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Setting up a new plant, Cadillac Coffee decides on Off. Vittoria roasters.

Setting up a new plant, Cadillac Coffee decides on Off. Vittoria roasters

Cadillac Coffee Company needed to build a new plant, says Richard Gehlert, Jr. "Our facility in Detroit, Michigan was just too small and our machinery too anti-quated to meet the needs of the coffee roaster of the future. The future as I saw it was speed, versatility, total automation, up to the minute in process feedback with automatic adjustment, and equipment that minimized the cost of production.

"I visited many roasting facilities in the U.S. and in Europe and experimented with different equipment and asked many questions before I was ready to make a decision. As with most decisions our desires need to be tempered with financial reality. I needed to build the best for the least.

"We built our new plant in Indiana, thus saving half the cost of building in the Detroit area. I wanted everything on one floor with no pits or penthouses, which are traditional in many U.S. coffee plants. The floor plan called for the machinery to be arranged in a way to give product flow and also to give a sense of openness for visual appeal and for ease of maintenance. I also insisted that the main part of the plan, the green silo storage, roasting, controls, roasted silo storage and grinding, all be sized to provide product output capacity that would be four to five times our present needs. Ground storage and packaging could grow as our company grew. Besides, who knows the packaging needs and styles of the future? We would deal with that later!

"I bought my machinery from Officine Vittoria, an established coffee plant manufacturer in Bologna, Italy. Their specialty is roasting equipment; however, they also design, build, & erect total plant equipment. I chose Vittoria because they met all of my needs (speed, versatility, etc.) which staying within my budget.

"After the initial problems associated with the importation of equipment from abroad, the assembly went fairly smooth and within a month the plant was ready to begin working. Most of the time spent on erection was related to silos, conveying systems, and control panel hookup. The roaster itself came in basically two pieces - each a fully functional self contained unit. All we had to do was attach the top piece to the bottom, hook up the electrical, water, gas and stack connection and we were ready to roast.

"After a year and one-half, everything is still running smoothly. There has been a minimum of downtime. The plant included major spare parts and, of course, electrical diagrams. We found that whenever problems occurred, we were able to use our spare parts or obtain parts locally; and with only our own in-house maintenance people, we brought whatever was giving us problems back on-line without affecting production output.

"So everything is working as anticipated. Our output speed, versatility and quality are everything we had hoped for. Automation and in process reporting gives us the tools to compete in the future within an ever increasing modernized industrial arena.
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Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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