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Challenge Accepted: A Tight Fit

Challenge Accepted: A Tight Fit

Posted on August 13, 2019 in Challenge Accepted by Bill Spicher

Maneuvering around the physical constraints of a plant is a common challenge for processors. But for one of our pharmaceutical manufacturing customers, a particularly difficult space problem required a particularly innovative solution. Challenge accepted.

How to Make Sure the Kettle You Order is Actually the Kettle You Need

How to Make Sure the Kettle You Order is Actually the Kettle You Need

Posted on June 19, 2019 in Equipment Design by Bill Spicher

Much goes into building a high-performance processing vessel for a food, chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturing operation. Dozens of choices must be made about size, materials, mixing speeds, type of agitation, temperature, port locations, surface finishes and more. And each choice has an impact on how effectively the vessel performs in your environment. This blog article will guide your vessel design decision making and make sure you ask your process engineer the right questions.

Improving FSMA Compliance with Safety Features

Improving FSMA Compliance with Safety Features

Posted on April 17, 2019 in Safety by Bill Spicher

Food safety is the top concern for food manufacturers this year, in no small part because of the FSMA. In Food Processing magazine’s annual industry survey, 27% of respondents identified food safety improvements as their top priority for this year. What components will these manufacturers scrutinize? Here are three areas where changes to manufacturing equipment can improve FSMA compliance.

Steam or Hot Water? Which Heating Source is Best for Your Operation?

Steam or Hot Water? Which Heating Source is Best for Your Operation?

Posted on January 23, 2019 in Equipment Design by Bill Spicher

Choosing a heat source is a key consideration for all food processing operations. For processors who use a jacketed kettle design, the choice comes down to steam versus hot water. But is one of them superior? And when would you choose to use one heat source over the other? Let’s consider some of the advantages of both steam and hot water while taking a look at some potential applications.

The Importance of a Clear Manufacturing Quote for Your New Processing Vessel

The Importance of a Clear Manufacturing Quote for Your New Processing Vessel

Posted on August 22, 2018 in Equipment Design by Bill Spicher

Obtaining a proposal for equipment you intend to use in your processing operation is a critical part of your purchase process. Here are three key benefits of a clear, easy-to-understand manufacturing equipment quote.

Three Ways Inclined Agitation Improves Operational Efficiency

Three Ways Inclined Agitation Improves Operational Efficiency

Posted on June 14, 2018 in Equipment Design by Bill Spicher

Choosing the right kettle design is a key part of your food processing operation. When it comes to optimizing your production, there are two clear alternatives in the mixing and agitation area: horizontal ribbon blenders and hemispherical kettles with inclined agitation.

How to Improve Food Safety in Your Plant Operations

How to Improve Food Safety in Your Plant Operations

Posted on March 29, 2018 in Safety by Bill Spicher

Assuring that your product will always be sanitary and free of contaminants is a critical food processing goal. So, when you are planning the design and configuration of your next kettle purchase, it is important to keep food safety in mind.