2019 Manufacturing Innovation Award: HP Hood
The dairy processor converted a cultured dairy products facility into a technologically advanced plant that produces and packages fluid milk for extended shelf-life dairy beverages. The renovation included installing technology to upgrade and advance the facility’s control systems. HP Hood also upgraded the logging and tracking system for its raw milk pasteurizing systems to comply with FDA regulations. Packaging enhancements included putting accumulation on the packaging systems to maximize OEE and building a digital twin simulation model to right-size the accumulations.