Expertise in Food Factory Construction Meets New Technology to Create Innovation
Ajinomoto Engineering Corporation
Food factory design / construction
Food factory design / construction
Ajinomoto Engineering Corporation is an engineering service company for food and life sciences field founded in 1973. They provide engineering services from construction, equipment/facility maintenance, to renovation of food factories not limited to their group companies, but to food-related companies worldwide. They are committed to contributing to the development of the food industry through proposals with factory lifecycle perspectives.
“Construction and maintenance of food factories requires special know-how and check criteria on food safety and production management. We are originated from a food company, and confident in our high-quality output with an expert’s perspective” states Mr. Takayuki Kobayashi of Digital Business Group at Kawasaki Branch. “Like many other industries, engineer shortage and aging of buildings and facilities are becoming serious challenges in the food factory industry. Our business was growing, but we needed to establish a new method for design-to-construction process to meet the clients’ demands.”
“In the past, we were repeating on-site surveys while preparing the work drawings to measure and check the location of facilities. Now with a laser scanner and InfiPoints to process the obtained point cloud data, we can do all such in our office utilizing the digital twin of the factory. This does not only reduce the lead-time of on-site survey to one-third, but also significantly improves the accuracy of the work drawings as well as the safety of workers,” emphasizes Mr. Kobayashi.
“We started utilizing the point cloud data also for the meetings with clients—3D-visualize the conceptual plan by placing the new facility to install (CAD model) in the digital twin of the current factory (point cloud). This helps the clients get a clearer picture of the construction plan compared to the meetings based on 2D drawings, so that we are able to receive valuable and detailed feedback during the pre-construction stage,” adds Mr. Takashi Muraoka of Project Dept. at Kawasaki Branch. “I believe that our design is more in line with the client’s requests through the point cloud utilization.”
“Now, we receive requests from our clients that they wish to share the point cloud data more widely among related persons. We have explored the potential of the point cloud utilization, and came to an idea that it would be great if we could manage all stages from design to construction, and extended to maintenance within the point cloud data,” states Mr. Kobayashi. “Tabular format data was typically used in the facility management systems, which the users were often struggling to find the necessary information, and they quit updating the database because it required too much manual data input. With InfiPoints, we can attach necessary data, e.g., drawings in PDF, to the related location in the digital twin of the factory, so that it’s quick and intuitive to access the necessary information. I believe that it will be an innovation from a factory lifecycle perspective—design, facility management, spare parts management, and inspection management—to utilize the point cloud data as a communication medium among related persons.”
“We built the cloud server as a platform to share the point cloud data with the clients and partner companies. We laser-scan the factory regularly, embed documents about facility management, inspection plans, etc., and upload the data to the cloud server, so that the clients and partner companies can check the necessary information anytime via the internet,” states Mr. Atsuki Morohashi of Digital Business Group at Kawasaki Branch. “By sharing the up-to-date factory information among related persons, we do not need much of additional on-site surveys, documents, and meetings prior to the maintenance work. This dramatically improves the work quality as well as efficiency for us as well as the related parties.”
“We believe that we can offer an innovative customer experience and enhance the value of our service by adopting new technologies, e.g., point cloud on the cloud server. As the industry leader of food factory construction, we are committed to staying innovative, and utilize the point cloud data widely across the factory lifecycle,” concludes Mr. Kobayashi.