Food Processing Plant

One Friday, Stability Engineering received a phone call from a warehouse manager in a huge predicament at this 24-hour operational Food Processing Plant. One of their large hoppers, which hang from a bar joist superstructure and funnel large volumes of granulated sugar into packages, had been overloaded on the overnight shift and caused a localized failure of the bar joist top and bottom chords. The bar joist had buckled, causing the hopper to hang out of alignment and forcing a complete halt to production.

Stability Engineering provided a same-day inspection of the condition, and coordinated with a contractor to temporarily shore the framing over the weekend in order to allow the facility to resume production. A representative of Stability Engineering provided on-site supervision of the shoring installation over the weekend, and designed a permanent joist stiffening repair the following week.



Contractor: Frank Geter Construction Services

 

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