taylor’s great grandpa Nick used to work at Bevco for many years with Gus Fortier, Bevco’s founder.

Mack has joined our production team as a Millwright apprentice. He will be attending BCIT and brings previous experience working in the packaging industry to Bevco.

 

Project Highlight: Cap Sterilizer, Conveyor, Cooling Tunnel

Bevco recently completed a project which included a cap sterilizer; cooling tunnel and conveyor (see photos below). Bottles of dairy product will be transferred off the existing conveyor line onto the new bevco conveyors. The product will then be tipped on its side to sterilize the inside of the container’s lid for a contact time of 8 seconds. This requires a 21’ Zero Pressure Product Inverter (ZPPI). From the ZPPI, the bottles are conveyed into the cooling tunnel. The bottles entering the cooling tunnel contain product around 185°F. The customer requires the product to be cooled down to 90°F at the outfeed of the tunnel.

Due to the speed of this line, Bevco was required to build one of the largest cooling tunnels we’ve made in recent history – 12’x36’ long. One challenge for this project was fitting all the equipment in a small room. We managed to create a layout that utilized the size of the room, fit all the required equipment, and tied into the existing line.


 

Figure 1: Top of cooling tunnel at customer's location

 


 

Figure 2: Cooling tunnel under construction at Bevco

 

Figure 3: ZPPI Cap Sterilizer 


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