Category: Quality Control

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3 Ways Food Processors Can Keep Up With Demand During COVID-19 Pandemic

A close up of a bag of macaroni at a food processing plant. In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19), stay at home orders and social distancing have become the new normal. It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 epidemic is having an impact on industries all throughout the country. But food processing has seen a huge surge in demand over the past few months.

Grocery stores are seeing products like milk, eggs and bread fly off the shelves, making them harder to find on a daily basis. For food processors, this unprecedented spike in demand can be challenging to keep up with. And while the sales growth is nice to see, making sure people have the food they need is a top priority.

As food processing demand continues to grow, your business might be looking for ideas on how to keep up. It’s been awhile since the food processing industry has had to adapt to such a drastic change in the market. But the good news is we’re all in this together.… Read more

Cleaning and Sanitizing Equipment: Nitty Gritty Details to Consider

As a food manufacturer, nothing is more important to you than making sure the food you’re producing is safe for people to consume. And besides working in the food industry, you’re also a consumer. When you’re in the grocery store shopping for your own food, you’re trusting that food manufacturers like you are following the right procedures and cleaning their equipment properly.

A recently cleaned milk pasteurization machine in a food processing plant.But sometimes it isn’t always clear just what you need to do to fully sanitize food processing equipment. And some employees may even think that giving the equipment a quick once-through with sanitizer will be enough to do the trick.

If you’re trying to improve your cleaning procedures or just want a refresher to make sure all your employees are cleaning to the proper standard, keep reading to learn how to properly clean and sanitize equipment in your food processing plant.

Why are Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures in the Food Industry Important?

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5 Tips for Risk Management in the Food Industry

Production equipment used for beverage production by a food processing manufacturer.

Natural disasters, unexpected requirement changes, limited resources, technological problems, and other events you could never see coming. All these threaten your supply chain and food processing equipment. And when you’re dealing with something has fragile as food, supply chain disruptions and mistakes can affect people’s health and safety.

So, what can plant managers do to mitigate as many supply chain risks as possible? Here are 5 ways to keep your food manufacturing on track and running smoothly.

1. Be Strategic with Your Supplier List

Every player in the supply chain has his own job to do. When one player doesn’t show up or has a bad day, it disrupts all the other players’ and their ability to do their own jobs effectively. There can be any number of reasons why a supply delivery would be delayed, but in order to minimize those disruptions, consider your supplier list carefully.

Be strategic about who you work with and make sure all suppliers have strong reputations and won’t have any issues delivering the materials for your product.… Read more

Food Safety First: Upgrading Your Food Processing Equipment

A newly upgraded milk pasteurization system in a dairy processing plant.

If you’re ready to add a new piece of food processing equipment to your production facility, or it’s time to renovate your operations, there are many sanity standards and food safety considerations you’ll need to address to protect the integrity of your product and the safety of your personnel.

To upgrade your industrial food processing equipment and maintain your food safety standards, pay attention to the following:

1. Impact of food processing equipment upgrades on traffic flow

2. Use of food-safe equipment in all areas affected by the construction and renovations

3. Potential impact on nearby food production lines not part of the retrofit

Stick around and we’ll dig into each of these important food processing equipment upgrade considerations in more detail.

1. Impact of Food Processing Equipment Upgrades Can Impact Traffic Flow

When renovating a food processing facility or installing new food processing equipment, expect the flow of foot traffic through the facility to change.… Read more

How to Prevent Food Processing Equipment Breakdowns

A worker records notes in her equipment maintenance log.

Stainless steel tanks. Centrifugal pumps. Filling and packaging machines. Heat exchangers. What do these types of food processing equipment have in common? They’re all susceptible to normal wear and tear. Some wear is cosmetic and doesn’t affect performance or the integrity of your product. Other wear, however, can be an early warning sign of equipment failure. In this post, we’ll share our easiest maintenance tips for preventing food processing equipment breakdowns and reducing costly downtime.

Routine Maintenance Beats Routine Equipment Failure

Keeping up with the regular maintenance of your food processing equipment takes time out of your day. No doubt about it. And, while you may be able to skip a few spot-checks here and there, eventually it could catch up with you. So, the simplest, easiest thing you can do to help prevent equipment breakdown is to follow the manufacturer’s recommended preventative maintenance schedule. Often, that means regularly inspecting and lubricating parts, swapping worn components with new ones and keeping a detailed equipment maintenance log of what was done and when.… Read more