Popcorn Kitchen Improvements


Spec Engineering completed 3D modeling and engineering services for a popular popcorn line, including cookers, conveyors, cooling tunnels, and utilities. Spec Engineering also automated the plant and provided on-site support for install and construction management.

Project Highlights:

  • Provided plans for a new plant design and layout, including equipment specifications.
  • Automated, pneumatic tilting devices were connected to caramel cookers to reduce manpower.
  • Spec Engineering’s construction management team managed contractor bid reviews, contractor supervision, and on-site support.
  • Supervisory PLC system allows for all manual processes to be automated:
    • Transfer of all raw, formulated, and final mixed ingredients along with finished product
    • Recipe creation, selection, and management
    • Batch control sequencing including flow meter dosing of ingredients and transfer for bulk ingredients
    • Complete control of all equipment using distributed I/O system
    • Integration of mixers and popcorn equipment
    • PID loop control of heaters for maintaining tank temperature
    • Alarm indication
    • HMI displays utilizing PlantPax faceplates and AOI’s

Spec Engineering is a Gray company.

Spec is a process engineering company, focused on best-in-class solutions for customers in the food, grain, minerals, chemicals, and pharma industries. In 2019, Spec became part of the Gray family of brands. As a Gray company, we continue to offer comprehensive expertise, catered to your scope, schedule, and budget.