March 24, 2022

EPA Approves Selectrocide™ - a Chlorine Dioxide Product as Disinfectant, Sanitizer, Algaecide for Multiple Applications

Selectrocide™ from Selective Micro Technologies – Algaecide, Fungicide, Virucide Approved by EPA for Use in Plant Propagation, Food Preparation, Water Storage & Delivery

Beverly, MA (PRWEB) March 24, 2022 -- Selective Micro Technologies announced today that The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conditionally approved Selectrocide™, a chlorine dioxide product as a disinfectant, sanitizer, and algaecide for applications in the horticulture and food processing industries. Announcement of EPA approval follows only two weeks after Selective Micro Technologies announced an allowance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for to use its chlorine dioxide product to wash fruits and vegetables.

Selectrocide™ produces greater than 99% pure chlorine dioxide by simply submersing the product in water. The resulting chlorine dioxide and water solution can be used to kill disease-bearing bacteria, fungi and algae. For the horticulture and food industries, chlorine dioxide has not been available to clean plants, food and equipment because chlorine dioxide could not be produced on site without significant chemical residuals. Selectrocide™ makes it possible for the first time to generate specific concentrations of chlorine dioxide at the point of use with very low residuals, neutral pH, using only water with no capital equipment.

“EPA approval allows us to sell chlorine dioxide into hundreds of applications in dozens of industries to reduce levels of bacteria, yeast, and algae. Selectrocide™ has demonstrated in field trials the ability to extend the shelf life of processed food while maintaining taste and presentation. In horticulture, Selectrocide™ has reduced the propagation loss in greenhouses,” said John Warner, CEO, Selective Micro Technologies. “We don’t believe there is a biocide as effective in the world.”

APPLICATIONS FOR SELECTIVE MICRO CLEAN
A complete list of approved applications for Selectrocide™ can be found on the Selective Micro Technologies web site at www.selectivemicro.com. Below are the expected initial uses for Selective Micro Clean in the Horticulture and Food/Beverage industries:

DISINFECTANT, SANITIZER, ALGAECIDE, FUNGICIDE AND SLIME REMOVER/INHIBITER
· Bacteria, algae and fungi control on rooted or un-rooted cuttings and cut flowers, seed-bed soil and planting cubes
· Treats, controls, inhibits algae and fungi in greenhouse irrigation lines, filter systems, walls, ceilings, floors

DISINFECTANT
· Hard, non-porous surfaces such as tanks, transfer lines and other food processing equipment, floors, walls, ceilings in poultry, fish and meat plants, and in restaurants, dairies, beverage and bottling plants, breweries, wineries, commissaries.
· Water system and beverage lines, holding tanks and other equipment used in fountain drink or other beverage preparation, storage, transfer and dispensing operations.
· Boat, RV, Aircraft water lines, storage tanks and potable water applications.
· Medical and dental offices, laboratories, hospitals and clinics that use water storage tanks, transfer lines and filter systems.

ANTI-MICROBIAL AND GENERAL CLEANING
· Boat, RV wastewater tanks and lines
· Fountain drink or other drink preparation, storage, transfer and dispensing lines, equipment
· Coolers, thermoses, plastic water bottles and other water dispensing systems

SUMMARY OF SELECTIVE MICRO CLEAN BENEFITS
· Reduces algae, viruses, bacteria, yeast and mold on food and plant facilities and preparation surfaces
· Reduces bacteria, yeast and mold on fresh cut food
· Extends shelf-life of food – produce lasts longer, looks better, tastes better
· One product for all antimicrobial requirements in both horticulture and food preparation settings

SELECTIVE MICRO®’S CHLORINE DIOXIDE MICRO REACTORS
Selective Micro®’s Selectrocide™ is sold as sachets with reactants contained within proprietary membrane materials. The sachets are immersed into water, producing a greater than 99% pure chlorine dioxide solution, at neutral pH, with virtually no unwanted by-products. Selectrocide™ makes it possible to generate chlorine dioxide at specific concentrations (from 1 part per million (ppm) to 500 ppm) in specified time periods.

According to the Annual Research Report, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, 1996, “Chlorine dioxide is a powerful biocide that can kill fungus, bacteria, and viruses at levels of 0.1 to 1 part per million in contact times of a few minutes.” The low levels of chlorine dioxide required to kill microorganisms is in stark contrast to other antimicrobials that require parts per million ranging from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of parts per million in order to be effective. Such high concentrations make the competitive products highly corrosive, dangerous to handle and difficult to rinse. Being highly effective at low concentrations means Selectrocide™ rinses off food and equipment easily, and has no adverse effect on food flavor.

COMMERCIAL USES FOR CHLORINE DIOXIDE
Chlorine dioxide is a highly unstable gas and cannot be transported in containers or cylinders, so its potential over the last 50 years has gone untapped in many applications. For the first time ever, greater than 99% pure chlorine dioxide can easily be produced at the point of use without harmful residual chemicals, high capital expense or complex generation-plant assembly. Further information is available at www.selectivemicro.com or by calling 978-927-6610 X20.

ABOUT SELECTIVE MICRO TECHNOLOGIES
Formed in 1999, Selective Micro Technologies is a private company based in Beverly, Massachusetts. Combining sophisticated science with innovative product design, Selective Micro® has invented a proprietary delivery system that controls the rate and efficiency of gas-producing reactions. Our competitive advantage is the ability to generate specific concentrations of chlorine dioxide with very low chemical residuals and neutral pH – at the point-of-use, using only water, without capital equipment. The Company holds two US patents, and has several other patent applications pending in the US and abroad.

Selective Micro and logos are registered trademarks of Selective Micro Technologies, LLC. Selective Micro Clean is a trademark of Selective Micro Technologies, LLC. Ó 2005 Selective Micro Technologies. All Rights Reserved.

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March 22, 2022

Vibratory Screeners Optimize Product Throughput in the Food Ingredient Industry

Compact food processing equipment for scalping and sizing materials enables Farbest Brands to optimize product throughput/equipment uptime, while meeting highest quality sanitation requirements

(PRWEB) March 22, 2022 -- Farbest Brands supplies food ingredients to large and small manufacturers for everything from proteins and vitamins to sweeteners, preservatives and specialty products. To meet customer demands, Farbest imports worldwide ingredients for distribution or further manufacturing in its Columbus, Ohio plant, and uses specialized food processing equipment such as compact, vibratory screeners to successfully do so.

Farbest’s ingredients must not only be top quality but also designed to mix, blend or liquefy according to each customer’s production and quality standards. They must meet strict quality, hygiene, and safety standards including HACCP, as well as critical JIT delivery schedules. This requires flexibility, efficiency, and the right equipment to minimize downtime while achieving needed throughput. For Farbest, this meant choosing the right fine mesh separators to efficiently screen food powders and liquid slurries to ensure final product quality.

“When it comes to flat screening, we need to move large volumes of material through rooms with limited space,” explains Dennis Cowles, Farbest Maintenance Manager. “It’s important to have vibrating screeners that are not too large, not easily damaged, and easy to clean.”

While these requirements may seem simple, they are not always easy to achieve. Some equipment designs are prone to breakdown, such as screen tearing during high-volume operation. Various designs have components that can vibrate loose and enter the product stream below the mesh screen. Cleaning these screens to meet stringent safety and hygiene requirements, such as HACCP, can also be tedious and time consuming without the right equipment.

To avoid these problems, Farbest Brands uses a high-capacity, 36-inch vibratory Compact Screener from Russell Finex (www.russellfinex.com), a Pineville, NC-based food processing equipment manufacturer that supplies filters, separators, and other equipment to improve product quality, enhance productivity, safeguard worker health, and ensure that powders and liquids are contamination-free.

Because screening is a primary operation for ingredient manufacturers like Farbest, Cowles felt the compact screeners would benefit his operation.

“The compact screening equipment, used for scalping (removing larger contaminants), enables us to use more of the production rooms for material, and eliminates the need for a costly conveyor to transport material from one room to another,” Cowles says.

Durability also influenced Cowles’ decision. “Since these use wire mesh screens, we don’t have to worry about the screens tearing or pulling loose like those made of nylon,” he says.

As a food ingredient supplier, hygiene is a priority at Farbest. Chemical and physical tests are regularly conducted in-house, while micro testing is entrusted to certified laboratories.

“Many screeners require a lot of time-consuming tear-downs for cleaning, which detracts from productivity,” Cowles explains. “But the design of this screener is simple, which makes it easy to knock down and clean to our stringent requirements.”

Cowles adds that while some screening equipment has commercial hardware such as nuts and springs exposed to the material screened, the Russell unit does not, which eliminates the risk of hardware vibrating loose to enter the product stream.

In addition to supplying screeners, Russell Finex has served a variety of industries worldwide for over 70 years, with applications in food, chemicals, adhesives, plastisols, paint, coatings, pharmaceuticals, metal powders and ceramics.

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March 21, 2022

White Paper Offers Dairy Managers Options in Meeting Strict New Federal Pasteurization Testing Regulations

A new white paper, entitled “Pasteurization Testing in a Stricter Regulatory Environment,” is available to help U.S. dairy lab managers meet new, more demanding Federal pasteurization testing regulations that have gone into effect on March 1st

Norwood, MA (PRWEB) March 21, 2022 -- A new white paper, entitled “Pasteurization Testing in a Stricter Regulatory Environment,” is available to help U.S. dairy lab managers meet new, more demanding Federal pasteurization testing regulations that have gone into effect on March 1st

As of March 1, 2005, dairy lab managers using the Scharer method of visual ALP colorimetric testing no longer comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration pasteurization testing requirements. On that date, new ALP detection criteria of 350 mU (3 micrograms) per liter (0.075% raw milk equivalent) went into effect.

The white paper, “Pasteurization Testing in a Stricter Regulatory Environment,” reviews the new ALP testing options and explains their benefits to dairy process control and productivity. The paper also examines the Fluorophos® Test System, from Advanced Instruments, Inc. – which exceeds the new ALP detection criteria and enables lab managers to rapidly monitor their production system’s performance and anticipate quality control problems before they reach statutory limits.

Download a free copy of the white paper – “Pasteurization Testing in a Stricter Regulatory Environment” – at http://www.aicompanies.com/fluorophos, or request a copy by calling, toll-free, 1-800-225-4034

About Advanced Instruments
Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. is a leading supplier of analytical instruments and test kits for the food, dairy, and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products. The company can be found online at http://www.aicompanies.com/ or contact customer service at 800-225-4034 or +1-781-320-9000

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March 16, 2022

Advanced Instruments’ Fluorophos Test System Exceeds New Pasteurization Testing Regs, Monitors System Performance & Quality

Advanced Instruments’ new Fluorophos® Test System dramatically exceeds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new pasteurization testing requirements and evaluates samples in 3 minutes.

Norwood, MA (PRWEB) March 16, 2022 -- Advanced Instruments’ new Fluorophos® Test System dramatically exceeds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new pasteurization testing requirements and evaluates samples in 3 minutes.

As of March 1, 2005, dairy lab managers using the Scharer method of visual ALP colorimetric testing no longer comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration pasteurization testing requirements. On that date, new ALP detection criteria of 350 mU (3 micrograms) per liter (0.075% raw milk equivalent) went into effect.

The new Fluorophos technology provides sensitivity to 0.003% raw milk and, unlike the colorimetric method, confirms the pasteurization of many different dairy products including bovine, sheep, and goat milk, flavored and cultured products, and cheeses. The cost per test is low and there is no need to run control samples with each test.

The Fluorophos test has been approved by the International Standards Organization, International Dairy Federation, Interstate Milk Shippers, and AOAC.

Fluorophos Testing Delivers Speed, Sensitivity, and Early Warning
Foremost Farms, formerly Wisconsin Dairies adopted the Fluorophos ALP testing system because of its speed, sensitivity, and because it didn’t require any hazardous chemicals that could endanger lab technicians. “The new ALP test is so sensitive it opens a window on what’s happening well below the 0.1% level,” said a company official. “It acts as a buffer. It buys us extra time to detect and correct problems.”

The Fluorophos test can be used to monitor and verify pasteurizer performance over time, giving plant managers an early warning and detection system to reduce unnecessary maintenance expenses. Sorrento Cheese of Buffalo, New York, experienced these benefits with the Fluorophos Test System. “The test is much more accurate than the standard Scharer Rapid phosphatase test and it produces results in three minutes,” said the company’s laboratory manager.

White Paper Available
A free, informative white paper reviews ALP testing options and explains their benefits to dairy process control and productivity. Titled “Pasteurization Testing in a Stricter Regulatory Environment,” the paper is available free – by download at Advanced Instruments’ web site at http://www.aicompanies.com/fluorophos,or by calling, toll-free, 1-800-225-4034

The new Fluorophos® Test System is on display at Advanced Instruments’ Booth #444 at the Food Safety Summit 2005, March 16-18 in Washington DC.

About Advanced Instruments
Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. is a leading supplier of analytical instruments and test kits for the food, dairy, and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products. The company can be found online at http://www.aicompanies.com/ or contact customer service at 800-225-4034 or +1-781-320-9000

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March 02, 2022

Inpro/Seal Expands Sealing System Product Line for Powder and Bulk Applications

Articulating Seal that Handles Shaft Misalignment to Keep Equipment Running Longer
Inpro/Seal has introduced their Articulating Air Mizer™-, PS a sealing system developed to positively seal equipment where dry particulates, powders and bulk solids are handled, processed, packaged and stored. Once installed, the system helps contain powders, abrasives, liquids and toxic vapors. In addition, it handles extreme shaft misalignment and deflection, common in these kinds of applications to provide a seal that traditional methods simply cannot attain. A unique design feature uses a solid wall of air that functions as a barrier for contamination and works to retain product where it should be - in the equipment. The highest levels of performance are assured by virtue of an inherent non-contact design feature that avoids direct egress of the particulate material.

Rock Island, IL (PRWEB) March 2, 2022 -- Building on the ongoing success of their ability to positively seal equipment in dry powder and bulk process applications, Inpro/Seal has introduced their Articulating Air Mizer™-, PS sealing system.

Two Sealing Solutions
With this system Inpro/Seal now offers two sealing solutions for the containment of powders, abrasives, liquids and toxic vapors: the Air Mizer™-PS and the Articulating Air Mizer™- PS, a sealing system with upgraded design features.

Both were developed for use on equipment where dry particulates, powders and bulk solids are handled, processed, packaged and stored. Examples include: screw conveyors, gate valves, feeders, mixers, blenders, gates, clinker grinders, bucket elevators, diverters, scales, bagging machines, dust collectors, discharges, classifiers, screens, extruders, separators, shredders, sifters, metal detectors, pulverizers, crushers, coolers, augers, transfer pumps, fillers and similar dry powder and bulk processing machinery.

Result Of Continuous R & D
The result of direct customer request, input and feedback, continuous R&D; and extensive field testing and trials, the Articulated Air Mizer-PS has all the features of the original Air Mizer™-PS and adds the ability to handle extreme shaft misalignment and deflection, common in these kinds of applications to provide a seal that traditional methods simply cannot attain.

Ineffective Sealing Methods
Before the advent of the Articulated Air Mizer-PS end users had to deal with sealing methods that did not last because of shaft runout. Mechanical seals work on a contact basis and are subject to excess wear on the seal faces as they make contact. Seal faces have been known to wear out in as little as 3,000 hours.

Fibrous packings are also subject to wear and short lifetimes from runout where packing in the stuffing boxes compress and create a leak path. Packing can soften to the point where powder can leak to the outside, causing environmental problems. Tightening may renew the seal, but only for a relatively short period of time.

Successful Product At Heart Of Air Miser Seal
To counter, Inpro/Seal took their bearing isolator, a compound labyrinth bearing protection device, that they invented (and patented) in 1977 and modified it for use with dry particulates, powders and bulk solids.

A major innovation includes a unique design feature that uses a solid wall of air that functions as a barrier for contamination and works to retain product where it should be - in the equipment. The highest levels of performance are assured by virtue of an inherent non-contact design feature that avoids direct egress of the particulate material.

Latest In Non-Contact Technology
According to David C. Orlowski, President of Inpro/Seal and the holder of some 40 related patents, “Realizing the importance of what production continuity and what lost product can mean to the bottom line, several years ago, we introduced our Air Mizer Sealing System. This system has proven to help end users boost equipment reliability, reduce costs, extend sealing efficiencies and increase bottom line results, without equipment modification.”

Orlowski continued, “As time went on, more and more end users came to us with the same need. Beside the other problems they were having with contact seals, shaft deflection, run-out and misalignment was also causing seal faces to wear out and equipment to break down on a too rapid basis. Angular misalignment and mounting conditions, in particular, were hard to deal with.”

Orlowski concluded, “To solve this problem, working closely with our customers, our R & D people developed the Articulating Air Mizer™-PS, a sealing system that uses the latest in non-contacting technology with an air purge that accepts radial and angular shaft runout up to ¼”. Shaft diameters from ½ in - 36 in. No other sealing mechanism can do this.”-

No Equipment Modification, Easy to Install
The Articulating Air Mizer™-PS, sealing system is custom-engineered to suit individual applications. It is easy to install as it conforms to existing clearances, boltholes and patterns for bearings and/or stuffing boxes. Split designs allow for installation directly on the shaft without removal.

More Benefits
Additional benefits include: lower maintenance costs, reduction in lost product, unscheduled downtime virtually eliminated and meet regulatory needs. As with all other Inpro/Seal products same day shipping is available.

About Inpro/Seal
Inpro/Seal Company is the originator and the world’s number one manufacturer of bearing isolators, used to protect motor and pump bearings, machine tool spindles, turbines, fans, gear boxes, paper machine rolls and many other types of rotating equipment. Additional applications include the sealing, handling, processing, packing and storage of dry particulates, powders and bulk solids.

Over one and one half million of Inpro/Seal’s original bearing isolator designs are in operation in process plants worldwide, where end users continue to report significantly reduced operating costs with increased productivity and reliability. Documented cases show that a plant can more than double the mean-time-between failure (MTBF) and reduce maintenance costs by at least half, with users reporting an extremely high ROI.

As the recognized global leader in bearing isolator technology, Inpro products are marketed to the aerospace, automotive, petroleum, refining, nuclear, power generation, metalworking, food processing, grain processing, chemical, water, wastewater treatment, metalworking, hydrocarbon processing, HVAC, pulp and paper, mining, mineral, ore processing and general industrial markets.

Spreadsheets
Interactive spreadsheets that calculate ROI, Contact Seal Energy Consumption and other costs are available at www.bearingisolators.com

Signoff
For more information on the Articulating Air Mizer™-PS sealing system, including a FREE brochure, contact Terri Hageman at: Inpro/Seal Company, P.O. Box 3940, Rock Island, Illinois 61204. Phone numbers are: (800) 447-0524 or (309) 787-4971. Fax number is: (309) 787-6114. Website: www.inpro-seal.com or www.bearingisolators.com

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February 16, 2022

New Cracker Application For TasteTech's Encapsulation

TasteTech UK has developed the application of its controlled release (CR) microencapsulation technology to make it easier for cracker and savoury biscuit manufacturers to flavour their products. Commonly used for retaining the delicate flavours of sweet and savoury spices through high temperature baking, TasteTech’s new application for use in fast bake crackers and savoury biscuits has been developed to facilitate the growing market trend for flavoured crackers.

(PRWEB) February 16, 2022 -- TasteTech UK has developed the application of its controlled release (CR) microencapsulation technology to make it easier for cracker and savoury biscuit manufacturers to flavour their products.

TasteTech’s unique CR-100 encapsulation system is recognised by food manufactures throughout the world as one of the most efficient and economic methods of flavouring their products. Commonly used for retaining the delicate flavours of sweet and savoury spices through high temperature baking, TasteTech’s new application for use in fast bake crackers and savoury biscuits has been developed to facilitate the growing market trend for flavoured crackers.

Using the CR-100 technology a hardened vegetable oil microfilm is formed around the flavouring which protects the flavour and ensures it is not released in the baking process until a desired temperature of 60-65oC is reached, encouraging flavour retention and resulting in a tastier product. By doing so it considerably reduces the amount of flavouring required as well as the cost involved in the baking process.

“Fast bake products can be very difficult to flavour,” says Roger Sinton, Managing Director of TasteTech. “Seasoning crackers and savoury biscuits is particularly awkward because they have large surface areas and are baked at high temperatures where steam evaporation and distillation of flavour often occurs. As a result cracker manufacturers have to over compensate the amount of flavour they use in the baking process to get the desired result. Our encapsulation process basically solves the problem of flavour retention and makes it really easy for manufacturers to bake-in any combination of flavour.”

TasteTech can encapsulate a variety of tasty flavourings for crackers including sun-dried tomato, cheese & onion and Mediterranean herb. Furthermore, as new flavourings are developed, TasteTech can engineer the CR mechanism to become activated by different changes of temperature, depending on the individual manufacturers baking process. More information on TasteTech’s unique controlled release system can be found on www.tastetech.co.uk

Notes to editors: TasteTech Ltd is a world leading flavourings manufacturer, specialising in microencapsulated food ingredients with a unique controlled release mechanism.

For further press information please contact:
Hannah Noel or Linda Donaldson
Bluestone PR. 0117 905 8740

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February 11, 2022

MVI Technology Rolls Out Oven-Ready Solution at Allied Bakeries

Allied Bakeries wanted to improve its manufacturing performance and customer service levels across its 13 bakeries but since there was no reliable measurement of current performance, the company was finding it difficult to identify the ‘hotspots’ on which to focus its improvement activities. It turned to RPM (real-time performance management) vendor, MVI Technology for help.

(PRWEB) February 11, 2022 -- Founded in 1935 by Willard Garfield Weston, Allied Bakeries has a third share of the UK bread market. Products include morning goods, rolls and part-baked bread, with household brands such as Kingsmill, Allinson, Sunblest and Burgen. Allied is part of the Associated British Foods Group. ABF has a global turnover of £5.2 billion per annum and employs 35,000 worldwide.

The company wanted a better understanding of its productivity was, so plant managers could make informed choices about where improvements could be made.

Some of Allied’s bakeries had implemented manual and PC-based systems for monitoring performance but they all operated independently of each other and, according to the group’s project manager, Rod Whenray, reliability of the data they produced was at best ‘reasonable’.

“The systems were ‘home-baked’ (excuse the pun). We had lots of anecdotal information and half-truths on plant performance but no real plant history or analysis – in some cases reported unreliability of equipment simply wasn’t true.”

Allied contracted MVI Technology to implement its Mainsaver and Eventsengine software solutions. The MVI system provides a visual record of what happens when breakdowns and stoppages occur; the information relevant to operators is logged by them and instantly transformed into live graphical data on the line. It allows the company to capture all reactive work from the shopfloor for analysis of repetitive faults, so it can make improvements by eliminating or reducing the faults.

Implementation of the MVI system began at the company’s largest bakery (in West Bromwich) in January 2004 and is steadily rolling out across the group. Allied’s approach has been to implement the system in ‘manageable’ chunks. Whenray: “We installed it in stores and purchasing first and now we’re rolling out the final module to gather data on downtime. The first part of the implementation allowed us to identify precisely where our spend was by each individual piece of equipment; who was taking parts out and who we were buying parts from.

Whenray was able to eliminate the purchase of duplicate parts from different suppliers and drive down purchase costs as well as make savings because of improvements in equipment reliability and planned maintenance. “We reduced carriage costs at the West Bromwich site by 80% because we stopped having to call out taxis in the middle of the night – that alone saved us £14,000 a year. And we’ve saved another £22,000 because we’re buying more effectively - we can make better price comparisons: we know what we’ve got in stock; we know what usage has been and we can go out for more competitive prices

The savings at the West Bromwich site was the justification Whenray needed to roll out across the group and he expects similar savings at each of the other bakeries, as well as getting the group-wide information he needs to drive business improvement:

“The downtime data from the MVI system will give us better plant reliability and we’ll be able to supply our customers better. We already have superb customer service levels, but we can improve things by fulfilling orders more efficiently - we get orders at 4.00pm for delivery the next day and obviously we don’t carry any stock; if we get a breakdown in the middle of the night, that’s a problem.”

Whenray says the MVI system is easy to use and the usual operator resistance to new Information Technology was quickly overcome. He is pleased with the benefits the system has already delivered. “To be honest, we made savings even before the system went live – we identified the carriage savings we’d make at the West Bromwich plant simply as a result of collecting and populating data in preparation for the implementation.”

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February 05, 2022

Crivello Group, LLC Announces Wine Awards by Copperford, LLC dba Olde Lockeford Winery

Donald and Karyn Litchfield are Wine Industry Innovators.

Pompano Beach, FL (PRWEB) February 5, 2022 -- Frank P. Crivello, Crivello Group, LLC (“CG”) Managing Member, announced last December that its principals provided a working capital facility to Copperford, LLC dba Olde Lockeford Winery (“OLW”). Today OLW was proud to announce that it recently received continued critical acclaim in wine competition.

Under the current leadership of Donald and Karyn Litchfield, OLW has made premium handcrafted California wines since 2000. OLW currently produces over 25 varieties including; Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, Chardonnay Viognier, Reisling, Muscat, White Zinfandel, White Port, Merlot, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera, Petite Sirah, Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet-Shiraz, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Port and several flavored Sparkling Wines. OLW’s wine variety information is available at www.vinopiazza.com/oldelockeford.

OLW Manager Donald Litchfield stated: “We are pleased and gratified to again receive recognition for our high quality wines. We have and will continue this tradition.”

At the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, OLW’s wine awards included, by variety, the following:
Cabernet Franc Double Gold Best of Class 2003
Barbera Reserve Gold Best of Class 2003

OLW was originally constructed in 1946 on its twenty-five acre site located in Lockeford, California. In the late 1980’s, it fell into decline and closed. In 1998, Donald and Karyn Litchfield purchased it after a county foreclosure sale. After their purchase, they resurrected and renovated it. Since then they have created an original model for the wine industry. OLW provides custom wine making services to the industry, currently producing 35,000 cases per year, in addition to 2,500 cases per year under its own label.

CG Managing Member Frank Crivello stated: “We were pleased to provide Old Lockeford with working capital financing. Don and Karyn have established a solid winery. Not only do they making great tasting award winning wine, they have identified and designed plans to implement innovative businesses related to the wine industry. In addition to financing, we provide strategic consulting services to Old Lockeford.”

About Crivello Group, LLC www.crivello.com:
CG is a strategic advisors and partners to distressed and emerging companies. CG’s solutions for distressed or emerging companies include:
•Stabilization
•Capital & Debt Alternatives
•Staff, Boards, and Professionals
•Divestiture & Dissolution
•Plan of Restructuring or Reorganization

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January 29, 2022

Multiple Examples of 24/7 Shift Schedules Are Now Available

Organizations looking for examples of 24/7 shift schedules have a new resource. Four different sets of widely-used schedules are now available (8 or 12-hour, fixed or rotating). This will reduce research time and improve the schedule selection process. The schedule packages are available from Shift Schedule Design, a company that specializes in the design of customized work schedules.

Novato, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- Managers faced with the challenge of designing a new shift schedule for their work group now have a new resource. Shift Schedule Design has just released four sets of widely-used shift schedules:

• 8-hour, fixed schedules
• 8-hour, rotating schedules
• 12-hour, fixed schedules
• 12-hour, rotating schedules

Each package contains ten different schedules for 24/7 coverage with the same number of employees on every shift. Each schedule includes a spreadsheet showing the on-off work pattern, an explanation of how the schedule works, and the advantages and disadvantages from both business and employee perspectives. There is also a summary sheet listing key features of all ten schedules, such as the number of crews, average overtime, longest and shortest breaks, and the number of weekends off each year.

Until now, designing a new shift schedule was not an easy job. Information on the subject is scarce, and relevant examples are nearly impossible to find. Scheduling software programs will manage an existing schedule, but they won’t create a new one. Consultants that specialize in shiftwork issues usually provide much broader services than just schedule design, and their costs may be prohibitive for smaller firms.

Bruce Oliver, the founder of Shift Schedule Design, explains why he is offering these packages. “Few managers can afford to spend days or weeks searching for examples of different schedules, or trying to develop solutions on their own. We assembled these packages to make it easier to examine a variety of different shift schedules side-by-side. Since the packages are primarily intended for smaller organizations, we priced them to fit a limited budget.”

The schedule packages will facilitate the process of selecting a new schedule. They will reduce research time, provide multiple options to choose from, and make it easier to determine employee opinions and preferences. For more information, contact:

Shift Schedule Design was launched in June 2004 to help small businesses find the best work schedule for their situation. The company designs schedules tailored to meet an organization’s unique requirements and preferences. Mr. Oliver was previously employed by a leading shiftwork consulting firm. He has over 20 years of business management experience.

Contact:
Bruce Oliver
Shift Schedule Design
(415) 717-3754
www.shift-schedule-design.com

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January 26, 2022

CCS-Inc. Announces New Paperless Enterprise Solution for the Poultry Industry

With a powerful combination of document management, HACCP compliance and statistical process control software, CCS unveils a turnkey solution for poultry executives seeking operational excellence.

Christiansburg, VA (PRWEB) January 26, 2022 -- CCS demonstrates its expanded “Paperless Enterprise Solution” for the poultry industry. Working with industry partners, Virtuant Corp of Atlanta, GA and Infinity QS International, Inc. of Chantilly, VA, CCS now delivers seamless paperless solutions that ensure low-cost regulatory compliance and improve operational performance.

Reducing the Costs Associated with Food Safety
Spending for food safety and HACCP compliance has risen dramatically. From 1996 through 2000, U.S. plants as a group spent about $380 million annually and made $570 million in long-term investments to comply with USDA Regulations, according to a survey initiated by the Economic Research Service. The U.S. meat and poultry industry as a whole during the same period spent an additional $360 million on food safety investments that were not required by the PR/HACCP rule.

Recognizing the opportunity to drive down the total cost per plant for implementation of food safety and quality solutions, CCS created a paperless enterprise solution that enables companies to comply with regulatory bodies and reduce costs by improving production efficiency, increasing worker productivity and reducing waste.

Modularity, Flexibility and Fast Deployment
The solution combines Document Management, HACCP/SOP and SPC in modules which can be used individually or as a tightly integrated suite. If desired, CCS also provides all ruggedized mobile and stationary computer hardware for successful deployment and operation in a poultry environment.

The Document Management Module reduces costs associated with the creation, distribution and retrieval of QA Documentation. All documents are easily created, edited, approved and distributed electronically. The system maintains the latest published version of documents ensuring documentation control and reducing costs associated with scrap and rework. “More informed users make better operational decisions,” notes Daryl Scott, Director of QualTrax, CCS’ document management subsidiary. Audit tools to support proper regulatory or certification compliance are included. Data can easily be shared with ERP, MES or other business control systems.

The HACCP/SOP Module is a paperless data collection system for food safety, traceability, and regulatory compliance. It integrates with existing systems and delivers critical real-time data throughout the enterprise. “The system delivers on the promise of paperless data collection and management of HACCP and SSOP data, from the shop floor to the highest levels of your organization,” comments Matt Magallanes, CCS Director of Sales. “Management can now easily view and supervise all HACCP activity across an entire organization—from plant floor areas to corporate compliance functions,” said Magallanes.

The SPC Module is a real-time statistical process control tool set. This module puts organizations in control of their systems and data, giving supervisors and decision makers the power to make accurate and informed decisions in real-time. The SPC module allows companies the opportunity to reduce the "give away”, such as larger chicken portions due to out-of-calibration equipment. “Poultry customers now impose their own requirements on Processors,” says CCS’ Magallanes, adding “Fortunately our SPC customers can satisfy customers through effective portion control and weight control systems that have delivered ROIs exceeding 90%.”

To see a demo of this solution visit booth 5267 at the International Poultry Exposition or contact CCS at 800-277-3077.

About CCS-Inc.
Founded in 1981, CCS consists of two business units: CCS-Industrial and QualTrax, Inc. QualTrax provides web-based document management software valuable for companies working in regulated industries that must comply with ISO, QS, FDA, HACCP or other guidelines. QualTrax greatly simplifies document/content management, workflow tracking and business/manufacturing process control. CCS-Industrial provides Industrial-grade ruggedized computer hardware, integration, design and engineering services for OEMs and industrial clients. CCS-Industrial’s product line features NEMA-rated integrated workstations, enclosures, industrial computers, mobile computers and panel PCs for the food and beverage, marine, manufacturing, communications, energy and utilities and life sciences industries. CCS is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company based in Christiansburg, VA and serves customers worldwide. Partners include Virtuant Corp (www.virtuant.com), provider of Mobilitee HACCP software, and InfinityQS International (www.infinityqs.com), provider of SPC software.

For more information, please contact Amy Ankrum, Director of Marketing at 800.277.3077, extension 127, or visit the company’s web site at www.ccs-inc.com

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