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Project Daniele Foods Salami Plant Expansion & Renovation

Daniele, Inc., founded in Trieste, Italy in 1945 and based in Pascoag, RI since 1977, desired to incorporate automation into its Burrillville, RI facility. The goal? To increase weekly production of salami while slashing labor costs.

A M King designed and constructed a new salami processing area, which incorporated a new 20,000-square-foot expansion and complete renovation to an existing 80,000-square-foot space. The project included laser-guided robots for salami kitchen automation, as well as magnetic-driven robots for the salami curing and washing operations. The robotics required complex floor sloping solutions to create levelness while maintaining proper sanitation design. Slab steel reinforcements were installed in conjunction with robot travel paths to prevent any magnetic field distortion. In addition, imported air handling equipment needed to be controlled by three temperatures of glycol, which offer an optimum fermenting and aging environment for the salami. Finishing this premier project was, in part, accomplished by coordinating with no less than seven Italian equipment vendors.

Project Specifications:

  • The 80,000-square foot renovation included work in the fermenting and curing rooms (40,000-square feet); kitchen (30,000-square-feet); freezer (8,000-square feet) and support areas (2,000-square-feet).
  • Work included all new underground sanitary and process waste lines, new support mezzanines, underslab heating, all new, insulated metal panel walls and ceilings, as well as high-speed-traffic doors with state-of-the-art robotic controls and interlocks.
  • Installation of imported air handling equipment specially used for the production of dry cured meats.
  • The project required complex upgrades to an existing central plant to allow for adequate flow and pressure to the low- and high-temperature glycol systems. Renovations had to be completed while the existing prosciutto plant was in full operation and offered no shut down times.
  • Installation of a new dedicated electrical service and transformer and all associated gear, as well as extensive low-voltage cabling to support the fully automated systems.