Some food and beverage plants are potentially well-suited to totally automated process control. Other applications may not be so easy to automate but can still benefit from incremental process control implementations.
At food and beverage processing facilities, the presence of pests can threaten the health and safety of products, customers and employees. A pest problem also can affect a plant's reputation and its bottom line.
According to a new NIST report, blockchain technology is being used to provide not only tamper-resistant transmission of manufacturing data for making machine parts, but also perfect traceability of that data to all participants in the production process.
A new final rule amends the AMS regulations regarding a fresh mango national research and promotion program to include frozen mangos as a covered commodity under the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order.
Doughnut Peddler had always wanted to invest in metal detection but needed a business justification for the investment. The company's rapid expansion provided the opportunity and the commercial case that it needed.
Despite ongoing production pressures on meat and poultry operations managers, making the effort to follow best practice sanitary standards can not only enhance food safety and production but also add value to products.
The Gericke Pulse-Flow PTA dense phase pneumatic conveying system features a feeding hopper, pressure vessel, pipeline, conveying and secondary air supply, and computer-driven touchscreen control system.
Sterling Systems & Controls custom bulk bag unloaders are available with features such as material weighing and batch dispensing, system controls required for automatic operation, bag hoists, bag massagers, dust containment, and a variety of valve types.
The multifunctional Ystral PiloTec processing system offers dust-free powder induction, wetting under vacuum, colloidal wetting under vacuum, dispersing, emulsifying, homogenizing, wet grinding and mixing.
Used for continuous direct feeding to mixers and blenders, the Coperion K-Tron K2-ML-T35 twin-screw gravimetric feeder also is suitable for the batching of floodable powders, fine granulates and sticky or hard-to-flow products direct to continuous or batch blenders.
The Ross PowerMix planetary mixer is equipped with a high-viscosity stirrer blade that provides axial product movement and radial exposure to a high-speed disperse blade, which breaks down agglomerates and promotes rapid solids wet-out.
With the Flexicon TIP-TITE drum dumper, a 30- to 55-gal. drum can be positioned on the platform, which is raised by a hydraulic cylinder, seating the rim against the circular end of the discharge transition.
Vertiflo Series 1600 horizontal close-coupled end vortex pumps feature capacities to 1,600 gal./min., heads to 170 ft. TDH, a back pull-out construction and a fully recessed vortex impeller, with packing or a mechanical seal.
In the May 2020 issue of Food Engineering, our focus is on safety. From emergency planning to day-to-day operations such as cleaning and sanitation, we bring you tips on how to keep your workers and your customers safe.