May 2009 Articles Summary
Ultrasonic levitation helps build better spray driers
GEA Niro is pioneering a new technique for particle analysis in spray driers using an ultrasonic levitator. The company calls this process DRYNETICS™ and the technique allows the company to watch the changing structure of a single particle as it dries and also extract a mathematical description of its drying kinetics for use in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. This innovation allows GEA Niro to test and design powder properties to meet customers’ needs using just one drop of product instead of the several kilos required with traditional test equipment. This article, from Sten Warburg, Food &?Dairy Division, GEA?Niro, of Soeborg, Denmark, explores further.
Air Products’ collaboration with Weiler advances processing innovation
Leading organic solutions provider Air Products is combining its expertise with mixer and mixer-grinder specialist Weiler to deliver fully integrated food mixing and grinding and cooling solutions. The new offering combines Air Products’ Freshline® Liquid Nitrogen Injection Solution(UN-IS) with Weiler’s mixer and mixer-grinder technologies. The combined technologies are ideally suited for red meat applications and may be applicable for the poultry, seafood and vegetable markets www.airproducts.co.uk
Flash decontamination of packaging materials. Disinfection with pulsed light
First appearing in the 80s, pulsed light has become a powerful industrial tool for the decontamination of packaging, food surfaces and clear liquids, with the efficacy needed to achieve product safety in the agrifood, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical domains. The technology uses the bactericidal effect of ultraviolet rays in intense flashes of white light emitted by Xenon lamps. Compact and productive, pulsed light is now perfectly adapted for integration of industrial production lines with investment and operating costs matching current business constraints. CLARANOR, a young French company based in the south of France, has developed various industrial applications of the technology for food products, packaging materials as well as medical application. This article provides further details.
The right combination
With the current economic climate putting the food and beverage industry under growing pressure to improve efficiency and control costs, Alan Sharkey, Key Account Manager at Habasit Rossi Limited, based in the UK, explains how matching the right conveyor belt solution to the right application can deliver tangible results.
* Habasit Rossi has expanded its product and service offering in the North East of England with the opening of a new state-of-the-art fabrication and service facility www.habasitrossi.co.uk
Tetra Pak launches Tetra Tebel Casomatic SC7
Tetra Park, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, has launched a new version of the Tetra Tebel Casomatic, which enables cheese producers to achieve superior and more consistent product quality without compromising food safety – while reducing operating costs and minimising their environment. This article reveals more details www.tetrapak.com
Two stars unite at sausage factory
Leading UK sausage manufacturer Blakeman’s has employed the joint expertise of Star Frost and Star Refrigeration to supply a high efficiency freezing system at its new £4m production facility. Freezing and chilling technology specialist Starfrost has installed two custom- built Helix Spiral freezers for raw sausage production at Blakeman’s showpiece Staffordshire factory. Starfrost’s parent company, Star Refrigeration, supplied environmentally responsible plant to provide energy-efficient cooling for the new freezing system. Star has installed new cooling systems to supply the factory’s storage and processing areas.
Riggs Autopack prepared to go the extra mile for ready meals supplier
An ongoing relationship and a reputation for supplying quality equipment has secured Riggs Autopack Ltd another order from part of the Bakkavör group, Cucina Sano Ltd, a key supplier of prepared meals to Marks &?Spencer. Cucina Sano first turned to Riggs Autopack, a leading UK manufacturer of a range of depositing equipment, when it initially purchased a mini-fill depositor for Mark &?Spencer’s starter range in 2007. More recently the company won Marks & Spencer’s new lasagne business and has subsequently bought 12 fully automated depositors from Riggs Autopack.
Effective pest control in the international food manufacturing industry
Nowhere are pest control problems taken more seriously than in the food manufacturing business and nowhere is a pest-free environment more crucial. More than in any other industry, food manufacturers know there is no question of trying to save money or cut corners on pest control.
This article from Rentokil expands, looking at international legislation on food safety and online pest management systems such as PestNetOnline, where all the details of the pest management of a business and its various sites can be viewed from a single web page.
How environmental effectiveness increases business effectiveness
Lower energy consumption and increasingly efficient processing and packaging solutions help customers become more competitive – while reducing their environmental impact.
Protecting the environment in which you operate not only reflects good corporate citizenship; it makes good business sense. Saving energy, using resources efficiently, mitigating waste and lowering the carbon footprint of your operations can help you significantly reduce operating costs while at the same tine optimising overall performance.
That’s why companies that implement leading environmental programmes often find themselves with a competitive advantage. This article from Lars Lundahl, Environmental Manager, Tetra Pak, considers the company’s use of Design for Environment (DfE) the practice of integrating environmental aspects into product design and development. DfE is used in the development of processing and packaging solutions at Tetra Pak:
in the design of components, modules, complete production lines and plants, to minimise product losses and the use of water, energy and detergents.
Harrison Europac launches range of high clarity polypropylene containers
Eye-catching new trays offer unrivalled transparency and superb impact resistance – even at low temperatures. With consumers increasingly demanding the opportunity to assess the quality, honesty and integrity of food products before they buy, Harrison Europac, one of the UK’s leading supplie