Quality Test Lab

The Expansion of Quality Test Lab and implementation of a new Test Lab required project phases to maintain QC during construction

The Challenge

Our Client, a Project Engineer for a food processing operation, was caught with multiple projects and a new operations manager committed to improvement. With a need to move existing projects along and to start critical projects, the manager turned to Sterling Engineering to solve the capacity problem.

Our Solution

Sterling’s executive determined the best result would be using Sterling’s Project Engineering Team to supplement this manager. Sterling’s veteran team added experience to begin the long-awaited Laboratory Expansion plan on paper. The client’s team was gathered to understand what improvements would make a more effective laboratory. Weekly meetings were held and with management participation from the Operation’s Manager, Director of Quality, QC manager, Corporate Director of Engineering, and even the General Manager from corporate HQ. Large Plotter drawings were sent from Sterling’s office for each meeting so red-line modifications could capture the needs to the organization. The project scope was developed in a rolling wave style. New requirements surged during the weekly progress meetings, and the design began to take shape. Sterling’s team gathered multiple budgetary costs for all items including walk-in coolers, expansion of existing automated storage tower for lab samples, sensory lab upgrade, samples shipping station, and flexible work stations for a lab projects. The KPIs (Key Performance Indicator) provided.


  • Sterling developed an emergency Process Layout and Process Flow Diagram to protect new business.

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