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    New Product Development: The Challenges Of Decoding The Consumer Voice

    In the food industry, the consumer’s voice is extremely important to keep in mind as new products and quality improvements are devised every day. We all strive for customer satisfaction, but the customer’s voice, documented through consumer surveys, complaint tracking, and social media, isn’t always satisfaction per se. To interpret the feedback and translate it into formulation changes and flavor concepts can be a skill in and of itself.

  • Why Food Manufacturing Needs An Unorthodox Approach
    Why Food Manufacturing Needs An Unorthodox Approach

    Food manufacturing is not a typical manufacturing operation; it faces unique dilemmas compared to conventional manufacturing. Because of this, the mindset of food manufacturers must also be unique. This article relates conventional manufacturing operations with food manufacturing, shows why the food industry needs a different mindset, and provides approaches to change the mentality of the industry.

  • 5 Food Safety Focus Areas For 2018
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    2017 was an incredible year for food safety filled with challenges in identifying key issues having a pivotal impacton the F&B industry. That said, I believe these five food safety topics brought revolutionary changes to the way the food industry tackled food safety issues and will alter how we approach food safety and how we do business in 2018 and beyond.

  • Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements
    Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements

    GFSI schemes are used as the base requirement for many supply chain verification and supplier approval programs, but are customers using them independently? In many incidences, I've noted customers are taking only the GFSI certificate as a verification step without fully understanding the challenges the schemes are having. Here, I review those challenges.

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  • White Paper: How To Choose The Right Mixer For High-Viscosity Mixing Applications

    A few years ago, the process of selecting a mixer for most applications was straight- forward. When increased demand required an increase in production, process engineers were naturally inclined to choose the type of mixer that had worked before in the same application. When they began talking to equipment manufacturers, their questions focused on capacity, auxiliary equipment, projected delivery and price. Many tested equipment before signing a purchase order. But they were mainly exercising “due diligence” - they were simply looking for proof that the mixer would work. The selection process is more complex today, because the capabilities of the most widely used mixers have expanded steadily during the last decade

The Proper Application Of Pressure/Flow Controls

Whether you call them intermediate controls, flow controls, pressure/flow controls, demand expanders, or any other name, the proper application of them has always been a bit confusing to users.

QA/QC: Catching Up With The Competiton

In the world of pharmaceutical products, there is almost always a leader in every category of major application. Take skin creams, for example. The reputation is earned because the product solves the customer’s problem, such as relieving facial acne or soothing aching joints. Working with the formulation chemists who create the product are the physical scientists, who specify how to process the material. They also have responsibility for characterizing the flow behavior of the cream when used by the customer and for specifying the QC test that verifies compliance.

Bridging The Gap In The Batch Market

Recipe management plays an important role in the success of batch manufacturing; often a key component in a company’s manufacturing operations transformation process. However, a huge gap exists in the market between simpler recipe management solutions offered in many software packages, batch management and control packages. This article will explain how to bridge that gap and detail the importance of management solutions in keeping high-quality and consistent recipes.

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    The textural properties of yogurts are critical in establishing consumer preference. Variation in fat content of formulation has a direct influence on the set characteristics of the product.

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Air Demand Analysis Air Demand Analysis

What is an ADA?
Kaeser's Air Demand Analysis (ADA) is our unique approach to comprehensive air system audits. Without interrupting daily plant operations, our proprietary ADA program provides a complete and accurate air demand and consumption profile. We can tailor this audit to any size system.

Air Treatment Air Treatment

Compressed air applications range from general purpose shop air to breathing air - with a wide range of applications in between.  Because the application determines the type of air treatment required, the first step in meeting your air treatment needs is to look closely and specifically at your air quality requirements.

Oil-Free Rotary Screw Compressors Oil-Free Rotary Screw Compressors

The new dimension in oil-free compression
With logical component layout and exceptional attention to detail, Kaeser's 2-stage oil-free rotary screw compressors were designed specifically with the user in mind. Kaeser's renowned quality offers peace of mind and built for a lifetime™ reliability.

Sigma Air Manager 4.0 Sigma Air Manager 4.0

Key technology for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things
The new generation of compressed air system control is here with Sigma Air Manager 4.0. Using its adaptive 3Dadvanced Control, SAM 4.0 makes air generation and treatment even more intelligent, reliable and efficient.

Rotary Screw Compressors Rotary Screw Compressors

Kaeser's line of industrial air compressors are designed for reliability, maximum efficiency, and easy maintenance.

Custom Engineered Solutions Custom Engineered Solutions

Kaeser's custom air systems are designed for even the most demanding installations and harshest of environments. These complete systems showcase features common throughout our products: exceptional reliability, simple maintenance, and superior energy efficiency, no matter what the installation limitations may be. Space, weather and accessibility constraints are eliminated, with reduced construction, installation, and operating costs.

SmartPipe™ SmartPipe™

Kaeser's SmartPipe is a modular aluminum pipe for compressed air installations, offering both lower installation costs and lower long-term operating costs. From small shops to large industrial systems, SmartPipe is great for all facilities and is available in sizes up to 6" pipe diameter.

Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) Filter Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) Filter

The new Schenck Process 3-A approved Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) Filter is designed for sanitary applications where dust collection is required in low-capacity pneumatic conveying systems such as vacuum loading of extruders or refilling minor/micro hoppers.  

Energy Performance Energy Performance

Energy expenditure is one of the highest operating expenses in most manufacturing plants, reducing energy consumption helps companies reduce operational costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Adopting an effective energy management system is imperative for improved profitability and sustainability. Based on Schneider Electric’s world-class energy management solution, Energy Performance provides comprehensive visualization tools to reduce energy consumption, optimize equipment utilization and improve electrical network reliability.

Label Assurance Label Assurance

Undeclared allergen in food product causes detrimental effect on consumers who react adversely. It also leads to costly regulatory non-compliance penalties and loss of market share as consumer trust erodes. Label Assurance by Schneider Electric performs label inspection checks at the packaging line, helping food and beverage manufacturers avoid product recalls due to mislabeling and undeclared allergen. Simply put, Label Assurance ensures the right product is in the right packaging.

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  • The Future Of Manufacturing – Moving To A Digital World And IIoT
    The Future Of Manufacturing – Moving To A Digital World And IIoT

    Manufacturing operations have matured at a rapid rate over the last few years as many companies decide to implement plant level systems that integrate the manufacturing assets and control in a standard way. Indeed, large manufacturers have put a lot of emphasis on standardizing these systems across multiple plants.

  • Farm To Fork Traceability
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  • Achieving Operational Excellence In Food & Beverage
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    Based on the experiences of over 170 respondents, this report explores how Food and Beverage (F&B) manufacturers achieve operational excellence. Specifically, how Leaders in the industry focus on three key areas of their operations — production efficiency, product quality and safety, and sustainability costs — to succeed as a business.

  • 9 Essential Purchasing Practices For Food Companies
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    Purchasing is a major area of strategic development for most food companies. So, what are the best purchasing practices for food companies to implement and maintain?

  • Industry Report: Majority Of Food Manufacturers Run Internal Process Systems That Are Not Integrated

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