Hudsonville Ice Cream Company made its first batch of ice cream in 1926 with a commitment to quality and variety. A lot has changed in our world since then except for our love of this tasty treat, and of Hudsonville’s commitment and spirit to making the best food products possible. In 2003, the company made the decision to move operations from the Burnips, MI plant location where they had been since 1948, to a new “state-of-the-art” facility in Holland, MI. They called on the expertise of several local contractors to help make this move in the same spirit and tradition of innovation of the founders.
MDE Corporation was chosen to develop a turn-key system to monitor and control Raw Materials; Product Processing, Blending, Batching; and Cleaning of Trucks, Tanks, Vessels and Piping used in these processes. MDE called upon Control Dynamics Inc. (CDI) to design and implement the electrical controls for these important functions of the new plant. CDI used Allen-Bradley’s PLC’s, Motor Controls, RSView32 HMI, and CDI’s own Virtual Chart Documentation software to provide many complex automation control solutions, including:
- Raw Milk Flow and Batching
- Product Filling and Routing
- Continuous Freezer Control
Finally, all of the process components and pipes needed to be sanitized using Control Dynamics’ Clean-In-Place (CIP) controls and electronic record keeping system.
Control Dynamics believes in the same spirit that drives the Hudsonville Ice Cream Company. We have a 20-year tradition of providing the type of quality and service that our customers expect for their business. But that’s probably not what we’ll be thinking of the next time we are enjoying a delicious helping of Hudsonville Ice Cream!