Asset engineering services for the UK’s best loved cereal brands

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  • Multinational food manufacturing company

Our client is one of the the biggest breakfast cereal and snack producers in the world. For over 40 years, the Edwin James Group has provided a range of services to ensure that plants continue to run efficiently including steel and pipework manufacture, mechanical and electrical engineering, systems integration and supporting industry 4.0.



Our client is one of the biggest breakfast cereal and snack producers in the world. From plants in Manchester and Wrexham and Spain, Belgium and Poland within Europe, they manufacture well-known brands in cereal and snacks. Our client’s Manchester operation is the largest cereal factory in Europe and makes corn and rice-based products 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for 350 days of the year.

Musk Process Services has been delivering asset engineering services for our client for over  forty years – and Peak Technology Solutions for almost a decade.


Musk Process Services team operates two core teams onsite at both UK manufacturing plants. Project work covers a wide range of services including electrical and machine maintenance, design, manufacture and installation of steel and pipework, ducting, dust extraction and the installation of new lines and upgrading of existing ones.

A core team is supported by electricians from group company Parker Technical Services and the wider Musk Process Services Services team when required for additional capital projects. The teams have experience in all aspects of plant maintenance, including electrical and pipework installation.

Peak works with all three European cereal manufacturing plants to drive performance and operational improvements, deliver cost savings, support future automation and provide enhanced security. The team works on a wide range of projects including MES data collection projects, packing line analytics as part of a global digitalisation initiative, and multiple innovation driven projects across process and packaging areas

A deep understanding of the sites and the production process means Peak can support our client to define project standards and then manage roll out including consultancy, FEED (Front End Engineering Design), development and implementation.


When our client needed to move a production line from Germany to the UK under challenging timescales, they turned to Peak Technology Solutions and Musk Process Services to provide the support they needed.

It was important to ensure that the new facility was designed and equipped to meet current standards as well as the future vision for automation and IT systems. The plant also needed  to present a best practice model for future installations.

The group provided mechanical and electrical services and systems integration. Musk was responsible for the design, manufacture and installation of pipework and ducting, and the installation of new equipment. All manufacturing was undertaken at the Edwin James Group site in Manchester.

Peak joined the client design team to help shape the specifications and functional requirements.  Liaising with Process, PC&IS and vendor teams, Peak followed a consultative approach to translate limited client user requirements into tangible specification documents.

Having the plant running on modern hardware safeguards the life span of the business unit and ensures a low MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures). Designing the system based on modern Industry 4.0 technologies drives benefits to both operation and engineering teams including improved diagnostics, ease of maintenance, system security and resilience.

The team’s deep understanding of our client and the food manufacturing process, helped them deliver the project within challenging timescales, without compromising on the quality processes required throughout the project life cycle.

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