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Lab45 expands presence across food processing industry

Sydney-based engineering company, Lab45, is expanding its presence across the Australian food processing industry. The company has recently completed major turnkey projects for poultry company Baiada Steggles and supplier of food processing equipment, Marel Stork.

Lab45 completed two projects for Baiada Steggles in January for their Mareeba plant in far north Queensland and for their largest production plant in Beresfield on the outskirts of Newcastle, NSW.

The initial phase of the two projects involved Lab45 fitters and technicians overhauling an existing evisceration system at Baiada’s Pendle Hill plant in November last year. This included stripping down and rebuilding eight machines over a three week period, according to Lab45.

The Mareeba project, which involved the use of a franner crane, scissor lifts, forklifts, Genie lift and lifting frames, included the fabrication of a five metre conveyor, stainless steel chutes, an inspection platform and rerouting 100 metres of vacuum line in the ceiling space of the plant. Lab45 said it also used customised track stands and lasers to determine track heights for the overhead Stork conveyor matrix that was installed into the plant.

The project at Baiada’s Beresfield plant involved the removal of an evisceration system and the installation of a completely new system purchased from Marel Stork. Lab45 said it also installed a steel work matrix in the plant’s roof.

In addition to completing turnkey projects for Baiada and Marel Stork, Lab45 has recently completed pipe welding projects for ingredients company Bakels Australia.

The company recently moved to a larger workshop in Castle Hill in Sydney, NSW, to keep up with the increase in production demands.

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