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Krones launches lifecycle programme for bottlers

Krones has unveiled what it claims is a complete package of after-sale customer care for bottlers and plant managers. The service covers everything from installation and commissioning through to training,...

Intralox: Plastic spiral belt can increase efficiency

The manufacturer of a new spiral belt designed specifically for the cooling and freezing of food products claims that the machine can substantially cut product waste and increase energy efficiency...

Zimmer technology to revolutionise PET production

Zimmer, a subsidiary of mg technologies, claims to have developed a new process that manufactures blanks for PET bottles 10 per cent more efficiently than at present. This, it says,...

Ishida weighing innovation to increase efficiency

A leading European meat processor hopes that the installation of a new Ishida fresh food weigher will increase weighing accuracy and result in production efficiency.

China adopts western technology to boost brewing potential

A major Chinese brewer is adopting hi-tech methods and promoting the growth of new varieties of hops from the USA, UK and Germany to boost brewing production. Domestic producers in...

Food manufacturers eye processing efficiency in the east

Over 500 food processing plants were shut down in the Czech Republic at the end of 2003, according to Radio Praha. The closures of the plants were due to food...

New fuel efficiency concept for potato processors

A new means of on-site fuel generation for potato processing facilities using recovered potato waste solids has been discovered. The breakthrough could help companies achieve energy savings while at the...

Arla eyes processing opportunities in the new EU

The first lorries loaded with cheese from Arla Foods' dairy plant in Poland headed for Finland last week, as all export quotas and customs levies were finally lifted between existing...

Buhler brings processing expertise to Australia

Equipment giant Buhler has supplied two vertical hammer mills to an Australian feed mill with the aim of achieving higher capacity. The challenge of the project was that the installation...

Partnership offers plant managers energy savings

US-based Andover Controls has formed a partnership with UK-based HVAC specialist AEC to offer plant managers greater potential for energy saving. There is growing awareness that food processors need to...

Plant lifecycle management programme developed

Buhler has developed a comprehensive system to help manufacturers manage the life cycle of their plant. The company argues that in the long term, good planning and predictive maintenance is...

US announces renewable energy grants to SMEs

Grants have been made available in the US to enable small businesses to invest in renewable energy systems. Food producers could be in line to benefit most - the industry...

UK carrot supplier doubles packaging speed

A leading processor of carrots for the UK supermarket sector has doubled its packaging speed by replacing traditional bagging with drop and seal technology from Ulma Packaging.

Process management made easier

Industrial measurement equipment provider Endress+Hauser has developed a comprehensive service to help production managers handle the lifecycle of their plant equipment better. Predictive maintenance is much less expensive than unplanned...

New production technology bears fruit in Ireland

New technology in strawberry production has led to dramatic improvements, a Teagasc conference in Ireland has been told. Through the adoption of new production methods, the value of strawberries has...

Food industry meets Brussels deadline

As accession lifts the EU's population by 20 per cent at a stroke, the European Commission reports that every food processor in all 10 new member states has been brought...

Romania gets ready for next accession

For many food companies in the accession countries 1 May will be the culmination of a great deal of hard work. However in Romania and Bulgaria, currently mooted for entry...

Plant efficiency improved

DSO Fluid Handling, a manufacturer of replacement and maintenance parts for processing plants in the ready-to-eat food and dairy industries, is offering antimicrobial protection for rubber parts. The company believes...

3-D weighing technology

As with many other food sectors, the meat processing industry loses a considerable amount of money from wastage throughout the supply chain. Danish firm Scanvaegt has come with a solution...

DSM expands polyamide plant

DSM Engineering Plastics is set to expand capacity at its polyamide plant in the Netherlands. The move underlines the growing importance of the material, which is used in flexible food...

Milking new technology

Europe's first pasteurised milk enriched with omega-3 fatty acids has launched in Ireland, thanks to new technology that allows a fish oil emulsion to be added to milk just before...

Improved conveying

Two newly-launched conveyor belt concepts demonstrate how efficiency and ease of maintenance are key drivers in food production. Intralox has resorted to using one belt instead of rollers, while CSi...

Energy efficient food safety

The Agricultural and Food Technology Alliance (AFTA), set up by energy solutions provider EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), is a project designed to help food manufacturers better manage their energy...

A breakthrough in the heating process

A safer way to heat food products that still manages to retain nutritional quality is being developed by European scientists. The researchers are eager to see if the new process...

Efficient food processing

A US manufacturer of frozen and refrigerated products has installed a software system designed to optimise its production processes. Food manufacturers are increasingly looking to IT as a means of...

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