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The Northwest Food Manufacturing and Packaging Expo is taking place in Portland, Oregon USA.

January 15-18, 2012 Oregon Convention Center

Please Visit us at Booth 428 to say hello.  We look forward to seeing you.

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Accuracy of Feed

It has been customary to use volumetric feed system while blending, seasoning, feeding fryers, cookers, blanchers, sorters, freezers, etc.  While this approach is simple it does not lead to high quality product.  A better way is to actually weigh the product in motion to feed a process line.  Consider applying seasoning to snack foods, for example.  With volumetric feed both main product and seasoning are going to vary in rate.  Bulk densities of products are going to come into equation and affect end product quality.  Another application is blending systems.  Let us assume there are a certain number of frozen food products or nuts to be blended in a certain proportion.  Using volumetric feed strictly would yield an inconsistent blend quality.  In addition there is going to be potential of more giveaway of expensive products.

Crescent System’s Magna Weigh feed system solves that problem.  It feeds lines by weight.  Also weighing is done on vibratory feeders as opposed to belt conveyors.  The quality of product is enhanced and it helps customers save money.

We would appreciate your comments as to how your company is dealing with this issue.  Let us get discussion started on this subject.  Your comments are welcome.

Energy Usage in Food Processing Systems

This discussion deals with general usage of energy in Food Processing systems and how may we reduce it.  We at Crescent are very aware of the importance of energy efficient systems and have designed our drives to run at maximum efficiency with minimum current.  An example is our Electromagnetic Drives.  With natural frequency controllers and feedback systems we optimise systems so they give us maximum stroke with minimum required current.  Thus our drives consume less.  A comparable conveyor based on electric motor will use 2 to 3 times as much energy.  Let us look at your applications and see how may we replace conventional drives with electromagnetics to save energy and enhance simplicity with fewer moving parts as well as minimize maintenance.

we encourage, in this discussion, to share ideas as to how to minimize energy usage and also what has worked for you in your situation.  What is your company doing for minimizing energy comption?