Champion Petfoods places a priority on quality with its products and valued Gray’s similar commitment to quality in the design and construction of facilities.
The kitchens include state-of-the-art technology designed to optimize the process and are outfitted with a custom-built twin extruder that is the first of its kind in North America. DogStar is engineered and designed to meet the same food safety standards required for the manufacturing of human foods. To ensure quality, connection through Allen Bradley hard and software systems allows all cooking data from start to finish to be displayed in the kitchen control center in real time.
Clean-In-Place (CIP), an automated cleaning system, which ensures the proper time, temperature, and turbulence for cleaning, is utilized throughout the operation.
The state-of-the-art DogStar Kitchens were designed, constructed, and commissioned by the Gray in just 14 months—from 0% design to 100% test runs of new recipes.
Gray Solutions partnered in the development of these kitchens through business and process network architecture and design, manufacturing execution system (MES) design and implementation, control simulations during design and programming, PLC programming, HMI programming, batch management software, data historian, MDF equipment hardware and software installation, and commissioning and start up efforts.
Gray Solutions continues to provide ongoing support at the DogStar Kitchens in Auburn, Kentucky.