LC Automation Ltd

LC Automation Ltd

12 Cavalier Court, Bumpers Farm Estate, Chippenham, Wiltshire. SN14 6LH

AboutLC Automation Ltd

In recent years, the demand for food and drink products has heightened and as a result such facilities are now having to offer round-the-clock production, to support both modern lifestyles and the use of online ordering, such as click and collect. This in turn is having a major impact on factory infrastructure.

Allied Bakeries, a household name thanks to brands such as Kingsmill and Allinson is no different. In 2019, Rittal UK was approached by Rob Shaw, Site Controls Engineer for Allied Bakeries’ Walthamstow facility, which produces circa 1.5 million loaves per week.

The company was performing a continuous improvement appraisal on the plant tunnel oven, which bakes bread at a rate of 10,000 loaves per hour.

Cooling the electrical equipment required to run any industrial production line is vital to ensure its continued optimum operation. Allied Bakeries was already protecting its equipment with Rittal’s ‘Blue e’ cooling units. It’s engineers were keen to explore if an upgrade to this equipment, would reduce the energy and carbon footprint of the site, whilst maintaining the high level of protection required by the oven’s controlling equipment.

The Rittal team undertook a fact-finding tour of the Walthamstow site to understand the wider processes, location and environmental conditions in which the electrical equipment has to operate.

Rittal’s Next Generation Cooling Technology

Blue e+’ Cooling Units as an Innovative Solution

Based on their initial consultation and after further discussions with Allied Bakeries Engineering Team, the Rittal team was able to confirm that the technology-leading ‘Blue e+’ Cooling Units would fit the criteria. These new generation cooling units use state-of-the-art technologies, to deliver industry-leading climate control within a factory environment. In addition, the hybrid cooling technology provides on average a 75 percent lower energy consumption than previous generation ‘Blue e’ units. This represents a quantum leap forward for cooling systems and is a major incentive for food and beverage production facilities, seeking to minimise steep rises in energy prices and reduce their carbon footprint. 

In addition, Blue e+ unlocks the potential of Industry 4.0 through a remote monitoring capability when used in conjunction with Rittal’s IoT Adaptor. This means that Allied Bakeries’ Engineers now have constant access to the cooling system’s performance data, as well as early warning of any issues before they escalate and cause electrical equipment failure and line stoppages.