January 19, 2018

19/01/2017: Real time data for transformative levels of processing efficiency

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has introduced a new customer-partnership approach that uses big data flows to reach unprecedented levels of processing efficiency. The company’s new Digital Service Group is turning IIoT connectivity into true business value, giving operators and managers the ability to make decisions with confidence. 

 “Bühler’s Digital Services Group brings another dimension to our partnerships with customers,” said Paul McKeithan, Head of Digital Services. “We’re going one step further, after engineering a pilot process, scaling it for mass production, and manufacturing and commissioning a technology solution. Access to data analytics from full time, real-time process monitoring means we can help customers make better decisions. We can help them act on information quickly and effectively, in ways that impact every aspect of business.”

 Bühler now offers a dedicated team, with products and services that are helping customers move toward new avenues of growth. Comprised of hardware, software, cloud-based storage and ongoing process expertise--based on algorithms from decades of thermal processing experience--customers can achieve and sustain the most efficient drying operations ever.

 “In today’s competitive marketplace, with economic and environmental conditions constantly changing, sustainable processing is aimed at meeting present needs without compromising future viability,” said McKeithan. “It’s not just our corporate responsibility, sustainability directly relates to efficiency, minimising waste, finding cost-savings and new profitability. Our Digital Services Group gives customers the integrated operational connectivity they need to ensure business success.”

 Digital services and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) are rapidly transforming processing operations with intuitive and intelligent analytical capabilities. In an increasingly connected digital world, seamless monitoring of end-to-end processing ensures consistency in product, efficient energy use and safe food production. With data analytics that track and measure operational success, customers can make real time business decisions that impact the bottom line.

 Required changes can be immediate, saving valuable time needed for manual testing, while increasing a dryer’s yield. Even the smallest percentage gain can increase profitability. A real-time management that achieves a net increase of just one percent in finished moisture can result in a return-on-investment increase of US$300,000. This translates into an energy savings valued at US$20,000 per year.

 Bühler Aeroglide’s total IIoT solution consists of intuitive analytics that enable the highest processing efficiencies, with products that answer real-time customer needs. For reliable moisture control, continuously monitoring and controlling moisture content of a product exiting the dryer means adjustments can be made immediately when needed.

 For food safety, process monitoring with sensor-based technology gives users access to real-time log reduction data based on parameter sensors that send information to a program modelled to a particular process. Should a process change occur, the user is alerted so that the process can be stopped or diverted. For segments of the food and feed industries that rely on drying or roasting equipment for a kill step, this is a valuable solution for food safety validation.

 Bühler’s Digital Services Group knows the power of data analytics. When customers are connected to processing expertise--viewed in real time via computer, phone, tablet or other web-connected devices, with cloud-based storage and custom dashboards providing the most critical data--they gain information they can use. The results can be transformative for business operations and the bottom line.

Read more HERE.
 

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January 18, 2018

19/01/2018: Opportunities are within industry’s grasp but uncertainty grows, says NOAH’s second Brexit Barometer

Lack of Government progress contributes to increasing uncertainty surrounding the Post-Brexit future of the animal medicines industry

NOAH’s second Brexit Barometer report has revealed that animal medicines businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of the industry post-Brexit. Increasing levels of complexity and a lack of Government progress overall were found to bekey contributors to the rising concerns.
 
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However, the findings revealed that despite an increase in levels of uncertainty compared to the previous Brexit Barometer in May 2017, the industry is by no means losing hope. NOAH’s Brexit Conference, held in November 2017, where the sentiment survey in the second Barometer was undertaken, revealed many areas of convergence and ways in which organisations and stakeholders across the sector are already working together to achieve a successful Brexit.

The changing sentiment was tracked across the same six lenses: animal health and welfare, public health and food production, trade and investment, R&D and innovation, bringing new products to market and post-licensing controls for the overall market. Key findings include:

- Public health and food production remains the most optimistic of the six areas overall with over a third (38%) feeling ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’
- More than a third (39%) now feel ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’ in comparison to 30 percent previously with regard to bringing a product to market
- Trade and exports continue to be a cause for concern with almost a quarter of respondents (23%) now feeling ‘very pessimistic’ in comparison to zero percent who previously felt this negative.

NOAH also gathered feedback from delegates on the level of progress the industry feels is being made by Government against each of the topics, which revealed an increasingly negative sentiment. 84 percent considered that Government is not progressing well with negotiations overall with additional key findings as below:

- 85 percent considered that in terms of bringing a product to market negotiations are not progressing well or even progressing at all
- A close second in terms of limited progress was the trade and exports topic with only 20 percent reporting that progress is going well or reasonably well
- The topic of animal health and welfare in the UK elicited the most positive response with almost half (45%) believing it is progressing reasonably well or well.

NOAH Chief Executive Dawn Howard commented, “Our second Brexit Barometer report paints a picture of growing uncertainty, which we as an industry need to address. Whilst Government progress is a major contributor to the rising concerns, we cannot be complacent and simply wait for action from Government. Following our November conference, we undertook additional research with our members that revealed what the current landscape means to their customers and what they should do in response. The overriding sentiment as we enter the ‘post-divorce’ stage is that avoiding a ‘hard Brexit’ would present us with opportunities that we can capitalise upon and an optimistic undertone came through. We all recognise that there are steps that as an industry we can take and it is very reassuring to see convergence across our member organisations already taking shape. “Recognising key areas of concern is of paramount importance so that we are ready to take action to achieve success within these areas. Safeguarding a skilled workforce, championing the UK jobs market and looking ahead to what may be in store with regard to regulatory changes and licensing frameworks are all possible even at this early stage. We will continue to work closely with our members and stakeholders to ensure that we make Brexit as successful as we possibly can for the animal medicines industry.”

The next Brexit Barometer will be launched in summer 2018.

For more information visit the NOAH website, HERE.
 

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19/01/2018: Registration opens for AFIA’s feed industry institute

The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its biennial Feed Industry Institute (FII), happening June 11-14 in St. Louis, Missouri

The conference, which has been held every other year since merging with the National Feed Ingredients Association in 1992, brings together roughly 125 individuals in the industry to learn the basics of the animal food manufacturing process – from the types of foods used to the animals served to federal policies that shape the output of the industry.
 

“The Feed Industry Institute is ideal for people who are new to the livestock feed or pet food industry, as it provides a good overview of animal health and nutrition,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “Throughout the four-day educational program, industry experts share practical information and best practices for attendees. Our goal is that attendees not only understand how to manufacture high-quality animal food, but why doing so is so essential for animal productivity and well-being.”

The 2018 FII will include an overview of the US feed industry, animal physiology and nutrition basics, information on the types of ingredients used in animal food and why, the role of medications and other additives in animal food, and various processing techniques. It will also look at agriculture’s role in building consumer trust, the role of international trade and provide an overview of state and federal regulations.

The full agenda can be found on the event’s website, HERE


In addition to the educational program, there will be a reception on Monday, June 11, and a networking outing to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Wednesday, June 13. The baseball outing is an additional $50 and includes a ticket to the game and $25 worth of “Cardinal bucks” to be used for food and drinks in the stadium. 

AFIA encourages people to register between now and March 30 to receive the discounted rate of $650 for AFIA members and $800 for non-members. The AFIA member rate includes a $100 discount for registering online. Fees will increase April 1.

For more information about FII and to register, visit the event’s website, HERE or contact Connie Samuels, AFIA’s manager of meetings and events, at (703) 558-3573.
 

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19/01/2018: Perten Instruments moves North American headquarters to larger facility

Business growth results in need for larger offices and training facilities

Perten Instruments, a PerkinElmer company, has relocated its North American headquarters to a new facility in order to meet the demands of its growing business in dairy, grain, and food. 
  
Perten Instruments new facility
Image credit: Perten Instruments

“We were at our previous facility for more than 20 years and expanded it several times. Our new facility features advanced training facilities for our customers and larger office spaces for our employees,” said Terry Allen, General Manager of Perten Instruments, Inc.

The new office includes a custom designed, state of the art training facility and demonstration lab.

The facility will provide opportunities for customers to interact with many instruments at once in an environment designed for learning.

New Address

Perten Instruments, Inc.
3200 Robbins Road Suite 100A
Springfield, Illinois 62704
Tel: (217) 585 – 9440


Visit the Perten Indstruments website, HERE.
 

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GMach company profile




The company remains "young" with its 26-year experience
Konya… The soils where grain is converted into labour, and the labour into bread. Here, Genç Değirmen was established in 1990 taking inspiration from the labour it had seen in these soils. Today, it offers solutions on flour and semolina production plants with its experienced staff approaching their job with respect on 30.000 square meter area. By virtue of its worldwide franchising network, it conveys the miracle of labour to the 42 countries of the world.

The harmony of technology and labour
Genç Değirmen has continuously renewed itself since the year it was established in the fast growing, developing and the food requirement increasing world. It makes a defect-free production possible by means of CAD-CAM aided, machinery enriched with CNC machines and its approach sensible to advanced technology production standards. It uses technology effectively in every stage of the production from the painting unit providing the painting of the machines without any defects and speedily to wood production workshop to manufacture the wooden parts and a modern material warehouse constituted for spare part procurement. The labour reaches over to more people by means of technology.

More than 300 turnkey projects, zero error

The experience of Genç Değirmen makes it a power offering turn-key solutions in every stage of the production, from the designing to assembling. While enjoying the pride of delivering more than 300 projects it has undertaken so far without any defects and in time, it continues to produce new projects with its R&D department it has established. It continuously works for the best with its entire staff adopting the Total Quality Management philosophy; and adds its after-sale support force to its production quality for offering a full performance of all the machines in every aspect.

Genç Değirmen’s quality policy
- Acts with the satisfied customer principle in every stage of the production from the design to after-sale support.
- Works to render a better service by improving its quality system.
- Renews itself according to the innovations and changing world; attaches importance to the investments on training, technology and human resources.
- Perpetuates its competitive capacity by lodging a productive and quality production environments at international standards.

Visit the GMach website, HERE.
 

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January 17, 2018

18/01/2018: Sustainable processing in the era of digital flows

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has introduced a new customer-partnership approach that uses big data flows to reach unprecedented levels of processing efficiency

The company’s new Digital Service Group is turning IIoT connectivity into true business value, giving operators and managers the ability to make decisions with confidence.
 


“Bühler’s Digital Services Group brings another dimension to our partnerships with customers,” said Paul McKeithan, Head of Digital Services. “We’re going one step further, after engineering a pilot process, scaling it for mass production, and manufacturing and commissioning a technology solution. Access to data analytics from full time, real-time process monitoring means we can help customers make better decisions. We can help them act on information quickly and effectively, in ways that impact every aspect of business.”

Bühler now offers a dedicated team, with products and services that are helping customers move toward new avenues of growth. Comprised of hardware, software, cloud-based storage and ongoing process expertise, based on algorithms from decades of thermal processing experience, customers can achieve and sustain the most efficient drying operations ever.

“In today’s competitive marketplace, with economic and environmental conditions constantly changing, sustainable processing is aimed at meeting present needs without compromising future viability,” said Mr McKeithan. “It’s not just our corporate responsibility, sustainability directly relates to efficiency, minimising waste, finding cost-savings and new profitability. Our Digital Services Group gives customers the integrated operational connectivity they need to ensure business success.”

Digital services and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) are rapidly transforming processing operations with intuitive and intelligent analytical capabilities. In an increasingly connected digital world, seamless monitoring of end-to-end processing ensures consistency in product, efficient energy use and safe food production.

With data analytics that track and measure operational success, customers can make real time business decisions that impact the bottom line. Required changes can be immediate, saving valuable time needed for manual testing, while increasing a dryer’s yield. Even the smallest percentage gain can increase profitability.

A real-time management that achieves a net increase of just one percent in finished moisture can result in a return-on-investment increase of $300,000. This translates into an energy savings valued at $20,000 per year. Bühler Aeroglide’s total IIoT solution consists of intuitive analytics that enable the highest processing efficiencies, with products that answer real-time customer needs. For reliable moisture control, continuously monitoring and controlling moisture content of a product exiting the dryer means adjustments can be made immediately when needed.

For food safety, process monitoring with sensor-based technology gives users access to real-time log reduction data based on parameter sensors that send information to a program modelled to a particular process. Should a process change occur, the user is alerted so that the process can be stopped or diverted. For segments of the food and feed industries that rely on drying or roasting equipment for a kill step, this is a valuable solution for food safety validation.

Bühler’s Digital Services Group knows the power of data analytics. When customers are connected to processing expertise, viewed in real time via computer, phone, tablet or other web-connected devices, with cloud-based storage and custom dashboards providing the most critical data, they gain information they can use. The results can be transformative for business operations and the bottom line.


Visit the Bühler website, HERE.
 

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which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


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18/01/2018: Vortex Global Ltd. obtains ISO 9001:2015 certification

As of December 2017, Vortex Global Limited has been certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Vortex Global’s parent company, Salina Vortex Corporation, made a recent announcement that it too had obtained ISO 9001:2015 certification. Previously, Vortex Global was certified under the ISO 9001:2008 standard, and has been ISO-certified since its establishment in 2007.
 


ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a management system. By gaining ISO 9001:2015 certification, ISO 9001 acknowledges that Vortex Global has demonstrated the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. In essence, the ISO 9001 standard acknowledges Vortex Global’s credibility as a reliable and consistent supplier of material handling equipment and technical services to the dry bulk solids industry.

Among the major changes of ISO 9001:2015 versus ISO 9001:2008 was a transition of emphasis from “preventative actions” and “required documentation” toward more open communication with customers and suppliers, and greater information transparency within the organisation and its shareholders.

To ensure the continuous improvement of its quality management system, Vortex Global has been utilising turtle diagrams to assess the effectiveness of their Enquiry, Stock Control, and Works Order processes. These diagrams are revised annually to better Vortex Global’s processes and, ultimately, improve customer satisfaction from more efficient operations.

To improve internal transparency, Vortex Global’s top management created a document to assess both short-term and long-term opportunities and risks for the company’s operations, and developed strategies for how those opportunities and risks will be approached to improve the business. Created in unison with Vortex Headquarters in Salina, Kansas, USA, Vortex Global’s top management also assisted in the development of a long-term business plan to provide Vortex employees and stakeholders with a clear understanding of the company’s goals and strategic objectives for the future.

Vortex Global has demonstrated that within their small staff, cross-training efforts have been effective, job roles have been well-defined, and project information and product knowledge is recorded in a way that it is transferrable among the entire staff. As a result, Vortex Global has constructed an efficient and high quality management programme.

“Maintaining ISO compliance is a leading objective for Vortex Global, as it ensures the quality of our management system and allows us to continue our relationships with Blue Chip companies,” said Laurence Millington, managing director at Vortex Global Limited. “By clearly defining, monitoring and measuring our company objectives – and emphasising the importance of meeting those objectives – Vortex Global Limited has seen rapid growth since its conception ten years ago and continues to be well-respected among the industries in which we operate.”

Visit the Vortex Global website, HERE.
 

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