Application Notes & Case Studies

  1. Inside Mars Chocolate’s Lean Manufacturing Operations

    Introduced in 1930, SNICKERS was named after the favorite horse of the Mars family. Although the new LEED Gold-certified candy plant in Topeka, KS is highly automated, there’s a human side to its success—one of  collaboration and mutuality. From the plant’s design and construction to the installation and testing and startup of equipment, Mars team associates worked with team members from CRB Consulting Engineers and McCarthy Building Companies to complete a fully automated and integrated, 500,000-sq.-ft., just-in-time (JIT) candy manufacturing plant. Indeed, the participation of Mars associates with the design and construction teams and the designed-in sustainability of the plant reflect the five core principles of Mars: quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency and freedom.

  2. Evaluating The Hardness Of Cheese Puffs With Bulk Compression

    Puffed corn snacks have gained popularity over the years. In addition to flavor, finding the the right color and texture for them are important factors influencing consumer preference and brand loyalty.

  3. Foreign Object Detection For Chicken Breasts In Trays
    For chicken processors, there are many differing levels of variability for detecting bone, foreign body contaminants or managing hygienically controlled environments. The production process must be simplified with easy to use, hygienically constructed, robust equipment that adheres to strict sanitary design standards.
  4. What's The Perfect Viscosity For Mayonnaise?

    Texture and viscosity are an important part of consumer decison making when buying mayonnaise. This appliation note explores testing methods used to find the perfect viscosity of mayonnaise.

  5. How A Cheese Manufacturer Optimized Its Traceability And QC Processes

    Increasing pressure from retailers for electronic records and the need to drill into production details meant Belton Cheese needed to invest in electronic traceability solutions to remain competitive.

  6. What's The Perfect Viscosity For Apple Juice?

    Texture and viscosity are an important part of consumer decison making when buying apple juice. This appliation note explores testing methods used to find the perfect viscosity of apple juice.

  7. Improving Documentation Change Control Process

    Changing and creating documentation involves many disciplines and long lead times. This case study explains how to improve Global Documentation Change Control Processes quickly and easily.

  8. Texture Analysis Application Note: Fromage Frais

    Evaluation of the firmness and consistencies of Fromage Frais by penetration using a cylinder probe.

  9. Texture Analysis: Vegetable Burger

    Evaluating the firmness of vegetable burgers using the junior multiple punch assembly fixture.

  10. Improving Operational Efficiencies In Pet Nutrition Facilities

    An industrial engineering study of a pet food nutrition facility revealed that current work practices were not efficient and were highly manual and repetitious. By understanding those current work practices and procedures, recommendations were made to improve efficiency by optimizing work processes/flows—making effective use of people and technology—address ergonomic and safety issues and increase the overall productivity of the site allowing more tests in the future.