Jon Phillips, PE, LEED AP BD + C
Jon Phillips
Director of Electrical Engineering
 

Jon has more than 16 years of experience in electrical design and construction of commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. His responsibilities include development of electrical documentation for schematic and detailed design, cost studies and interfacing with other engineering disciplines to integrate electrical power, fire alarm system, control, instrumentation and data/voice communication system requirements. His projects have included Burris Refrigerated Logistics, Columbus Foods, Keystone Foods, Maple Leaf Foods and Sara Lee Foods, among others.

Protect Your Food Processing Facility from Dust Explosions

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The Imperial Sugar dust explosion of 2008 was a tragic reminder of the potential for common food processing ingredients to cause unneeded loss of life and property in a food plant. 

While it’s not feasible to ditch dusty ingredients like sugar, flour and cornstarch in most food processes, you should be aware of the danger particular ingredients create and formulate a plan to keep your workers and plant safe.

 

Best Practices for Developing a Food Processing Plant Utility Matrix

Food Plant Design Series

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Copy of Sample Utility Matrix -1

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Every single piece of equipment in a food processing facility – from processing equipment to compressors, chillers and the machine room – requires some form of power whether it’s electricity, steam, hot water, or compressed air. Determining the utility requirements of the plant’s operating systems is a critical part of the design process that involves the plant’s owner, as well as the mechanical and electrical engineering team.