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Barilla Mixed Pasta Reduction
TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects
  • Nathan Kinneman, Iowa State University
  • Wil Schrad, Iowa State University
  • Blake Widman, Iowa State University
  • Joseph R. Vanstrom, Iowa State University
  • Jacek A. Koziel, Iowa State University
Publication Date
4-28-2017
Course Number and Title
TSM 416: Technology Capstone
Department
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Major
Agricultural Systems Technology (Kinneman, Widman); Industrial Technology (Schrad, Widman)
Instructors
Joseph R. Vanstrom and Jacek A. Koziel
Problem Statement

Barilla is an international producer of pasta with locations in nine different countries. The production facility we are working with is located in Ames, Iowa. They produce around 140,000 tons of pasta per year.

The problem Barilla is having is pasta is being spilled somewhere during the process of moving along conveyors and buckets while being transported from production to the storage silos. Barilla is striving to reduce the amount of waste they experience through spillage. The main loss comes when they get mixed product in a silo and are forced to scrap the whole silo.

Barilla is not sure exactly what is causing the spillages and want to know if the losses can be reduced or eliminated completely. Reducing the amount of spilled pasta would save Barilla money in waste and delayed production. Scrapping an entire silo not only wastes all the pasta in it, but also causes Barilla to push back other pasta’s scheduled production to replace the lost.

Citation Information
Nathan Kinneman, Wil Schrad, Blake Widman, Joseph R. Vanstrom and Jacek A. Koziel. Barilla Mixed Pasta Reduction. Final Report. TSM 416 Technology Capstone Project, April 28, 2017.