Quaterly - News May 2017

The Anuga FoodTec 2018 is approaching. As the world’s leading trade fair, from 20 to 23 March 2018 it will once again be the driving force for the international food and drink industry. At the same time, it is the only specialist trade fair in the world to cover all the aspects of food production: From process technology to filling and packaging techniques, from packaging materials to ingredients, to food safety and a wide range of other innovations for food and drink production.

In the current issue of AFT-Quarterly, we provide you with information about the newest development concerning scissor-type cutting rollers for packaging machines, which you can see in Cologne next spring. However, this is only one of the exciting topics from the innovative world of food technology that we have prepared for you.

We show you how new technologies contribute to effective and at the same time gentle production of olive oil. Furthermore, we present you with a software solution that helps food producers increase their operational efficiency through targeted implementation of their data. In other articles, we consider high-purity natural calcium carbonate as an ingredient for milk alternatives, as well as the broad range of activities of the food scientists at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (BOKU).

We hope you will enjoy reading the selection of articles in this issue.

Best regards,
Your editorial team

Packing machines: Modularity and digitalisation are the key to more flexibility

Packing machines: Modularity and digitalisation are the key to more flexibility

They have to be highly-flexible, the packing machines of today - and that even for small batch sizes. After all, the food manufacturer wants to be able to align his machine for new products or formats simply and at the touch of a button. Anuga FoodTec in Cologne from 20.-23.03.2018 will demonstrate how this works. All varieties of packing are represented at the Cologne fair grounds, from the simple carton erector, through to the tray sealer line of modular construction. It becomes apparent here: The capability of the mechanical engineers to integrate all types of robot kinematics is decisive for the performance of the machines.

Packing machines (.pdf)

GEA´s equipment and expert profile meets local olive oil manufacturers’ demands

GEA´s equipment and expert profile meets local olive oil manufacturers’ demands

For high quality oil, processing the olive paste has to be prepared fast. This requires a good balance between harvest timing, harvest quantity and processing capacity. Otherwise, enzymatic activities within the fruit will alter the taste, impair the quality, increase oil loss and decrease shelf live. A new generation of malaxers (warmed stirring tank) combined with an effective heating system for the malaxer jacked water is responsible for very short processing times which result in higher yields and better quality of the oil.

GEA´s equipment and expert profile meets local olive oil manufacturers’ demands (.pdf)

Industrial Information Management in the Food & Beverages production

Industrial Information Management in the Food & Beverages production

People, devices and processes generate a large amount of data. Especially multi-side companies with complex production processes struggle to gain needed insights and to efficiently transform their plant´s systems. The Wonderware portfolio enables Food & Beverages organizations to access data through-out the enterprise and analyze that data to gain reasonable insights. 21 of the global Top 25 Food & Beverage companies make use of Wonderware´s industrial software philosophy.

Industrial Information Management in the Food & Beverages production (.pdf)

Roll Shear Cutter with modular Discharge Conveyor – the alternative to circular blade cutting

Roll Shear Cutter with modular Discharge Conveyor – the alternative to circular blade cutting

When packaging foods, in particular, individual and attractive product presentation is important to reinforce the brand on the market. A roll shear cutting solution by the German engineering company VARIOVAC enables to meet this customer requirement with even greater reliability. Roll shear cutting makes it possible to cut even very thick and firm films accurately without ragged edges or strands.

Roll Shear Cutter with modular Discharge Conveyor (.pdf)

Calcium – an important ingredient for milk alternatives

Calcium – an important ingredient for milk alternatives

Omya combines high-purity natural calcium carbonates under the brand name Calcipur®. These have a particularly high level of bioavailable elementary calcium (about 40 per cent) and are therefore one of the most highly concentrated and efficient supplement solutions. For plant-based drinks consisting of soy, rice, oats, coconut or almonds, the correct particle size of the ingredients is crucial.

Calcium – an important ingredient for milk alternatives (.pdf)

Mineral oil-based lubricants and how plants benefit from a completely food-safe inventory

Mineral oil-based lubricants and how plants benefit from a completely food-safe inventory

Selecting a supplier and lubricant that delivers on food safety and meets regulations is imperative, but, just as importantly, the products must also perform. Unfortunately, misconceptions about food grade, mineral-oil-based lubricants have deterred Maintenance Managers from considering the best lubricant for their operations.

Mineral oil-based lubricants and how plants benefit from a completely food-safe inventory (.pdf)

EIT FOOD – The Knowledge and Innovation Community

EIT FOOD – The Knowledge and Innovation Community

To address challenges in the agri-food system, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) chartered in 2017 a new Knowledge and Innovation Community, named EIT Food. With the financial and intellectual resources of its highly committed partners, EIT Food is driven by the joint ambition to catalyse the transformation of the food sector and to adopt a fundamentally different, integrative approach to responsible innovation in the agri-food sector.

EIT FOOD – The Knowledge and Innovation Community (.pdf)

BOKU Vienna – Food Science and Technology

BOKU Vienna – Food Science and Technology

The high standard of quality of many Austrian foods is not only based on the large amount of effort which characterises the area of primary production in agriculture, but also the high level of technology in the area handling and processing. From the optimal combination of source, traceability and modern and innovative processing procedures, a successful overall concept has been developed, which the Department for Food Science and Technology of the Univer-sity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) is dedicated to in terms of both research and teaching.

BOKU Vienna – Food Science and Technology (.pdf)