Over the years, the ball valve has played a major supporting role in food manufacturing plant utilities: steam, water and CIP chemicals. Invented for use in firefighting systems aboard U.S. Navy vessels, the ball valve was designed for nearly instantaneous on/off, high-pressure/maximum velocity fluid flow with little or no pressure drop (zero restriction).
Food production and distribution is big business. The U.S. food and fiber system is the nation's largest manufacturing sub-sector, accounting for over 12% of GDP and 17% of national employment. And food wholesaling and distribution represents a large chunk of that - $372 billion to be exact1.
Cookies, cakes or baked goods are high on everyone’s list of tasty treats. Many of these have unusual shapes such as holiday Christmas trees. At one time, these shapes were often produced with dies made by hand at Moline Machinery in Duluth, MN. But now the company has gained far greater efficiency and the ability to produce cookies with advanced machine tools and CAD/CAM software.
For many manufacturers, the business landscape has changed dramatically over the past several years. Not only have we endured a downturn in the economy, causing increased competition, but we have now been put in the position to deal with soaring increases in raw material, energy and transportation costs.
In the past, energy management was straightforward — food manufacturers simply received a bill and paid it. But today there’s a different scenario. Increased competitive pressures, tighter margins and rising energy costs are forcing food producers to alter their methods of operation.
Few topics have been more discussed in recent months than Bird Flu. Avian Influenza has created an explosion of media coverage – and the threat of a pandemic stemming from the poultry industry has given a good industry a bad rap. To begin with, there have been no diagnosed cases of HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza) in the United States.
In the spring of 2004, the brands produced by MILCO, a manufacturer of yogurts, fresh milk and chilled fruit juices, were lagging in the United Arab Emirates marketplace. Competing products were taking market share away from MILCO’s brands, and the company’s packaging was decidedly behind the times.
Winter is here, and as the days keep getting colder, it’s prime time for rodent infestations. Even relatively mild temperatures in the 50s can send rats and mice scurrying for shelter. These resourceful creatures will be looking for a warm place to spend the holidays, and lured by the promise of food, some might find it in your facility.
A leading U.S. poultry processor has reduced downtime by replacing the conveyor belt on an accumulator with a new link-type chain that is operating far longer without breakage. The chain is easier to remove, so the company also saves time when sanitizing the chain, enhancing the plant’s efficiency and sanitation program.
Food equipment manufacturers face numerous challenges – meeting the industry’s demands for productivity, cleanliness and conformity to agency standards (FDA, USDA, 3A, etc.) – all while trying to keep costs down. Using high performance engineering plastics to replace metal parts is one often overlooked way to achieve these goals.
How to Balance Capacity, Quality and Budgets with Pre-Owned Equipment Congratulations, your newest product has developed into an apparent winner. Initial orders will require production of 200 cases a day and your marketing team is projecting this will increase to 500 cases, and possibly 1,000 cases, within the next six months.
Pack Expo Las Vegas to Showcase Latest Machine Innovations It’s amazing how much packaging is still done by hand, especially at the end of the line. For packagers with manual operations, robotic technology and new equipment designs are making it easier than ever to automate or transition to upgraded equipment.
Getting the Best Value Out of Your Food Packaging Investment It’s an age-old business concern: Finding the right strategy to maximize a food company’s investments by streamlining costs and increasing the bottom line. But it’s not necessarily the most obvious strategies that support cost containment and allow growing food companies to expand their businesses.
Disgruntled employees. International terrorists. Extortionists. What do these people have in common? They could all potentially be a source of intentional food contamination or tampering. Today, food safety and security threats are real, and it is critical that food manufacturers ensure the food they produce is safe and free from contamination.
Marking and coding food packaging may not be high on your list of priorities - until you get a project that uses new packaging materials or has new customer requirements - the customer needs permanent codes; the packaging has changed from a paper box to a plastic bag; the marks need to be highly readable.
Maintaining a pristine production and packaging environment is mission-critical for food manufacturers. First of all, they are highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other governing bodies in specific food sectors.
As energy costs rise, refrigeration and freezing equipment makers are responding with more energy-efficient equipment. At the same time, work is under way on such technologies as waste heat conversion, and government regulations are beginning to appear. Refrigeration and freezing would seem to be fairly sedate parts of the food business, but they can affect the profitability of an entire enterprise.
Dr. Triveni P. Shukla, Vice President of Technology Development at FiberGel Technologies, developed the processes that made Z-Trim - a corn bran derivative fat substitute - commercially viable. FiberGel has two production lines, including equipment such as a centrifuge, drum dryer, milling, sifting, bagging and sealing machines.
For nearly 40 years, Master-Bilt and Baton Rouge, LA-based Scardina Refrigeration, sellers of restaurant equipment and supplies, have been teaming up to produce walk-in coolers for a vast array of projects. The relationship remains strong today as the two refrigeration suppliers embark upon their largest joint project together to date.
Some food manufacturing plant engineers might not be aware of a new generation of refrigeration sealants that have been specially developed for industrial systems of 1.5 tons of refrigerant and larger, according to Paul Appler, Director of Research & Development, Cliplight Mfg., a Toronto-based manufacturer of leak detection, refrigeration sealants, and accessories.