Food Automation White Papers & Articles

  1. Under Pressure: Novel Technologies Are Preserving Food & Extending Shelf Life

    The key advantages of elevated pressures present an attractive and powerful tool to implement processing of food products and beverages at mild and ambient temperatures. However, many food processors don’t necessarily know that different types of pressure specifications and applications may lead to different microbial inactivation effects. In addition to well-known pressure homogenization and hydrostatic pressure processing, there are a few other pressure-based techniques that can be used for different categories of products in food preservation operations. Do you want to pasteurize or sterilize? Do you simply want to extend shelf life? What about added value? Here’s what you need to know about food preservation under elevated pressures.

  2. Advancing Robotics & Automation

    Robots are becoming safer, smarter, more flexible and moving upstream

  3. How New-Generation 3D Visualization Technology Will Transform The Workforce Of Tomorrow

    Did you know that more than half of the workforce in the process industries will be eligible for retirement in the next ten years? Learn how a new generation of 3D visualization technology, combined with totally integrated data models, will help you transfer the combined knowledge and experience of your aging workforce to your high-performing workforce of the future — from engineers to operators and technicians. This technology presents users with an unprecedented, immersive graphical environment using dynamic real-time data to guide personnel through training scenarios that would be impossible using actual physical assets — or prior-generation technologies.

  4. Regulatory Requirements Make F&B Specific Software A Must

    In a recent Mint Jutras report, we highlighted the special needs of process-related industries and concluded “any old” general-purpose Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)solution just wouldn’t cut it anymore. In a shrinking world where customers are more demanding, regulatory requirements and penalties for non compliance are stiff, and the threat of product recalls looms large, process manufacturers need ERP solutions that are broader and deeper, enriched with industry-specific functionality and enabled by advanced technology.

  5. A Recipe For A Winning Process: Manufacturing ERP

    In this report, Mint Jutras references data collected from its 2016 Enterprise Solution Study, which investigated goals, challenges, status and performance of implementations of ERP.

  6. 3 Components Of Food and Beverage Operational Excellence

    Based on experiences of over 170 F&B execs, this report shows how they achieve operational excellence by focusing on three key areas — production efficiency, quality and safety, and sustainability costs.

  7. Solutions For The Grain Industry

    A successful grain merchant during the 1840s is considering expansion in the coming years. Recent years have been fruitful, but there are rumors of a new invention on the market: a grain elevator. Claims are that this elevator is able to unload more than 1,000 bushels each hour! Compare this to current operations where workers carry sacks of grain on their backs from wagons to waiting ships. Our grain merchant has seen firsthand the hazards of this process – everything from suffocating and explosive grain dust to the daily
    stresses on workers’ bodies. Will this new technology be able to increase the merchant’s profits as well as make a safer working environment for employees?

  8. Managing Profitability When Raising Your Prices Is Not An Option

    From the merging of grocers to the decreasing options of food distribution channels, industry consolidation puts downward pricing pressure on food manufacturers. The recent trend has been consistent and shows no sign of slowing down. When faced with decreasing profits due to pricing pressure, it’s common for food processors to turn to internal costs and processes looking for efficiencies that may restore lost margins.

  9. How Laser And Optical Sorting Are Crossing Out Contamination

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 600 million people — almost 10 percent of the global population — fall ill after eating contaminated food. With safety regulations and global demand for food on the rise, optical and sensor-based sorting has become a necessity rather than a luxury for many producers who have previously relied upon manual sorting and inspection.

  10. Saving Process Costs With Software Support: Practical Tips For Phase 4

    This white paper offers guidance on the challenges in the individual value creation phases, support tools, how to become more productive with networked tools, and tips about which functions can be used.