Poly Film Plant, Anand

THIS PLANT was set up by the Indian Dairy Manufacturing Company to manufacture food grade packaging material at Anand in Gujarat. It comprises a production block, a utility block, administrative offices and social facilities for staff.

The production block is a composite structure with RCC columns and curved steel trusses spanning 38m, the elements of which are rod-laced lattice sections. The triangular purlins are also made up sections of the same type. The extruder bay at the head of the manufacturing process is 25m high to house the extruding machine. This is an air-conditioned space as dictated by the process. Attached to this is a long printing bay which is 5m high and houses the printing machines. At the end of the line is the packing and despatching section. By the side of this block and separated by a long courtyard is the utility building which houses the power, compressed air, and other equipment utilities needed for production. It also houses a laboratory to check quality. The offices and social facilities are positioned to one side of the plot, but connected to the laboratory and production area by a covered passage. This was done to create a large area in front for landscaping. The walls of all the buildings are brick masonry and finished with exposed aggregate plaster. Because of its height the extruder bay alone has polyurethane sandwich panel walls in place of masonry. The roof of the production block is a double skin with mineral wool insulation to reduce the radiated heat from the galvalume sheet roofing.

The eaves detail concealing the gutter in both the printing and extrusion bays provides an interesting transition from the curved roof to the straight lines of the end walls.

Client : Indian Dairy Machinery Company.

Area : 6000 sq m

Location : Anand, Gujarat

Role : Architectural & Engineering Design

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