After two years of planning and construction, Provisur Technologies, Inc., a global provider of high-performance food processing equipment, opened a new, state-of-the-art Ingenuity Center in Mokena, IL, which the company says will be dedicated to the evolving demands of the industry.

“As its name suggests, the Provisur Ingenuity Center offers a place for innovation with the ultimate objective of creating value for our customers and, in turn, their customers,” says Mel Cohen, CEO and president of Provisur Technologies. “We want to help our industry develop sustainable technologies to run efficient operations and create better products at a lower cost.”

In addition to serving as a hands-on, cutting-edge resource for food processors, the new facility will enhance the company’s own capabilities, according to Provisur. The new center includes a comprehensive food lab, new product and ideation areas and a processing floor.

The 20,000-sq.-ft. technology and innovation space will allow users create new products and take advantage of the latest, most cost-effective processing technologies.

According to Cohen, the Provisur Ingenuity Center “is designed to allow processors to develop new products, refine existing products and test processes ranging from separating and grinding to forming, coating and cooking to slicing, autoloading and freezing.”

 As they make decisions about investing in new systems, for example, visitors can view and test machines or complete systems in a production-like environment and take part in training programs covering topics like operations, maintenance and hygiene. Seminars on product development and machine operations are also offered on site.

From an R&D perspective, processors can use the Ingenuity Center to develop and test new products and concepts using the industry’s newest equipment. They can also conduct a range of product evaluations in the facility’s food lab and test kitchens. The center will be staffed by Provisur equipment and application experts who will provide training programs, lead seminars and answer processors’ questions.

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