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The Future is Here: Artificial Intelligence in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Do you remember when IBM’s Watson beat two Jeopardy champions on live TV? Now artificial intelligence in pharma manufacturing is a reality. It’s almost crazy to think that soon we might be relying on artificial intelligence to create and manufacture drugs that people use every day.

As you can imagine, the pharmaceutical experts throughout the industry all have different opinions about how viable AI is in their process. There’s no denying that pharmaceutical manufacturing using AI will completely transform how drugs are made and tested.

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Artificial intelligence has the ability to transform the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

Pharmaceutical Artificial Intelligence History

To get a clear understanding of why the pharmaceutical industry is trying to use AI in manufacturing, it helps to look at the motivation. Pharmaceutical companies have always had a bit of a problem when it comes to drug development. The cost is high, and it can take a very long time to progress through all the stages of development between having the idea and bringing it to market.… Read more

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry Trends to Look Out for in 2018

Healthcare spending is estimated to increase 5.5% annually, hitting $5.7 trillion by 2026. What’s more, prescription drug spending is expected to rise 6.3% per year over the next decade. One thing is for sure: the pharmaceutical industry is booming. This rapid growth is a tough pill to swallow for pharmaceutical manufacturers who have to worry about technology, processes and resource planning in order to keep up with the demand. Here’s some of the key trends to stay on top of to keep up with the ever-growing pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

A pharmaceutical engineer works on a piece of equipment in her pharmaceutical processing plant.

As the pharmaceutical industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, companies and engineers have to embrace new technologies and processes to keep up with the demand.

1. Greater Need for Continuous Processing

More and more pharmaceutical companies are moving towards single-system manufacturing processes. Why? Because they help increase efficiencies, improve product quality and even alleviate extra costs. In fact, the U.S.… Read more

What is Ultra High Temperature (UHT) Pasteurization?

An assortment of dairy products, some of which have undergone UHT pasteurization.

Ultra high temperature pasteurization, sometimes referred to as HST pasteurization or ultra-pasteurization, is a process in which milk or other dairy products are heated to 280 degrees Fahrenheit for a brief time—just two seconds—and then quickly cooled back down.

In this post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of UHT pasteurization in comparison to high temperature short time (HTST) pasteurization.

Benefits of UHT Pasteurization

  1. UHT-Pasteurized Products Last Longer: UHT pasteurization extends a product’s shelf-life by months, making it an extremely cost-effective option.
  2. UHT-Pasteurized Products Contain Less Bacteria: The high heat required during UHT pasteurization results in milk that is up to 99.9% bacteria-free.

Disadvantages of UHT Pasteurization

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of ultra high temperature pasteurization is its effect on the taste of milk. Many people agree that UHT-pasteurized milk exhibits an overly cooked, burnt taste. On the other hand, UHT pasteurization can be ideal for flavor-forward products like fruit juice, cheese sauce and yogurt because sweeteners, salt and other ingredients may help to mask the burnt taste.… Read more

3 Food & Beverage Industry Trends to Watch in 2018

Family shops for groceries looking for natural and organic products that are clearly labeled as GMO or non-GMO, Fair-Trade Certified is a bonus, but not required.

Food and beverage manufacturers need to keep up with changing industry trends to stay competitive in 2018 and beyond. Here are three big food and beverage industry trends to pay attention to this year:

  1. Continued shift toward natural ingredients away from artificial additives and dyes
  2. Emphasis on non-dairy and dairy alternatives
  3. Increasing consumer demand for GMO transparency

Ready to learn more about these food and beverage manufacturing trends? Pull up a chair.

2018 Trends in the Food and Beverage Industry

1. All Natural, All the Time

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one of the biggest trends in the food and beverage industry is consumer demand for all-natural and organic food and beverages. In fact, this trend continues to show double-digit growth. The shift toward organic and all-natural food begins on the farm and extends down the line to processing and packaging, and could affect the food and beverage equipment that manufacturers utilize.… Read more

How to Increase Dairy Production: 3 Surprising Tips

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A cow that is milking can eat about 100 pounds of feed each day. That adds up. So, if you run a dairy farm, you obviously want to get as much milk as possible out of your feed costs. In this post, we’ll share three tips for helping your dairy cows meet or exceed the production average of six-to-seven gallons of milk per day.

1. Cows that Rest Longer Produce More Milk

Believe it or not, even a small increase in the amount of time your cows spend lying down can have a big impact on dairy production. Why? Well, it all comes down to blood flow to the cow’s udder. Simply put, when a cow lies down, blood flow is 25-30% faster, according to some estimates. Even just one extra hour of down time per day can make a real difference in your milk tank.

2. Dairy Cows Love a Predictable Routine

Humans are creatures of habit.… Read more