Tip 2: How to Make Your CIP and COP Systems Work For You

This is part 2 of an 8 part series of engineering tips on how to get the most out of clean-in-place (CIP) & clean-out-of-place (COP) systems for the sanitary engineering industry. Typical Three Tank CIP System *Printed as of Food Safety magazine   Tip 2. Use vessels that are right for the process. The old adage, “You can’t sanitize a dirty surface,” applies to CIP processes and as such, vessels used should be of sanitary design. Tank sanitary design includes smooth and continuous welds, [...]

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Top Tips to Make Your CIP and COP Systems Work For You

This is part 1 of an 8 part series of engineering tips on how to get the most out of clean-in-place (CIP) & clean-out-of-place (COP) systems for the sanitary engineering industry. Typical Three Tank CIP System *Printed as of Food Safety magazine   Tip 1. Identify and use the right cleaning chemicals and sanitizing solutions. It is essential that the right cleaner be employed in CIP systems. The chemical solution or treatment used in the CIP system must be capable of reaching all surfaces, [...]

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Bill Harvill Announces Retirement and Becomes Chairman of the Board

I have an important announcement today. I have decided to retire after 40 plus years of selling and installing process equipment in the dairy, food, beverage, and cosmetic industries. Paul Duddleston will take over as President, and Brian Harvill will become Vice President of Harvill Industries. I’ll continue to consult and be involved in the sales process when needed. I have enjoyed working with you my industry friends and vendors, as I’ve made some of the best friends in my life [...]

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Polaris Industires Consolidating Manufacturing to Better Leverage Plant Capacity

Minneapolis, MN (April 24, 2017) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced that it is making two changes to its manufacturing network to consolidate production of like products and better leverage plant capacity. Changes include: Discontinuing manufacturing at its plant in Milford, Iowa, and transferring Milford production to existing Polaris facilities in Huntsville, Ala.; Roseau, Minn.; and Anaheim, Calif. The Milford location will be repurposed as a storage/warehouse facility to support the nearby Spirit Lake, Iowa, Polaris plant, which will [...]

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Plant Automation

Plant Automation in Food Manufacturing

Who executes your company’s specific manufacturing processes better than your most efficient employees, with or without automation? If you said “no one”, then you answered correctly. Your best operators streamline your operation — but your best operators can’t be at the plant 24 hours a day. Other less experienced or knowledgeable employees will need to fill in, and the plant manager will expect the same consistent high quality and output goals to be met.

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Training for Ballast Water Treatment Retrofits

With the market for retrofitting facilities with Alfa Laval’s ballast water treatment systems in full swing, the ability for suppliers to deliver treatment systems will be just one cog in a much larger machine. Alfa Laval have created a brand new comprehensive training program that helps engineering companies learn how to work with the PureBallast Alfa Laval is preparing to meet this new retrofit boom head on.

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OSHA Introduces New Safety Program in Nebraska

OSHA recently launched a safety focused program in Nebraska for workers in the meat processing industry. Machine guarding, repetitive motion injuries, process safety management, control of hazardous energy, and musculoskeletal injuries are some of the topics of discussion. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ shows 7.5% of all meat processing workers reported experiencing illness and/or injury in 2014.

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Things to Consider When Choosing a New Facility

When you choose the ideal site for a new food manufacturing, processing, or packaging plant, you should first ask yourself a very important question: “How will this new location help my company thrive?” If you put together a solid business plan based on the type of goods sold and the quantity of the goods you will produce. By asking yourself that question you can create a certain criteria for each site that you consider. You should look at several [...]

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Adapting to Resealable Food Packaging Technology

Although resealable food packaging still gains in popularity, there are still some companies out there that haven’t really thought about making the decision to change from the old and outdated forms of packaging due to misconceptions about the costs involved. In the past it used to be more expensive to add a resealable feature to food packaging, which some companies viewed as a little too risky. But now, thanks to a new option called “pre-applied zipper film” these companies [...]

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Big Data Food Manufacturing

How Big Data Changed the Food Manufacturing Industry

The Internet of Things is still permeating in the minds of the people responsible for making the technological decisions in all areas of most industries. Recent estimates theorize that the Internet of Things and Industrial Internet’s financial impact nearing trillions of dollars, the big data that these new technologies create are getting larger and larger in volume every day. That means that having an analytical eye for understanding the data produced by these technologies has become critical to analyzing [...]

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