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Builders of Business

Imagine production areas with the wrong machines, or with the right ones in the wrong places. Or a plantation operation using harvest trucks, haulers or sprayers not built for rugged and oftentimes rain-soaked terrain. Or office buildings, packing sheds and other structures with no provisions for easy movement, proper ventilation and human safety.

In short, imagine an operation not rightly built for business, and it won't be hard to imagine where that business is going.

The job of Corporate Engineering is mainly to build or install structures and facilities that support our business.

“Machines and equipment should improve productivity, not merely lighten work,” says Senior Manager Ed Villegas. “We don't design or acquire them to let us work for only six hours a day instead of eight but to increase our output and its quality within the working hours.”

At the cannery in Bugo, Corporate Engineering's Industrial Process Department directs activities designed to put our company in the forefront of food processing technology. That mission translates into manifold tasks applying four time-tested engineering principles: functionality, strength, durability and safety.

The team evaluates, designs and drafts the technical projects recommended by Bugo Cannery Operation. It provides the blueprints of construction and the fabrication designs to company contractors and suppliers.

It prepares the cost estimates for materials and machines lined up for acquisition. It also submits to client departments the specific qualities they must consider when they purchase these assets.

It supervises the construction of buildings and the installation of mechanical and electrical equipment or systems. It also evaluates every contractor's performance per project.

And it prepares the progress reports on all technical projects, citing problems that must be immediately addressed and discrepancies between the original plan and actual accomplishments that need to be reconciled in the interest of cost-efficiency, effective time management and safety.

A product of engineering ingenuity, a double-wing harvester enhances the efficiency of the plantation's harvest operations. Our Corporate Engineering group has worked out mechanical innovations to make these field giants more responsive to tropical terrain and weather conditions.

Quality partnership, Brainstorming on engineering processes' are staff members of Corporate Engineering and Balcor Enterprises, contractor for the cannery's 100 million peso waste water treatment plant: Balcor Managing Director and Project Manager Alberto Tady and Wilson Paras; Corp. Engineering supervisor Bong delos Santos, Senior Manager Edgar Villegas and Group Manager Fred Arinzol and Balcor Liaison Officer Ramon Santos.

Explains Tony Devierte, Manager for Process Engineering: “When we design or install Technical systems and facilities, we do four things. We make sure they will work in the first place. We analyze them against all major conceivable stresses. We identify the conditions which contribute to their longevity. And we include all precaution against accidents due to mechanical dysfunction or human error.”

Industries need power the way humans need food, as source of energy that makes them work. Our Bugo engineers manage the power plant that supplies the energies that drive production - electricity, steam, and even compressed air. Fuel needed for power generation must always be available and feed lines must always be working.

To meet the daily power demand of operation, our power plant must maintain the efficiency of the facilities that generate power. They include diesel generators, boilers, deep well pumps and air compressors. Keeping these systems in top working condition is a task our power plant engineers share with the cannery operation's central maintenance department.

Turning the wheels of industry, Bugo Power Plant mechanics Ernesto Miagi and Roger Labiano keep a constant check on the cannery's power supply equipment.

The Plantation Engineering Department strengthens or revitalizes the technical backbone of mechanized farming, the basic process involved in our plantation operation. This backbone consists of machines and systems used in land preparation, planting, harvesting, hauling and research. Our agricultural engineers, like their industrial counterparts, continuously improve technological hardware systems to boost productivity and product quality.

Steve Porteus, Senior Manager for Plantation Engineering, describes several projects by which our plantation engineers help upgrade our agricultural operations:

“Currently we are completing redesign work on a harvester which will equip it with foldable boom wings for easy transport. We also are involved in Plantation's yield improvement program, specifically the reduction of inter cycle time between harvesting and planting. And we're doing something to improve the efficiency of our packing and palletizing machines at the fresh fruit packing shed. Next year, our big project is to install a facility for centralized seed dipping which will further raise the quality of the process. It will grade seeds into sizes and make chemical handling safer and more efficient.”

Plantation Engineering is also into research and experimentation; anticipating changes in operation requiring new technical ideas. Our mechanical engineers develop mechanical prototypes and experimental equipment. They also design improvements which increase the life and efficiency of mobile machines such as boom harvesters and sprayers, and equipment used at our packing and feedlot sections. Construction of these “new ideas” is done by machinists at the plantation engineering shop.

The civil engineering section designs and installs facilities to upgrade civil works at loading stations, fertilizer bodegas, camp houses, and pollution control project sites. The implementation of our corporate vehicle replacement program, which is critical to agricultural management, is the job of the plantation engineering administrative office.

Working on mechanical prototypes, Plantation Engineering Senior Manager Steve Porteus confers with mechanical engineering supervisor Rudy Macatol on design improvements for agricultural equipment.

Upgrading civil works, Welders at the plantation civil engineering section help extend the life and efficiency of mobile machines.

Among the great ideas our Corporate Engineering Team builds into everything it does is cost-efficiency. Stresses Fred Arinzol, our chief engineer and Group Manager of our corporate engineering department:

“We advise against projects and purchases whose value doesn't rationalize the expense or which have unreasonably long payback periods. Technical systems must help build our business. They must be investments that yield high returns.”

At the project site, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Technical Director Raoul Geollegue, Corp. Engineering Group Manager Fred Arinzolana Cannery Pollution Control Officer Luz Boyonas lead DENR officials in a tour of the site of the cannery's waste water treatment plant.

Into value-added engineering Processes, Bugo-based Process Engineering manager Tony Devierte discusses new technical systems with supervisor Mar Mercado and project engineer Mike Yian.

At the drawing board, Plantation Engineering project engineer Frederick Ayuban builds operational efficiency into his designs.

They must also improve operational efficiency, not create new worries. Systems are worry-free when they fall on the right hands and in the right places - and support our corporate mission to continuously improve our processes, eliminate wastes, reduce costs, and deliver products and services that totally satisfy our customers.

By building cost-efficient, work efficient technical systems, our Corporate Engineering Team helps build solid strength into our business.

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