August 2008 Articles
Innovations in Processing and Packaging Tetra Pak acquires process engineering group from Downer EDI
Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, has announced that it has acquired the assets of two specialised food processing companies, Downer, MBL Pty Ltd and Downer MBL, from Australian-based Downer EDI. This article expands.
Three C-lines neatly arranged
A new pasta factory with one long-goods and two short-goods lines and one additional durum and soft wheat mill each in the midst of an earthquake zone a true challenge for Swiss Buhler Technology Group. This article reveals how the project was handled at the site, 180km east of Istanbul in Turkey for owners GIDASA.
High Pressure processing: the next step in food technology
Do you want to extend shelf life, use fewer additives, maintain fresh taste and nutritional qualities throughout product life and guarantee compliance with microbiological standards? Then high pressure processing could be your answer, says Interfood Technology Ltd, of Thame, Oxfordshire, UK. This cold pasteurisation technology is gathering momentum throughout the world in the processing of a variety of product categories, including cooked meats, ready meals, seafood dips, juices and smoothies. Interfood Technology Ltd has recruited Rob Habgood to support the growth of this technology within the UK. This article explores further.
Food and drink manufacturers warned to act now over refrigerant or risk meltdown
Food and drink manufacturers with refrigeration systems running on the common HCFC R22 refrigerant have been urged to act now to secure the future of their businesses. R22 is used widely in refrigeration systems for process cooling, blast and spiral freezing, storage and transport. However ozone-depleting HCFC refrigerants are being phased out under EU legislation. The use of R22 and R22 containing blends in new plant has already been banned. The next stage is to ban the use of virgin or new HCFCs for topping up existing systems from the end of 2009. From 2010 only recycled R22 may be used to top up plant. By the end of 2014 top-up with any R22 will be outlawed. Harp International has launched an expert advice service for food and drink manufacturers exposed on R22. This article gives details.
Gentle emptying of bulk silo trucks
The preservation of powder characteristics such as bulk density and particle size is important in many processes and requires the use of low speed dense phase pneumatic conveying systems. Gentle conveying is a typical requirement in the food industry and the detergent manufacturing industry, Gericke has developed a mobile conveying unit which can be coupled between tanker and silo, and allows the truck to be discharged with minimal attrition of the powder or granules, preserving the quality of the raw material.
Maximise productivity, minimise costs
For today s food manufacturers, staying ahead of the competition requires more than just developing new and exciting products. Maintaining high levels of quality and ensuring customer satisfaction while increasing productivity, controlling costs and reducing down time are all key considerations if they are to retain their competitive edge. But how can these aims be achieved? In this article Mike Bradley, of Mettler-Toledo Safeline, the leading metal detection technology specialist, offers answers.
Innovative system speeds up design-to-print cycle
Brand owners looking for world domination must sit back and strategically plan best practices so that they do not just do the job but that they do it well, writes Martin Hawkins, Executive Director of Sun Brand Technologies. He gives information of ODIN, launched in response to a gap in the market for a solution that streamlines the brand development process. The advanced technology software solution creates an environment to aid free-flowing communication, minimise errors and eliminate duplication of work, resulting in an effective design-to-print process.
Tetra Pak accelerates packaging innovation with Intel and IBM technology
Tetra Pak, the world s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has introduced sophisticated computer simulation using Intel and IBM technology to develop next generation filling machines for food packaging. This article reveals details. www:tetrapak.com
Environmental issues and commercial pressures drive demand for less packaging materials.
The current need for maximum flexibility in packaging operations and equipment while reducing waste will become even stronger as the demand to cut the amount of packaging accelerates, says Sealed Air, a leading global supplier of protective and speciality packaging materials and systems. The company is at the forefront of providing more flexibility in packaging while fulfilling environmental objectives. This article explores.