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Five Equipment Decisions that Affect Efficiency and Productivity

Five Equipment Decisions that Affect Efficiency and Productivity

Posted on September 22, 2021 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Expansion is on the minds of many process manufacturers lately. Driven by higher demand, product innovations and new distribution channels, processors are aggressively seeking to increase production in key industries like food, pharmaceutical, personal care and chemicals.

The Tell-Tale Signs of Dimple Jacket Vessel Quality

The Tell-Tale Signs of Dimple Jacket Vessel Quality

Posted on April 21, 2021 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Jacketed pressure vessels – in which a jacket that surrounds a production tank is used to circulate fluid to heat or cool the vessel’s contents – are deployed throughout the food, biopharma, cosmetic, chemical and lubrication industries. For manufacturers purchasing a jacketed vessel, one of the key decisions they must make concerns the jacket’s heat transfer style.

How 2021’s Key Food Industry Developments are Shaping Equipment Decisions

How 2021’s Key Food Industry Developments are Shaping Equipment Decisions

Posted on December 16, 2020 in Trends by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

As the sun rises on a new year, food manufactures are seeing opportunities on the horizon. These opportunities, driven by fast-changing consumer behaviors and sentiments, foreshadow an exciting 2021, but may also force operational adjustments to accommodate higher demand and new product innovations. Many of these adjustments will entail decisions to add or modify processing equipment. Here are some of the key developments food manufacturers have on their plates, and the equipment ramifications they will be paying attention to:

Factors That Determine the Best Processing Vessel Design for Your Operation

Factors That Determine the Best Processing Vessel Design for Your Operation

Posted on September 02, 2020 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Knowledgeable wine drinkers know that wine glasses are designed for specific types of wines, with characteristics like shape, size, even wall thickness purposefully engineered to bring out the best in a given varietal. The difference in taste from the right vs. wrong glass style can be remarkable. The same goes for processing vessels used in food, cosmetic or pharmaceutical operations, where effectively matching product traits and operational needs to equipment design can significantly impact performance. Learn more about vessel design options in our latest blog article.

The CBD Product Market is Still Poised to Take Off, But Think About Operations Before You Jump On

The CBD Product Market is Still Poised to Take Off, But Think About Operations Before You Jump On

Posted on June 24, 2020 in Mixing Challenges by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Cowen & Co predicts the American CBD market could reach $16 billion by 2025. And that’s just for CBD. Should marijuana/THC become legal for at least three-fourths the population, Nielson projects an additional $34.8 billion! Sure, manufacturers are still working their way through uncertainty, particularly in food and beverage, where legal issues governing CBD’s use in consumables have yet to be resolved. But those seeking to capitalize would do well to think now about the unique production challenges of CBD and THC product manufacturing.

Which lasting effects of the COVID-19 crisis will food manufacturers factor into 2021 planning?

Which lasting effects of the COVID-19 crisis will food manufacturers factor into 2021 planning?

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Trends by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

The food industry is near the top of any list of those most directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The entire food supply chain -- from farming and processing to distribution and consumption -- has been disrupted, in many cases dramatically. Food manufacturers are sorting through this confusion to ensure they are well-positioned to operate effectively and take advantage of new opportunities. As they look ahead to 2021, several expected long-term effects will factor into their planning. See what to expect in our latest blog article:

A Key Nugget Buried in New Research Identifies How Food Manufacturers Plan to Increase Production

A Key Nugget Buried in New Research Identifies How Food Manufacturers Plan to Increase Production

Posted on March 04, 2020 in Trends by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Each year Food Processing magazine conducts research to identify industry trends. At Lee Industries, this is always interesting to us as it highlights the issues on the minds of many of our customers. This year, however, the insight was particularly interesting...

Food Industry Growth Forcing Manufacturers to Rethink Processing Equipment

Food Industry Growth Forcing Manufacturers to Rethink Processing Equipment

Posted on July 31, 2019 in Trends by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

We’ve been a part of the food manufacturing world for over nine decades, so we know that change is a constant for the industry. But the pace of change today – and its impact on the food manufacturing process – is more significant than ever. Here are some of the key implications we see that will affect how food manufacturers make decisions on their processing equipment:

5 Vessel Design Requirements for Optimizing Food Grade, Specialty and High-Performance Lubricant Manufacturing

5 Vessel Design Requirements for Optimizing Food Grade, Specialty and High-Performance Lubricant Manufacturing

Posted on May 29, 2019 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Food-grade, specialty and high-performance lubricants, can pose mixing, temperature and safety challenges that require specialized vessel features and performance. To meet these processing challenges, manufacturers may be wise to emphasize five key characteristics in their processing vessels for optimal results. See the five key characteristics in our latest blog article.

Three Vessel Design Enhancements to Improve Your Throughput

Three Vessel Design Enhancements to Improve Your Throughput

Posted on March 06, 2019 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Faster batch processing is a common goal for food processors. It’s often the impetus for adding more processing equipment. But improving throughput can involve much more than simply adding capacity. Depending on your objectives, optimizing your vessel design can dramatically reduce your batch processing time while also improving safety, product quality and product consistency. Here are three areas where optimizing your processing vessel can produce significant results.

Why Surface Finish Grades are a Key Part of Your Production Vessel

Why Surface Finish Grades are a Key Part of Your Production Vessel

Posted on January 09, 2019 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

The surface finish grade is a crucial but perhaps overlooked component of your production vessel. The surface finish affects more than the look of your vessel; it’s also critically important to how your vessel accomplishes its intended task — or whether it’s able to at all. A vessel’s surface finish will determine what products can be produced within that vessel. From pharmaceuticals to chemicals to food products, each industry has surface finish standards that must be met. And even beyond industry requirements, a vessel’s surface grade can have a big effect on how your product is produced.

Three Questions You Should Ask Your Processing Equipment Manufacturer

Three Questions You Should Ask Your Processing Equipment Manufacturer

Posted on August 08, 2018 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Preparing to buy a new piece of processing equipment can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing the right questions to ask before you buy can put you on the path to success.

Five Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Kettle

Five Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Kettle

Posted on May 15, 2018 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Buying a used processing kettle can be a great option for expanding your operation or replacing older equipment. Used kettles and other vessels can often be available more quickly for lower prices than you’d see if you were buying new. But after weighing availability, price and basic design factors like shape, capacity and agitator type, there are other things you should weigh when deciding whether or not to buy a used kettle.

How to Improve Operator Safety in Your Food Processing Operations

How to Improve Operator Safety in Your Food Processing Operations

Posted on March 21, 2018 in Safety by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

During food processing, the safety of your production team is key. This article features key safety issues to consider in your food processing operation.