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All posts tagged 'Food Processing'

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Efficient Freezing, Cooling Need Not Sacrifice Performance [Food Processing]

Food Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Casey Laughman.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96559-efficient-freezing-cooling-need-not-sacrifice-performance

"Careful planning, consistent operations can ensure processors strike a balance between performance and energy conservation."

Advanced Controls Yield Major [Food] Process Improvements

Food Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Wayne Labs.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96557-advanced-controls-yield-major-process-improvements

"You think your dairy processing plant is efficient, but when you do the math, you can’t account for 7 million pounds of lost milk per year. That’s a loss of more than $1 million. In addition, your POTW is billing you more than $80,000 annually for exceeding the maximum permitted levels of fats, oils and greases (FOG) in your wastewater. What’s going on? Seems like money down the drain, doesn’t it? ...Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. Vigilistics, Inc. (now part of SafetyChain Software) production management software was employed to get a handle on what was happening to the “spilt milk."

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Solar Thermal Energy: Why The Wait?

Solar Today, Oct. 2016, by William T. Guiney.
http://solartoday.org/2016/10/solar-thermal-energy-why-the-wait/

"For those of you who only know solar energy as Photovoltaics (PV) there is another solar technology that has the potential to significantly reduce GreenHouse-Gas emissions often referred to as the other solar “White Meat” basically ignored by most of the State and DOE, Federal Energy and R&D programs except Solar Thermal Electric Generation (CSP). Common uses of the other white meat or I should say the other solar technology include: swimming pool heating, boiler water preheating, domestic water and space heating, air conditioning, and high temperature heat for a wide range of commercial and industrial processes such as Industrial Process Heat (IPH)."

The Advantages of Onsite Nitrogen Generation for Brewers

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2016, by Mike Robinson.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/advantages-onsite-nitrogen-generation-brewers

"Although the basic principles behind brewing are little changed since their advent, the technological aspects are much improved. Today, large stainless steel tanks are used for fermentation and wort aeration, and complex, automated systems help with everything from temperature regulation to bottling. A price tag comes with these high-tech systems, and it’s not insignificant. By using onsite nitrogen generation, brewers can save significant amounts of money throughout the life of their operation."

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Processing and Packaging: Thermal Processing Equipment Is Saving Energy, Product and Money

Food Engineering, Sept. 2016, by Wayne Labs.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96121-thermal-processing-equipment-is-saving-energy-product-and-money

"The commercially canned products available in the past largely contained overcooked food that was mushy, too salty and tasted anything but fresh—if it had any flavor at all. The only positive characteristic was the safety, with the impossibility of any bacteria surviving the process unless the can was faulty. Thankfully, though the basic procedures are much the same, since then a lot has been discovered about thermal processing—we’ve turned down the heat and maybe even saved a little energy in the process."

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German [Wastewater] Plant Upgrades Drop Specific Energy Use by More Than 50 Percent

Pumps & Systems, Sept. 2016, by Erkki Lantto & Stefan Wilken.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/september-2016-german-plant-upgrades-drop-specific-energy-use-more-50-percent

"In the city of Sögel, Germany, one municipal wastewater plant employs turbocompressors to reduce its operating costs and cope with load fluctuations. The setup’s success comes from an advanced design with proven magnetic bearing technology and a high-speed motor. The plant treats domestic wastewater and industrial wastewater from nearby food industry factories."

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Cooking Oil Factory Combines Compressed Air Systems to Save 36%

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Ron Marshall.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/cooking-oil-factory-combines-compressed-air-systems-save-36

"To produce healthy, high-quality cooking oil, this food processing company crushes and processes oil seeds shipped in from local farms. To increase the energy efficiency of its oil seed crushing and processing facility, the company optimized its compressed air system by combining three separate systems into one."

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Tuthill Optimizes Vacuum and Blower Systems for Food Plants

Blower & Vacuum Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
http://www.blowervacuumbestpractices.com/industries/food/tuthill-optimizes-systems-vacuum-and-blower-food-applications

"Several experts from Tuthill recently spoke with Blower & Vacuum Best Practices Magazine to discuss opportunities for improvement regarding vacuum and blower systems at food manufacturing facilities. During the talks, Adam Crampton, Russ Ristow, and Tim Wilson of Tuthill covered a variety of topics—from the design basics of pneumatic conveying systems, to advanced vacuum optimization opportunities within packaging machines."

Managing Energy as an Ingredient at General Mills

Blower & Vacuum Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
http://www.blowervacuumbestpractices.com/industries/food/managing-energy-ingredient-general-mills

"Within the “zero-loss” culture at General Mills, plant personnel identify and optimize major energy users in each facility. Common opportunities include: the optimization of dryers, ovens and freezers; compressed air optimization projects; improvements to building heating and cooling system; and lighting replacement innovations. In addition, engineers at General Mills have started to explore new energy-saving opportunities within the vacuum and blower systems at their production facilities. To better understand how any production system is addressed at General Mills, an examination of the company’s energy management methodology is required."

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Eccentric Disc Pumps Provide Efficient Alternative to Traditional Lobe Pumps

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2015, by Paul Cardon.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2015-eccentric-disc-pumps-provide-efficient-alternative-traditional-lobe-pumps

"In food-processing applications, this technology excels at product recovery and waste reduction."

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