ÅF did help Swedish Match to increase production capacity for portion snus and has been involved in all phases of the project to create an entirely automated factory.
Swedish Match develops, manufactures and sells snus and other tobacco products. When demand for portion snus rose, the company needed to double production, making maximum use of existing space in the production plant. ÅF has been involved in all phases of the project and Swedish Match now has an entirely automated facility, with increased production and improved safety.
Swedish Match was seeing a steady increase in demand for portion snus and planned to construct a completely new production facility in Gothenburg. Its strategy was to build a sizeable plant to meet future expansion needs, with a strong focus on production safety, hygiene and the environment. In principle, snus production involves the same key stages as in a dairy: preparation, heating, cooling and packing.
ÅF has been involved in all phases of the project, from system documentation to completed facility. The project included the following activities:
- System documentation with investigations, calculations and budget requests.
- Process design of systems for dosing liquid ingredients and CIP plant.
- Process planning in 3D, flowcharts and component lists.
- Isometric and prefab blueprints for prefabrication and site assembly.
- Detailed process and function descriptions.
- 3D-coordination of all installations in sealed installation floors.
- Tender request documentation, quotation evaluation, review.
- Assembly control, commissioning and process optimisation.
- Client’s representative and assembly manager for eight process contractors throughout the entire construction period.
Swedish Match doubled its portion snus production capacity. Following completion of the project, production capacity now totals 60 million tins a year and involves approximately 2,500 metres of piping. The new factory also has a CIP system for equipment and its associated distribution network. The plant is entirely automated and the sections that we have been involved in have two PLC systems with a total of 1,800 I/O points.